September 1, 2014

{Family Session} Daddy's Little Girl

Krystal Silva is back with the most adorable family session!!! If you missed her last homecoming post, make sure you check it out.

"These two people mean the whole world to me as they are my people. My handsome husband is a crew chief for MEDEVAC here at Hunter Army Airfield. He works so hard and loves what he does and I am so grateful he is mine. The little Princess is my baby girl. She is the absolute light of our life. Everyday is a good day when she is with us. She is sassy and spunky and has the best little personality. I thought I would share this session because it is the last one I get to do at our home here is Georgia as we are going to be headed to Hawaii very soon! Across the street from my house is this lovely location and it has been so awesome having it there. Whenever Emma and I need to unwind this is where we go! Taking photos is my pause button, I love capturing these moments." Mahalo Krystal for sharing your photos and best of luck with your BIG move! 

August 29, 2014

{Giveaways} Spartan Race

Oh my goodness!!!! My readers are in for a bunch of treats!!!

The buzzzzzzzzz happening for the Spartan Race World Championship Race in Killington Vermont on September 20th is crazy! These intensely trained men and women are elite athletes. Make sure you follow +Spartan Race to see who wins. 
And now for the GIVEAWAYS!!

1. To be entered in the winnings for the Spartan Race Cruise this March for airfare and the cruise out of Miami (US residents only) you must go here and fill out their form to be considered for the prize: 
2. The other giveaway will be for anyone who blogs about this Spartan Cruise and the World Championship race and emails Dan Krueger, Spartan Race Inc., with the link to your post on your blog. The winners will be picked on Sept. 22.

3. I ALSO have 1 free race giveaway to the random winner who comments below. The winner will receive a code emailed to them, from me, that will work one time for any open heat (non-confirmed start time) Spartan Race in the continental US. Winner will be selected on September 5th. 

4. LASTLY, this code will give you 10% off of any race:  SPARTANBLOGGER

For more information about Spartan Race click here: 

"Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Our events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal."

August 27, 2014

{Guest Post} The Lieutenants Wife

Welcome Troy Anna Smith of The Lieutenants Wife Blog She has a wonderful blog that I think a lot of my readers would appreciate and find very helpful. My blog mostly shares photos and stories, but Troy shares her personal thoughts, emotions, and life experiences of living the life of a military wife.

From Troy, "My story starts as a girl, young and in love. I married the man of my dreams, my best friend, who happened to look very good in a uniform, and that was all I needed to know.

Within the first weeks of marriage, like many, I was thrown into a small, southern town … far from family and friends. When we heard the news that my husband would be leaving for seven months and in no more but three days, my entire world seemed as though it had ended. He was headed to Afghanistan, part of the initial troop surge that was announced over Thanksgiving dinner. I still remember how empty I felt. I wasn’t prepared, I had no idea what to expect, or who to turn to.

I chose to blog for a number of reasons. It was a personal journal.  My hope was for it to not only become an outlet for my need to always put words to my many emotions, but for America to see what really goes on in the life of a military spouse. It's not normal, the stress and the worry -- and certainly not natural to be away from your partner under such circumstances. We will have missed anniversaries, birthdays, & countless holidays. So I was challenged. Sacrificing my privacy in the hopes that any vulnerability could help even one spouse feel understood, well that seemed worth it.

It was a time in my life where I knew I would be raw ... and how freeing that could be to share to the public. To allow my open book during such trial and anxiety ... it almost felt powerful amid such weakness. And you know what? People responded … my brutal honesty found a compassionate audience, and I was able to feel warranted … as if that could ease the pain of our separation.

I continued to write for a while after building such a loyal and loving following. I found through blogging a way to discover my identity as a military wife, even when he wasn’t deployed. The moves, the goodbyes. The life changes. It was a chance to connect, to inspire, to celebrate, and to mourn.

Six years later, three relocations, and one brand new baby … we now face the challenges of starting over, leaving so much of it behind. At this point, my life is far less interesting than when having a Marine at war -- but the constant excitement of chasing after our precious little girl, redefining motherhood, and post-war marriage restoration leaves me navigating through an entirely new terrain; I'm quite certain to have plenty worth writing for. 

In the meantime, I always encourage to never forget. Please continue to pray for those who are keeping the fight, and the families left behind -- God bless & Semper Fidelis."