We have been an active-duty Army family for 14 years.
Recently, my husband felt called to leave the Military Police Corps and become a chaplain. We are so excited to follow this path. However, to do this, we have to leave active duty while he gets his M-Div and he will be a reservist for three years. This is about an 85 percent pay cut. I also had to leave my job. We have three boys aged 13, 9, and 6. Initially, I was terrified about how we would provide for them during this time.
We had a few ceremonies coming up for my husband leaving and entering the Chaplain Corps as a Chaplain Candidate, and a Mother/Son Dance for Mother’s Day, so my friend and I went to the mall. We went into a store and Heather, a store employee, began assisting us. I tried on a few things, but then she brought me a dress that was stunning. I felt so beautiful! She then brought shoes and jewelry to go with it and I felt like a princess. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get this, but asked if she could tally it up for me, just in case I could somehow make it happen.
I left feeling kind of defeated. Nothing to wear, sad we couldn’t afford that dress, and now nothing compared to that dress.
We went home and over the weekend it was forgotten about… until Monday. I was called down to the office by my school’s principal. I thought it was odd and I had no idea what was going on. I walked into the office and saw Heather holding the dress, shoes, and all the jewelry I tried on that day.
At first, I didn’t know what was going on. Then Heather said she brought these items for me because she wanted me to feel beautiful at all my events. My legs almost fell out from under me as I began crying in thankfulness.
A few days later, on the day of the ceremony, I left from work to get ready. Another friend is a local business owner and surprised me at home — ready to do my hair and professional makeup.
Heather and Brittany went above and beyond for me so I would feel beautiful as we made this transition. I could never thank them enough for what they gave me that day. They gave me a feeling that I’ve never felt before and I will never, ever forget.