Shortly after posting about the "Free Military Session" I received my first inquiry from a young woman whose husband was being deployed in November. Just recently I was able to meet Tara and her precious 4 month old, Tighe, to take some pictures to send off to her husband, Tim. Tim is currently serving as a Marine Helicopter Crew Chief stationed in Afghanistan. During our time together we were not only able to capture some awesome shots, but we were able to talk about what life has been like for her as a military wife. In the past 16 months The Eustace's have experienced some of life's greatest joys in marriage and giving birth to their first son. They have also been dealt some of life's toughest challenges as Tim was deployed 6 weeks after Tighe was born.
I put together a questionnaire for Tara to help me gain a little more insight into her life so that I could reference it while writing this blog. Some of her responses touched me so much that I had to just put them verbatim. Here are some of the Q&A's:
Q: Biggest challenges you face with spouse deployed?
A: Wow, this is a hard one! I would have to say raising our son. Not that it is too hard, or that I don’t have help because I have a great family that helps me everyday. But that I don’t get to share the firsts with him. Everyday Tighe learns, or does something new and I wish that Tim could be here with me to watch him grow. Another challenge is taking on all of the “manly” duties. Tim can fix anything so I always took for granted how nice it was to have him around when ever anything went wrong. But now when the washer breaks, the car is leaking, the heater stops working, or the backyard fence falls down, I can’t run to him to fix everything. And everything I have listed has happened since he has left.
Q: What do you do to help you get through the toughest/most emotional days?
A: Prayer! Without my relationship with Christ I honestly don’t know how I could get through each day. Of course I have my days where I just want to break down and not do anything, but I have learned that is OK. Those days have become some of my favorite because Tighe and I wont leave the house and I will just focus on him the entire day, which always leaves me full of joy.
Q: What makes you most proud of your spouse?
A: His faith in Christ never waivers. He is honest and courageous. He is kind, loving, and generous. I love how easy it is for him to express his love for me and Tighe. He is so sincere, and thoughtful. I am proud of the sacrifices that he has made to protect our country. Tim loves America so much that he is willing to do everything he can to ensure our freedom. He is my Hero!
Tara, I am so amazed at your strength and courage during this time. It is truly a testimony of your faith. I had such a blast with you and Tighe. I look forward to meeting Tim as soon as he arrives back home!
*If anyone reading this post knows of a military family that would like to be a part of the "Free Military Session" please have them visit my website to fill out a contact form.