Nicki Bunting lives in Maryland and is raising two sons, Connor and Cooper. She was named Military Spouse Magazine's 2010 Army Spouse of the Year, the 2011 Potomac Citizen of the Year, and received the 2014 TAPS Ted Stevens Leadership Award for her work supporting families of the fallen.
In another life, we would have been planning for this sort of thing as our special night out. My husband would fret over his uniform, making sure each medal was placed correctly and every inch was perfectly pressed. I would spend hours shopping for the “perfect dress.” We’d meet up with some of our friends beforehand, admiring one another’s dresses and laughing about our night to come.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.