May 22, 2015

A Day at the Beach

So, we’re in Hawaii now, in case you didn’t know. Of course, the ONLY reason you wouldn’t know that is if you don’t follow me on any other social media, which would be silly. All the links are there on the left so you don’t have to miss anything! We’ve had a full, busy few days recovering from the journey, and we’re still resting up.

But today, we finally made it to a beach!

Me and My SoldierMan: A Day at the Beach

Thanks to blog friends’ recommendations, we decided to check out the dog beach on Hickam. It’s near our hotel, military-only so not so many tourists, and we wanted to scope it out for when we have the dogs again. Yup, they’re still in quarantine. I’ll post about that soon, too.

May 10, 2015

Today is Mother’s Day

I won’t lie, I’m excited. Not because anything special is happening really. My one wish for Mother’s Day is to sleep past 7:00 and not wash a bottle. I don’t think either is very likely, but one can always hope.

Last Mother’s Day I was in the ER, getting a dog bite flushed with saline while “Mildred Pierce” played on TCM (an ironic choice). This Mother’s Day I get to go to church toting Baby G along as an accessory rather than a passenger. We’ll take some selfies and she’ll look adorable and it’ll be the Mother’s Day I’ve been waiting for. I’m very excited.

I also know that Mother’s Day is a day of hard emotions. Some of you reading this have children in Heaven that you never got to meet here on earth, or that you did but only had here for a short while (any time at all is too short). I won’t name names because I don’t want to call anyone out or risk missing anyone in my sleep-deprived memory but you are in my thoughts and prayers frequently, and especially this weekend. And I’d also like to gently suggest these blog posts: How God Met Me in My Deepest Pain and Populating Paradise. Both very empathetic reads by people who can understand and share your experiences better than I can.

Mother’s Day is also hard for those who would love to call or have brunch with their mothers today, but can’t. And today I hold you in my heart, too. I know my mother wishes she could call my grandma one more time. So do I.

And while today is a day of intense mixed emotions, we can all be thankful for the mothers we’ve had the privilege of knowing. And today, I’m thankful for the gift of mom life. With all the ups and downs and ins and outs and everything. I’m in love.

May 8, 2015

Military Spouse Appreciation Day GIVEAWAY!

Me and My SoldierMan: Military Spouse Appreciation Day Giveaway Cav Spouse Spur Ride, 2012. I’m in there somewhere.

I’d like to take today to wish a very happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day to all my millies! The best part of this crazy journey of Army life has been the amazing spouses I’ve met along the way.

Me and My SoldierMan: Military Spouse Appreciation Day Giveaway      Me and My SoldierMan: Military Spouse Appreciation Day Giveaway

I was totally unprepared for the community we would find when SoldierMan joined the Army. This automatic group of peers, mentors, leaders, and all-around amazing people was a wonderful surprise.

May 6, 2015

Things I Learned From My Capsule Closet Purge

Me and My SoldierMan: Things I Learned From My Capsule Closet Purge

I got sucked in. I saw the capsule closet posts go viral and saw friends participating (Jordan) and thought, “Uh, that sounds CRAZY! Who can live on like 2 pairs of pants?” And then the more I thought about it, and the more times I went through my closet and found “nothing to wear,” I decided, “You know, I’ve been needing to address my closet for a long time, I think I’m post-partum enough now to do that.”

So, I did.

Boy, did I get more than I bargained for.