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  • April Hallberg, Member of Backing the Blue Line

A Day in the Life of a MN Police Wife


Editor’s note: Where do we turn when we need a pick me up after a tough day or a high five for keeping our kids alive another day? The Backing the Blue Line private Facebook group! A few nights ago, one member encouraged others to share what their day looked like and ended up inspiring this blog.

A Lighter Day than Usual? After working double shifts between two jobs for the past 3 days, today was my day at only one job.

0330 hrs: My morning started when my 4 year old yelled for her music to be turned on again after she woke up from a nightmare.

0600 hrs: Next, I woke up the 10 year old and got his day started. I made him make his own toast and yogurt for breakfast because I was too exhausted to actually cook anything for breakfast. Felt guilty about this.

0800 hrs: Put in an 8 hour day at the office. Also coordinated logistics with my over-tired LEO related to taxes, selling our home and financial stuff via text messages. 1600 hrs: I got to leave the office early since I went in early. I did this so the 10 year old would only have to babysit the 4 year old for half an hour today since Dad had to leave before I got home.

1700 hrs: I made dinner for the kids and an extra meal for my LEO so he has food for lunch and dinner tomorrow night.

1800-2000 hrs: I cleaned the kitchen, did some laundry, took care of the pets, and got things ready to pack so we can show our house in the coming weeks. At some point after that, the kids went to bed and I hopped on Facebook to catch up with some fellow police wives.

WHEW! What a Day!

I’ve never put my daily life into words before this post. And to think that this has been one of the least busy days we have had in a while! It is crazy to write this out. My head spins when I think of the other days in our typical week. My Blue Tribe Gets It We are still pretty new to this blue life. I won’t see my LEO for the next 7 days except for briefly at 0430-0500 hrs when I wake up hearing his duty belt hit the floor. I’m still adjusting to this new normal. The posts I have read and taken part of in the Backing the Blue Line private Facebook group have made me realize that I’m not alone - even though it feels like it most days.

Thank you and “Way to go!” to all the wonderful women, wives, moms, partners, girlfriends, fiancees and all around bad-ass women who make up Backing the Blue Line! With days like this and so many plates to keep spinning in the air, I definitely have an issue just sitting down and watching tv. Or hanging out and not doing anything. Does anyone else have that issue? I kind of feel like I can never shut off. What do you do to relax and unwind?

About the writer: April is a newer member of Backing the Blue Line and has been with her LEO for 6 years. He was still in school when they first met. After being a part time LEO for almost 2 years, he is now full time with his department in the southern part of the state. They have 2 kids, a dog and a cat. When April and her husband find themselves with time together, they like to go to movies, concerts, breweries and anywhere that serves pizza! April is also a driving force behind Blankets & Beanies for Badges, a volunteer group dedicated to supplying MN small town law enforcement agencies with fleece blankets & stuffed beanie babies to give to kids in crisis situations. These smaller agencies often only have one officer on duty at a time, and they do not have easy access to items, such as a warm blanket, that would be helpful for a child in a crisis situation. Join Backing the Blue Line: We invite MN police wives/significant others to become members of Backing the Blue Line to take advantage of all available membership benefits and have additional opportunities to give and receive support. We also invite MN police wives/significant other to join our private Facebook page to belong to a community of support through friendships, networking, and discussion. It is also for raising awareness of the need to support our unique lives and share the bond that comes with being a law enforcement family. Find out more on our About page.

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