“It is a mother’s instinct to protect her children. From the moment we feel the first movement as they grow inside us; we take on the role of protector…
…What happens to our basic instinct to protect our child when he or she is ordered to one of the most dangerous places in the world? The one thing that comes so naturally to us, which we have done with ease for 18 years, is suddenly beyond our grasp. Oh, we still feel the need, but we are no longer able to protect our children! Worse than that, we cannot know exactly where they are, what they are doing, or if they are safe, injured or even alive. What now? How do we get through the day? How do we survive?” (Quote from Battles of the Heart: Boot Camp for Military Moms )
I started journaling the day my son left for his second deployment to Iraq in 2008. What began as an exercise for my own sanity is now Battles of the Heart: Boot Camp for Military Moms. I realized that I was not the only mother of a service member who was struggling with the emotional trauma of her child’s deployment and I became passionate about helping others.
In Battles of the Heart: Boot Camp for Military Moms, I share my personal experiences and challenges with the emotional side of deployment and offer a training guide to help other moms and family members cope with a loved one’s deployment.
In addition to writing about my experience, I co-founded Military Families Ministry (MFM) with another military mom, Paula Parker. MFM is focused on supporting the entire military family through the establishment of ministry and support groups in churches and communities. We unite military families who support each other while working on service projects to support our deployed troops, wounded warriors, and veterans.
Battles of the Heart: Boot Camp for Military Moms is a reminder that our nation’s freedom is not free. Military families pay a very real price for that freedom. I want to create awareness of the sacrifices made by our service members and their entire family. My goal is to inspire individuals, churches, and community groups to support the military families in their midst. Visit Battles of the Heart on Facebook.
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