Wednesday, March 11, 2015

5 Reasons You Should Totally Marry a Soldier

Or date one! If you're single and reading this, dating a soldier is definitely an option. And to be clear, I'm not knocking firemen or businessmen or those that work in retail. This list is, admittedly, biased and based completely on my experiences with my own soldier. BUT there's some good stuff in here, I promise! So, without further ado, five reasons to marry a soldier:


He's Typically Down For Whatever You Have Planned
I know with the hubby, he's usually cool with letting me plan everything from dinner, to where we vacation, to what we actually do on said vacation. Which works for me because I'm a planner. We went to Disneyworld last month and you better believe I'd had that particular trip planned down to the minute for the last three months or so. The one time neither of us planned anything was last Fall at Myrtle Beach and it was kind of a disaster. I was trying to give him a break and be more of a "go-with-the-flow kind of gal" and the hubby finally looked at me and said, "I think next time, you should just do your planning thing". Enough said!

He Loves and Appreciates Family Time
I am super close with my own family. So when I was dating, finding someone that was as close with their family as I was with mine was a huge must. We're lucky to live so close to both of our families, and the hubby not only enjoys spending time with his folks but with mine as well. I think when you spend so much time any given year away from your family (going into the field, 24hr duty, deploying, or even just getting stuck working late which my hubby experienced for a while) you learn to value any time you can spend with them that much more. This makes for amazing quality time for us but also tons of opportunities to hang out with his folks and mine.

You Can't Beat Those Perks!
No, I'm not about to talk to you about Tricare or shopping at the commissary. One of the perks the hubby and I have both enjoyed are the couples retreats. I'm still a newbie, don't get me wrong. But it seems to me, the days of "if the Military wanted you to have a family, they would have issued you one" are long gone. Yes, of course, there are still crappy things we have to deal with, but I love the programs that are in place specifically to help work on the bond between the soldier and his or her spouse. And most of these programs are FREE to participate. The last one we went to was all about strong communication and setting goals for our family and it was at a beautiful hotel in Florida. Definitely looking forward to the next one.

He's In Shape!
Kidding! ...kind of. If you're already married to a soldier, you know about the five-day-a-week PT thing. My hubby works his butt off every morning and sometimes in the evenings too. I don't know about you but that inspires me to get my own butt in the gym every once in a while. Full disclosure: I am in know way saying you should feel obligated to work out or crappy about yourself if you're not a lean, mean, fitness machine. But we all know getting active a few times a week works wonders for your body and my hubby definitely inspires me to do so. A few times, we've even done a few of his PT workouts together (NOT for the faint of heart, let me tell you).

He Encourages Your "Me Time"
I was speaking with a friend the other day about her relationship; one of her favorite things about her hubby is that he encourages her to spend time doing things just for herself. Of course, it's not just soldiers that understand the importance of their spouses having their own personal time. But so much of being married to a soldier, no matter what branch, is all about doing what you're supposed to do, when you're supposed to do it, and where you're supposed to do it. No questions asked. I can only imagine how irritating it can be for the soldier; I know as a Spouse we get pretty tired of it. So it's nice to have that time every once in a while when you what YOU want for no other reason than your own pure enjoyment. And it's awesome to have a spouse that supports that.

Up next, Soldiers in their natural habitat and how to snag them! Joking! What are the some of the things you love about being married to your soldier? Tell me all about it!

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3 comments:

  1. Love this article!! Pinning it!! The best part about my husband is he really doesn't want to be bothered with finances...he's perfectly happy with me paying bills and spending the money! Money matters very little to him with all he's been through.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing! I'm glad you guys have clearly found a system that works for you(: My mom ran all of our finances when so that's what I'm used to doing as well lol

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