this man

Before I say anything else in this post, 
I just want to thank you all for your incredibly sweet words about my last post.
I appreciated them more than you know, and I will strive to be better in expressing my joy about this time.

Back to the meat of this post though,
I can't believe that it's time for Ryan to head off to WOCs for 5 whole weeks.
In the grand scheme of the Army, training, hardship tours and deployments, 
this is really nothing...but right now, I have to say that it feels like an eternity. 
Having lived most of our dating lives long-distance, it seems cruel to be separated once again!

And yet, while I'm sad for myself right now,
I'm so very, very excited for Ryan because this is huge step up in his career - and one he's been chasing for a while.
I know he's nervous about all the 'what-ifs', but I have no doubts at all in my mind.
He will succeed...and it will be a life-changing time for him.
He's one of the strongest, most determined, most incredible men I know, and I'm so proud of him.

Here's to five weeks of Ryan chasing his dreams,
and me...eagerly anticipating his return (for 3 weeks...before he heads back for 8 more weeks).
If anything, this time apart will just make me appreciate him more than ever,
and for that, I'm eternally grateful :)


  1. I am sure you will be so busy getting ready for baby mode it will go faster than you realize! good luck

  2. I know it's hard and daunting, but you will both get through this and come out stronger. Distance makes the heart grow fonder :)

  3. I hope this time just flies by for you!!!!

  4. What an exciting time for him and important for his career. It will fly by as you start nesting for the baby.

  5. Best of luck to Ryan! The time is flying for me so I'm sure it will for you too!! You guys are stronger than most couples who haven't spent that kind of time and distance apart!! You got this!

  6. Best wishes to Ryan. I hope these five weeks fly by for the both of you.

  7. I hope time flies for you! I am in the same boat, literally, too often. I get to move home with my guy after my "contract" is up..4 months after the wedding. It can't come soon enough!

  8. Good luck to him! I hope the time flies by for you as well.

  9. Aww, I know you will miss him a lot! 5 weeks does sound long to me--the longest my husband and I have been separated since we got married has only been 3 weeks (like you guys, we were super-long distance pre-marriage...I was living in Malaysia and he was living in America part of the time...the other part he was living in TX and I was living in MI). Long-term long-distance isn't the funnest thing in the world!

  10. you are so strong to endure the lifestyle of a military life! i could never do it! i really truly respect and admire you