I am so excited to have one of my best girls, Paige guest post for me this week! As a former dispatcher and current cop wife she has lots to share with us! Make sure to leave her some love!
I am Paige.
I blog over at Boots, Bows & the 5oh.I am the wifey to Curtis who is a k9 deputy for our county and the Mommy to Charli Beth (6 years), Bryar (7 months) and Gunner ( 4 year old - Belgian Malinois)
When Curtis and I started dating in early 2011, I was a dispatcher for another 911 center. We were a small county so I maintained county, city, fire and ems. I worked second and third shifts and boy am I thankful that I did. It made me so much wiser and stronger for what I was about to get "myself into" as a "Police Wife."
Thankfully, since our first date we have always been to talk to each other about the things that we have experienced in our work. Our first date was at Denny's at midnight while Curtis was working third shift and we talked about several things that we had both had happened to us. Our next couple of dates were the same exact way, minus having to wait on him for 45 minutes while he was working a wreck. Although, I am not dispatching anymore and work in the justice systems as a paralegal, I can relate to a lot or understand. I think this is a huge plus in our marriage.
But no matter what you can never really "understand" and yes when your Husband is getting home 3 hours late on your date night due to a meth lab he has just found your feelings will be hurt. But deep down inside your heart will be glowing at the fact that you have a Husband, best friend and soul mate that takes so much pride into his career.
I remember making a book for our first Valentines Day that had a caption of how much I admired Curtis for his determination and love for his job, as well as Gunner. But I never understood the love that they have for one another. It took me quite a while to see all of the things that these two go through together at work and at home. But there is never a moment where Gunner does not show his love for Curtis. A lot of people do not understand that Curtis takes full responsibility and care for Gunner - and yes he does live with us. Even though I may not be a huge fan of getting body slammed while walking out to do laundry because Gunner is not a fan of baskets or the miles high of dog hair that he sheds, but I swear I love him, his love for my husband, their partnership and his protective attitude for our family.
I am blessed to have a Husband that put his life on the line every day for not only our family but our entire city/county. I am thankful for his determination and hard working attitude that brings him back home to our children at night. I can never thank him or any other officer enough for the sacrifices that they make during their time of duty. But the way that I will thank him is being understanding, having an open heart to the situations that he faces daily, and confident prayers that he will always pull his cruiser back into our drive with Gunner man barking to let us know they have arrived.