Sunday, September 28, 2014

Gold Star Mothers and Family Day

The last Sunday in September is a day to honor the mothers and families of fallen service members.

As a military sibling I know what its like to be left at home, but I have been truly blessed and lucky to have my brother return every deployment. Countless other families aren't as lucky. Today is the day to remember and honor them. Everyday thousands of mother, fathers, widows, widowers, siblings and children carry on with their lives following the lose of a family member over seas.

As Americans I think its is our job to take care of and honor these families. They paid the ultimate price for freedom, giving up someone they loved and cared for. So those of us who haven't had to make that payment, those of us who haven't experienced "that knock" that all military families fear, and those of us who haven't been asked to carry on owe it to those who have to stand up and be a support for them.


So in honor of Gold Star Mothers day, take time and remember those who gave all and those who were left behind. Take a moment to visit a national cemetery, volunteer at a USO or Fisher House, do something to benefit the families and those currently serving. Don't let them be forgotten.

Today I have the families of Jon T. Tumilson and Clayton R. Beauchamp in my thoughts and prayers. I never knew them or their families but I wear their names every day and will not allow them to be forgotten.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Life has just been a crazy hot mess

So as Y'all know I've been mia for the past few months. Like I said in the title like has been just a hot mess.

I have had a lot of ups and downs this summer which caused me to kind of abandon the blog.


The biggest high was obviously graduating college! Seriously the best day ever (except my brother was gone at training)


Then it kind of went down hill from there, I lost a really close family friend a week later from cancer. Then just a few days after that I lost my grandpa and if you know me you know how important he is to me. I've been through a lot of lose but this one really hurt. I've seen him literally everyday of my life. He had dementia and for a long time told all my family I was the only one who cared about him. We had a really close bond. I'm like him in a lot of ways but especially in my need to be EARLY like really early and in my love for our military. He is the one who instilled in my the passion and determination I have when it comes to helping veterans. So its taken a lot of time to move forward from this. I definitely miss the phone calls every time it storms making sure I'm okay, the times he asks me about boyfriends and his response always being "you don't need any boy, you have too much going for you to worry about a trouble maker" and Strawberry shakes will never be the same not sharing them with him.


Most of my summer has been spent with my grandma, I'm with her everyday. Sometimes its running errands, some days in lunch and others its doing things I never thought I would at 22. Seriously. Planning a funeral and picking out a tombstone are not fun and its as horrible as it sounds. As hard as all this has been, I've been able to really learn how strong I really am and I've formed an even stronger bond with my grandma and I got to be with my grandpa in his final moments. All things I wouldn't change for anything.

Okay so TOO much emotion for me! I'm not a really emotional person or a crier so enough of this.

So I decided to do a blog revamp. It was getting difficult to just post about military sibling life and not bring up personal things going on, or doing fun post about random stuff. BUT I will still have a focus on the military because that's my life its what I love. I'm just adding a little more of a personal aspect outside of the military life.
As far as the new name, I love the military and my Boot Campaign combat boots and I love sweet tea!

Expect a lot from me coming up, I'm taking part in a Blogtober challenge with my friend Elena | Cheetahtalkymas


Monday, September 8, 2014

Sorry I've been gone!

Hey y'all! Sorry I've been a little absent recently. I have had a pretty crazy summer to say the least.

I graduated from college in MAY!!! Woohoo! Best day ever honestly!
Its pretty much been down hill from there. My brother was gone at training on my graduation, then a dear family friend passed away a week later. Just 4 days following that funeral my grandfather passed away. I've been the one pretty much making sure my grandma gets to the store, get her medication and even had to go pick out a tombstone. Something I never thought at 22 I would be doing.

Enough of the sad stuff. I just had a great family vacation (much needed) and I'm ready to get back to blogging.

Which leads me to the fact that I am going to do a blog overhaul. New name, new mission, a whole new plan. So be ready for what I hope will be an AMAZING blog.

Look for DIY, more personal post (Vacation and graduation will be the first) and some beauty tips as well!

Don't worry though, it will always have a military focus. It's who I am and what I'm passionate about so I could never forget about that. I will always fight for and support military siblings and military families. Just need to change the blog up a little bit.

I'll be back soon y'all!
Shelby