I rarely talk about the Mr. or my kids here just because their not that interesting…Hahhh! I am kidding but the truth is this is my little space and I enjoy it like that.

Nonetheless my husband has always been my rock and as my career has progressed with his support I just wanted to tell him publicly how much of my true hero and best friend he is.

Dear Child ( The name we call each other)

Ten years ago I was surfing prehistoric AOL and infatuated with the idea that I could talk to anyone anywhere from my little old desk in Long Island NY. I had no real aspiration to meet anyone online and thought it was kind of weird frankly.

Then I saw you with your beautiful snickers mocha complexion  (our favorite coffee) and those gorgeous funny colored eyes (at a certain angle) sitting on a bale of hay , leaving me wondering what planet is he from lol?

Yet something about that strong , fearless yet patient and caring look in your eyes persuaded me to put my fear of a Jeffrey Dahmer wanna be eating me and contact you anyway. Who knew we could fall in love  just by talking everyday for four hours seven states away from each other and being the spokes people for opposites attract. I remember my first train ride to North Carolina and you greeting me from behind a pole like some kind of “Casablanca” movie  in your Marine dress blues with everyone looking at you weirdly because we were in Fort Bragg !

I remember you coming to my hotel room to pick me up for dinner with your gorgeous little three year old daughter whom you were raising by yourself. Her hair was perfectly done in her little blue and white polka dot dress. I knew right then and there I wanted and needed to be with you. In just a minute of watching your interaction with “A” I knew that I not only wanted to be your wife but the mother of your children.

I watched your joy as we got married and then me pregnant and us betting on whether it was going to be a boy or girl. Watching you jump up and down in the sonogram room was one of the best moments of my life. This was the one bet I couldn’t be disappointed at losing because I was going to give you a son. Who could be mad at that! I remember in my young insecurity realizing how much you loved me as we stood there in our scene from “She’s Having A Baby” type moment. There it was our complete family.

The day you had to walk away from us for the first time to go overseas I learned about strength. You taught me how to be strong, my courage you gave to me and whenever you said something was going to be okay it was. When I felt like I was mentally unraveling you put aside your stresses and fears to make sure that I had none. Despite any trials and tribulations we may have endured you taught me faith, patience and most of all love.

Almost one year ago we nearly died…we did . You take so much for granted until in a matter of seconds you look to your left and you don’t see the person who you know you can’t breathe without. I should have known that God wouldn’t let something happen to you instead he allowed you to do what you do best and crawl to get our babies from a crushed car. It was only at the moment I laid in that ambulance not sure if I was dying  or just in shock that for the first time ever in ten years I saw true fear and fright on your face. I can never repay you for pulling not only me but my mom and our kids from that car.

You know in the military life we all say our soldiers are heroes because you all are. Yet you truly are my hero because you saved my life and I can never repay you other then to tell you that you will always be the light of my life, my love and most of all my best friend.

Some won’t understand why I am choosing to post this on here but it’s because this (Army Wife 101) could not have happened without you. In a line of work where some men are controlling or won’t let their wives have the time to work on something just for them…you did. This is not a brag just a testament and my way of saying …Thank You!

Although due to work circumstances you can’t be here for Father’s Day…just know that know you are the best dad and husband and no special holiday is needed to tell you that!



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Krystel is the mom of two and an Army Wife. In addition to Army Wife 101 she is the Co-Founder of SoFluential.com a digital media agency that connects brands with the military market. She has appeared on MSNBC ,FOX LA and formerly was a weekly contributor to HLN's "Raising America". She has written for various outlets including Sheknows and Lifetime and is a big fan of cupcakes and french fries.

17 Comments on A Love Letter To My My Husband and The Best Father I Know…Tissues Needed…Maybe?

  1. That’s one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read. You’re all truly blessed to have each other. Happy Father’s Day!

    • WOW! Though it isn’t Father’s Day- your statement of love is a true testament of GOD’s love for you both to bless you to find eachother and share this life together. Really inspirational! May The LORD of LORDS keep watching of you and your family. Stay Blessed.

      Vel’vet Ekere

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