Thursday, February 22, 2007

Before our special day . . .


Ever since Jake and I have been married, we have been planning ahead for the future. Taking "Deployment Readiness" classes, I am preparing myself for the worst. With only a year left until his deployment, we try to spend as much time together as possible- but it is very hard. We fill up our weekend with activities that are fun and try to make them memorable so we have something to look back upon. I love being married to Jake and looking back to the past, I wouldn't have changed anything about our relationship because who knows, we might not have been where we are now! Write back! --Jenn

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At February 22, 2007 at 8:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the show and am so happy for you guys. I wish you both the best.

 
At February 22, 2007 at 9:54 AM , Blogger babygurl620 said...

jen i know how u feel my boyfriend is getting deployed in june for a year and a half i don't even want to think about it and i don't think im ready but he has to do it i can't stop him and the hard part is im only 16 but your show made me see that we aren't the only ones that hate haveing to live with deployment!! thanks
JOCELYN 16, MAINE

 
At February 22, 2007 at 10:27 AM , Anonymous Heather said...

Congratulations. My husband and I were married and young and we was stationed at Schofield Barracks when we got married as well. We have been married for 15 years now. It was wonderful seeing your story. Hang in their through the deployment and rely on the love and strength that brought you together as husband and wife.

Jake loved your Integrity shirt. Dwid is my big brother. It makes me smile to see people who like his music.

I wish you both a wonderful marriage. Hang in there love is worth it.

 
At February 22, 2007 at 11:07 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to the military family. You will learn alot about being a Army wife. Beware of the wives that are trying to pry into your business and NEVER get have a friendship with someone who is unstable emotionally. I have been married to my husband for almost a year and he is currently deployed. It is really hard if your in a state where you don't have any family. So be strong and stay encouraged!!

 
At February 22, 2007 at 11:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this show. I think the episode with jenn and jake is probably my favorite episode. Its great. I think ya'll are a cuite couple and i think you guys are going to last.

 
At February 22, 2007 at 11:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you will do fine with the deployment. you show that you truely love him so its all going to work out for the best. I wish ya'll the best.

 
At February 22, 2007 at 12:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well ,I just want to wish good luck and never get dissapointed because he is going to WAR well ur anonymous fiend take care and wish u good luck and many wishes and bye ,bye

 
At February 22, 2007 at 12:02 PM , Anonymous Corin said...

Welcome to the wonderful world of the military wife. I also moved right after getting married. And I'm now in a place where I don't know very many people and I do miss my family - but I keep telling everyone "thank goodness I married my best friend or I would be lost." The first year might seem rough, but I'm sure you will both make it work. The miltary lifestyle is not for everyone - congratulations and get ready for the ride!!!!

 
At February 22, 2007 at 12:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jen, My name is Ashley and I didn't have the time to watch the show yet, but i plan on it. I watched the delted scenes and aftermath. Im sorta in the same situation as you. Im not married, but im dating a guy from the Army. He is in Iraq right now and it is very hard on me. I try to stay busy so i dont have to think about him and what he is doing so much. Be prepared to not here from very often. I also wanted to say that its normal to cry everynight.. i still do, it has been two months so far. We have only 7 more months to go. I hope he proposes to me when he gets back. I wish you the best! Just stay strong!

 
At February 22, 2007 at 1:16 PM , Anonymous Marisa Cardenas said...

Hey there Jen!! Welcome to the life of a military wife. I will tell you now as you already know, it is hard. My husband and I were married on September 6, 2005 by the justice of the peace. No one was there, just the two of us. I left California the next day to go back home to Nebraska, where I am from. We are both young, he was 18 when we married, I was 20. Now here we are 18 months into it and we are just now for the last five months getting to experience what it's like for REAL. We never got that chance to experience married life right away, because we knew he was deploying 6 months later with the Marine Corps so I stayed home with my family. We were lucky as far as him coming home early ( he was gone for 7 months ). The time was stressful, as it always is, and you never know when you will hear from them which makes it harder. Please hang in there. I see how mad you get at him and it reminds me of how I can be. But you love eachother, so all of these things you will experience are just ripples in the water compared to the life you will live with him forever. Thank you for showing the TRUE side of what married life can be. It's not all flowers and daisies, smiles and laughter, though that is the most wonderful part about it. It's growing and learning from eachother. Just remember to never go to sleep or work mad. Work things out beforehand, and everything will be okay. Hang in there!!

Marisa from California

 
At February 22, 2007 at 2:45 PM , Blogger Babialexa said...

Wow. Whenever I saw your story on MTV all I could think about was how much you
reminded me of myself. My husband is also in the Army. I was 19 and he was 20
when we got married about a year ago. He has yet to be deployed but you never
know when they are going to be sent over. All we can do is prepare ourselves as
much as possible and pray they come back safe.

 
At February 22, 2007 at 4:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i watched the show and loved it!! i think you guys are made for each other!! every couple may have its ups and downs but thats what a relationship is about!! good luck with the many more yers to come of marriage! hang in there jen it'll be alright..it'll work out in the end....

 
At February 22, 2007 at 4:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey jenn watched your show last night. My husband is in the Army and I am very pround but your show made me miss him so much and I'm like you I don't want to talk about him going to Iraq. I hope things are going well for you

 
At February 22, 2007 at 6:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the show and I am happy for your marriage. I am glad that you two let us glimpse into the lives that the war does affect that most young adults don't think about.

 
At February 22, 2007 at 6:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really liked this episode it is my favorite and i think you will do fine with the deployment my husband is currently deployed and it is really hard but then i think of all the good times we had and that he will be home soon and i know that every thing will be ok. oh yea and CONGADULATIONS on the marriage and it was a beautiful wedding.

 
At February 23, 2007 at 10:11 AM , Blogger Tippy2little said...

I am glad for the two of you. Remember put God first in all that you do. A couple that prays together stays together. Love each other unconditionally. Be fruitful and multiply

 
At February 23, 2007 at 10:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i saw the show and i just want to say congrats and also let you know i know how you feel.w.. me and my hubby got married on feb 4th with about 20 of our closest family and friends.and we just turned 21 so we had a lot of questions too. he is being deployed in 2 weeks for 8-15 mths if not more.. it sucks but hey one things my pastor told me that helps a lot is God doesnt give you anything you cant handle... If you guys just have faith and know that your love is strong you will make it through anything.. also we are from columbus, so i thought that was kind of neat too.. both from ohio.. well good luck and God bless..and spend as much time together as you can and avoid petty fights..

 
At February 23, 2007 at 2:03 PM , Anonymous Kristen said...

Congrats! I wish you both the best of luck. I am a proud Army wife and am surviving my third deployment. Good luck and God bless! I know how difficult married, let alone miltary life can be and wish you both the best!

Love from Ft Bragg!

 
At February 23, 2007 at 2:16 PM , Blogger Lizz said...

I, too, am an army wife! We got married by my best friend (she got ordained online) on a beach in California when I was 19 and my husband was 20. We are stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and we are facing a deployment in the fall, so I know what you are going through! Good luck!

 
At February 24, 2007 at 6:28 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

I just wanted to give you another encouraging word. I too married into the military world and have only been with my husband for half the time we have beeen in a relationship. When he went to Iraq, he actually came back more appreciative of me and America. It is a total different world and what they experience and deal with there helped him know that he needs to show his love every chance he has because he may not get another one. It actually helped us get closer when he got back. I have a good group of girls I hang out with in times like these, he is gone right now too. Just keep looking to the end of the tunnel!

 
At February 25, 2007 at 9:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jen, Congrats! My fiance is in the military and is deployed for three years straight. (I see him twice a year for about 2 weeks) So, when he gets back in about 2 years we are getting married. Hang tight, it's completely worth it, I promise. I would never give up all this love, just because of a little distance. I wish you both the best!
Nichole 20, North Carolina

 
At February 25, 2007 at 9:40 AM , Anonymous shina said...

i think this must've been the best episode ive seen yet. i almost cried at the part when you two were watching the news on "iraq-life in hell" . in my relationship we tend to argue a lot, but eventaully its all worth it and things will get better. good luck to both of you

 
At February 25, 2007 at 9:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats!! My hubby is in the military too. My husband and I were both young when we got married. I was 19, he was 20. I don't think it matters how old you are, it's more of just being mature, and knowing you're each other's soulmates. We've been married for 8 years now!! He means the world to me and I'm soo proud of him. We have 3 kids, they are 3 1/2 yr, 14 mths, and 3 mths. Our family is complete now with 2 boys and a girl. We have a wonderful life, and I wouldn't change any of it.

 
At February 25, 2007 at 9:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

you two make a beautiful couple! I just got married too and it gets hard sometimes, but it's worth fighting for! Communication is the key and always try to express yourself with a clear mind. You'll regret it or cause negative vibes if you speak out of anger.

 
At February 25, 2007 at 12:28 PM , Anonymous Ashley said...

Hey jen.. I totally understand what you are going through. I got married in March of 06. My hubby is in the Air Force and we are stationed in California. I was 18 when we got married. He was deployed to Iraq 3 months after i moved to California. As of now, he is due back in June of 07. It was really hard for me at first, because im also far away from my family (im from MI). But get to know all the wife's that are in your husband squadron, and idk how the army is but the air force has spouses meetings and they are really helpful. I've gotten used to him being away and it doesn't hurt so bad. Anyways i wish you two the best and stay strong.
Ashley 19, Vandenberg AFB, CA

 
At February 25, 2007 at 5:57 PM , Blogger Armywife24 said...

best of luck to the two of you. I myself am a military wife me and my husband have been married for 5 years.with my husband being in the Army I never experienced the typical marriage until my husbands first deployment was over,cuz My son was born in june of 03 he came home for 10 days leave from where he was stationed at the time and met his son 10 days after he was born and left for iraq 6 days later,So i totally understand how you feel hes been there twice and Afghanistan once now,so this lifestyle isnt for everyone but you both will gain more love for one another each time theres a trial of your love when he goes away.you two seem to really love eachother so you two are going to be just fine.best of luck on your family in the future as well children are wonderful I have two kids that I love with all my heart and adore. We are currently stationed in hawaii ourselves and will be here for the next 2 years. hang in there there will be hard times and easy times but its all worth it when you love eachother best of luck to you both.
Kristen24 Hawaii

 
At February 26, 2007 at 7:13 PM , Blogger loverofone68w said...

congratulations to you both I loved your wedding!! My husband just returned from Iraq in November and we found out last Friday he is on orders for June to go back. Keep your head up and stay strong and know that your husband loves you-- don't let anyone bring you down! We were married young too, we were both 18!! NOW 4 years later at 22, we still learn new things about each other everday-- but we have spent 2 yrs apart too. That is great that you are focusing on Nursing while he is gone, I am going to school too! Stay happy alwayS!

Rebecca, 22

 
At February 26, 2007 at 8:01 PM , Anonymous Meagan Alexander said...

I loved your guys' wedding, it looked absolutely beautiful! I think it was the right thing for you guys to get married early because of the circumstances. I also want to thank Jake for what he is doing as far as Going to Iraq. I live in Hawaii and have for almost nine years. I'm a Navy Brat and love it! I have seen so many Soldiers from Schofield leave for Iraq and leave their families. My family and I actually watched alot of soldiers leave their families while we were visiting Texas. I didn't even know who they were and i was even sad. And after that, we found out that the plane we were on contained soldiers that were going to Iraq. And just a little pointer, when Jake get's back from Iraq, force him to go to therapy. Our best friend that went to Iraq didn't go to therapy when he got back and now it's really catching up to him. Anyways, I hope you and your seven kids have a wonderful life together. And, incase nobody told you, the married life is hard, but as long as you love eachother you will make it through.

Meagan 14, Hawaii

 
At February 26, 2007 at 10:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the Show and just wanted to say congratulations and as a Veteran of OIF I,II,IV,V as long as you love each other you will make it. Just spend time on the internet and write and call as much as possible and all will be good i wish you both the best of luck and also good luck with the baby,s.

Sincerely

A Fellow Soldier

 
At February 27, 2007 at 10:46 AM , Anonymous Amanda Pitman said...

Congrats!! My husband and I were married three month ago! Being married is a wonderful thing. He is in the Military just like Jake!! I have only got to see him for a week since we have been married!! I dont blame you not wanting to talk about him going to the sandbox!! Its brought up a lot with us too!! I hate talkin about it!! Hang in there!! NEVER GO TO BED MAD AT EACH OTHER!!

 
At February 27, 2007 at 11:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok i dont really think babygurl truly understands what we go through when our husbands deploy. My husband has been in the Marine Corps for 2 years now and he just left last night for his second deployment. Unfortunatly its hard to deal with the deployment but the things that are keeping me strong is my 2 kids. well anyway, Congrats!

 
At February 27, 2007 at 11:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jen and Jake, I wish you two all the best in your future together. I'm a military wife too so I know it's hard during deployments and everything. Tip.. keep yourself busy.. cuz your husband will be REALLY busy. It helps to keep your mind busy and off worrying what's going on with him. And don't listen to any of the rumors that float around either.. only take in the facts. Good luck!!

 
At February 27, 2007 at 11:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband has been in Afghanistan for a year now and he was due to come home in Jan...then two days before his return they told him he has another four months over there. He never received R&R so I haven't seen him in over a year. The one piece of advice that I give you is no matter how hard things get try not to argue or fight while he is away. The last thing you need is your husband leaving to go out on a mission mad and upset worrying about you. It's hard, but in the end it's all worth it. I've heard from so many people that when they come home from being gone for so long that reunion is better than your wedding day. That is kind of hard to fathom, but just knowing your husband is no longer in danger is a wonderful feeling. Good luck and keep yourself busy!

 
At February 27, 2007 at 1:17 PM , Anonymous MarineWife said...

aww ok this show was the closest to my heart. i married a Marine and just a few months after we were married he deployed. now its just a matter of days until he returns. you can do it!! i promise there will be days you want to give up, or days all you do is cry, but you can make it threw anything. just remember love really knows no distance and whereever he is and wherever you are, your hearts are always together.

 
At February 27, 2007 at 2:07 PM , Anonymous alabama said...

I just wanted to say congrats and you guys hang in there. You'd be suprised how time apaprt will make ya'll appreciate the time you have together more! I have confidence in ya'll and I wish you nothing but the best and may God be with ALL the soldiers overseas and their familes back home!

 
At February 28, 2007 at 7:44 PM , Blogger semperfiohana said...

Hey Jenn!! I already see that you are making sure that you enjoy your time together that you have now...which is awesome!! My husband is in the military as well and we were married for three months before he left for boot camp and then was gone from jan-july. We are back together as of now, but he is getting deployed at the beginning of April. But I just wanted to reach out there and throw my name at ya, in case you ever wanted to talk.

 
At February 28, 2007 at 10:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jen,
I wish you the best! It is definitely hard being a military wife. I am living it right now. My husband and I got married when we were 20 and 21. We now have a daughter that will be 3 this September, and he left for Iraq Thanksgiving weekend. Stay strong and keep your head up. Use all of the FRG (Family Readiness Group) support you can! It makes a world of differnce. With FRG, you know you can talk to them about anything, because they truely understand what you are feeling. Hang in there, everything will be just fine!

 
At February 28, 2007 at 10:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your show was by far my favorite, probably because I was in a military relationship for over four years. I say "was" because my boyfriend just recently finished his enlistment in the Marine Corps. After over four years of living in different states and three deployment to the sand, I am a testament to the fact that there is a light at the end of the tunnel :) Now, we are both back in our hometown ready to really start our life together. Relationships altogether are difficult, and I am a firm believe that military relationships truly test a couple. If you can make it through all of this, you can make it through anything. Congratulations and best of luck to you both!

 
At February 28, 2007 at 11:07 PM , Anonymous Mrs. Vega said...

Congrats! This episode really hit close to him, I cried seeing you two living your everyday lives in Hawaii.
I know how hard being a Military Wife is. We were together since we were 14, and we are now both 18. It's a huge transition to go from being boyfriend and girlfriend in the regular world to be husband and wife in the Army. Like it or not, no one knows what it is to be "us" unless they're been there. I'm more than happy to be married, my husband and my marriage is worth it all, even though I just saw him ONE week after getting married.

Good luck, from the bottom of my heart.

 
At March 1, 2007 at 1:19 AM , Blogger shelly said...

hey , i just saw your episode! you guys are so cute.. jen i have some advise for u! my husband was severly injured in iraq! i almost lost him on 12-9-05. hes doing great now.. but my advise to u is.. dont read the paper or the news you will only make your self sick and worry. just live everyday wishing for the best! Steves first tour over there i watched the news everyday and made my self sick with worry.. his second time out i just lived my life no news internet clips or the paper, i didnt make it worse for myself, i just hoped for the best! and i still got that phone call,, it hurt just as much! just always be loving and support him,, when hes out there even if your dying inside be strong for him! if you need to vent call a friend he needs to be completly focused on whats going on out there and getting home to u safe! good luck guys ! love shelly

 
At March 1, 2007 at 10:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seeing you guys on the show has been a really big inspiration for me. Me (19) and my husband (21) have barely gotten to spend anytime together since we have been married because of his deployment. And expecting our first baby in April makes things so much harder. so knowing that other people out there are dealing with the same thing is a huge comfort for me. Thank you!

 
At March 1, 2007 at 11:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck! And Godspeed!

 
At March 1, 2007 at 12:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats and welcome to the military wife life. I am married and my husband just came home from a year deployment in Iraq. Keep your prayers up and stay true to the vows you took. Alot of Army wives have given us good ones a bad name. Stay strong and volunteer it will help pass the time. God bless you and all ofour soldiers.

 
At March 2, 2007 at 8:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im so so happy for u guys! You guys are a perfect couple! I know your marrige will last no matter what anyone else says. Hope you had fun on the cruise!

 
At March 2, 2007 at 7:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey im anna i saw ur wedding and it was beautiful u are very pretty and u guys make the best couples well hope everything go's good for u guys and ur children u will soon have

 
At March 3, 2007 at 8:29 PM , Anonymous Gracie said...

Hey Jen,

I know exactly how you feel.My Fiance is in the Army and is suppost to be deplyoing in July for a year. I'm in kinda in the same situation you were in. I have to plan the wedding while he's away. AND I'm underage. I'm only 17 (we're getting married after I graduate) The day I saw your episode, my fiance was leaving because he was home on pass for 3 days. I saw how you and jake were, and I couldn't help but to cry my eyes out. I really wish you and Jake the best of luck, and hold strong when Jake deploys, youre not alone.much love.

 
At March 6, 2007 at 7:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jen you are beautiful and funny jake is so lucky to have you as a wife you guys were my favorite couple

 
At March 6, 2007 at 1:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the show...this is probably my favorite, since it hits kinda close to home. My fiance and I have already gone through one deployment with the Marine Corps. We were planning to get married this coming July, but we just found out he's deploying to Iraq again, supposedly in June. So,its looking like we'll be moving the date again. Anyways, I understand the not wanting to talk about it all the time...its hard thing to deal with, but like the other girls have said stay away from CNN and all that. it doesn't help any. it just made me worry more and more. Congrats on the wedding. It was beautiful. Best of luck to you. You can get through this...hopefully we all will!

 
At March 7, 2007 at 6:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

my husband and I are stationed at fort lewis washington..He is currently deployed and I stayed here instead of going home..Its hard to be away from you familiar territory but I think it was the best choice I ever made and iam glad to hear you r doing it too.. Its hard and you think your never gonna get through it sometimes but it will actually fly for you and your husband you'll see....My advise is to keep as busy as possible...I am 19 as well and this whole experience had been the best thing for me and my husband i learned to be more indepedent and he will have a great accomplishment under his belt when he gets back in June....Keep your head up and things will be well for you two...You guys are a adorable couple by the way

 
At March 9, 2007 at 1:39 PM , Anonymous Dana said...

I just watched your show, Some advice is that at some point your gonna have to talk about this deployment. Me and my husband are married mil to mil both of us deployed at seperate locations right now as we speak. The more u prolong that talk the harder it's gonna be when the day finally comes. hopefully u 2 wll remain a strong couple and will be able to face the time when it comes. In all honesty it's pretty easy if u have the right mindset..good luck!!!

 
At March 9, 2007 at 2:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jen, i saw your show and absolutely loved it, my boyfriend just got back from iraq and it's such a relief to have him home. The days are long and hard, but in a way it brings you closer, i tried not to think about the "what ifs" but rather the "when you get home we're going to do this and this", and it really helps, stay strong for him and try and show him you arent scared, but i wish you the best of luck, stay strong and your love will get you through anything!

 
At March 9, 2007 at 4:21 PM , Blogger half my heart is in iraq said...

hey jen, i just want to let you know that its onkly hard in the beginnging. my fiance now had been in iraq for a month and i talk to him almost every day. just take the time now to do as much a you can with each other. and never take each other for granted. you are a cute couple. just take time to smell the roses. this road is very bumpy but we have to be proud of what they are doing! be strong...

 
At March 9, 2007 at 4:25 PM , Blogger half my heart is in iraq said...

hey there jen, my name is sarah and i just watched the show, i know what its like to be scared. me and my fiance knew it was coming and then finally it came. he left in january of this year and it has been very hard. its good to have support though from people who know exacly how you feel. i miss my giance so much but i hear from him almost everyday. but i still cry myself to sleep everynight. but just value each second together, and take time to smell the roses.. be strong.... and be proud of your man!

 
At March 9, 2007 at 5:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

my man is in the Marines and was deployed for 7 months! its was seven months of hell! but i kept myself busy and sent him and his guys stuff every week, they really enjouyed getting its cuz it took their mind off killing even if just for a second and thought abouthome... i wish the best for you two

kacey

 
At March 9, 2007 at 10:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

CONGRATS!! And once again welcome to the life of being a military wife! My husband is also in the military. We've been married 9months. He and i both are 20. We didnt really get the chance to live the married life, he was deployed 2months after we got married. He's now been gone for 7months and he is suppose to be here next week :)
i cant wait to see him, its real hard to be away from the person you love the most, but you have to be strong. . .not only for yourself but also for them. Always tell your husband how much you love him and try not to get into too many arguements with him(trust me, i know its real hard sometimes!)lol. You guys make a real cute couple. . and its funny i also want to have lots of kids lol. . .well i just want to wish u both luck. . .and Jen be real strong, its not an easy job!

 
At March 10, 2007 at 9:07 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my god! jen i totally luv ure episode. its my fav. i wish u and jake all the best and congrats

 
At March 10, 2007 at 10:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

this show is sooooo good!!! i love it!!!

 
At March 10, 2007 at 4:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jen- My husband is currently deployed. This is my 6th deployment in 3 years. The best advice I can give is to be positive everytime he is able to call you! And don't think about him leaving until the day comes. You can spend a ton of time crying! Why not spend it having a good time with them before they leave? Just know that there is an end, and if he doesn't re-up then the end is closer than you think! Watch out for some of the army wives. They can be very nosey and backstabbing. Figure out who the true one's are and you will be fine! They come in handy when the guys leave!
Jake- Thank you for doing what you do! I know it will be even harder for you to leave your new wife! But it isn't goodbye it is just see you later. You will see her later! And you just have to live with the tears she will cry. But know that they are out of love for you. If she doesn't cry, then there is a problem! After number 6, I am still crying! That will never go away! But the homecoming is always so great!! And yes, there is crying there too!

Good luck! And God Bless!!

 
At March 12, 2007 at 12:08 PM , Blogger sweetkristy730 said...

I have to say that you guys are probably my favorite couple on the show so far. Congratulations!

 
At March 12, 2007 at 3:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jen i know where you are coming from by boyfriend of 6 years is currently at basic training and I am 5 months pregnant. I am 20 and he is 21. We plan on getting married when he gets back in July. I am really scared for the day he gets deployed and don't know what I will do with out him for a year or longer. But good luck with your marriage, you too are adorable.

 
At March 12, 2007 at 9:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a military wife as well. Ive been married for nine months and me and my husband have been together 3 months of the 9. We have a 6 month old son who has only seen his daddy 10 days at a time (which add up to just a little over a month). Its hard but you learn to adjust. I was 17 when we got married so I know the true meaning of being engaged and underaged. I wouldnt have it any other way though. We love each other more than couples who see each other everyday. When they are away you form a special bond that even when your not with them you will always have them with you in your mind heart and soul. My husband will soon be deployed and I hate even seeing the news about Iraq. We've not even talked about Iraq. We just make sure we get all the hugs and kisses in we can. When that bump in the road gets here we will get over it then. Don't spend your time dwelling on whats going to happen in the future. Live in the present!

 
At March 14, 2007 at 11:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

JEN, I'M NOT A MILITARY WIFE OR NOTHING BUT I SAW YOUR EPISODE ON MTV AND JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT YOU GUYS HAVE A LOT OF POTENTIAL. I WAS MARRIED AT THE AGE OF 16 AND THINGS TURNED OUT REALLY GOOD. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW TO HAVE FAITH.
MEME 24 KANSAS

 
At March 14, 2007 at 11:58 AM , Blogger Ingrid said...

i'm married to an infantryman as well we are getting stationed in schofield barracks january next year. he just came home from afghanistan after only being married for 1 month. it's hard. now he's gonna go to iraq in november. :sigh: hope all is well

 
At March 14, 2007 at 3:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

jen i ust wish you and jake the best with your marriage and when you two have kids. i know how you feel about him in iraq but he only has a little bit more time unitl he is done and the you wont ever have to worry about him being in iraq. out of all the shows i liked your's and jake's the best. and i just wish you and your new hubby the best and not to mention you two were cutiest couple out of them all
-VANESSA

 
At March 14, 2007 at 8:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi jen...your story has been my favorite probably because (besides the ages), i will be in your same situations -- in hawaii too!
maybe i will see you around!!

=)

 
At March 14, 2007 at 10:59 PM , Anonymous Candice said...

Jen-
I was at work today, and watched the show. I also saw that you guys live in Hawaii. I also live in Hawaii, and my husband is in the Marine Corps. If you ever want another girl to hang out with we should!! I know how military wifes can be. I'm also going to school right now tring to get my BSN.

 
At March 19, 2007 at 7:52 PM , Blogger Dena said...

Jen! It's Dena from John Carroll! I was in Italy when you had your Bachelorette party in Cleveland. I was so upset that I missed it. I just wanted to say that all of us at John Carroll love you and we watch every episode at least 5 times. You looked BEAUTIFUL! We miss you and can't wait for you to come back and party with us! Congratulations on your marriage and good luck with everything! Call Sammie soon so we can all talk! <3 Dena

 
At March 26, 2007 at 7:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG let me just tell you that your episode was the one I was most looking forward to seeing...my fiance and I were going to get married before he was deployed to Africa, but there were family issues so we didn't and we both wish we did...but now he is coming home for leave and we will be getting married before he has to leave for another 6 months...seeing how you guys are and reading your blogs really makes me feel more comfortable and believe me Jen I know just how hard it is for him to be away,but it just makes the time when he is home even more special..so enjoy it and make sure you take lots of pictures of him before he leaves so you can have them to look at all the time!!!LOL- Good Luck!!

 
At March 27, 2007 at 8:47 PM , Anonymous Stephanie said...

Jen, welcome to the military family. My husband and I have been married for three years and have went throw to deployments. Some things that I have learned during the deployments is to always let him know that you support him and you are proud of everything that he is doing. And letting him know that no matter you are going to be there for him. This help my husband alot during his deployments. Yes, it is hard but I think that, for us, the deployments have made us closer to each other because you see how things would be with the other.

 
At March 31, 2007 at 2:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jen.. You are a better person then me. I don't know what I would do if my husband was in the army (or any servie for that matter). I would be a wreck. You're a good girl.. and thank you Jake for all you do. Stay safe and know you are loved and thanked everyday.
C.

 
At April 4, 2007 at 3:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey jen and jake

i saww your wedding and i thought it was amazing and hope one day to have a wedding like your and jenn you are really brave considering jake's in the military but love kept you guys together...

congrations

love
bronwyn

 
At April 4, 2007 at 4:14 AM , Blogger sarah said...

hi jen congrats on ur marriage. i was watching the show with my boyfriend and i was like i know them. come to find out we went to the same scool. north royalton right? anyways hang in there

 
At April 19, 2007 at 2:32 PM , Blogger Christina said...

hey Jen I know how if feels to be a military wife and live far away from family and friends...My hubby's unit is currently deployed and We have two kids, its really stressful at the time..Hopefully you get this and if you need a friend i will be here for you, and we are station in Hawaii till next year so if you need someone, just email me and we can chat

 
At May 22, 2007 at 6:45 PM , Anonymous brittany-M said...

Iam 17 with a 7 month old child..His daddy is in texas and has asked us to come their and when i turn 18 we are planning to get married..Its pretty scary.Iam pretty much going against my parents wishes.I dont really know what to do! iam going crazy here with out the love of my life.

 
At June 3, 2007 at 1:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey I need advice. My Fiance proposed to me on Jan 21, 2007. Im 17 and hes 19 we were originally going to get married on june 21 2008 but were scared. He is jamaican and im asian, my family is very traditional and some are racist.. We know that if we get married we will have no support from my side of the family. What should I do? do you think we will be financially ready? =(

 
At June 28, 2007 at 1:06 PM , Anonymous Shanelle said...

You guys are way to cute. Im sure it going to be hard, like i said before my boyfriends brother is in the Air Force and although he's going to be fine because he works on satelites and such for them, it was just hard to say goodbye to him when he left back for Japan, he came back to Florida for like 3 weeks and then left again. I hope everything works out. You both are strong and you guys will get through it

 

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