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


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

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


Please e-mail me at MrsMamaHen (at) 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 can we read a history book like this?

He's been doing this a long'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

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


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


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


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


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.

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!

Monday, January 10, 2011

"Military Mondays"

Here on MrsMamaHen, I have decided to create a new feature. It will be called "Military Mondays" where I will highlight and introduce military spouses out there in the blogging world.

There are many creative and interesting military spouses out there, sometimes living in some very interesting places. So, let's get to know some!

If you are a blogging military spouse (army wife, navy wife, air force husband, etc.) and would like to be eligible, simply follow my blog and e-mail me at MrsMamaHen(at) and let me know. I will send you a little "interview" and when you send it back, I will get you scheduled! Or if you would like to get a head start - you can go HERE and copy the interview questions and go ahead and e-mail them to me at MrsMamaHen(at)


I will also keep a running list of all blogs right here on this page, and each Monday will highlight a special blogger. You don't have to be a highlighted blogger to have your blog listed. You only need to be a military spouse blogger.

I will contact a blogger the week prior, to give them a heads-up and a chance to prepare a "Hello!" post if they wish.

If you would like to share this new endeavor on your own blog, (it would be much appreciated!) here's a handy button!

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The Blogs

Army (Active Duty, National Guard & Reservists):

Ailinh & Aaron
The Army Chaplain's Wife
Army Housewifery *
Combat Boots & Diapers
Fräulein Sarah and her Schatzies
Glamour Glory
Goose & Lovie *
Guinn and Bare It
He Wears Combat Boots, I Wear Stilettos
He's Taken a Turn for the Nurse
Household6 Diva
Journey of Life and Love
Life on the Last Frontier
Life's a Dance You Learn as You Go
Michelle The "Rib" *
My Camo Kids: An Army Wife Life
My Dear Jenn *
My Gifts, Among Other Things
One Me, Two Monsters
Outside the Lines
Queen of Our Castle
Sisterly Thoughts
Supporting My Army Boy
The Forever Neighbor
The Liberato Lifestyle
The Optimistic Army Wife
The Queen of Brussels Sprouts
These Talking Walls
This American Wife
Watching Sage
When Your Feet Don't Touch the Ground
With these Hands, I Give You My Heart
Yellow Pencil Stub


A Monkey in the Navy *
As it were or even if it weren't
Cup of Serenity
Many Waters *
Misadventures of Alternative Navy Spouse
Tales from a Sailor's Soul Mate
Teerlink Family
The C.W.
The Hooyah Wife
The Hyphenation Diaries

Air Force:

Life as a Mrs. *
Life with the Edwards'
Married My Airman
Singing Through the Rain *
The Fasser Funny Farm
This Crazy Life
Two Southerners


Adventures in Life
Lipstick & Leathernecks
Moore to Love
One Day at a Time: The Life of a USMC-EOD Wife
Our Love Never Fails
SAHM and Marine Wife

Coast Guard:

A Coastie's Girl
The "S" Squad Chronicles


Riding the Roller Coaster

"Military Brats"

If you see any links that do not work, or ones that are in the wrong category, please let me know!

* - previously highlighted MilSpouse

Website Updates

I have made a couple changes to my website.

First, as you can see, I changed the appearance.

I think it is easier to see the content when it has a cleaner layout.

Secondly, I have been having some trouble with "spam" in the comments...getting some really yucky things posted.

So - I added the "Disqus" comment platform to my blog. This still allows anyone to post comments, with or without a blogger/google account, but requires an e-mail address. No more "anonymous" posts, so maybe that will reduce the frequency of that happening.

The neat thing about Disqus, is it also allows for replies and discussion within the comment section, which is great for when I have people asking questions about recipes and things like that, or even when visitors have conversations with other visitors within the comments.

So the changes are not major, but I hope they are for the better.

Happy Monday!

Oh - P.S. - all previous comments are still on the pages, even though the "Comments #" at the bottom of the post may say "0" That is the new count for the Disqus platform. If you go to the post page, (click on the title of the post) you will see all the comments/questions/answers are still there.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Winter Fun

On Wednesday, as soon as the kiddos finished their schoolwork, we grabbed the sleds and headed out to the pipeline to do a little hiking and sledding.

After the sledding, we headed on back to town, and had a decent view of Denali (Mt. McKinley.) It is the big "mound" in the center of the photo, with the cloud on top of it.

Since going out on Wednesday, I have found a REAL sledding hill. We'll be going this week. I can't wait!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Carnival of Homeschooling

The next carnival of homeschooling is up at Why Homeschool.

This Carnival was based on lots of quotes from one my my all time favorite movies.... The Princess Bride. Corny as it is, I love that movie!

Check it out!

Carnival of Homeschooling

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's Day

Yesterday my hubby and the boys went hunting. Right before they got home, I glanced up from my crocheting, and noticed how bright and clear the sky was, and that the direct sunlight on the "flocked" birch trees was stunning.

Moments later the menfolk came in, and Joshua said that I ought to go up to the look-out and take some pictures. He was reading my mind!

So I grabbed the camera, and headed up to the look-out north of town. It was 10 degrees warmer up there than it was at the house, so coupled with the lovely sunlight, it was a very pleasant time. I wasn't the only one with that idea either. While I was there, about 8 or 9 different vehicles came and went with people getting out taking pictures.

I spent about an hour there from 2-3 pm....and these were some of the many photos I took.

I thought the mountains on the horizon looked surreal in this one.

How did you spend New Year's Day?