April is the Month of the Military Child. You see when your parent(s) is a member of the Armed Forces you live a different kind of childhood. You may be used to moving every one, two or three years. So, a different school and home each time. You may not have your mom or dad home for every birthday or holiday. That means Christmas and Thanksgiving. You may live far away from extended family. No grandparents or cousins at every birthday party. You may have a “best friend” who moves a few months after you meet them.
But, with all these trying experiences there are also positive ones. The military and their families become your family, especially when you live overseas or are going through a deployment. That “best friend” that moved away may be at your next school or the one after that. You might get to travel to amazing places and even get to live overseas. You love your country like no other and take great pride in what your parent(s) are doing to ensure your freedom.
The Military Child below is a special one. She has an amazing mom who loves her more than she will ever know. She also has a community that will support her and love her every step of the way. She had a dad that loved her from the the moment he heard she was on her way. She may never meet him, but she will always know of his love for her, her mom and his country. She is who we honor during the Month of the Military Child.
“May strong arms hold you, caring hearts tend you and may love await you every step.”