I’m so happy to introduce you to Kathryn! She blogs over at Singing Through the Rain and Tweets at myafwifelife. I love, love, love her blog. It’s so fresh and she’s got tons of information for military spouses. Check her out!
Name & family stats: My name is Kathryn, I am 24 years old. My husband, Jonathan is in the United States Air Force and we have been married for almost three years now. We have a one-year-old little boy named Adam and he is the joy of our life!
What’s your story? How did you & your husband meet? My husband and I met at college. We both were from up north and we met at a college in Florida, which I think is cool. I didn’t like him at first, but he kept trying to get a date with me, and finally won me over! We dated for about 5 months and then broke up for 2. We got back together, and have been together ever since! We got married in December 2008, in Florida. This is the much-shortened version of the story. If you want to read the whole thing, see this post.
What’s the most helpful tip you’ve learned as a military spouse? The most helpful tip? I don’t think I could pick just one… I was given a lot of advice before I got married to a military man. But since then, the best thing I have heard around the military spouse community is: “Bloom where you’re planted.” I really think this is the key to being a happy military spouse. When I got to my current (and first) duty station, I was so ready to go out and do things, help where I could, and meet new people. That really helped make my time here an easy transition. Instead of waiting for everyone to find you, go out and find everyone else. Do what you can to help.
What is the best part of military life to you? The best part of military life are the benefits. Yes, there are the deployments, but I really believe the benefits of military life outweigh that. Benefits such as living on base, shopping at the commissary, health care benefits, visiting new places, and military discounts. Not only those things but also the benefits of things learned along the way such as: learning to be independent, making awesome friends, meeting new people, and just seeing yourself grow as a person over the years.
What’s been your favorite duty station? We are currently stationed at Robins AFB in Georgia and this is our first duty station. We like it here, but are really excited and ready to PCS whenever the military says so we can travel to a new place!
What is one thing that you know for sure (today) that you would like to share with the world?We are about to be embarking into my husband’s first deployment very soon. I know that no matter what happens that we will get through it. Deployments will always eventually end. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.What is something about you that most people don’t know, but would find interesting? This is a hard question! I’m not really sure what to put, but I will tell you that most people don’t know how much I really love to sing. I am just too scared to actually sing in front of anyone.
I’m a big proponent of taking time for yourself in order to be a better wife/mom. If you had one full day all to yourself, what would you do? No doubt in my mind, I would head to the beach! Ah relaxation…
Finally, I like to close on a positive note – What’s your favorite positive quote? “When I married a man in the military, no one ever said it would be easy; they just said it would be worth it.”
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