Military Life

<h2>Military Life</h2> This is where you'll find all of my blog posts relating to military life and being an army wife. Here you can find all the inside information on duty stations, deployments, reflections from my army wife experiences, and advice. I hope that you'll find my insights to be helpful as you go throughout your own journey in life, whether you are in the military or have a loved one who is. Military life can be challenging, but it's also very rewarding. With all of the disadvantages it brings, there are also many blessings that the military lifestyle can provide, if you just know where to look. I hope you will stick around and continue to read more about my crazy, fun, adventurous life as my husband and I continue to go wherever the Lord and the Army conspire to send us.

  • Military Life

    5 Problems New Military Spouses will Probably (Definitely) Face

    Being a military spouse comes with its own unique sets of challenges, different from those of military members. If you're a new military spouse, I'm sure you can relate to most of these...or if not, at least you'll know what to expect. And if you know a military spouse, maybe this will help you to understand their perspective just a bit better. So without further ado, here are 5 Problems Military Spouses Will Probably Definitely Face:

  • Military Life,  Personal

    5 House Hunting Tips

    Last Fall, we moved to San Antonio, courtesy of the Army. Which means that last Fall, I got to have my first IRL “House Hunting” experience. After hundreds of episodes of House Hunters and Fixer Upper, I felt that I was up to the task. And it ended up going smoothly with no major disagreements between my husband and me before the final commercial break. Ok, so there were no commercial breaks. But we did have a very busy, but fruitful weekend full of seeing tons of crappy houses. And a few good ones too. This was my husband’s second time to purchase a house, so he gladly handled the…

  • Military Life,  Personal

    Starting from Scratch – Making Friends in a New City

    It’s been about 2 months since we moved to San Antonio, and I’m finally starting to figure my way around. Anytime you move to a new place there are always new things to learn. Like where everyone buys groceries (except in Texas, everyone is inexplicably obsessed with HEB, so that took 2 seconds to figure out), what the best local restaurants/coffee shops are, and what roads to avoid and when. Those things are pretty simple to get the hang of after a few times out of the house. But it can be a little trickier to find your way around a new community of friends. As I’m sure most of…

  • Military Life

    Acronyms New Army Spouses Actually Need to Know

    In military life, there are acronyms and abbreviations for literally everything. And while it seems that some spouses spend their days memorizing all of the gazillion acronyms, I'm not about that life. And I'm sure many of you aren't either, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this post. After more than a year as a military spouse I've figured out which acronyms are actually relevant to my life, and what actually would have been helpful for me to know in my first few months after marrying into the military. I thought I would make life easier for all of us and create this little guide of acronyms you'll actually need to know as…

  • Military Life,  Travel

    Best Food in El Paso, Texas

    Since living in El Paso, Ivan and I have made it a point to eat at locally owned restaurants as much as possible (and reasonable). We love getting to try food that is unique to the area, and that we can’t get just anywhere. So for a change of pace, I thought that today I would share our favorite El Paso restaurants. If you’re planning a trip to El Paso, moving to Fort Bliss, or just a local looking to try something new, I think there’s something for everyone on this list.   Breakfast:   Bonny’s Cafe I’ve recommended this restaurant before because it is soooo good, and definitely unique! I’ve only…

  • Military Life

    13 Things I’ve Learned in 13 Months as an Army Wife

    Today is our 13 month anniversary. And no, I’m not one of those people who celebrate every single month’s anniversary. But this year we weren’t able to celebrate our one year anniversary, so we are celebrating 13 months instead. 13 has always been a good number for us – we met on Friday the 13th, and this past weekend we celebrated our anniversary on Friday the 13th. Since 13 has traditionally been a good number for me, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share a few of the things I’ve learned in the past year of being a military spouse by giving you this list of 13…

  • Faith,  Military Life

    3 Reasons to Get Involved With a Local Church (even if you move around a lot.)

    The absolute best decision I made in college really had nothing to do with college. That decision was getting plugged-in to a local church. I really didn’t make the decision of my own volition, as two of my siblings went to the same college and same church years before I ever arrived in town, but it still proved to be a very important part of my life. When I arrived in Auburn, I knew that I would only be living there for two years, so I felt like I didn’t really have time to waste when it came to involvement. I began working toward academic and extracurricular goals the year…

  • Military Life

    10 Things To Do When You’re Home Alone (To Avoid Going Crazy).

    I’ve learned a lot about being a military spouse over the past year, but the lesson that I just keep having to learn, is how to enjoy solitude. I’m an introvert, so in some sense this comes naturally, but I really just don’t enjoy being home alone. This is especially true when I know I’ll be home alone for several weeks at a time. And being home alone in a new house, in a new city, far away from all your family and friends only adds to that dread. To combat this, I’ve created a list of 10 things to do when I’m home alone. Hopefully some of these things…

  • Military Life,  Travel

    Old Friends, New Town

    5 Days In and Around El Paso. March was a field month. That’s just the army way for me to say, my husband was gone for training. In reality, he was probably only 20 miles from El Paso, but because he was doing training he wasn’t able to come home for a few weeks. This would honestly have been a really not fun (read: lonely) time for me, if not for the fact that I was able to have friends come visit me. I feel so incredibly blessed that not one, not two, not three, but four friends (including my sister!) were able to come stay with me while my husband was…