It was encouraging for me, to speak with women from around the country who know the lingo. Who can commiserate about the stressors that surround our husbands and our marriages. Who don't judge when we admit that day after shift is hard. Sam also was able to connect with guys as they got honest about PTSD and how it has impacted their marriages. These men were open about their addictions and recoveries and encouraged each other to make getting their marriages back on track a priority.
We spent time asking some really tough questions. We practiced active listening skills while hearing some really hard answers. I'll be the first to admit that our marriage is not all unicorns and rainbows. We have fallen into some really deep pitfalls along our journey. The last three years have been filled with a million challenges, changes, and adjustments. Some we weathered well, others we struggled and required outside help.
This group reassured us that asking for help isn't a bad thing and showed us that we are not alone. Firefighter marriages across the country are under siege, but now we have new resources to access and some new skills to practice. Best of all we have a new "tribe" that welcomed us into their place of camaraderie and support.
If you are in need of firefighter marriage resources check out https://firefighterwife.com/
|We had a date night at an outdoor restaurant.|
|ZOOM meeting with 65+ firefighter families across the country was amazing!|
|For the first time ever in 28 years of being together, I put on Sam's gear and I have a new appreciation for what he does.|
|Part of the event included cooking our own dinner together with everyone else via ZOOM.|
Creamy Chicken with Mashed potatoes and Bacon wrapped asparagus.