“We met in college in Indiana, at a small Christian school. We were both active in youth ministry and after being friends for awhile, we eventually fell in love. I thought I was marrying a man who would spend his life as a youth pastor. After our wedding, we moved to inner-city Philadelphia, a place that had always held a special place in our hearts, despite the fact that there were drug dealers on nearly every corner. We served there for a year and a half teaching, working in a warehouse, and selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door to make ends meet. Through all of this, my husband felt called to serve his country.
“We started talking about it more, started praying about it, and before long he decided he wanted to join the Marine Corps. It was definitely a joint decision, but I can’t say I was expecting it when we first met. He went through Officer Candidate School in 2011, about the same time I found out I was pregnant.
“With my husband gone as much as he was, I started a Bible study with 15 other women. I found a new passion; it was put on my heart to help other military spouses, and walk with them on their faith journey. I went on to build ‘Servant Mama,’ where I’m creating an online community to encourage others. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a military wife it is that you can’t always turn to your spouse; they’re gone so often. But you can always turn to God, and that has made all the difference.”