I realized we didn’t need fewer sacred spaces, we needed more. I wanted to counterbalance the unshared moments we had been through, and those we would go through in the future, with a greater number of shared sacred spaces we would create together… yet it cannot begin if it does not begin with me.”
Corie Weathers, LPC
Author of Sacred Spaces: MY Journey to the Heart of Military Marriage
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It all started with an invitation to visit troops overseas...
When US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter invited Corie, as the 2015 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year, to join his team on a one-week overseas holiday trip, she eagerly accepted, hoping to gain a better understanding of her husband’s deployment experience and lessen the impact sacred spaces had on her marriage.
Corie didn’t choose the timing or circumstances of her trip with Secretary Carter—Christmastime, in the midst of her family’s second cross-state move in six months—but it seemed the perfect opportunity for Corie and Matt to gain a better understanding of each other’s perspectives.
Matt experienced life on the home front with new eyes as he moved their household belongings, prepared for the holidays, and settled their two young sons into their new school.
At US military installations and aboard aircraft and aircraft carriers in Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf, Corie spoke with military families stationed overseas and deployed troops on the ground, in the air, and at sea. She paid close attention to her own sensory and emotional reactions to these new environments and recorded her thoughts each day via video log, blog, and social media. She also wrote about the trip for Military Spouse magazine.
While she wanted to inform other military families about her discoveries, Corie deeply hoped the trip would impact her own marriage as well. She didn’t choose the locations the entourage would visit, yet fate landed her in the very place that had changed the trajectory of her life.
As Corie sat in the belly of a C-17, where her husband had said goodbye to the remains of friends and fellow soldiers, as she touched with her own hands the memorial at FOB Fenty and reflected on her grief as a care team member following the battle of COP Keating, Corie realized this journey was about much more than the push-pull of duty away from loved ones.
Your Sacred Spaces journey
$11.79In The Outpost, Jake Tapper gives us the powerful saga of COP Keating, from its establishment to eventual destruction, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of soldiers and their families, and to a place and war that has remained profoundly distant to most Americans. A runaway bestseller, it makes a savage...
$0.00Do you feel you and your service spouse are living parallel lives? Having so many significant experiences apart can often cause intimacy gaps in your relationship. You end up wondering if this is what marriage is supposed to be like. In this webinar, I share some of the signs and...
$34.00Lifegiver Mini Bracelet. A collaboration with Corie Weathers and her Lifegiver marriage enrichment platform. The Lifegiver Bracelet is a beautiful way for you to join in the Sacred Spaces marriage challenge. The Lifegiver bracelet keeps with the same blue color theme, but adds two Rose Quartz stones that symbolize two...