Since my life is my blog’s content, it makes sense that a good chunk of my material revolves around military-related topics. Some were written as resources, some were written with the intention of simply being relatable (i.e. so other military families know they’re not alone with x, y, or z struggle), and some where written to be thought-provoking or conversation starters.
I’ve enjoyed sharing my heart in this space as a fellow military space and wanted to round up a few posts from the past to share, in case you missed them.
13 Blog Posts for Military Families
I tweaked and published this post about 2.5 years after I originally wrote it. I first typed it up during a time when I felt vulnerable as the new kid in the town, and with a kiddo of my own, I longed for community.
This post was a part of my holiday gift guide in 2017 and includes a slew of ideas for what to send a service member for a holiday or their birthday while they’re overseas. Whatever they receive, they have to make room to bring home, so you have to be careful about how much “stuff” you send.
Ha, just thinking about this day makes me laugh. Doing life without your partner around is just plain harder. This was one of those disastrously funny days where a glass of wine was calling my name at the end of it. 🙂
Jamie wasn’t around much for either of my pregnancies, but this isn’t entirely uncommon in the military. In this post I’ve shared about the pros and cons of this situation, because family planning can be a really tough thing to do when your service member is gone often.
Everybody sees those viral Facebook clips of families reuniting at a homecoming ceremony (which is incredible to experience), but nobody sees what goes on in the days and weeks to follow. That adjustment period is rough in some form or fashion for a bunch of families. After navigating that “redeployment” phase three times, I felt somewhat credible enough to share a few tips that helped us navigate that “interesting” time.
Ah, I remember sitting up in bed at 3 a.m. writing this a couple of years ago after receiving flowers from some of my incredible “battle buddies” the day prior. Some of the girlfriends I’ve made as a military spouse are my closest friendships. The bond we share with each other is hard to put into words, but I tried in this post.
With every PCS comes the decision of where to live: on post, off post in a rental, or off post in a home you own. It’s a tough call and usually varies depending on which post you’re moving to. I love all of the opinions and viewpoints represented in this post.
A partial DITY (do it yourself) is where a military family takes advantages of packers and movers transporting your things but moves a portion of stuff themselves. This involves weighing cars and being reimbursed for every pound you moved. Here are a few tips and tricks for doing a partial DITY.
Ah, the feelings of being the one to leave your friends behind vs. being the one that’s left behind are so vastly different. This post explores how contrasting those feelings can be.
In this two-part post, I’ve shared how we made the biggest decision of our lives and what’s immediately next for our family.
I go back and forth between feeling extreme gratitude and feeling guilt when I think about all of that our families have sacrificed for us through the years. This post is a note to them.
This is my most popular post of all time. I’ve received emails for years from readers sharing how often it’s calmed the weary hearts of those facing or currently struggling through that first deployment.
For believers, finding a new church home is typically high on the to-do list after PCSing to a new post. It’s often pretty tough though to find the right fit and spend weeks or months jumping around. This post explores that journey and why it’s tough.
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 5 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo