Army life comes with many challenges. We can be far away from family and friends back in Texas, Alex's deployments and training exercises can keep us apart at times, and we move every few years for a new duty station and start from scratch. Despite all of that, it has been such a beautiful experience. We have met so many incredible people that are now family to us. The relationships we have built are truly something special. We now not only have family in Texas, but all over the world. As we move with the military, we build new friendships and often times run into old ones. Living around or on a military base is also something special! People seem more devoted to building relationships since we all have the same challenges. Even if you are brand new to your duty station, baby showers are thrown for moms-to-be by complete strangers. Invites to birthday parties for little ones or block parties for holidays are for the whole neighborhood. Everyone wants to make sure that even though we are away from family we can always count on our Army family right next door! Family members love visiting us as well. Alex loves to take his nieces and nephews on tours through his hangar and show them the aircraft he loves to fly! He has also been able to take his sister for a flight since she is in the Air Force. Some nights it can be a little hard to sleep right next to an airfield, but the sound of helicopters every night now rocks us to sleep!On top of the bonds we have made, we get to live and travel new places all of the time. We have lived in Alabama, Hawaii, and currently Washington state. We never really know where the Army will take us in the United States or abroad, but every place, no matter how remote, turns out to be a hidden gem for something. We won't live this life forever and one day hope to have a forever home in Texas close to family, but we are so thankful for our Army Family and the loved ones we have all around the world.