Unfortunately, I don't have picture of my husband and I together in his uniform. That's how little we've seen each other. We have been married for almost 6 years. Which during that time he was with 4th Force Recon and has been in 2 deployments. Before his second deployment we got pregnant and had a little girl. He missed a lot unfortunately. Now that the USMC is dwindling down Force Recon, he has decided to join the Army, which has given us a lot more family time.
The biggest challenge for both of us has been trying to find time to spend with each other. What gives me strength, is knowing that he will be home, and when he does we make it the best time possible, even if it's just sitting on the couch watching a movie together or sitting in the yard and having lunch. We are now stationed in Italy, which makes things a little more difficult, with language barriers and different rules and laws. But I think with him here for me and me here for him we work through it. We're each others best friends and I wouldn't change it for the world.-- Erin Cleveland
**Remember, as part of this summer long contest, I will be donating a portion of my proceeds from all of my book sales between the dates of 6/1/09-8/31/09 to ASMBA STAR an outstanding charity for Veterans and their families**
This Friday I will post a re-cap of the 13 semi-finalists and then on Monday I'll announce the winners of this summer long contest. I've really enjoyed "meeting" these amazing women and hearing their stories. I hope you have too. Please continue to pass the word.