Enjoying life as a firewife
Hi, I'm Amie. I live just outside of San Francisco with my firefighter husband and our two wild sons. I spend my days running around with my sons and husband on his days off. When I'm not with my boys, I'm either working out or taking an art/language class. I love to read, travel, spend time in nature and cook healthy meals for my family. I often lose sleep following food and mom blogs, and unique ways to braid my hair.
Shelly P. says
Wonderfully written! As a firefighter wife, I also feel the way you do when there are constant days of life without FF home. Even if we try to connect by staying in contact, its not the same when you have very little time at home together to discuss household business or have fun. I can honestly say that no one has ever said “you know what you signed up for” and I’m glad that they have not. I, like you, didn’t imagine it would be this way at all because I knew my husband long before he was a FF. And none of my family understands the any of it. The schedule, the loneliness, the times when you need help and they aren’t there. I love my husband. I admire what he does and I am thankful every day he is home! When he is not home, sometimes I have to remember to just breathe and remind myself to focus on being thankful for my blessings instead of wishing for something else…even if my wish is just for more time with my FF.
Thank you for commenting. I too have learned to be thankful for my blessings and not have the grass is greener on the other side mentality.
When I met my husband he was a paid/volunteer on 3 departments. That life a first scared me as he was always on the go for these 3 departments. When he was notified of his fulltime/career position I thought lets hope this is different. I kind of knew what I signed up for as my dad was a firefighter as well and knew there would be birthdays/holidays/double shifts that he would miss out on family time. I can say that many friends ask how do you do this? Why did he decide to this life? I just tell them that I think its in his blood. His initial career choice was to be a lawyer – did all the schooling, etc. and one day said I enjoy firefighting this will be my new career goal. I am very proud of his choice.
Thanks for commenting. I always have a little sadness when my husband misses out on the memories of the holiday. My only requirement is he never works on our sons birthdays. Firefighting is my husbands passion.
Thank you for sharing your struggle, triumph and journey. This was a great read and encouraging.