Friday, May 11, 2012

Military Spouse Appreciation Day!!

It's Military Spouse Appreciation Day, and what kind of MilSpouse blogger would I be if I didn't take a moment to recognize it? To all of my MilSpouse readers, past and present, thank you! Enjoy your day and know that you are appreciated.

Today, I will be hopping along with a few of my favorite military blogs:

Milspouse Bloghop hosted by Household6Diva & Roller Coaster

First up, I'm joining in The Military Spouse Appreciation Day Hop hosted by Household6Diva and Riding the Roller Coaster. If you are coming from there, welcome! My name is Randi, and this is A Modern Day Fairy Tale. I have to admit, if there is one thing I hate's introductions!! I never know where to begin!! But since this hop is all about being a military spouse, we'll start there. You can read my whole fairy tale story here, but to sum it up: my husband and I met during his second deployment through his sister on MySpace...we fell in love before we ever saw one another in person and were married shortly after he returned home. That was over five years ago, and despite the critics in the beginning, I still love that man more than anything. We recently made a big move from Camp Pendleton, where my husband had been for his entire military life (I'd personally been there over 5 years), to Indianapolis where he is now a recruiter. It's not an easy job but he loves it, and I love that he's
happy! It's certainly an all new adventure for him and for our family!!

On my blog, you'll find a little bit of everything- stories of military life, stories about being an Autism mom, stories about faith and stories of projects I've tried: recipes, crafts, etc. I am also a consultant for Thirty-One Gifts and more recently, Blessings Unlimited so you will see occasional posts about those as well!! It's truly an eclectic mix of all things that make up our family. I hope you'll stop by again!!

I'm also linking up with Wives of Faith's Military Spouse Appreciation Blog Carnival, with today's theme: Why I Love Being A Military Wife.

I love this theme! So often, it seems we focus on the negatives of being military wives- the deployments, field ops, long hours, being away from family...and yes, it all really stinks. But there are some great things too. As I mentioned above, my husband recently became a recruiter. A few weeks ago, a young couple came in. He was excited to join the Marine Corps, but she wasn't so sure and had a lot of anxieties about it (she actually suffered
with anxiety, something I understand all too well, having social anxiety myself). So, my husband asked me if I
would talk to her, share my experiences with the Marine Corps to help ease her mind. I told her what I am telling all of you know...the bad stuff, sucks. Plain and simple. BUT there are so many great things about the military that makes it a great life despite all that- you just have to see the positive.

For me personally, the experiences are the best part. Now, I've not seen the world like my husband has, but I've still seen more than I ever would have had I not married into the military. I grew up in a small town. Like we didn't even have a post office, small. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my hometown more than anything, but I was a girl with big dreams and there just weren't a ton of opportunities there. Had someone told me in high school that I
would be moving to California soon after, I'd have never believed them. Though it was a dream of mine, it seemed out of reach. But when I married my husband, that's where I went! Crazy! Before then, I had never been on a plane. I had only been in a few states to be entirely honest. Because of the military, I not only got to live in California, but I got to travel...many times, across the US. I don't know that there are many people who can say they've driven cross country, but I can say we've done it OFTEN. (And by train a few time!! Talk about an
awesome experience!) After my hubby's third deployment, another dream of mine also came true- Disneyland!!! I think it was more magical for me than for Shaun, but it was again an experience that I may have never had were it not for the military.

Now, I could go on and on about the benefits of military life and what those mean to me. I'm a recruiter's wife now. I've seen the benefit tags, I know what they can do for me...but I'll just stop there and simply say that the military life has allowed our family to have a great, though not always easy, life. We've gone amazing places, met amazing people. I've felt the sense of pride when my husband is thanked for his service. We've had that magical moment of being reunited after a deployment that makes it all seem worth it, and a sense of accomplishment that we survived. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone, and forced me to be a better, stronger person. Though it is something in the beginning I would not have wanted and not have chosen for myself, now that I have lived it, I would not trade our military life for anything!!


  1. Happy MilSpouse Appreciation Day! I am also a part of the blog hop (but I can't find the linky ~ maybe I'm too early?), but I already follow you! :)

    I loved reading all the "best parts" of being a military wife. It was a refreshing post!

    Have a happy day! :)

  2. Coming over from Wives of Faith. Just wanted to say I really loved your post. I think it's awesome that you guys had an "unconventional" route to love & marriage -just goes to show there is no formula for the perfect marriage. You just have to follow your heart =)

  3. Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

    I'm also an Autism mom. My son has Aspergers.

  4. Stopping by from the blog hop. :)

    Happy Milspouse Appreciation Day!!

  5. Hi Randi!

    I'm visiting from the MilSpouse Blog Hop! Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day to you!

    How awesome that you guys met on Myspace! I met my husband on Myspace also and we were swapping "I Love You's" long before we met in person.. We've been together ever since!

    It's so nice to meet you!

  6. Stopping by via the blog hop and subscribing so I can find my way back to read more later.

    Happy MilSpouse Appreciation Day!

  7. Happy Milspouse Appreciation Day! :)

  8. Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!
    We are currently at Camp Pendleton! :)
    I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

  9. You have such a beautiful family! Happy MilSpouse Appreciation Day!! :)

  10. Yay! You won at Wives of Faith! :D

  11. Great to find your blog. Visiting from Military Spouse Appreciation hop and now following you. Please stop by and visit when you get a chance. I host Weekend Blog Walk and would love to have you join in.

    Jessica @ At Home Take 2

  12. Nice to meet you! My son was recently diagnosed with Asperger's. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

  13. I LOVE your blog name!! So perfect. :) Just stopping by from the Blog Hop and I look forward to seeing more of your blog!

  14. Thank you so much for joining in on the blog hop! And sorry it took me so long to come and visit. It was great reading your party post and getting to know you a little more. :) Hope you had fun visiting the other ladies on the list and that you had a fabulous Mil Spouse Appreciation Day!!!

    Roller Coaster

  15. Beautiful pics! ♥

    Greetings from Finland,

  16. Hi! I am a little late from the BlogHop but I wanted to say that you have a beautiful family! It was nice to meet you! So Happy belated military spouse appreciation day and Mother's Day!!!! Amanda

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