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Military Spouse Profile: Kelsey From By Land, Air Or Sea

January 3, 2018

There are so many amazing military spouses out there kicking butt on a daily basis that deserve to be recognized and I’m excited to feature one of them each month with my Military Spouse Profile series. If you’re interested in sharing your story (or know someone who might), please send me an email!

Introduce yourself to my readers! Tell us a little bit about who you are.

Hey y’all! I’m Kelsey Ramirez, a Coast Guard wife, mother of two beautiful young girls, elementary teacher, ombudsman, technology enthusiast, football fanatic, Clemson loving, iced Latte and Mango tea drinking southern girl!

What inspired you to start your blog or business?

When I took a hiatus from teaching to go on extended maternity leave at 4 months pregnant, I wanted something to fulfill my passion and time.  I love helping others and wanted to put my tech skills to use.  I have started off small, and I am continuing to build and grow solo.

What’s the main message you hope your blog shares with your readers?

My main message is to be a contributor to military families and making their life easier.  My website was initially built to help with all issues dealing with PCSing (my unit information pages), traveling, education, buying and selling, and overall tips to make life easier.  My father was an Air Force Pilot, my husband is a Petty Officer in the Coast Guard, and my brother is an infantryman.  I have lots of tidbits of advice to help newcomers.

What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?

My favorite part of being a military spouse is knowing that my husband is part of a great purpose.  He has conducted search and rescue operations and has saved many families (which he won’t boast about), and he has protected our borders from drug operations.  Traveling comes in a close second.

Tell us a little bit about your journey as a military spouse-the ups and downs, lessons learned, etc.

It took some getting used to being in the military.  Being away from the love of your life isn’t easy (yes, the Coast Guard deploys – 2-6 months at a time).  The second thing was to surround myself with spouses who were encouraging and positive.  Spouses come in all varieties – just like in the civilian sector – be kind, be helpful, be supportive.  I learned that if I am these things, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how they are.

What’s the number one piece of advice you would give a new military spouse?

Learn to be flexible, as hard as it is.  I remind myself of that many days.  They cannot control their schedule, and they need our support.

What or who has been the biggest help or source of support to you in your role as a military spouse?

Other spouses.  Living on bases I found other spouses that I could rely on, hang out with, chit-chat, and ask advice from.  I had many take me under their wing as a new spouse and then as a new spouse to an area. I have been fortunate in that way.

Do you have a favorite place the military has taken you? What is it and why?

Oak Island, NC.  I grew up in Myrtle Beach as a child, then I moved away.  It was fun to come back to the area as an adult and enjoy all it had to offer.

Just for fun:

  • Favorite Netflix binge-worthy watch? Grey’s Anatomy
  • What’s your favorite hobby? My website (hopefully, it will become more than a hobby).
  • Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla – for sure! 
  • Tell us a random fact about yourself. I am a music sponge – I can pick up most songs after hearing them twice.

Many thanks to Kelsey for sharing her story this month! I’m a little biased because she’s a fellow Clemson fan, but I highly recommend checking her out on social media or on her blog.  I could feel the pride in her words about her husband being part of a greater purpose; that sense of pride is something so many of us can relate to. You can find her on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Military Spouse Profile: Sarah from Servant Mama

March 1, 2017

Happy hump day and first day of March, everyone! I am so pleased to introduce this new feature to the blog: a monthly military spouse profile! There are so many amazing military spouses out there kicking butt on a daily basis that deserve to be recognized and I’m excited to feature one of them each month. If you’re interested in sharing your story (or knowing someone who might), please send me an email!

Introduce yourself to my readers! Tell us a little bit about who you are.

Hi! I’m Sarah-a military wife and homeschooling mama. I am Mama to one super-sweet, oh-so-smart girl (age 5) and one mischievous, red-headed boy (age 2).

My husband is an officer in the United States Marine Corps. We have been married for 7 years and moved 7 times. Needless to say, life is a bit chaotic at times. I spend my days homeschooling my oldest, folding laundry, preparing meals, cleaning food off the floor, and keeping the toddler from playing in the toilet. Life rarely goes according to plan, but it’s a beautiful adventure!

What inspired you to start blogging?

My blog, Servant Mama, started almost 1 year ago. It was something I felt like God wanted me to do, but it took a long time for me to move past fear and into obedience. I’ve always loved writing and encouraging others, so blogging is the perfect combination of both!

What’s the main message you hope your blog shares with your readers?

My main objective at Servant Mama is to encourage other military wives (and moms) as they serve those around them daily and to build a bridge between our military families and civilians.

What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?

My favorite part of being a military spouse is when my husband is gone. JUST KIDDING!   Although there is some truth to the old adage, “absence make the heart grow fonder”.

I love that our family is a part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are serving our country.

I also love the opportunities it has given us!

Tell us a little bit about your journey as a military spouse-the ups and downs, lessons learned, etc.

Whew! I don’t even know where to start with this question!

The first time I was separated from my husband was for 10 weeks while he attended Officer Candidate School. I was pregnant with our first child and it seemed like FOREVER!

When our first deployment rolled around, he was gone for almost 8 months. I found out I was pregnant with baby #2 only a couple weeks after he left. It still seemed like forever, and there were definitely rough days. But I did it. And I am stronger because of it. Our marriage and our family is stronger because of it.

At some point along the way, him being gone for weeks or months at a time just became normal. That doesn’t mean it’s necessarily any easier, but we’ve adapted and overcome.

What’s the number one piece of advice you would give a new military spouse?

My number one piece of advice for new military spouses is to trust that God is in control and has you where you are for a reason, so make the best of it! Explore your new city, make new friends, and enjoy where you are now instead of dwelling on all you left behind or worrying about what will come next. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it- because at some point, we all do!

What or who has been the biggest help or source of support to you in your role as a military spouse?

My faith has been tremendously helpful over our years in the military. My friendships with other military spouses have also been crucial. They are the ones who just “get it”. They’ve been, there, they know what it’s like, and they know how to help. Whether it’s having playdates with our kids or having dinners together during the lonely evenings of deployment, these relationships have gotten me through some of the toughest days.

Do you have a favorite place the military has taken you? What is it and why?

I don’t have one particular favorite place, but I have fond memories of every single one. Nowhere has been perfect- they’ve all been too far from our family.   After we move away though, I’ve always missed them.

Just for fun:

  • Favorite Netflix binge-worthy watch? Currently, This is Us! Something more old school, Gilmore Girls.
  • What’s your favorite hobby? Reading!
  • Chocolate or vanilla? I’m all about the chocolate! A good french vanilla has it’s place though.
  • Tell us a random fact about yourself. I don’t like coffee or wine. I love me some sweet tea though!

A huge thank you to Sarah for sharing her story with us today. I love her advice to make the most of where you are right now and not worry too much about the future. The military life is way too unpredictable to dwell on the unknown! Make sure to check Sarah out on her blog, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.