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True Love, True Heroes, True Story.

You can find the original article HERE. This story melts my heart and makes me truly thankful for everything I have. It has helped me learn to never take anything for granted.

They say every picture tells a story. In this case, times that by 22. I came across this series on Buzzfeed and was moved beyond words. Thanks to photographer Tim Dodd, the world can see what sacrifice and love means to a couple in Iowa. Warning: It’s a tearjerker.

Tim Dodd has been chronicling his friend—and war veteran—Taylor Morris’s amazing journey on his blog. Here are just some of the photos he has taken of Taylor and his longtime girlfriend Danielle over the course of their inspiring relationship:

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Military Life Thus Far

When I first began this journey, I stumbled across a blog that claimed military life is “a bunch of hurry up and wait,” months later I find this statement shockingly accurate. I have learned to never set anything in stone; all dates and plans are bound to change at any given moment. I have changed the date of our wedding roughly five or six times in the last three months. However, last night we were able to set a date that we actually have a teeny bit of faith in.

I have also learned that the needs of the Air Force come first –always. I believe this statement may be the hardest to grasp, but once you accept it your life will be much easier. Many people have a hard time coping with the fact that they are no longer their significant others top priority. It may be hard, but keep in mind that you have their heart and that is all that matters. It is easy to say that you know your place in your partner’s life however; it is another thing to truly believe it. It is much easier to understand this coming from a military/law enforcement upbringing and for that I am extremely thankful.

Acronyms and Abbreviations will be the death of me. I know I am still new to this MilSO thing, but I feel as if I need to walk around with some sort of dictionary in order to have a knowledgeable conversation. I am nearly positive C. gets tired of having to stop in the middle of every other sentence in order to explain to me what exactly he is talking about. Sometimes I have a suspicion that he is fabricating parts of his stories. There is a slight chance that he is just singing me his ABC’s and constructing new acronyms as he goes along… it’s not like I would know the difference. All kidding aside, I am slowly working on this AFKGHJSDTLY nonsense. It is my mission to decode all of these acronyms. One day, I too, will speak fluent gibberish and I will be pretty darn proud.

I believe that the most important aspect in military life (as well as ANY strong relationship) is communication. As for C. & I, our relationship is currently 85% text messages and 15% phone conversations. Oddly enough, I love him now more than ever. How is that possible? Easy. Effective communication. Honestly, before C. left our communication skills were subpar. As I have said before, I didn’t fully realize what I had until I no longer had it. C. leaving made me understand that I hadn’t fully given 110% towards our relationship; it was more like 98%. I spent the past five years keeping all of my emotions locked inside, thinking that C. knew how I felt. With that being said, I realized that I needed to give more in order to receive more in return, especially considering the distance between us. Men are not genius’s, they cannot read minds – we have to tell them what we want or how we feel in order for them to be on the same page as us. Every day I make time to explain to C. just how much he means to me. I never pass up a chance to tell him that I love him and I am constantly sending him uplifting quotes and messages as well as reminding him how proud he makes me. I take into consideration all of the things that he is going through and approach him accordingly (school should be his first priority and I do my best not to add any additional stress to his life or take up too much of his  time.) As of today I no longer keep my feelings bottled up inside – I am open, I am honest.  In return, (without being asked) C. has willingly begun communicating more effectively as well. Our relationship has blossomed into one big ball of awesomeness. I would not trade it for the world.

Although I would prefer to not have to go months without seeing C, I love this new life. I feel as if C. & I were made for this life and it molds to us like clay. We each have certain quirks that this type of environment emphasizes in great ways. I still have quite a bit to learn, but our journey has only just begun. I look forward to the path that lies ahead of us. As for now, I will continue packing and house hunting as we inch toward our first PCS and C. graduating Tech School. There are no words to accurately describe the amount of excitement that is swirling through my veins.

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Practice What You Preach

Other than Wordless Wednesdays and Throwback Thursdays, I have not posted much lately. I decided that I am going to be a little rebellious this Wednesday and post a not-so-wordless blog. Today, I am going to climb aboard my soap box and rant about something I feel passionate about.

Practice what you preach.

Social media makes it so easy for people to illustrate their lives in ways in which are completely untrue. I am a firm believer that life is what you make it. If you make your life out to be glorious on Facebook or Twitter, obviously you are aware of the finer things in life – why not actually live the life you are portraying online?

I stumbled upon a SomeEcard last week that said something about actually living out the bible verses you admire, not just getting them tattooed on you. It works the same for a status update, anyone can quote the bible and act as if they are truly happy, but it is your actions that count – not your status updates.

My life is not perfect, I am not perfect. Actually, I am far from perfect. I may not choose to share every single low point I have had ever endured throughout my life online, but I also don’t pretend I am a princess from another world that inherited millions of dollars and I have never had a bad day in my life. There is a difference between discretion and full on exaggeration.

One of my biggest pet peeves is the way people treat others. I see so many people treat others badly, but then post about how much they love the person and ramble on for hours about how great they are. Instead of putting it in your next status update, why don’t you actually tell the person you are referring to and maybe treat them with a little more love and respect?!

Instead of putting ample amounts of thought into your next status update or photo-op, why don’t you devote that time to focusing on your real life- not your online persona? If everyone would spend as much time in reality as they do on the web, maybe our relationships with one another would be much greater. If you really love someone as much as you say you do online, show them. If you really want to live your life for the Lord and His Word, do it! Start practicing what you preach and one day you will no longer have to pretend. YOU are in control of your life. Words serve little purpose, it is your actions that mean the most.

I personally spend far too much time on the computer – I am aware of that, but I refuse to be anyone but myself. I will not put on a show for others; I am not here for your entertainment. I am here to be me, that is all. Every day is a step in the right direction and I am continually working on becoming a better person, and this will remain true until the day that I die. Until then, I will continue to practice what I preach and I believe you should do the same.

 

Xo -S.

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More Accusations In Texas Air Force Sex Scandal

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Two more instructors at a Texas Air Force training base have been charged with sexual misconduct as a sex scandal at the base grows.

Charges against Master Sgt. Jamey Crawford and Technical Sgt. Christopher Smith brought to 12 the number of sexual misconduct cases involving instructors at at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

An Air Force statement Tuesday says Crawford is accused of an improper sexual relationship with a basic trainee, improperly providing alcohol to and consuming alcohol with the trainee, and committing adultery with the trainee. The statement says Smith improperly sought a personal and intimate relationship with a trainee, making sexual advances toward a trainee, conducting an improper personal relationship with another trainee, and obstructing justice.

The charges have been referred to special military court.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten…

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Backyard Rebel

By Tom Carter

18 June, 2012
WSWS.org

A recent Department of Defense report to Congress as well as a number of media investigations have exposed government plans to deploy tens of thousands of drones over the US mainland in the coming years.

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An investigative report published over the weekend by the Christian Science Monitor cited the government’s own estimates that “as many as 30,000 drones could be part of intelligence gathering and law enforcement here in the United States within the next ten years.”

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as “drones,” are extremely sophisticated remotely-operated aircraft, developed and manufactured by the military-industrial complex in recent years at a cost of billions of dollars.

Drones vary in size from the four-pound RQ-11B Raven surveillance drone, which can be launched by hand, to the giant MQ-9 Reaper combat drone, manufactured by…

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Beginning the next chapter

Today marks the beginning of the rest of our lives. This morning at 11:30 C. left for Tampa. He has one last stop at MEPs and then he will be on his way to BMT in San Antonio tomorrow.
Wednesday morning he will be woke up by screaming TI’s, bracing himself for the next eight weeks ahead of him. I believe that Basic Training is one of the most physically and emotionally draining processes one can go through (aside from deployment.) It scares me to think that he is alone in a place that he has never been, with no one that he has ever met completing countless procedures he has never attempted. I know C. is strong and I know he will do well. It is hard knowing that my best friend is 1,200 miles away for the next two months. Luckily, I have faith in us and in our relationship. I know that the next eight weeks will allow us to encounter strength that neither of us knew we possessed.

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Hello world!

Hello everyone!

With this being my first blog for “Hermetic Heroes” I would just like to inform you all of my intentions and goals for this blog in addition to a brief description of the woman behind the keyboard.

I am currently a military fiancée, my significant other is exactly twelve days away from entering the United States Air Force. Although we are both new to this experience, we are both very excited to see what military life has in store for us.

As a quick disclaimer: I am not an English major, my grammar is far from perfect and I would be lost without autocorrect – please keep that in mind while reading this blog. I apologize in advance for my imperfections.

Personally, I am a planner, I have to have everything laid out ahead of time in order to obtain any level of productivity. My plans have plans, seriously. So when I was trying to plan a wedding, help create a dream sheet and learn about the military – I found myself stumbling upon numerous websites for days, with most websites being completely useless. I came across many websites that provided quite a bit of information, but none of them could fully answer all of my questions. Yesterday I began thinking to myself, “wouldn’t this be easier if someone had one gigantic website with all of the information you’re looking for – kind of like a Wikipedia for military spouses?” Obviously, the answer is YES!

I hope that this blog can be a place for military members and “significant others” of all branches, marital status’ and ranks to come together and connect with one another while finding the answers you are looking for. Ideally, this will be a place where everyone can learn something . Bare with me as I attempt to gather the appropriate information to answer everyone’s questions. Keep in mind, “Rome wasn’t built in a day!” This website will continue to be a work in progress. I will also blog about my personal experiences with military life, I know it is useful to hear real-life stories. I will do my best to keep everything up-to-date so check back frequently!

-SM

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