Next week, my husband starts a new chapter in his career. He will be finished with his current assignment at the Pentagon and moving on to a school based position for a year. An hour ago, he received an award for his efforts on this tour. I can attest, as his wife, that Andy has earned this award. He is an excellent Marine. The Pentagon was lucky to have him.
And now I am lucky that they are giving him back.
So Honey, if you're reading this after pricing laptops online tonight, Congratulations on a job superbly done!
Our children watch out the window as you bike off into the sunrise at 5:30am every morning. They will grow up thinking it's entirely normal to do 25 miles total to and from work on their mountain bikes. They will always know first hand what it looks like to work hard because they live with the best example in the world, their Dad. Someone who never shrugs off hard work, long hours, or going above and beyond when mediocre is the norm.
I'm very proud of the Marine you are and have become in the duration of this D.C. tour. It wasn't long ago you were worried about being a little fish in a brass pond but look at you now. You may not have the decorations of a Colonel or a General on your uniform (yet) but you do have those gentlemen on speed dial on your cell phone. They call you on your vacation not to see how many fish you have caught with Grayson but to try to retain your stellar service in the future. Don't think I don't notice the missed calls.
You, my husband, are a big deal.
I love you and am so very proud of your accomplishments at work and at this crazy place we call home. If only for one more year.