When I saw that two of my favorite bloggers Mal and Samantha were doing this linkup 'Real Military Wives of Blogland', I was soooo excited that I knew I just had to join in! Obviously even those of you who are visiting this little bloggy blog for the first time can tell that my hubby Zach is in the military--after all, it's kind of right there in the name! But even though my blog name kinda screams 'Army Wife', I don't think I've ever really talked about what being a military spouse means to me soooo let's talk about that shall we?
First the basics, Zach and I met in May of 2011 through a mutual friend I was visiting at the time. You can read all about how we hated each other and then became friends and then fell head over heels in love with each other on our Love Story page, but to make a long story short, nine months after we met we were engaged.
|It amazes me that this was only three years ago!|
That was in February of 2012 and the very next month Zach left for basic training. Zach had enlisted during the first few months we were getting to know each other so I always knew that a life with him would include the military but that didn't really bother me. Sure it meant that my life--our life together--for the next four years, or six years, or twenty--would be dictated by the US Army. Where we would live, when we would move, where and when he'd have to leave for training or a deployment.....even when we would get married--was completely and totally out of my hands.
Ok, so it's a little bit scary and overwhelming when you think about it like that, but what's a girl to do when she's head over heels in love? I had found the man of my dreams and frankly I would have married him even if he was thinking about a career at McDonald's!! (Ok, ok so I probably would have squashed any McD's dreams like a bug but still you get what I mean)
|Cue all the oohs and awws!|
All in all I've loved where the military has taken us these past two years. Has it always been cupcakes and roses? Heck no--but it HAS always been an adventure! I know for a fact Zach and I would never have called Hawaii our home if it hadn't been for the military! The military lifestyle definitely has it's challenges but it also has it's blessings.
Other than that little nugget of wisdom, I guess what I would love for everyone to realize about military wives is that being a military wife only defines a part of us. Granted, it's a pretty big part for most of us but it's still only a part. We're also moms, fur-moms, business owners, bloggers, writers, counselors, college students, the list could go on forever! And even with all these differences, there's still a bond between all of us--pretty impressive I think!
Alright, Elizabeth, you've been prattling on for quite awhile now.....what's the bottom line here? I am so glad you asked. I'm married to an amazing man who happens to be in the military. Zach loves what he does and I love that my man is happy. Together we're tackling our Army adventure and making some amazing memories!
PS: I just love the title for this post....I feel like I'm channeling Alice--you know because she was in Wonderland....
PSS: If I'm going to be honest, this post didn't write itself out the way I wanted it to. So if you wanted to read what I wanted to say but just couldn't get out on paper, please read Amanda and Chelsea's posts. Then make sure to give them lots of love because they're geniuses and I want to be like them when I grow up.
1. A big part of your blog is all about your personal style! What is your very favorite go-to outfit?
My go-to outfit is typically skinny jeans, comfy wedges and a flowy shirt or simple V-neck...unless it's summer--then it's normally cowboy boots and a sundress!
Although I like to feel cute, being comfortable is way more important to me!
2. I loved your post about life lessons---what is one thing that you have learned from blogging?
I still consider myself a newbie when it comes to blogging. Every day I learn something new but so far I have learned that it is pretty important to keep a regular blogging schedule...which is hard for me! I work full time and still try to blog on the side, so sometimes it's hard to blog after a long day at the office!
3. I'm a complete fashion newbie in need of some good advice.....what is your favorite accessory?
My purse! In high school I would literally change my purse everyday to match each outfit. Nowadays, I carry very neutral-colored purses so they will match anything I wear! I have more black purses than you could ever imagine!!