Semi-Finalist #3: Aloha from a Proud Navy Wife!

IMG_0729-1 I kind of want to start from the beginning. My husband and I met through a mutual friend, while he was at the United States Naval Academy and I was attending college in my hometown in Washington State. After 2 weeks of conversing through phone calls, texting, emails, instant messages and video chats, we finally got the opportunity to meet face to face for the very first time.I can’t even explain the different emotions that was radiating off of me as I was flying to Annapolis and walking to the baggage claim to meet him. I was a nervous, yet excited mess, but as soon as I saw him, it all eased away and it felt like I was meeting with someone I have known for years. And that’s how our story began.

Aloha, my name is Malia and I married my best friend, Andy, almost 9 months ago. Andy is an officer for the United States Navy in the submarine community. After he was commissioned from the Naval Academy and I graduated from college, we decided to move in together as we began his training for subs. With nearly 2 years of a long distance relationship and relying on holiday breaks to spend time with each other, moving in together was something we were definitely looking forward to.

Our first home together was in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. During our short 6-month stay here, we learned so much about one another and our relationship was constantly challenged. These challenges would force us to work together and overcome them as one, which definitely helped our relationship grow even stronger. Even though my father was in the Army, he retired when I was very young, so the military lifestyle was fairly new to me. The long hours they have to put in everyday and I was fresh out of college, still trying to figure out the next step in my life.

Trying to focus on our own personal goals and just being together wasn’t always the easiest thing. But as any other couple would, you work hard to make things, you learn to become flexible, and to always expect the unexpected. After Charleston, our next stop was Saratoga Springs, New York! We loved this place, you can’t go wrong with the horse races! Before leaving Charleston, we discussed the possibility of getting engaged sometime in New York and heading to the city hall to get married. We wondered about what outside parties would think, but ultimately it came down to us and our happiness.

This past September, Andy proposed and of course, I said yes! Two weeks later, we headed to the local attorney’s office and tied the know, we were beyond excited and everything just felt right. After he finished his last leg of training, we were to be stationed in beautiful Hawai’i, which is actually where I was born! Now, we live in Hawai’i and are currently facing our very first deployment together. Everyday has been a battle and another journey for adjustments. We were use to going months of being apart, but rarely having the chance to communicate was simply daunting …

There was no way to prepare for it, and I don’t think there is. I miss him so much everyday and strongly wish he was home. As much as I need him, there’s an entire country that needs him a bit more. He truly is my best friend and every moment with him has been amazing! I’m so proud of him and all that he has accomplished, and can’t wait for him to come home!

The men and women in the armed forces are truly amazing people and I thank them for their service!

Mahalo nui loa,

Malia 🙂

 

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The contest runs through Labor Day Weekend but keep sending in those entries in now!

Who is eligible?Wives of any U.S. military service member may enter. Retired or active-duty.
How do you enter? Send an email to sara@novelromance.net with a picture of you and your family member in uniform. Tell us a bit about what branch he serves in, where you’ve been stationed, challenges and so forth. We want to hear your story!
Please put “5th Annual Military Spouse Contest” in the subject line.
Throughout the summer, I will pick one entrant to be highlighted on my blog. These entrants are semi-finalists and then Labor Day weekend I will announce the three winners.

Second Prize: A $25 Amazon Gift Card, Signed copies of Unleashed , Untouched, Untamed Undone and Tall, Dark and Vampire.

First Prize: A $50 Amazon Gift Card, and signed copies of Unleashed UntouchedUntamed Undone. and Tall, Dark, and Vampire.

Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire HD pre-loaded with a Discover a New Love membership and copies of  Unleashed , UntouchedUntamedUndone and Tall, Dark, and Vampire.

I hope you’ll help me spread the word about this contest. I look forward to meeting more incredible families!

*Submitting your story and picture gives me permission to post it online

Semi-Finalist #2: Kaylyn-Strong Army Wife!

Doyle & IHi my name is Kaylyn Davis and my hero wears combat boots not a cape. Yes, I know it is a bit cliché but it is exactly how I feel. My hubby is Staff Sergeant Doyle Davis. He is active duty army and has been for the last 7 ½ years. He is infantry and we are currently stationed in Fort Drum, NY. We got married July 1st 2006 and on 7th he left to go to Camp Ederle, Italy. We didn’t get to see each other until Christmas Eve when the army finally paid for me to move to him. Six weeks later I found out I was pregnant and that he would be deploying in May. His deployment was 15 long months, where he missed just about everything. He missed our 1st and 2nd anniversaries. He also missed the birth of our daughter, Audree Grace, in September 2007. She was eight days old when she met her daddy. He left 18 days left and then the next time he saw her she was walking and talking. He was there for her 1st birthday on September 21st 2008 and we were insanely thankful for that.

In July 2009 we left Italy and headed for Fort Drum, NY. He deployed for second time in January 2010 and came back December 21st 2010. It was the best Christmas present I could have ask for. My daughter loved to say that Santa brought her daddy home as her present because she was that good. Lol!  On our 5th anniversary we realized he had spent 27 months deployed and that half our marriage we have been separated.

He is currently deployed right now but we have hit the half way mark. We were lucky this time and this deployment is 9 months long. This deployment is probably the hardest because now our daughter is old enough to miss him but too young to completely understand why daddy isn’t home. When he left she was in Kindergarten and when he comes home she will be a first grader.

It is hard being married to man whose job is so demanding but he is beyond worth it. He is an amazing father and husband. I am one of the proudest wives ever and I love him so much. Does it suck that he misses so much? Yes it is horrible and hard but it helps us to remember not to take each other for granted. We always say I love you after every conversion and we are still in that newlywed stage. By the time we are starting to get on each others’ nerves he leaves for a month. We stopped counting the important dates he misses and just focus on when he is home.

We will celebrate our 7 year anniversary in July and I wouldn’t trade the life we have built for anything. He is my soul mate and the first person I think of in the mornings and the last person I think about at night. He gave me the best gift ever; the little brunette lying on my back playing with my phone. Every time I miss him I just look at her because she is the spitting image of him except with my attitude.

“I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children may know peace.”- Thomas Paine.

That is exactly why my hubby fights and why so many other men do as well.

 

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Big thanks to Kaylyn for sharing her story with us! If  you, or anyone you know, is married to one of our service members, please tell them about the contest.

Contestants should send their story to sara@novelromance.net and remember to include a picture for me to use on the website.

I’ll select and highlight one family every week over the summer and then I’ll pick 3 winners on Labor Day weekend.

Thank you to our military and their families!