Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground…[and] when you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on. TEDDY ROOSEVELT
Today in honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, I decided to take part in a link-up hosted by two military spouse blogs: Somewhere Over the Camo and Marathons and Dog Tags. Answering their questions is an awesome self-reminder of why I began this blog in the first place, and seeing the other spouses taking part reminds me that no matter how different our military journeys, we all share the similar thread of finding the strength to care for our families through all the up and downs of this (often unexpectedly) beautiful journey.
1. Tell us about yourself and your blog:
My name is Mckenna, I’m 26, wife of a Naval Officer and momma to two littles. I’m a lover of Christ, travel, good books, black and white movies, beach days, and coffee desserts (especially tiramisu!). My husband and I met at 21, married at 22, had our first baby not long after, and our second two years after that (with a few cross-country moves, underways, and 9 months of deployment thrown in). We thought about scheduling in some time to breathe, but it didn’t work out ;)
This blog began as a simple way to keep family and friends in touch with all our adventures when we began our Navy journey and has been evolving ever since. Once my husband swore in, I quickly realized what an incredible resource all the blogs, bulletin boards, and articles that other military spouses posted were. Some of the most useful information I received about OCS, PCSing, orders, Tricare, YOU NAME IT; most of it came from the experience of other spouses, either over the internet or in person. So while this blog is primarily an outlet for all the many, many emotions I experience throughout the adventure of military life, I’ve always hoped it would also be similarly helpful resource for other military spouses looking for all the information they can soak up, like I did in the beginning and still do.
2. What branch of the military are you associated with?
My husband has been a Naval Officer for three years (currently stationed on a DDG home-ported in San Diego).
3. What is one thing you enjoy about the military lifestyle?
The thing I enjoy most is the thing that scares me most: the possibility of moving anytime, anywhere. I am a recovering control freak, so being married to the Navy is liberating and terrifying all at once. Even though it scares me that orders somewhere new and strange and far from family could come at any given time, it is also the most thrilling part of military life and I catch myself dreaming about ports across the world pretty often. To sum up it up in one word: Adventure.
4. What advice would you give other spouses who are new?
No matter how shy you may be, muster up the courage to reach out for sympathetic community! Be it a military spouse group, book club, church group, etc. Nothing makes a new place feel more like home than connecting with others who are in the same position as you. I remember when we first moved to Rhode Island that I was so shy about reaching out initially, but once I did I quickly realized we were all in the same boat together: a strange place with no family and only each other to hold onto. I made some forever friends there who are irreplaceable in their ability to sympathize with this lifestyle. Right now I’m blessed to be a part of my church’s military spouse group and it is incredible to walk in there on Monday nights and know every girl in there gets what I’m going through.
To each and every military spouse reading this: You matter so much, and I’m immeasurably grateful to be one of you!