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Fort Bragg Military Wife Manages Life On Homefront With New Twins

Posted April 22, 2003

— The war may be winding down, but life for one Fort Bragg family is in full gear. A military wife had twins while her husband is serving in Iraq.

It has been two weeks of very little sleep for Misty Marks. On April 4, Marks welcomed Olivia and Isiah into the world. Her husband, Sgt. Towan Marks, got word in Iraq five days later.

"His reaction was (that) now he's ready to come home even more than he was before," Misty said.

The twins make five children for the Marks family. Martha Martin, Marks' mother, took time off from work to lend a hand. After two weeks of help, Martin is flying back to Texas. That means simple tasks like going to the grocery store are about to become a lot more challenging.

"Well, I have a 19-month-old to sit in front, two car seats that have to be in two different carts and the groceries, three buggies total," Marks said.

Marks admits she is a bit nervous about going solo with five kids. Martin is a little anxious, too.

"I worry about her getting enough rest, and I worry about her missing her husband," she said.

With all her new challenges, Marks said she knows she will manage with the help of her church. Through the Red Cross, Marks has been able to call twice since the babies were born. The first time, the couple kept getting cut off. The second time, a sandstorm kept the conversation brief.

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