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Dinner with Warriors . . . A Time to Remember and Pray

May God bless you all with a wonderful Memorial Day!

I’m spending mine cleaning our apartment and getting ready for my husband’s leaving for Annual Training. I’m so proud of being married to a soldier, especially on days like today. I feel like I’m part of something very big, something that isn’t just part of today, but part of yesterday and part of Tomorrow. For all those who have served, Thank you! For all those who have stood beside their servicemembers who were serving, thank you! For all those who are aware of what the military is doing and has done, thank you!

I was approached a bit back by www.DinnerWithWarriors.com and asked if I would be interested in sharing their cookbook with you all. I was delighted for the opportunity. It’s a special book, with each recipe sharing the story of a wounded or fallen warrior who has served in the war on terror. 70 heroes share their stories and pictures coupled with their favorite recipes. The book is 150 pages long and packed with 120 recipes. I feel it’s important to promote awareness of what our servicemembers are doing, so I was impressed with the cookbook and the ministry. Even more, the proceeds of this book ($16.50 plus shipping and handling) go directly towards helping those who have been wounded or fallen, or family members of wounded or fallen warriors. Dinner With Warriors has donated to The Wounded Warrior Project, Children of Fallen Patriots Fund, Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, The Soldiers Angels, Homes for our Troops, and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors. (Visit More Info Here to learn more.) It’s a simple cookbook with a simple, tasteful layout. However, the real jewel of the book is embedded in the stories and recipes contained within it’s pages.

Also . . .

We visited the local military museum on Saturday. 🙂 There was a very small encampment of World War Two re-enactors there and hubby and I stopped by to see. We were a bit disappointed that it was so small, but I enjoyed going.

Priscila standing in front of tank

I guess tanks are the coolest (at least to me), so that’s where we got some pictures of us 🙂 Kinda strange to be standing next to a piece of history . . . I’m not sure if both of these tanks saw action, but ones like them did.

Hubby in front of tank

The German soldier had this display of guns set up . . .  🙂

stack of German guns

And, here are some of the soldiers.

World War Two Reeanctors talking

Well, God bless, everyone! And hope you have a wonderful Monday with family and friends!

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Sometimes we see justice served . . .

You know, sometimes it is just good to see justice served. I know many times, justice will not be given until after we die and we stand before God. But, sometimes, it does happen on this earth, and there is something very, very encouraging about that.

I won’t pretend that I’ve been affected by 9/11 and the events following it, because, in all honesty I haven’t. I didn’t know anyone there and didn’t know any soldiers or their families till just recently. My husband just recently joined the military, so I haven’t really felt the affects much in my own family yet.  My heart went out to those I knew were suffering and struggling and subsequent September 11th’s never passed without me remembering the families and praying for them.  But, that has been about all . . .

Until recently. Now I know soldiers who have been deployed and who are deployed. I know families and have friends among the military community. I’m starting to realize what all this means and the bigger picture.Yesterday morning, my husband came in to where I was still waking up from sleeping and shared the news with me. I’m ashamed to say it, but I brushed it off. To my pragmatic mind, I knew it would change nothing for me personally. One more bad guy was caught, that’s all. But, over the full course of yesterday and today, things began to sink in. I read the stories from so many other military wives, saw the news, heard of the celebrations going on, and the mixed reactions of so many people.

I remembered back to that first September 11th and my memories from that day. And somehow the news yesterday seemed very right. I thought, you know, this is something that I will be sharing with my children someday.

While I have no right to claim anything for myself, because I have not really been affected, I wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Seals, to their families, and to all the soldiers and their families in the military community — to everyone who has served, not just in this war but in all our wars. My prayers go up for everyone who has been affected in the past many years, and who will continue to be affected for many, many years to come. Finally, I thank God for bringing justice in a way that I can see. May He continue to move and work as He has been and bring an end to this war.

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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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The Story Not Always Shared: Anxiety and Depression . . .

I’ve heard about depression among military wives and talked to many who are taking medicine and seeing doctors to try to help or at least manage it. Since I’ve been studying psychology (in college), I’ve been learning a lot, and one topic that comes up again and again is the emotional side of human beings, and how it can affect the physical side. Relationships with others are so important. People in relationships with others suffer fewer illnesses and tend to live longer. They’re usually happier and less likely to commit suicide.

Now, throw the military lifestyle into this mix. As a quick disclaimer, I’m not bashing the military at all. We need our soldiers to go out there and do the difficult things to protect us and help others, and those soldiers need their families too. There really isn’t any way around it. But there are challenges…and there are battles never shared…

While I’ve never been separated from my spouse since we’ve been married (four months today!), I’ve read that separation often invokes a grieving process. I remember crying a lot and feeling numb after seeing my, at that time fiance, off at the airport. I knew he would be back in a month, but losing our relationship for a month was hard. There is pain in losing a close relationship, even if for only a time. I worked through the separation, tried not to worry about him too much, kept busy, and looked eagerly towards his coming back. But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t times where I felt really low. Stress, coupled with constant moves, worrying about one’s spouse, and being away from those they know and places they are familiar with would cause stress for anyone. Make this into a lifestyle and it carries even more challenges.

Army Wife 101 had some good things to say in her post, War at Home: My Battle with Depression and Anxiety, and helped me to understand it a little more. I particularly appreciated her emphasis on the fact that anxiety and depression disorders are not disorders that you can just block out. Sure, you can learn how to live with them and manage them, but you can’t just “get over it.”

Now, I don’t want to imply that the military life is one of constant heartache and struggle. It’s not. There are definite positives that only military families experience. The military community (at least as far as I’ve experienced) is one of the friendliest and most helpful communities generally that I’ve ever been a part of. It’s like belonging to a nationwide club. Each of you know, really know, what it’s like and are more than willing to go out of your way to help each other. Also, military families can be quicker to truly appreciate the time they have together and take it seriously. It comes far more naturally than I believe happens with many civilian families. Military families get to see more of the world, and experience what it is like to be part of something bigger than just their immediate lives. There are more positives, but as a new military wife, I’m still learning what they are. 🙂

May God bless!

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Feeling just a bit military . . . army gear everywhere . . .

Being a National Guard wife, sometimes I don’t feel at all like we’re military. Life is fairly normal, I keep house, he goes to grad school, we have our evenings together for the most part. Of course there are drill weekends, but other than that, it’s pretty much just normal life.

But, Monday night was a little different.

The Army issued him a ton of military gear this past drill weekend, and hubby pulled it out (backpacks, bivy bag, entrenching tool – nasty looking shovel – canteens, eye protection, helmet, rain gear, etc.) and spread it all over our livingroom floor . . .

TA-50 gear

Hubby was excited about all the gear he was issued, and I thought it was all pretty cool too . . .

(and also that many mothers with youngsters could benefit from some of the gear . . . I mean, look at all those pockets!)

But, you know, for someone whom the military life doesn’t really touch all that much, it was a little sobering for me.

I couldn’t help thinking, “They actually mean for you to use that gear, don’t they?”

(I know, I know, duh, right?! 🙂 I’m really very bright . . . most of the time. Honest.)


Actually, I’m glad for the times when I get to be part of the military world. It helps me feel connected and keeps me in that mindset of being the wife of a soldier. When you’re not in it everyday, it can be easy to “forget” and then some things can come as quite a shock.

On the other hand, it appears that our puppy has adjusted quite well to being a military pooch. (That’s the sleeping bag/bivy bag hubby was issued. Puppy thought it was his.)

Happy Thursday all!


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What drill weekend is like (pictures)!

This past weekend was a drill weekend.

My parent’s farm cat was one of the first to greet us. She is such a gorgeous cat. 🙂 She got the name emerald from the color of her eyes (just a bit of random information that you really need to know).

Spent time with my brother, who was back from college on spring break! 🙂 We were going to hang out at a bookstore (after I met up with a friend for a bit of girl time, catching up, and talking about God and all). Even though I’m pretty crazy about books, my brother and I ended up hanging out in a small hardware store instead for a little. Don’t tell anyone, but I like tools and all that too. 🙂 I would love to have my own woodworking shop . . . band saw, scroll saw, drillpress, sander . . . “dreamy sigh.”

Anyway, my brother is awesome to hang out with. You should try it some time.

Brother at shop

On drill weekends, hanging out with the family and all is great. I got to make sugar cookies with my two younger brothers too. 🙂

But, I missed my hubby.

And, after a full weekend, there’s nothing like going home.

(Yep, puppy comes with us on drill weekends too.)

And the price of gas is so, way not cool right now . . .

And here I am. 🙂 Uh, so sorry, but it’s the only picture I got of myself this weekend. Do you ever watch yourself in the sidemirror, or am I the only one? I find that I do that a lot. I think I’m just terribly curious to see what I look like in random, everyday happenings. Either that, or I’m rather vain. I think I’ll go with the curiosity. 🙂

Driving back as the sun sets. Happiness is being in the same car as my handsome soldier hubby. (I’d say more, but if I do, might end up getting all mushy, and pardon me if I’m wrong, but I’m not sure that anyone really wants to hear all of that. 🙂

Happy Monday all!

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Milspouse Friday Fill-In #37 – PCSing, on post strangeness, and Jesus

Milspouse Friday Fill-In #37Hooray, another Friday Fill-In! Hop on over to Wife of a Sailor to join in, or read more great entries. Just remember to leave me a comment first. 🙂

1. With PCS (permanent change of station) moves happening every few years, do you take the time to paint and decorate your home? submitted by Life as Mrs. JPT

I’m a National Guard wife, so I don’t have to worry about PCSing (though being newly married, with hubby in grad school makes me pretty sure that we’ll be moving in the next couple years, once he graduates). However, if I were PCSing, my first thought would be that of course I would decorate. For me, the decorations give that homey, familiar feeling to a place, and that’s pretty important no matter how often you move. 🙂

2. If you could live in any home on a television series, what would it be? submitted by Standing By Him

Okay, confession here. I haven’t watched much TV, so I really have no idea. In fact, I’m not really sure what type of home I would like to live in anyway. Hmm . . . now you’ve got me thinking. 🙂 Let’s just put it this way, whatever home my husband lived in, that’s where I’d want to be. 🙂 Beyond that, it’s just details, (though I’ll be honest, sometimes I end up being rather particular about those details . . . “sheepish smile”)

3. What inspired you to start your blog?  submitted by Pink Combat Boots

Hey look, it’s a question by me! (I was just going down through these questions and when I read this one, I thought it sounded familiar. It took me a moment to realize that I had submitted it. 🙂 Thanks Wife of a Sailor!)

Uh, the long and the short story of my blogging is that I started it to connect up with others (particularly military folks). I had planned originally to write more military related posts, but as my blog has evolved, it’s become more about my personal life (military living, homemaking, marriage, my “family”) instead. I love writing and having a personal website though. I have the freedom to be myself here, almost like it’s my little corner of the world. 🙂 Makes me happy and keeps me in touch with others. 🙂

4. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen on base? submitted by Adventures in Life

Well, my base experiences have been very limited. Actually, I’m not sure if I have technically ever been on a real base. I’ve been on several military installations . . . well, ok, two. And as far as I can recall, there really wasn’t anything that strange on them. I did think that having an unmanned barbershop inside of an open, unmanned Subway shop was a little strange, but maybe that’s just me. In the civilian world, if nobody was in the building, it would have been considered closed (and the door would have been locked). And, not to many people would want hair cutting down close to where they are eating (even if the barbarshop was enclosed behind glass).

5. Which historical figure (politician, writer, artist, scientist, actor, etc. . . ) would you like to have dinner with? submitted by Army of Two

Jesus.

Napoleon Bonaparte says it best, “I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of people would die for Him.”

I’d like to sit down with Jesus. In fact, I’d just like to be in His presence, and see Him there across the table from me. I don’t think I’d really want to say anything for a very long while. I’d be in too much awe. Sends chills up and down my spine just thinking about it.

Alrighty, Happy Friday everyone! Have a wonderful weekend!

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