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Milspouse Friday Fill-in #39 – Separations and Children’s Names

1. Have you and your spouse agreed to live in separate locations (a geographical bachelor tour) knowing that the short-term inconvenience would have long-term benefits for your family? How did it work for you? submitted by When Good People Get Together

Well, we haven’t had this opportunity, and I’m glad. I can see it being considered if there was a significant short-term career advancement opportunity. Say, further education elsewhere or a short-term internship (or TDY’s with the military). Benefits? Hmmm…possibly a savings with finance, possibly not. Also, it could allow for opportunities that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

2. What is your favorite thing about being a MilSpouse? submitted by Sarah Ruth Today

Hmm . . . well I love how hubby looks in the uniform 🙂 and the extra drill pay is appreciated. I love being part of the military community (at least online, I don’t live near a base) and have appreciated the contacts I’ve made and the inspiration and encouragement that others have given me. I also think that, being part of the military community gives you a somewhat different perspective on things. You don’t take a lot of things for granted.

3. If you could still have your spouse/significant other and your family, but take the military life out of it…would you?  submitted by Trust. Love. Believe. Bake.

Mixed emotions. The National Guard, in some ways, can be more of an inconvenience and less of an actual job and lifestyle (like I believe it is for many active duty families), so in that sense, yes, I would like to have the inconvenience part gone. However, I’m proud that my husband is in the military . . . 🙂

4. What have your homecoming experiences been like after a year long tour of separation? submitted by Army Soldier, Army Wife

We haven’t been separated for any longer than a month, and that was before we were married; we’re pretty new to the military. After a month separation, the reunion was very sweet. Like I’ve heard many say, the first couple days (or weeks) are like a honeymoon, you’re so happy to see each other again. 🙂 After that, you settle into readjusting and realizing that you both went through things while apart that the other didn’t really share in.

5. If you have a child(ren) why you chose their name(s)? If not, why you would name your child something?  submitted by Tiara’s & ACU’s

Hmm . . . my number one criteria is that both hubby and I like the name(s). After that, I want it to be one that society won’t think is strange. I don’t want our children walking around with names that make people do a double-take. Other than that, I don’t know. I keep trying out names in my mind, and may have some tentatively picked out, but nothing definite yet. I guess, in some ways, romantic that I am, I want to give my children names that stand for something too (like they did in the Bible), but that can get a little tricky. Perhaps, I’ll give my children good and proper names and then give them nicknames with meanings (nice nicknames, that is). 🙂

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Got the Paperwork, I can go with Husband!

I just got the paperwork yesterday. Hubby doesn’t have to stay on base for his TDY (for BOLC B), so I can go with him to Virginia!

Happiness!

Sure, I’m rather nervous, with it being the first time I’ve moved to an area I don’t know, and the first time he’s been full-time with the army since we got married.  But I’m glad we don’t have to be apart for three-plus months.

Hooray! 🙂

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MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #36: Romance, Deployment, and Paper Shredders

Wife of a Sailor Milspouse Friday Fill-in

1. What romance movie scene reminds you of your s/o or spouse and the LOVE you share? submitted by Simply Sunshine and Daisy’s

I . . . uh . . . I’m not sure. Oh wait! I just thought of one. Hubby and I watched Cinderella Man awhile ago, and it reminded me of us. Life may not be easy, and we may not always get it right, but we’re not afraid to try and we’ll never give up on each other, no matter what.

2. If you were allowed to deploy with your husband to a war zone would you and why? submitted by I & J
Of course I would . . . then there would be someone to take care of him properly! 🙂 Though, on the other hand, I think it would be better for him if I was safe and secure somewhere else. Then he wouldn’t have to worry about me too much.

3. Have you ever done anything (intentionally, or unintentionally) to embarrass your spouse/significant other in front of his military cohorts?  submitted by Marrying the Navy

Uh, no, I would never do it on purpose, and hope I don’t do it too much by accident. I hate being embarrassed myself, so I guess I shy away from teasing someone else like that.

4. What is your most irrational fear? submitted by Eights on the Move

Paper shredders, without question. Things that roar to life and eat whatever you stick in them are just plain, scary. Nuff said. I keep seeing them eat the paper, and then my fingers and just keep right on going. lol. What can I say. (And no, I didn’t have some strange early childhood experience with paper shredders . . . at least not that I’m aware of.)

5. If you could only live in one kind of climate for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?  submitted by Many Waters

Some place that has all four seasons. I would miss my autumn leaves terribly if I was somewhere else, and I also love the snow, and the spring, and summer (well, that’s one season I could probably do without). But, I’m game for about anything right now. Just curious and adventurous and want to see more of the world. 🙂


So, there you have it! Another Friday Fill-in. Love these! All day yesterday, I thought I had missed it, thinking yesterday was Friday. Yes, I get dates mixed up a lot. So, today, I was excited when I realized that I could join in! Woohoo! 🙂

Hey, I’ve got a new hobby I want to pick up. Doll houses! You’ve got to jump over to this article (10 Amazing Doll Houses) and take a look. Some of the doll houses are spectacular! I could definitely do without the dust house though. I love little, intricate things with character, and these doll houses definitely have that and more. 🙂 I bet I could even get hubby involved if I put a World War II scene in it somewhere. 🙂

God bless and have a wonderful April Fool’s Day! 🙂


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Meet our family (picture post!) and our latest addition . . .

Welcome to the first day of spring! 🙂

I’m struggling with a cold or flu, or something that is trying it’s best to resemble one of those, so this will be short.

However, knowing that it’s officially spring now has brought a happy little smile to my face.

And seeing this little guy this morning brought another smile. Isn’t he adorable? 🙂

Also, I wanted to introduce you to my family.

First and Most Important, I’m pretty sure you’ve already met my husband: handsome, strong, a true gentleman, and . . . well . . . some things are best kept off of public blogs 🙂 but let’s just say he’s an awesome husband.

Oh, and did I forget to mention that he’s a soldier, and I’m immensely proud of him!

Soldier husband carrying a gun.

Then, secondly, there is our collie, affectionately called “our son,” “doofus,” and other less flattering, but equally endearing terms. Since he’s a dog and doesn’t understand most human words, he appreciates anything and everything we call him. Gotta love him! His favorite things to do are waiting for hubby to come home in the evening, and seeing how many snacks he can con hubby out of. 🙂

Collie staring off into the sun.

And our latest addition, I now am the proud owner/momma of a tropical foilage plant (that’s the only name the tag gave). At first, I was really worried about it. It seems that I have this knack for killing things, green things that is (not by choice though). But so far, this plant has only wilted a couple times and has always revived, so I’m starting to feel more confident about it sticking around for a bit. Since it’s come, I’ve discovered that it likes water and drinks pretty heavily I might add (only water though, it’s still too young for other drinks).

It also likes sun, but not to much sun. Yesterday I came home from church and found it where I’d left it in the sunlight, looking very wilted and dead. I thought I’d killed it. Amazingly, after I gave it a drink, it perked back up in just a few hours. So, meet our latest addition!

(Trust me, I’m sensible, I usually don’t make a big deal about things, but if you knew my plant-killing record, you would celebrate with me too! 🙂 )

And that’s all for now. The best, greatest, and latest! 🙂 Have a wonderful second day of spring!


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7 Tuesday Tips – To kick your cold and strengthen your marriage

For the most part, I was able to escape the flues and colds going around this winter. Exactly how I managed that, I’m not altogether sure. But the time has come when those little cold creatures have caught up with me. While I’m a naturally friendly person, I’m not too keen on welcoming these critters in and making them feel comfortable. Pardon my lack of hospitality.

So, on a quest to help my marriage and help these little, not-so-cute, critters get the message that they simply aren’t welcome here, I began looking for ways to clearly communicate (that’s the true blogger in me coming out) that they must leave . . . with all haste. What does this have to do with my marriage? Ummm, well, apart from sluggishly getting up this morning (even after my loving hubby let me sleep in), I just wanted to enjoy being with my husband again. The headache makes me want to crawl under the blankets and never come out again. The sore throat doesn’t encourage talking, and . . . “sniffle” . . . my runny nose threatens to make unpleasant one of my favorite marriage pastimes, kissing!

Since I like doctors even less than I like these little cold critters, I’ve decided to battle my cold from home. No doctors for me, if I can help it. (Nothing against doctors though. I just rarely ever see them on pleasant circumstances, thus naturally forming a dislike for men and women in white lab coats.)

#1 – Drink plenty. 8 to 10 glasses of water today, and another 8 to 10 glasses of water tomorrow, and the next day and so on and so forth. (Actually, you don’t have to wait until you get sick to start this. You’ll feel better and more alive, regardless!)

#2 – Get rest. The body is already fighting these little critters. Might as well help it out by resting and letting it focus on the battle. (Though I couldn’t find exactly how much rest is recommended. Days, weeks, months of snoozing? My best guess is to use your common sense. If you don’t have any common sense, drop me a comment and I’ll do the best I can to find you some, though it is in limited supply these days.)

#3 – Gargle. A teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water gargled several times a day will help sooth your throat (by drawing out inflamed fluid, thus bringing relief).

#4 – Blow your nose. Keeping your nose clear (through properly blowing it-don’t blow so hard you hurt your ears, taking a steam shower or holding your head over a bowl of steaming water, using an extra pillow at night, using a saline nasal spray, etc.). The draining from your nose causes inflammation in your throat (sore throat), so keeping on top of your nose will help your throat too!

#5 – Stay warm.

#6 – Drink warm liquids. Not only does it feel good, but it soothes your throat and helps prevent dehydration as well.

#7 – Investigate natural supplements. There are mixed opinions about the benefits of Zinc, Echinacea, and Vitamin C. Some feel the supplements help shorten the duration of a cold, while others question their benefits. In any case, they probably can’t hurt (as long as you follow the instructions on the bottle or consult with your doctor first).

(The views in this article are not intended to be medical advice. Check with your doctor about any questions you might have and follow the above suggestions at your own risk. Also, it is generally not recommended to go swimming after dark with stingrays.)

And here’s to quick healing and a happy marriage!

Additional Links:

9 Tips to Treat Colds and Flu the Natural Way

Cold Guide

12 Home Remedies for Colds

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March is a Special Month – Precious First Memories with my Husband!

March is a month of beginnings. Even with the recent snow storm, the hope of spring time is fueled by the beautiful white freshness of the snowfall, rapidly melting away in the bright sunshine. Though I love the snowfall and the sunshine, March means far more to me. It shares some very special beginnings with me as well. It’s in this month when my husband and I first committed to marry each other, it’s when we shared our first kiss, and when we got engaged.

March is spilling over with beautiful, precious memories.  Today, last year, my hubby got down on his one knee in a muddy, snow-soaked field, the sun blazing down on us. He pulled out a little black, velvet box and held up a ring that blinded me. I’m not sure if he planned it that way on purpose, but the sunlight that day couldn’t have shown off the ring any better. It was resplendent! Yesterday, sitting in church, I couldn’t help but admire my rings and think back to such amazing memories.

I just asked Hubby what he remembers about that day. He said how he remembers the muddiness from the melting snow, how speechless I was, and how I broke down crying (happy tears) when he asked me to marry him. 🙂

(We took this picture moments after he asked me to marry him!)

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MilSpouse Friday Fill-in #32 – Duty Stations, Cereals, Favorite Age

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in

1. Do you or your {spouse} ever wish your {spouse} was in a different branch of the military? submitted by The Turner Family

Not really. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be active army (and sometimes wish we lived close to a base). However, I’m really glad he’s National Guard. It’s opened the opportunity for him to get his masters, and we believe that God has directed us here. I wouldn’t want it any other way!

2. What duty station(s) are on your “No Way, Hell No, Not Going, Have Fun Unaccompanied” list and why? submitted by Every Branch

As National Guard, we’ll never be stationed somewhere, I don’t think. But, if that ever was a possibility, let’s just say I’m still young and naive enough to think it would be interesting to go anywhere. 🙂

3. If you could be one age forever, what age would you choose and why? submitted by Three Krakens

Ummm….well, I think I would want to be four or five again. 🙂 Young, innocent, not a care in the world, and still believing that the world is a wonderful place full of happy, loving people. But, then I wouldn’t have as deep a relationship with my Savior, nor would I know my hubby, and I wouldn’t have experienced all the things I have so far, so, that being said, I’m glad I’m the age I am now. No complaints. 🙂

4. If you were a breakfast cereal, which one would you be? submitted by the C.W.

Ummm, I don’t really know that much about breakfast cereals. Cheerios, Raisin Bran, and Rice Krispies are basically the extent of my experience. Oh, and I’ve tried a bunch of health food varieties (most of them taste like cardboard…). Hmmm, I have no idea what cereal I would be. I’d like to be a cheerio, just because they’re happy, right? I’d like to be Raisin Bran, because I would love to be full of sweet surprises. I’d like to be Rise Krispies, because…ummm…hmmm, that’s a hard one. Oh, oh, oh! My mom makes her own granola, and it’s the best, most fillingest stuff I’ve ever had. 🙂 I would love to be that one too, healthy and hearty! 🙂

5. What is your morning beverage of choice and why?  submitted by NH Girl Displaced

Ah let me tell you! *Drum roll please* I drink water! 🙂 Ok, well, that’s my main staple, boring, but good, healthy and thirst quenching. But cranberry juice is a favorite of mine too! Love that stuff 🙂

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