Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Where to start...

I've been gone for a VERY long time!

Life has been crazy over the past year between the deployment (Which is OVER!!), family stuff and getting used to being an adult, things have just been all over the place.

Over this year I've also thought a lot about my future, where I see myself going or at least where I want to go. I have many thoughts and plans running through my head on a daily basis so in time it will make its way to paper (and here) and then with some heard work, sleepless nights and who knows what else it will be a reality and not a dream.

ANYWAY...my brother is home, things are going back to "normal" and I feel pretty settled into this things called adult life. Work is going well, family is doing great. I've been thinking of way to improve the blog, to make it more interesting and ways to motivate me to keep writing. So within the coming weeks things will be changing. Possibly the design, topics I write about and just the whole look and feel. I will never separate myself from the military sibling/military support aspect because that is just a part of me, I can't just throw that out or let it go, but I'm thinking about adding in posts about working out (I've joined the world of BBG), my favorite cookie recipes, maybe throw in a few beauty products, some of my person tips for life, etc.

Hopefully everything will be up and running shortly, until then I am working on getting back on track with the blog.

Talk to you soon, ya'll!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Pre-Deployment

The lead up to deployment can go one of two ways...you stay positive and you enjoy the moments you have or you are depressed and carry it to the deployment. My family always picks the first option, especially with the last deployment and the current since my brother is in St. Louis.

So I would consider us "Deployment Professional"...we have struggles obviously because it sucks. No sugar coating here-deployments just plain suck. That is why we make sure to enjoy our moments, so here are somethings we do to make our time together GREAT.

1. We go to dinner...a lot. Nothing brings families together like a trip to a restaurant.
2. We plan care packages, my brother is experienced and knows what "fun" things to bring and have sent (his words not mine). We have spent many nights the last few weeks going through the Oriental Trading magazines to pick out the random junk he must have...like a blow-up Cactus Cooler. Because who doesn't need that.
3. We also avoid anything that will make us sad or that will cause us to talk about the "possibilities"...we don't worry about it until we have to.
4. We become hermits, we all stick together in the pre-deployment stage.
5. STAY POSITIVE. I can't stress it enough that you have to stay positive, being sad and depressed is okay but not all the time! It will make the whole thing worse.

As you and your family prepare for a deployment or if you are experiencing a deployment, remember you aren't alone! It seems like it will never end, but it will and there will be exciting homecomings, happy tears and a lot of smiles! Just stay strong!

What do y'all do to make it through the pre-deployment phase?

Thanks y'all!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Looking to get involved in a veterans/military support organization?

There are countless organization out there that help veterans and their families, I have a few that I specifically try to purchase from, share posts for or donate to just based on the work that they do for the military.

Here are some of my personal favorite organizations to support:

Operation Warriors
Boot Campaign
TAPS
Travis Manion Foundation
Lone Survivor Foundation
Navy Seal Foundation
All in All the Time Foundation
3 Minutes our
Chris Kyle Frog Foundation
31 Heroes Project
Fisher House

Here are a few events that you can take part in as well:

Joggin For Frogmen 5K
Crush it for JT 5K

There is no right or wrong when deciding what organizations to support, just make sure they are passionate about something you love as well!

What is your favorite organization to support?

Thanks y'all!



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How to make it through a deployment...

Trust me when I say deployments never get easier...you just learn how to handle them better.

I am preparing for my brothers 4th deployment currently, so it had me think about how I got through the others. I guess you can say these are my "Words of Wisdom."

First, this is going to be a very emotional journey...more difficult than basic training and AIT. I'm not trying to scare you here, just simply prepare you. If you know me personally you know that I DO NOT let anyone see my emotions or my fears. But seriously deployments will bring out all kinds of emotions...you will cry, laugh, you will be mad and you will be scared. A huge lesson I learned was to never let me brother see it...your soldier needs to be able to focus and worrying about you will distract him.

Second, don't stop your life. A lot happened during my brothers first deployment and our lives stopped...we were miserable. We have learned over time that its okay to smile, to have a good time and to enjoy life. This is something that I have still been getting used to...and I have a simple way to think about this. Live a life that is worth somebody's sacrifice. Trust me your sibling wouldn't want you to stop what you are doing and sit idle for them to come home.

Third, DO NOT believe everything the news reports. Sometimes they rush to report the news so they can be number 1. If you need to know you will know. Also, no news is good news. My brothers first deployment was before Skype... we got a handful of emails (literally he had no internet) and a few phone calls. but not hearing anything also let me know he was okay.

Okay so some of my other little tidbits...
1. get a hobby, keep yourself occupied!
2.find a good support system...sometimes you need a shoulder to cry on or an ear to vent to.
3. stay positive...negativity is NOT helpful. It will honestly make it worse.

Just a little words of wisdom from one sibling to another, what is your advice for getting through deployments?

Thanks Y'all!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Life can be CRAZY

Hey y'all so everyone knows life can get real crazy, real fast.

I've been kind of MIA from the blog for awhile...well since November really. So first off I GOT A JOB. I am officially considered an adult! I am so lucky to have the job I do, it is a great learning experience and I am getting so many amazing opportunities. I've been kind of busy adjusting to my new "normal" and getting Lola adjusted. Which if you know my dog it was not easy. Lola has extreme anxiety issues, but she is finally starting to get used to her schedule and is doing SO much better.

Unfortunately, it's not all happy. We just recently found out that my brother will be deploying for the 4th time to the Middle East in May. Things have been a little sad around the family but we will adjust and get through. It is definitely scary dealing with this pending deployment and seeing and hearing all of the craziness going on in the world right now.

I will be blogging during this deployment and the lead up, sharing my experiences and my tips for getting through this rough time.

To end on a fun note, Lola and I had Christmas pictures done. (Thank you to my friend Emily)





If you ever have questions or a topic you would like me to talk about let me know on Facebook!

Thanks y'all

Friday, December 5, 2014

All about the Boots

Every time I wear my boots I get asked "Where did you get those boots?" "What are those boots for?"

So for Red Friday I want to highlight the Boot Campaign!

I absolutely LOVE the Boot Campaign. I love them enough that I literally check their career page all the time! It would be an honor to work for a company that does such amazing work for active military, veterans, and their families.

I read Service by Marcus Luttrell and that's how I heard about the Boot Campaign. So earlier this year I decided I had to have these boots. I don't wear them everyday, but every chance I get I wear them.

Boot Campaign helped me realize that even though I'm not a military spouse or retired military I will be able to help veterans one day! The money raised from their sales, events, and donation goes to help in five different areas. Jobs, Housing, Wellness, Urgent Assistance, and Family Support. They don't just do that; they promote patriotism, cultivate awareness, and provide assistance.

The 5 women who started the Boot Campaign have inspired me so much! They all cam from completely different career backgrounds, and no immediate connections to the military. They were 5 Americans who wanted to do something for the military. I just hope I can make a big of an impact in the lives of veterans as they have.

So go out there on this RED FRIDAY and find your passion. Fight for it. Work for it. Remember someone is out there fighting for you today, make their sacrifice and the sacrifice of those who gave their lives worth it. Live a life that was worth someone else's. Do something to honor them.

Want to get some boots? visit http://www.bootcampaign.com/

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank you Veterans!

Today is veterans day so I have to say a HUGE thank you to all those who stood up to serve our country!

I am so so proud to be an American, and so very proud of our military!

On Sunday I had the opportunity to continue a tradition my grandpa had started at my church with a Veterans Day service. I got some of our children involved, some didn't even know what a veteran was. I was able to make a speech that I hope made an impact on someone at the service.

"As most of you know my grandpa used to do a Veterans Day service every year, so I think it’s my turn to take it over since he’s gone. He instilled in me a respect for veterans and I couldn’t let Veterans Day go by without recognizing our veterans.
When looking up the “official” definition of a veteran I found the generic “someone who served in the military” pretty simple. but I found this that seem to be more fitting…
What is a Veteran? A veteran whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to the United states of America up to and including his life.
It continued, by saying that is an honor. And there are way to many people In this country today who no longer understand that fact.
And its true.

Young men and women have been serving our country even before we were a freed nation…farmers, slaves, immigrants, rich, poor, some with their whole lives ahead of them and some old enough that they left their lives behind to fight…from Yorktown, VA, to Fort Sumter,SC, from Little Big Horn to Flanders Field. From The beaches of Normandy to the black sand of Iwo Jima. From the mountains of Korea to the jungles of Vietnam. From the Hindu Kush Mountains in Afghanistan to the dangerous street of Iraq.
On veterans day the best way we can honor veterans is to not allow them, their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their brothers be forgotten.
Appreciate your freedoms, make the most of your education, your faith, your life. They were more expensive than you know.
Live a life that honors the sacrifice of the hundreds of thousands of Americans that died for you.
And shake the hands and say thank you to those veterans who are still here with us.
That’s how you can honor veterans
."

We as American are so lucky for the opportunities and freedoms we have. It is all thanks to those men and women who sign that check. Your freedom really is the most expensive thing we will ever have, cherish it.

Please on this day and everyday REMEMBER and honor our veterans! Don't forget those who lost their lives, don't let their sacrifice be forgotten. Remember their families as well!