Monday, January 31, 2011

Military Monday: Meet "Life as a Mrs."

This week, I am introducing an Air Force wife named Allison.

Not only is she a new Military Spouse...but she is a new spouse! Ahhh....newlyweds!

Check out her beautiful post about her adoption. Such a precious story!

An Introduction from Allison:

"Hi y'all! I am Allison and you can find me over at The Diary Of A Mrs. I am a new Air Force wife, preparing for our first move this upcoming Spring and trying to figure out life in the military. The Air Force was never an option for us, until this past Summer, he signed in August and left in November. We will have been together for 4 years in March, were engaged for 13 days and have only been married since October (13 days before he left for BMT). I was so excited when Mrs. Mamahen asked to highlight me on Military Monday's. If y'all stop by please let me know, I love hearing from my readers!"

Q: What do you think will be the most exciting part of your new life as an Air Force wife?

A: I'm really excited to move to California this Spring, it'll be my first big move away from family and friends. I'm excited (and equally nervous) to move 3,000 miles away from everything familiar with my husband, travel the west coast and just learn to be the best wife possible.

Q: Is there anything special you have done to prepare yourself for military life?
A: Honestly, I really had no idea how hard military life would be...or the distance. I have asked a lot of questions, to my husband, his recruiter, military friends and bloggers. I have read a lot of blogs and a lot of forums. :D


Stop by and pay this new MilSpouse a visit!

The Diary of a Mrs




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Each week I will highlight a Military Spouse out there in the blogging world. They can be from any branch of the military.

For more information, to see a list of military bloggers, or to add yourself to the community of Military Spouses, visit: Military Mondays

Who might next week's Military Spouse be? Might it be YOU?


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Preparations

Preparations have been going on around here lately.

Unlike THESE preparations, they are a little less joyful.

Of course kiddos and art are always a joyful combination.

But for the older folks, it is a little more bittersweet.


There were a few of us here this day, making a variety of these.

But only a few of us, because let's face it. No one wants to think about this. Some would rather not think about it at all. So sign-making with this particular theme is not a way they would like to spend their time.








Here we go again.

Faith Deployed - the winner




I pulled a new name to receive this book, since the last winner never claimed the prize.

The name that has been pulled is..................USM_Clarinet

Congratulations!

Please e-mail me at MrsMamaHen (at) gmail.com with your mailing address.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

He's Still At It

Yes, our homeschool mascot is still at it. He's still helping with the school work. Although I'm thinking diet cat food may be in order...how can we read a history book like this?



He's been doing this a long time....it's a career for him.




Okay, okay! I take back what I said about the diet cat food!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Random Homeschool Morning

My youngest child likes to grab my camera and take random, unfocused and unexpected photos at any given point.

Here are a few from his most recent endeavor...

Notice how timely this one was taken...Jennifer was mid-yawn.


Quickly followed with another, slightly post-yawn and with our attention now.


Joshua making a face at his brother.


And as usual, finished off with Mom's "Jack Ray, I'm not amused, now put down the camera we're trying to do school work" look.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Sisterhood

Last week, I had a get-together with a group of army wives. The hostess of this particular get together, had the creative idea of doing a theme of the "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood."


(Internet Image)

And like the girls in the movie, we had to make our own "crowns." The crazier and the gaudier the better!





(I LOVE the baby belly! - baby trooper in the making.)


There was lots of socializing.


After we had all created our crowns, we had a little "Ya-Ya" ceremony.
Complete with an "oath of sisterhood" - but no knives like in the movie...just lipstick!


Then we all had to draw random slips of paper to create our "Ya-Ya" names.


I am hereafter known as....Countess Naked Fountain.

Oh my!

Group shot...

I bring you, the "Ya-Ya Army Sisterhood."




Yours truly,

CNF





Military Monday - Meet the Monkeys!

This week's highlighted Military Spouse blog is rather unique, in that her husband occassionally posts! You don't see that much.

I love the name of this blog as well..."Monkey in the Navy" - it puts me in the mind of the little sea monkeys my sister had when we were little.

I asked Mrs. Monkey...

Q: What is your favorite part about being a navy Spouse?

A: My favorite part about being a Navy spouse is the pride I have. When people ask what my husband does, I love telling them he's in the Navy. And then I get to tell them how cool his job is.
Secondarily, I love that it gives me the opportunity to grow into a better, stronger, more assertive, independent person.


Q: What is your least favorite part about being a navy spouse?

A: My least favorite part, as I'm sure it is for every mil-spouse, is the time apart. Especially since we live 3.5 hours apart right now. So, even when he is "home", the majority of our time together is over the web cam, though we do get a good chunk of the weekends together when he's on off-crew. On a side note - the most annoying thing is the flippin' indecision of schedules. I'm sure everyone knows what I'm talking about here. I'm very glad I have a great flexible boss, otherwise I wouldn't be allowed to schedule time off for the fact that i have to change it 3 times before it happens!



Support a fellow military wife - stop on by and pay her a visit!

A Monkey in the Navy

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Each week I will highlight a Military Spouse out there in the blogging world. They can be from any branch of the military.

For more information, to see a list of military bloggers, or to add yourself to the community of Military Spouses, visit: Military Mondays

Who might next week's Military Spouse be? Might it be YOU?


Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Big "D"

(I will warn you in advance...this is pretty long, and sort of a journaling, venting kind of post. Not the kind you usually see on MMH.)


In different circles, "The Big D" means different things.

If you live in some circles, it probably means "Divorce."

If you live in Texan circles, it might mean "Dallas."

But if you live in Military circles, it means "Deployment."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday




Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Carnival of Homeschooling

The next Carnival of Homeschooling is up!

You can see it at Alasandra's Homeschool Blog.

She tortured me with all the photos that look like Spring! My green thumb is itching!




Carnival of Homeschooling

#Project365

I recently heard about a bloggie project called "Project 365."

It is basically where you take and post a photograph every day for a year. It can be of anything, any style, you name it. The purpose is to take pictures, get lots of practice, and see if you can develop your photography skills.

Now, I don't have a fancy camera. I have a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28

(Internet photo)

Something else I do not have is "PhotoShop" or "Paint Shop Pro" or any other those other fancy photo-editing programs. Oh, how I would love one! But that is one of those "some day" dreams...just like my someday dream of a Nikon D90.....ahhhh.....

But as I was saying, I don't have a fancy editing program. I use the free, yes, that's right... *FREE* photo editing program from Google, called "Picasa."

With all that said...I am going to give this a shot. I don't know that I will post pictures daily, but I will certainly try and take photographs on a daily basis, and then incorporate those into my "Wordless Wednesday" posts.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Military Monday: Meet Sarah!

This is the very first Military Monday post that I am hosting.

Each week I will highlight a Military Spouse out there in the blogging world. They can be from any branch of the military.

For more information, to see a list of military bloggers, or to add yourself to the community of Military Spouses, visit: Military Mondays

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And so without further ado, I would like to introduce Sarah of Army Housewifery.

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Sarah is an army wife, the mother of three and a homeschooler.

(Wait, why does that sounds familiar?)

Her lovely blog is relatively new, but I am sure you will enjoy it. I know I do!

Support a fellow military wife - stop on by and pay her a visit!




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Sunday, January 16, 2011

20 Years

20 Years ago today, my husband entered Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey - beginning his military career.

About 3 weeks later he met me.

And the rest is history.

Book Review: "Faith Deployed - Daily Encouragement for Military Wives" by Jocelyn Green (and Give-Away)



Well, I finally got around to doing my review for this book. I apologize for the drastic delay, but quite honestly I had set the book aside....then couldn't find it! I was about to go get another copy when I finally discovered where I had put it away.

And so....

"Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives" by Jocelyn Green

Isn't it funny, how even after being an army wife for a very long time, we may still have stereotypes with which we look at the wives in other branches of the military?

I can honestly say, that have never met a Coast Guard wife. I have seen a couple blogs of them online, and seen them on a few military forums, but I have never actually known any.

When I picked up the book, and customarily flipped it right over to read the back, I noted that the author was a Coast Guard wife. And again, quite honestly, my initial reaction was, "A Coast Guard Wife? What does she know about hardships? It isn't like their husbands deploy or anything."

Well, I was very happily proven quite wrong. Joceyn Green was accompanied by many other contributers in "Faith Deployed." And as I read through the book, I noted that many of the hardships, struggles and trials that Jocelyn wrote about, rung very true in my ears.

She got it.

I am not normally a "devotional book" kind of person, and I generally skip over the prayers at the end of each, but I found this book very enjoyable and encouraging. I think it would be especially helpful for new military wives.....of any branch of the military....in seeing that there are many others who "have been there and done that."

Isn't it nice to sometimes be proven wrong?

It teaches us to be humble.

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If you would like to possibly receive a copy of this book, I will be giving one away. To enter, simply leave a message in the comment section below with the word "Enter" in it. I will draw a name from those who do so, and post the recipient this Friday.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Something You Never Want to Use

Earlier this week, I attended a volunteer training class. It was training that I hope I never, ever need to put into practice.

It is for something called a "Care Team."



In the army units have a volunteer position called the Care Team. This is in the event that the worst happens.

A casualty.

If it happens, of course the family is notified through the official channels. After that, the Care Team is activated, if the family wants it. The Care Team goes in and helps with all the mundane things that are the last thing on the family's mind. Cooking meals, cleaning house, answering phones or doors, and simply being there for them for that difficult time between the notification and when their own family support is able to take over.

It is something that one does not volunteer for without much thought and prayer.

I hope I never have to get that call, but if I do....I will be there.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Carnival of Homeschooling

The current Carnival of Homeschooling is out at "The Common Room."

Check it out! Here!