It’s Daddy A’s birthday weekend so I thought I’d stop complaining about how he spends more time on his work and highlight the good things that come with his work. Hehe! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARJAY!

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After four years of being married to Arjay, you’d expect that I already got used to life as a fire officer’s wife. Well, I haven’t. It’s embarrassing to admit (because I feel like admitting it = I’m weak). The truth is, I still complain–quite a lot, really–about the time he spends on his work. And I get angry when his fellow fire officers would tease him every time he chooses to spend time with me or brings me along to their get togethers. Yes, guys. Masakit sa loob! I still get lonely when he’s away. I still cry. I still get angry.

RIZPECT fire training

I often ask myself why I married him; why I got myself into this kind of life. I mean, I could have married a normal guy with a normal job. But that would be boring. But love took over and I married him. :D

Anyway. Beyond the disadvantages of his work, there are really good things about being a fireman’s wife. Like:

The kind of love he gives. Because of the danger tied to his work, he always makes sure that he makes us feel loved. As in super loved. All out love. He tries his very best to squeeze us into his schedule and the time he spends with us is quality time, every second of it.

Bulawan Floating Restaurant

The Wedding. What’s dreamier than a military wedding, right?

Parisian Wedding

Friends, everywhere. Since Arjay has been assigned in many places, he has made friends. Lots of them. From all over the country. So everywhere we go, there is usually someone we know who can assist us. Car trouble? Call the town’s fire station and someone will come to the rescue. Kids need a snack and you’re in the middle of nowhere (or in the middle of a carmageddon)? Makikain sa fire station. Haha!

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You’re in the know. This is both a good thing and bad thing. It’s good because we know what’s going on from the inside. It’s bad because we know what’s going on and I tend to get paranoid worry for my husband’s safety.

You become like a fireman: resilient. Because during times of disaster, we are on our own. In the last four years, we’ve been stricken by flood higher than an average human. All those times we had to go through it on our own, without my husband, because he needs to put other people first. So we learned to be resilient. We learned to survive on our own until he can come and get us. Even the minis have been briefed about surviving disasters!

But more than being resilient during disasters, we learned to be resilient in life in general as well. Arjay has never stayed in one place for more than two years since he joined the ranks. The minis and I have learned to cope with constantly moving, the changes in our schedule, and not having daddy around all the time.

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You learn to love your country…even if it’s the Philippines. Yep. Before I met my husband, my one goal after graduation was to leave this crazy country of ours. It’s not even because of financial issues, but more because I have lost faith in it. But since I married a man in service, I learned to love the same crazy country I wanted to leave. Come to think of it, when I married Arjay, I married the Philippines too. (Or, when I married Arjay, did I become the Philippines’ mistress? Kind of feels like that. Lol!)

SO YES. There are perks when you are a Fire Wife. We may not be able to live a “normal” life like most families, but I am honored to be given this chance to stand beside a hero. :)

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Kimberley Reyes is a fire wife and mom. She provides virtual support for women entrepreneurs and bloggers and writes about finding the right balance between homemaking and working in freedom.

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22 Comments

  1. Aaawww. such an inspiring post. God bless you, Mommy, and your fireman hubby. :) Thanks for sharing, Mommy! :)

  2. Wow. Such a lucky mommy! Glad your husband is serving everyone well :) And I’m glad you see the beauty of being married to him!

  3. Salute to your husband! You should really be proud. Firefighters are real life heroes!

    1. Thanks Jennie! We are very proud of him. :)

  4. Love this post, Kimmy! :*

  5. Inaaway ko din si hubby kapag laging nag ot sa work, sabi ko wala na syang time samin hehehe.

  6. It shows for your post, how much you love your husband. May the Lord bless you and your family always.

    1. We need lots of prayers! It’s been quite challenging lately.

  7. Happy birthday to your husband! My son wants to be a firefighter so I’m preparing to be a fire mom! Thanks for this honest blog post!

    1. I’m preparing as early as now should one (or both) of my kids decide to enter service too. My heart! I’ve been with my husband ever since his cadetship years in PNPA. I can’t imagine my babies going through the same training, but nothing can be done if that’s what they want to do!

  8. You lead such colorful lives. Happy birthday Daddy A!

  9. I admire your positive outlook. Your husband is so lucky to have you.
    Thanks for being an inspiration to all wives out there :)

    1. Oh, it’s so hard to keep that positive outlook all the time. Nakaka-low morale kung minsan. Blogging helps since I can connect with other wives, some are in the same situation.

  10. Great article! You’re a strong woman to have that courage… You’ve got a hero husband there!

  11. aw, I feel you sis, but your blessed to have your husband with you, after his work magkasama din kayo, at lagi kayo may communication. me? oh well, 1 and 1/2 month without communication to my husband but I’m grateful because I know gingawa nya ang work nya for us.

    1. We have long months when we don’t see each other talaga due to schooling and training. These last 3-5 months, depending on what they’re studying. I dread the time when they start schooling abroad. Mas matagal pa! So I get you. And I agree, I just tell myself and the kids that daddy’s doing it for us.

  12. Keep being strong cause your husband’s job is honorable but i know it’s hard for the both of you. Happy birthday kay hubby mo :)

  13. Your husband’s job is really complicated. It must be really hard for you but I admire your strength. Keep love burning.

  14. My cousin’s a firefighter, my uncle’s one too. But they do office work so maybe that’s why they aren’t as busy but they’ve been all over the place. I admire my cousin’s wife as she can stand the “duties” asked from being a firefighter’s wife and I’m sure you’ll get used to it and love it too! Be proud. Your husband’s a hero.

    1. They’re lucky they got office jobs! My husband’s an officer so he’s in charge of a whole station–both admin and operation work. I often ask him to step down as a fire marshal, but that’s what he loves to do so I just support him. Proud to be a hero’s wife!

  15. I could imagine how it must quite difficult to be a fireman’s wife.I’m glad you discovered a lot of perks so you can enjoy being his wife more :)

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