In the not very distant future I’m going to be writing a bit about my experience staying at home with Abbee and Noah while Patience was going through Air Force Basic Military Training. It was a pretty emotional time for all of us and sadly, there weren’t a lot of people who fully understood the enormous changes our family was going through while we were apart. One of the few people who completely understood was Jonathon Lloyd.
Alina and Patience started basic training on the same day and went through nearly 9 weeks of stress and growth together. Back at home, North Carolina for Jonathon and Washington for me and the kids, I feel like both of us went through a lot of the same stuff as well… stress and growth but probably a bit more stress. The nervousness of not knowing what they were going through on a day to day basis was tough. So was the anxiety of watching our phones, waiting for that call that was going to be far too short.
Unfortunately, I didn’t actually reach out to Jonathon until after we both went to San Antonio for our wive’s basic training graduation. This is one of the few times where I’ll say I really appreciate social media. I noticed Jonathon in a group run by Air Force Wing Mom’s. I guess you could say we were part of a very small group within that group. The few Air Force Wing Husbands. #airforcehusbands – members: 2
I really wish I would have reached out to Jonathon sooner! It was great to be able to message someone to see how they were doing, if they were experiencing the same things I was experiencing and to talk about what we were looking forward to when our significant others weren’t available. My friendship with Jonathon has been something that has absolutely meant the world to me since he was available to talk and understand what I was going through during this hard process.
A few weeks ago I was finally able to meet Jonathon in person while Patience and Alina got to see each other for the first time since basic training. It was awesome and was a great reminder of how small and close knit the Air Force can be. Thankfully, even though they are stationed in Utah and we are in Kansas, I’m sure we’ll get to see them again and we can’t wait!