Creative HomeFires is a series which highlights the value that creativity offers to family members of a deployed spouse/significant other. We offer stories of the creative life and the beautiful benefits experienced during some of the most difficult seasons.
This Feature is written by Misty Cooper, shop owner of
Where the Army Takes Us, God will Keep Us
My husband and I married straight out of high school; his first year in the Army, my first year of college. Almost 20 years later, we have 6 children, a career Army family and memories of a life
Our first duty station together was Fort Hood. We foolishly attempted our first DITY move from TN to TX with 2 small children, no command sponsor and no idea of how our lives were about to change. In the process of packing the car, we lost all our moving money; only to find it a few hours later in my husband’s pocket(to give you an idea of how we started things)! At Fort Hood, we experienced our first FRG, HUGE wild turkeys in our back yard and our first lockdown due to Desert Storm. Living there made me miss home, made me love being a wife, mother and develop a love for the Army; but I could not wait to get out of Dodge.
We have made our way to Fort Eustis, Germany, Korea and Iraq (of course) and have come to rest at Fort Gordon where, by some strange blow of the winds, we have been stationed for nearly 9 years. We have grown our family to 8 and now, both happily and reluctantly, await my husband’s retirement.
Looking for a way to help ease the financial transition from military to civilian life, I decided to turn my passion for children and their needs into our family business. I am the creative side and my husband is the business part. Truly, two heads are better than one.
The latest chapter in this Army spouse’s book has thus far been bitter sweet. As we welcomed our newest little man, we found ourselves praying God’s Grace over our oldest son, as he left for Basic Training this month.
As my life in a traveling family comes full circle, I take time everyday to thank God for the many blessings He so graciously has poured over me, my family and my business. Through all of our PCS’ing, TDY’ing , Deploying and all those other military acronyms, we have endured and preserved in true Army spirit to forge ahead to life’s next great adventure…. with our business and all our little ones on our shoulders.
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