When you enlist in the
United States military, you don’t just sign yourself up for years of duty—you
also commit your loved ones to a life of service all their own.
No one knows this better
than Elaine Brye, an army brat turned military wife turned military mom of four
officers, each serving in a different branch of the military: Air Force, Army,
Marine Corps, and Navy.
Brye’s father and mother
met while both serving in the US Army, and her childhood was that of a typical
army brat, with frequent moves—some to faraway countries—dinner-table
conversations full of military lingo, an ever-present anxiety during her
father’s deployments to Vietnam and elsewhere, and family vacations to national
monuments and battlefields. In 1976—the first year women were accepted in the
service academies and ROTC—Brye herself enlisted in the Air Force, where she
would later meet her husband, an Air Force pilot.
Now Elaine Brye is a mom
to four military officers, and for more than a decade she’s endured countless
teary goodbyes, sparse communication from boot camps and training summers, deployments,
emotional airport reunions, empty chairs at Thanksgiving dinners, and sleepless
hours waiting for phone calls in the night. She’s navigated the complicated
tangle of emotions—pride, worry, fear, hope, and deep, enduring love—that
accompanies life as a military mom.
In Be Safe, Love Mom Brye reflects on her family’s military service
and offers a lifetime’s worth of insight, comfort, wisdom, and a bit of humor
to fellow military moms who are navigating the unpredictable life that
accompanies having a child—or children—in uniform.
In intimate and
instructive essays—on topics ranging from that first goodbye on induction day
to the comforting power of the military community, from the healing power of
faith to coping with the enormous sacrifice military life requires—Brye braids
together her own personal experiences with those of fellow parents she’s met
along the way, offering gentle guidance and hard-earned wisdom to those new to
the sisterhood of military moms.
In this one mom doing her
best to hold down the home front, readers will find a wise and endearing friend
to guide them through the unpredictable life of having a child in uniform, all
the while reminding us that within each military mom’s personal story lies
universal experiences of courage, loss, loneliness, faith, pride, and
ultimately, a parent’s unconditional love. Download and start listening now!