SAN ANTONIO — A military family is sharing a peek into their daily routine.
Major Randelle Carter is deployed to Kuwait. She is halfway through her one year tour.
Dad, Joel Carter is happy to care for their two daughters Journey and Joy while mom is protecting our country.
At four years old, Journey Carter is the youngest of her Kindergarten class at IDEA schools-Walzem. Her personality is anything but little. Journey loves school. The teachers and students love Journey. The campus planned a special moment for the 4-year-old just before winter break. It was a surprise appearance by Mom who flew home for Christmas.
The three weeks together as a family flew by. With the start of the New Year, Major Carter returned to Kuwait for the last six months of her mission. Dad returned to work and Journey and 2-year-old Joy went back to class.
“Ms. Smith and Ms. Mays have done a great job of helping Journey along the way with not just reading and writing but of course filling in that gap while mom is away,” said Crystal Arreola, an Assistant Principal at IDEA Schools Walzem. “Dad does an amazing job or course as well making sure that she’s here at school every day, that she’s getting her homework done.”
Joel Carter has earned the title of “Super Dad” while mom is overseas. With a military background as well, Joel is now a financial adviser. From sun up to sun down, he pours his heart and soul into caring for his two amazing little girls.
“The only way this works is you just have a system and a default for everything,” said Carter. “Those moments when you would like to do it all by yourself, where you thought you could, and you just couldn't, family and friends have been able to step in and help out.”
The family uses video chats to keep in touch. They share special moments and real-life moments.
“Joy’s having a moment, hold on,” said Carter during a video chat when the 2-year-old’s bubble of energy turned into a stream of tears.
The girls like showing mom how fast they’re growing and perform their favorite song, Baby Shark. Nearly 8,000 miles away, mom takes it all in through her phone.
“If you stop and you think about it for too long, you may have an emotional shift because it's a lot,” explained Joel Carter. “[My wife] works long days, very long days and because she loves what she does, but also … it helps keep her mind off how much she misses [by] not being here.”
The Carter family says they understood that separation was something that would be part of their lives of service.
“I think there's something about military marriages. Everything is accelerated. You know, we met and were married in six months. Two weeks later she was gone for six months and then we moved across the country to Alaska for three years,” said Carter. “It's not your standard relationship. I believe that a lot of veterans can relate to the process.”
Good days, bad days, long and short are all ticking by. Every bedtime means the Carters are closer to sharing the same roof.
“I do love the fact that she's committed to serving our country wherever it takes her and I'll support her because I know what it's like and the nation needs more people who have that desire to serve,” said Carter.
There are many more with the same dedication as the Carters. To every military family making sacrifices for our nation, we salute you.