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Introducing Kristen Faires, a Navy spouse, married to her Sailor for six years. They are stationed in Georgia.
Like any other job there is good and bad, but the thing Kristen loves most about being a Navy spouse is the Navy has given them a wonderful opportunity to network with people they would not have otherwise come into contact. She is also very proud of her husband’s commitment to not only his country and providing for their family in the best way he can.
Being a special needs family has cause their life to do a 180 degree turn, but in the best way possible. They were ushered into being a special needs family when their oldest child was four and had a massive physical decline. They struggled with the stages of grief and mourned the life they thought he was going to have. When they picked themselves back up they really learned how to live out their faith and trust in God. Kristen and her husband realized they had a very unique set of qualifications to serve the children in their community; they are now foster parents. They are now teaching their children to trust God, and that no matter how they came into their family that they can impact the world around them.
Kristen’s advice for other special needs families is to take the time to grieve. There will be guilt and self-blame. That is normal. It’s ok to take some time to focus on and process all of those complicated emotions. Just remember: it is NOT your fault. Once you process all of that: pick yourself up and find a way to get involved. Serving others is a great way to change your perspective and brighten your day.
The Military Special Needs Network honors and salutes Kristen Faires as the Military Spouse of the Day! We thank you for being such a wonderful military spouse and an amazing advocate.
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