First and foremost,
I've always been a sincere guy.
I try to pull the best
out of every situation
and have a knack for noticing small things
that are actually a big deal.
Also, I've deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq
four times for a total of 52 months since 2003.
So, getting everything out of every little moment
is important to me.
Your blog is what's good about this world.
It pulls every little moment
or vision to something empowering and positive.
In a world where at times the negativity
of who we are outshines the good stories,
we need Amy Kolz and her talents
to remind us we are not only
good to each other,
but need each other.
I have a special family.
The Mothers around me I adore.
Being the spouse of a Soldier
is by far harder than being a Soldier.
Not only do you worry about your Soldier,
you have to carry on and be the rock for everyone else.
My wife Tandra
carries our little family
when I'm away.
She has raised two wonderful children,
moved into post housing while I was away,
works the finances, owns her own business.
She is the best listener,
friend and life partner I could ask for.
The most important thing she does is make me feel loved.
My Mother is very important to me.
The hardest thing I've had to do is
call her and tell her I'm leaving again.
She drives on and selflessly
talks to me while holding back the tears.
She undoubtedly is the big rock in our family.
She is a mother to a Soldier, a homemaker, an
artist, a Chemistry Professor with a PHD,
a talented photographer and father
and a College Professor.
But most importantly she is the mother
to five talented people in my life who I adore.
At times being a Soldier
and deploying you feel disconnected
with everything and everyone.
You have to somewhat disconnect
when you deploy to protect yourself
and those around you.
Why my Mother is special to me is because
I don't feel disconnected from her
or my sisters and brother.
It's how she emulates
love for all of us.
We emulate that trait to each other.
Her example has always made me feel loved
from her and my Sisters and Brother.
She should always know
how much all of us are like her....
and I wouldn't
have it any other way.