CAMO - Connecting All Military Others
On Saturday, October 5th, I finally married my best friend. The man of my dreams. My prince charming.
Never before have a met a more caring, loving, compassionate man. He would never do anything to hurt me or anybody else he cares about. He does everything in his power to make sure I'm happy and have what I want and need.
I don't know what I did to deserve such a remarkable man. But I promise God and the world that I will stand by his side until my last breath.
Patrick was kind of depending on deployment. He really didn't have much of a plan B, as far as I know. But now we know that the 25th Infantry Division will not be deploying until after his contract is up. Assuming he doesn't reenlist, he will never deploy.
With him being his usual busy self, coupled with his phone apparently not working properly and not having internet access in his room, I haven't gotten to talk to him at all since he gave me the news nearly a week ago.
I'm coming to the realization that I'm losing my mind.
It hasn't been confirmed, but Patrick may be deploying this summer. I don't know how long it'd be for. It would be his first deployment.
The only person in my life that really gets me is my best friend's mom because her husband was in the Air Force. Early in their mariage, they were moving back and forth from the US to Germany. Even after my best friend moved out of her parent's house, I still go to her mom for comfort. She…
My dad keeps telling me that when Patrick proposes (yes, my dad says "when") that he needs to ask him first. That he'll give him a cigar and they'll both smoke and talk. And if Patrick isn't here, he'll send him a cigar and sit him down over skype.
This one is because I'm my parent's only daughter (I have 4 little brothers). My dad says he has only one chance to scare a perspective son-in-law sh!tless.
My mom placed a bet on how long before Patrick proposes. In May, she gave it 6…Continue
Added by Jacqui Miret on August 27, 2012 at 12:03am — No Comments
I know I just put up a blog post, but something has come up since then.
Patrick's whole thing with going in to the army was so that when he started a family, there wouldn't be any financial stuff to worry about like he had to growing up. That everything would be taken care of.
He signed on while single.
Every once in a while, I get a lengthy text from him saying how much he misses me, and how much he just wants to hold me.
It started out as a simple usual text…
Added by Jacqui Miret on August 20, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments
So here's the deal... I kinda brought this on myself.
Facebook has forced timeline upon my poor unsuspecting boyfriend.
I know he's had an account for a couple years now, and I didn't know him when he signed up for the army, so I guessed a date and looked at his feed to see the kind of stuff he said as he was getting ready to make it official.
Found it, he brushed it off like it was no big deal. So him.
After I found that... I was bored... so I kept…Continue
I've seen quite a few of these posts, and I'll admit to having made a couple myself, but still...
The posts about having a more difficult time with your military SO than those in a civilian relationship need to stop.
The week or so apart, the 2 days without talking, the hour drive to see each other, all of that is the worst they know.
Just because it isn't as long as what we have to deal with, doesn't make it any less difficult, or even painful.
Would we condone,…Continue
Him: I don't want to wait anymore!
I want you here!
Me: I want me there too. :(
Him: I've done my waiting!
12 years of it!
Me: IN AZKABAN!
Him: (Apparently not having seen my text) In azkaban!
Me: I totally knew it. :)
Him: :) I love you baby.
Me: I love you too. :)
Added by Jacqui Miret on July 19, 2012 at 11:22pm — No Comments
Today marks a year. It's my first anniversary with Patrick.
This year has really been proven to me what you can jam pack in to 365 days (er, we had an extra day in February, so it's 366).
In a year, I've become a girlfriend for the first time, and that changed to be an army girlfriend when Patrick left for basic 2 short months later. I've been a part of 6 plays (2 are in progress). Graduated high school, decided a dream, and got my first job.
In a year, I've watched Patrick…
Added by Jacqui Miret on June 29, 2012 at 12:07pm — No Comments
First of all, I want to congratulate you on being smart. I didn't think of looking for online support until a few months ago.
To everybody who has yet to watch their love walk away for the first time: I'm not going to lie. You will question every aspect of your relationship. That's how bad it's going to hurt. You will ask yourself if it's really worth it. You will sob constantly at just little things, especially if they have any relation to your loved one. You will miss that person so…Continue
I have been really upset with my bestfriend's boyfriend for the past couple days and I just figured out why.
Friday night was her highschool graduation. He couldn't go because he had to work and couldn't get out of it. Fine. So be it.
Saturday her graduation from her dual-enrollment LPN class. He went to a birthday party with his family.
You can call me slow, but I just figured out the REAL reason I'm so mad at him.
My boyfriend couldn't go to my graduation because…
Sunday was my highschool graduation. I had to be awake at 6:30. Around 7 I was getting ready. All I had done was put on my dress when he called on Skype. The first thing I said was "What are you doing awake at 1am??" (He's one of those people that goes to bed every night at 10. It's like clockwork). He was saying he couldn't sleep. Likely story.
So, we listened and danced to music together via Skype as he watched me brush my teeth and do my hair and makeup.
It was the first time…
Today, my mom got me a necklace with the yin and yang pieces (the two charms come together to make the symbol), at it got me thinking about the whole thing.
Without one, the other cannot exist.
You can not know the cold if you never felt heat. You can not fear the darkness if you have never seen light. You can't appreciate the good if you never knew hard times.
You can never see the size and strength of your love, unless it's been stretched and tested. You can't fully…
So, a short back-and-forth with Selina on Facebook gave me the idea to share my story with Patrick.
So... here we go.
In April of last year, my mom and I went to see "Arsenic and Old Lace", one of our favorite plays, at our local theatre. In the playbill, there was an ad for the "Luna-tics" (it's a group owned by the theatre, the theatre's name is Moonlight, thus LUNAtics). It was a teen comedy improv group. My mom said I should try it out since I was looking for a way to be…Continue
This is going in a blog post because I want to explain a couple things.
I just found this video of Patrick getting promoted. His uncle has a friend (Roger) that lives close to the base he was at, so he took care of him while he was in Texas, bringing him things that he needed (he also brought cake for Patrick's birthday for his platoon). So Roger went to Patrick's promotion/AIT graduation when the rest of us couldn't.…Continue
Added by Jacqui Miret on May 11, 2012 at 12:17am — No Comments
Mom: I told my mom about Patrick.
Me: Ugh. What did you say about him?
Mom: His name, that you met him in theatre, he's in the army, and he's a nice guy. She loves just the idea of him.
Me: Did you at least say he's black?
Mom: ...but he's not. He's one of the whitest boys I know.
Me: I know, but imagine how angry that racist old bat would get.
Mom: *laugh* You're a terrible person.
Me: It must he hereditary.
-Let's just say my…Continue
Added by Jacqui Miret on May 2, 2012 at 4:48pm — No Comments
This is a letter I decided to write to a man I never got to meet, but has helped change my life for the better. This man is Patrick's dad, who unexpectedly passed away 10 years ago today.
Patrick was 10 years old, and his sister Caitlin was 13. I can't imagine losing one of my parents being that young.
I've been emotional since I found out that the anniversary was today. I told Patrick I cried when I found out via a picture of the gravestone that Caitlin posted on facebook. He said…
Having a really rough day today. Don't know if it has to do with it being exactly 2 weeks since I last saw him, or that our 10 month anniversary is this Sunday. Or maybe it's my high school graduation next month that he won't be able to attend, or the recent realization that I don't even know what YEAR it will be when I can be with him again.
Whatever it is, there's a heaviness in my chest that only gets heavier when I think about him.
So I sat down and wrote out the…Continue
-The only arguments Patrick and I have are over stupid things. They're so stupid, they're not even really arguments. Usually it's weather or not an actor was in another movie. Every single time we've had this kind of 'argument', I've won.
After proving to him that OshKosh B'Gosh was in fact a clothing company, this took place-
Him: How come I can never be right?
Me: Because I'm always right. It's time you learned this.
Him: Yeah, but never?
Added by Jacqui Miret on April 20, 2012 at 4:55pm — No Comments
Me: I really couldn't ask for a better man or relationship. Sometimes I think he's too good to be true. I mean, we never fight except for theatre purposes, we never get tired of spending time with each other.
My friend: Only you're in Florida and he's in Hawaii.
Me: Oh yeah... Ok fine, besides being as far apart as possible without leaving the United States, our relationship is perfect.
My friend: You're just too weird. I'm happy for you.
Added by Jacqui Miret on April 14, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments