by Chrissy Kay
‘Semper Paratus’ is a Latin phrase which means “Always Ready.” It is the official motto of the United States Coast Guard and is even written on its flag. We are a Coast Guard family, so those words are written on everything Coast Guard related in our home.
My husband deploys for several short deployments throughout the year. Between praying to God to give me the strength to get by, to uttering those words “Always Ready”—somehow, I always get through it.
To me, “Semper Paratus” is a reminder to myself that I can face any challenge or change, both of which occur quite often in a military household. I am thankful for the ability to be able to say those words. Thank you, God, that I can.
I am thankful for my husband who sacrifices so much and has to leave us all behind to sail to distant foreign places and face dangerous situations, all to help keep us and America safe.
It’s not easy to be left behind to run everything on my own, either. On the home front, I am running a business, watching an infant, and have 5 children (four of whom are teens).
I have become quite good at breaking up fights, delegating some of the duties, and attempting to listen to at least three of the kids at one time while answering emails and washing dishes, and feeding the dog, simultaneously (just kidding to the last one—I intently listen to whoever is talking).
This life is certainly not easy, but I can proudly say that no matter what obstacle or challenge our family may face, whether together, or divided by an ocean, we are definitely, Semper Paratus.
About the Author
Chrissy Kay is the owner and founder of Glory and Grace Silks. Her background includes 12 years in the Housing and Property Management Industry, including: writing budgets, auditing financials, and maintaining residential occupancy when working onsite.
The hands-on learning she received during that time was invaluable knowledge which prepared her for the business aspect of owning and running her own company.
Today she spends her time designing and painting silk scarves, and art, and managing all aspects of her company.
You can read Chrissy’s column on the 2nd Tuesday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.