Meet my little sister: Angelica
My little sister Angelica is one of my best friends. We’re
four years apart and we both love running to Costco and Target together. She’s
also a two inches shorter than me so I love that’s literally my little sister
forever (lolol). She’s spunky, sassy, and she loves fiercely. She also shares
my love of dogs. Her dog Mochi is the funniest yorkie-poo. We love taking Boone
and Mochi to the dog park together!
Like any high school grad, she ventured out to figure out what was going to work for her in her career. She worked a number of jobs these past few years and she decided she wanted to make a change. So this past summer my sister decided that she was going to enlist in the US Air Force.
My family’s military
While no one in my immediate family is in the military, my extended
family has served in the United States Army and the Philippine Military. Our
two uncles enlisted and served in the Army after they immigrated over from the
Philippines to Hawaii. Our grandpa (father’s dad) also joined the US Forces
during World War 2 to defend the Philippines against Japanese forces. And our other
grandpa (mother’s dad) also served as a pilot in the Philippine Air Force and
flew fighter jets.
My sister is one of the first women in our family to join the military and were extremely proud of her.
She spent 6 months going through the process of being admitted into the Air Force. I had no idea that she would have to aptitude test, go through various screenings, and attend PT sessions leading up to basic training. But she did it. And she officially swore in in January and left for basic training.
My sister’s at basic training and I miss her.
My sister and I used to talk every single day on the phone. We literally could talk about anything and everything. But we’ve resorted to writing weekly letters since she doesn’t have access to her phone at basic training. In her most recent latter, she wished me a happy birthday (my birthday is on Feb 18th) and she listed 27 reasons why she loves being my little sister. I burst into tears as I read the letter. She told me that give her the best hand me downs (thanks to all the blogger gifts) and she appreciates that I genuinely want the best for her. It’s probably one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received. I really miss her and I’m getting teary eyed as I write this.
My sister’s been gone a month and I’m excited we’ll get to see her graduate next month! I’m truly excited for my sister’s next chapter in life. She’ll be off to technical school this spring and then she finds out where her and husband are going to be stationed. No matter where they end up, I definitely plan on visiting!
My sister’s growth so far
Even though my sister still has major steps she’s taking
these next few months, I already feel like she’s grown an incredible amount in
less than a year. She made a commitment to serve our country and a commitment
to invest in herself and development. She’s focused more on her health and
wellbeing and she’s excited to learn her trade in technical school. And I truly
feel like she’s found her path – at least for these next few years.
I’m thankful that I’ve been a part of her journey so far and
can’t wait to see what the future brings for her!
Do you have family in the military? What was it like when they left for basic training?
Thank you for reading!