• Posted on July 14, 2012 3:30 pm
    By Sam

    Today has been a slow, yet hectic day around the house. While I was in the kitchen making blueberry muffins, my husband was helping out by doing the laundry. Suddenly he starts hollering, very excited, for me to "Hurry! Come quick!" as he stands at the door to Avery's room.

    Army Life, Kids, Life
  • Posted on July 12, 2012 7:12 pm
    By Sam

    A few weeks ago, I woke up one morning with a very sore bump under my left arm (in my arm pit). I had no idea what this was, so I decided to look it up online. After reading several articles on WebMD I became convinced that I had breast cancer and that it was my lymph nodes that were swelling under my arm.

    Life, Personal, Uncategorized
  • Posted on July 11, 2012 11:25 pm
    By Sam

    I was hesitant to include this section in my blog, especially under the given name. I am by no means a parenting expert - nor do I like to give advice or tell other people how to care for their own children. But I do however have a toddler, and from time to time she does insanely cute things or pushes my limits in ways that I never thought possible from such a little person. I know it's a constant struggle for me personally to look on the bright side of things when she gets worked up and throws a tantrum, so my goal with this section of my blog is to share any and all moments of triumph - no matter how big or small. I hope to share these stories with you and the wisdom and lessons that I learn from her. She really has a lot to teach me in her own way, I just need to be patient enough to listen. -Sam

    Kids, Life, Personal
  • Posted on July 11, 2012 9:21 pm
    By Sam

    When I was in Highschool and Jr. High, everyone knew me as the girl that baked. Every Christmas I would whip up massive amounts of cookies, brownies, and rice krispie treats for pretty much everyone I knew. It was amazing how many people would suddenly act like your best friend when you showed up with a box stuffed with home baked goods! So instead of turning people away I made sure I had enough for everyone. I'd always start off with special desert packages for my closest friends - and then bake extras until I ran out of flour and sugar.

    Food, Life, Personal
  • Posted on July 11, 2012 2:29 pm
    By Sam

    I remember when my husband first decided he wanted to enlist. It was really sort of a snap decision, but that doesn't mean that we didn't think it out. (Fun fact - it was actually the show Army Wives that put the idea into our heads to begin with.) We talked about it a lot the couple of days before he went to talk to the local recruiting office and we were more than a little disappointed when they said we would have to wait until February of the following year to leave for Basic Combat Training. But now my husband is finishing up his AIT training and we will be departing for our First Duty Station in a little over a month. When we first announced to our families about his decision, we got the usual "Are you sure this is what you want?" and "Why?" asked of us many times over. Honestly, we didn't have much of an answer to give because everything always came out sounding more like an excuse rather than a reason. Deep down we knew it was the right decision for us - and it truly has been a wonderful thing so far - but neither of us knew how to put that into words. Looking back, it's even more obvious that this was just something that was meant to be. We both have learned so much about ourselves, and that has helped us to become better individuals, better spouses, and better parents. I know that sounds corny and cheesy - but it's true. Don't worry - the focus of this blog won't be about life as an Army spouse. But being an Army Wife is definitely a huge part of who I am now, and I can't ignore that. I still am the artist and craft lover that I have always been - but getting this new start in life has given me a fresh perspective on my priorities and inspirations. I hope as our years in the Army progress, that I can continue to grow as a wife and mother and teach my daughter some of what I've learned, as well as share my experiences with others. -Sam

    Army Life, Life, Uncategorized