Sunday, May 8, 2016

An Interview with my Mom

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. Since this weekend held Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Mother's Day, I thought I'd feature a woman that's been very special in my life - my mom. She's a fellow military spouse as well, so it only seems fitting to share a little bit about her today.


My mom supported my dad in his Air Force career from the time he entered the service (they were a young married couple) until he retired with more than 20 years of service. They are still happily married and I'm grateful to call them my parents. For today's post, I asked my mom a few questions. I've shared her answers below.

1.What was your favorite moment as a military spouse?

There's no specific moment. I have enjoyed meeting people from other places.


2. What was your most challenging moment as a military spouse?

The most challenging moment was leaving my parents and friends when we moved from Indiana to South Carolina.


3. What advice would you give to a new military spouse?

My advice is to enjoy the area you move to and to get out and see the sights. It's also helpful to make one close friend in any new place that you're stationed.


4. As a mom, what advice would you give to military couples?

My advice is to meet other couples with kids. You can do this by being involved with your kids at school and in their extracurricular activities. If your husband deploys a lot, make family time important when he is home.


5. Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Military life can be hard but it doesn't have to be. You just need to embrace it and enjoy it. When we first joined, I wasn't happy about it, but now I don't regret it at all. Retirement has its rewards. As a wife, be supportive that their job often comes first. That doesn't mean they don't love you - it's simply a commitment that has been made.


I hope everyone has a Happy Mother's Day today!

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