Clay and I met at Clemson University, in the lobby of our co-ed dorm (how scandalous) and started dating three weeks into my freshman year. Clay was a sophomore and an ROTC cadet so the military has been around since the dawn of our relationship, and I learned quickly just how to hurry up and wait.
After three and a half years of dating, Clay proposed shortly after he commissioned into the Army, and we were married in December 2004. I graduated college the following spring and joined Clay up at Fort Drum, New York. Our time up north involved a 16-month deployment to Afghanistan (see posts from that deployment here), multiple TDYs, graduate school, an awesome job, and an even more wonderful group of friends.
After almost four years in the north country, we moved south to the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Our son was born in late 2009 and shortly after, Clay deployed to Afghanistan for a year. Some posts from that deployment include And So It Begins, “I’d Give Anything to See Him Smile”, And What a 72 Hours it Was, Our Reunion – Video Style, Let the Countdown Begin!, Homecoming. In December 2010, the little guy and I welcomed Clay home and prepared for our next move.
In the spring of 2011, we moved to Ft. Still, Oklahoma and settled into life in the Great Plains.
And then in August 2012, just as we were getting settled, the Army decided to send us to Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.
The land of Sic Semper Tyrannis will be our home for the next couple of years.
After that? Only time will tell.
There are countless stories about war and separation, these are ours…
- TIME Photo Essay
- 5 Years. Remembering.
- More Bad News
- Welcome to ‘Camp Hell’
- The Forgotten War
- 7 Months. Have a Little Faith
- What I Have Learned in the Past 223 Days
- Angry at the World
- So Excited
- Scenes from Clay’s R&R
- …all gave some, some gave all…
- Homecoming. At Last
- And So It Begins
- “I’d Give Anything to See Him Smile”
- And What a 72 Hours it Was
- Our Reunion – Video Style
- Let the Countdown Begin!