From Chapter One
"Let's go around the table and get to know one another," Marianne said. "Brian and I have been married for eighteen years, and we have three kids—two girls and a boy. Tenth, seventh, and fourth grades. Let's see . . . we met in a family home evening group at the Y. We've lived in American Fork for the last four years. This is our first deployment, and I'm terrified." She said the last with a chuckle, as if trying to make light of it. She turned to Nora to pass the baton of introductions.
"I suppose I'm the grandma of the group," Nora said wryly. But this woman was the furthest thing from a gray-haired, rocking chair–bound granny. "This is our third deployment. My husband served in Desert Storm and had a second tour in Iraq a few years after 9/11. We have five kids. Dan, my oldest, is an orthodontist in Texas. My two daughters live in Michigan and Ohio with their families. One's married to a lawyer, and the husband of the younger one is finishing grad school. Steven's on a mission in Toronto, and Scott, our baby, started at USU this summer, straight out of high school. I've got an empty nest now."
Kim couldn't help but notice that the daughters were identified only by what their husbands did, as if the women weren't individuals who had their own lives, passions, or activities. They didn't even have their own names. They were almost certainly stay-at-home moms, which took over their lives and even ate up who they were. Exactly what she didn't want to become. But she would anyway.
Jessie and Brenda each took a turn with an introduction. Both had three kids. Both had been married for roughly the same time. Then it was Kim's turn.
She cleared her throat uneasily. "Oh, well. I'm not very interesting. We got married in April, so no kids yet. Justin's hoping to finish school and be a social worker when he gets back, but that'll be awhile yet. I work as a dental assistant."
Oh, and I think I'm pregnant.
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$15.99, 288 pages
First Printing March 2010