Military Moms: Amazing Stories of Deployment, Single Parenting + Going Without Sex

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Military Moms: Amazing Stories of Deployment, Single Parenting + Going Without Sex

Stephanie Gutridge-Snode

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Stephanie G.S.

Age: 36

Number of Kids: 3

Where They’re Stationed: Norfolk, Va.

Her Military connection: Husband is a lieutenant commander and pilot in the U.S. Navy

Number of Times She’s Moved for the Military: 10

Her proudest moment as a military mom: We relocated to Norman, Okla in 2007 and happened to move next door to an Army family. We became fast friends. The husband was gearing up for his first deployment in Iraq. My daughter Delaney, who was 4 or 5 at the time, was at their house playing and she sat at their breakfast bar with their oldest son (who was just six months older) and explained to him about how it is really hard when daddy leaves and that it’s scary but it’s okay because they will come back. My friend called me to tell me about it as soon as Delaney left. I'm still so proud of her for that.

How she keeps the spark alive in her marriage: I feel like I’ve loved my husband all my life. I met him when I was 11 years old -- and he was the first boy I ever danced with at a school dance. What keeps the spark alive for us is open communication and friendship. We enjoy playful flirting, romantic notes, a lot of physical contact when we’re together in our home and dates when we can make them happen. We don’t have "date night" as many other couples do, but we do try and have a date night inside the house at least every week or two. We’ll sit in the backyard (which my husband decorated the trees with twinkle lights) with a fire in the chimney and drink wine and just talk, or even just ignoring the mess in the kitchen or playroom or laundry or dishes and cuddle on the couch while watching TV. We’re the first ones to make personal sacrifices for our children, but if we sacrifice our relationship with each other for our kids then there would be no relationship or family left. We won’t be in the military forever and won’t have kids at home forever either and we want to have a relationship that will last beyond both.

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