August 2, 2011


Yesterday was one of those days that comes all too frequently in the milspouse world. Another day saying goodbye to a milspouse friend, another fantastic lady I met through blogging.

Mel came down to Bliss to visit me and Jessica this summer. Okay, okay, she didn't come to visit us, she came to visit her husband. Tomato, tomahto.

When Mel found out she was coming, she reached out for buddies in the area. And the three of us linked up. It's been a fun summer of love for the three of us, and now Mel goes back home to complete law school. We kept telling her law school was no big deal and she'd have much more fun sweating it out here in the desert with us, but apparently that wasn't a convincing argument. Worst part? Her soldier (and, by extension, her) will PCS before her next chance to come visit. So this is it for a while.

SoldierMan and I talk about this all the time, about the strange irony of the Army both bringing wonderful people into our lives and then taking them out of it. I've gotten quite a few sympathy looks from SoldierMan the last couple of weeks in anticipation of Mel's departure. He knows how rare it is for me to really click with someone like I have with Mel. I'm going to feel her absence.

Thankfully, I still have great friends like Jessica here. We'll carry on in your honor, Mel! And hopefully one day this small Army will put us in the same place once again.


  1. Aww, sweetie! As I sit here in bed reading this post (because I'm a fellow late-nighter, of course) my heart is full. Thank you for your kind words. I fully believe that we will be brought together again. It's destiny, just like our initial contact and the un-shaking bond we created in such a short time. Consider yourself hugged once more!

  2. I know exactly what you mean. I've made so many amazing friends...and within such a short amount of time it's time to PCS, EAS or some other acronym. Sucks so bad!

    But on the plus side! I get to meet Mel soon!

  3. I love you guys! Yesterday was such a hard day for me. As sad as it is, and as much as I'm going to miss Mel, I'm so thankful for the bond the three of us had. It's very rare to connect like the three of us did. So I'm glad we have her to miss!
    Trey and I had a pretty deep conversation about this last night too. Maybe I'll do a blog post on it as well.. I think it's necessary.

  4. You know I love this pic bc yall all look fabulous! But I especially love your outfit :)

    It is interesting how we make friends and then have them removed by the military! Our base is home to a major flight school, ALL military friends we make at church are going to it so we know we only have a few weeks/months to get to know them (depending on how long they've been here without being at our church) For us though, it's harder to get close, since we know their time is so limited!

  5. This is just so bittersweet. I know how hard it is to just click with someone. I will be thinking about y'all!

  6. I know this feeling oh so well. I just had to say goodbye to a dear friend too. We truly clicked and I simply loved hanging out with her. And as much as we would like to stay friends, it's difficult because of the distance. Luckily there is Facebook. ;)


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