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Military Appreciation Link-Up

I’m super new to the blogging world, but I saw this Military Spouse link-up and couldn’t resist joining!  My name is Katie, and I am hoping this blog will be about fitness, my “job” selling chemical free cleaning/personal products, and life as a mom.   Basically I want this blog to be a little outlet for me, and a place to meet some other great bloggers.

My husband is an Army Combat Engineer, and just finished up command with the 57th Sapper Company which is the only company in the army that jumps INTO trees.  He loves it, but I worry way too much about him getting impaled despite their special suits.

One thing I like about the military lifestyle is being able to discover so many new places.  Some wives complain about certain duty stations, but I think there is good to all of them if you just look for it.  We always make a bucket list of things to do at each duty station and work towards completing it before we leave.

Kayaking in MO
Hiking Pilot Mountain in NC

Advice for new wives: Fake it till you make it!  There have been times where I have been less than enthusiastic about my husband’s late hours, trainings, jobs, etc, BUT I have really tried to be excited and supportive of him and not be a Debbie Downer.  I’m not always successful, but I have to remember that these things are not my husband’s choice or his fault.  Most of the time, he would much rather be at home with us than in the field or in a different state training.  Being supportive and positive about the long hours keeps him from feeling guilty.

We dated while my husband was at Fort Hood (so I only visited), but we’ve been to Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Bragg, and are currently loading the trucks to return to Fort Leonard Wood.  (Literally typing this surrounded by boxes and waiting for the movers to arrive)

The summer we got married, and D’s promotion at Fort Leonard Wood

I taught Spanish here in NC before E arrived, but now I stay home with her.  I don’t know if I want to go back to teaching full time,  so for now I work from home selling Norwex products, and volunteering when I can.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I’d love to hear from you!

Military Spouse Appreciation Day Link-Up




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  1. Thanks for linking up with us! Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

    I’m from the FLW part of the country (sort of.. a few hours away) and greatly love it! Also – what is this jumping into trees nonsense? I’ve never heard of it! Haha.

    1. I know, that’s what I thought too! They are supposed to carry demo and chainsaws with them, so they jump in and then cut down the trees to prepare the drop zone.

  2. Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day! It’s SO neat that your husband is a Combat Engineer with the 57th! My husband is a Horizontal Construction Engineer so it’s always neat to meet another Engineer Wife! Essayons! 🙂

    1. He loves it; if you and Andy ever end up at Bragg, 20th EN Battalion is the place to be! I’ve been following your blog for almost a year now, always love hearing about other Engineer wives! I’m sure you’ll also make it to FLW some day 🙂

  3. I agree that you can always find the good in any duty station. The way I look at it, is once you have kids – it’s night like you’re going out on the town or on any crazy adventures anyway! Right?! So whatever, as long as we’re together, I’m happy! So happy to find your blog!

    1. Exactly! Plus, I’ve found that it’s a lot easier to make friends with a child, so I’m a lot less apprehensive about moving because I know I’ll find some mom friends in a playgroup or at the park. Before E, I always felt like making friends was like speed dating. I’m glad you found me too, and I can’t wait for nap time tomorrow to catch up on your blog and all the new ones I’ve found today.

  4. Hi there! I found your blog through the linkup today and I’m glad you did! I like your attitude, you are the kind of military spouse I look for! I think that you can always find things to like about duty stations, and we always make bucket lists of everything we want to do as well. One thing I had to remind myself a lot of lately is that my husband really doesn’t want to be working on the boat until 9 pm. If he is there that late, it’s only because he has to be. Someone gave me the advice that if you are solid at home, your spouse will have a huge weight lifted off of him, so I try to be supportive and do my own thing when he’s gone or working a lot. However, sometimes I have to remind him how important sleep really is!

    1. Thank you so much Carolann! I really try to dwell on the positive, because there are so many things out of our control in this army life! I love that advice about being solid at home – some days it’s easier than others, but I know it makes a HUGE difference to my husband’s morale. I’m looking forward to gleaning more nuggets of wisdom from you 🙂

  5. Omg literally never knew there was a group of folks that jumped INTO trees!! How crazy!! Hope to read more from you- I love finding other milso’s during this link-up each year. Especially such positive ones like you! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Jenn! I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog as well, it’s so nice to find other milso bloggers.

  6. Happy (late) Milso Day! 🙂 I’m so glad I found your blog. I love getting to know other milsos! Also, I’m from Missouri – not the Ft Leanordwood area, though – Kansas City rather.

    1. Thank you, same to you! I’m glad you found my blog too- I hope for lots of wisdom from you veteran bloggers! I’d love to hear your must visit places in KC. My husband is a big Royals fan, so I’m sure we’ll make it up for some games.

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