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 She held my hands when times were rough.

Always there when I just couldn't give enough.

She kept the house and children well,
for I was half living in hell.

All seemed well with her outside,
never scared, never cried.

She stood so brave and strong at times
and always there to share.

I wish I would of taken more time to show,
just how much I love her so.

All the time she wept over me,
not wanting me to see.

The years have slipped us by My Dear,
and long at last I see.

You have stood by me in times of bad,
never faltered, never mad.

You have shared your love endlessly,
with the highest price sacrifice.

You ask so little and give so much.

How could I ever do you just?

By: Me~Marci Moseman©July 2000


 The Silent Ranks

I wear no uniforms, no blues or army greens.
But I am in the army in the ranks rarely seen.
I have no rank upon my shoulders. Salutes I do not give.
But the military world is the place where I live.

I'm not in the chain of command, orders I do not get.
But my husband is the one who does, this I can not forget.
I'm not the one who fires the weapon,who puts my life on the line.
But my job is just as tough. I'm the one that's left behind.

My husband is a patriot, a brave and prideful man.
and the call to serve his country not all can understand.
Behind the lines I see the things needed to keep this country free.
My husband makes the sacrifice, but so do our kids and me.

I love the man I married. Soldiering is his life.
But I stand among the silent ranks
known as the
Military Wife.

 11 Military Commandments


I. Thou shalt not write in ink in thy address book.
II. Thou shalt not covet choice assignments of other uniformed branches of service.
III. Love thy neighbor (T'is easier if thou buyest a house on a corner).
IV. Honor thy Commissary and Exchange as long as they both shall live.
V. Thou shalt not ridicule a local politician, for mighty senators from local politicians grow.
VI. Thou shalt look for the best in every assignment, even though the best may be "Most childhood diseases in one year" or "Record snow in one month's time".
VII. Thou shall remember all thy friends from all thy assignments with greetings at Christmas, for thy never knowest when thou may wish to spendeth the night with them enroute to a new post/base.
VIII. Be kind and gentle to retired, white haired Commissary and Exchange customers, because thou too will be a retiree someday.
IX. Thou shalt not curse thy spouse when he's/she's on TDY on moving day.
X. Thou must never arrive at a new post/base and constantly brag about how everything was much better at thy last post/base.
XI. Know that if it can goeth wrong, breaketh, or bloweth up it will happen 15 minutes thy spouse has gone TDY.