Our new adventure has begun!

Have you ever been doing laundry when all of the sudden all your emotions hit you at once, you find yourself hitting the start button on the dryer again so you can cry? Well that was me earlier this week.

Our new adventure is officially underway, Matt left over the weekend for TBS (The Basic School), we couldn’t be more excited for him. The next 5 months will be long, stressful, but also exciting as it will be filled with lots of first. Unlike all the deployments and WTI’s we have gone through I’m really not sure what to expect this time. My mind set it he’s 27141095_10156017955484793_1652008874_ogone just like a deployment, is that weird? I know he’s not in harms way but for me its easier to think like that as he’s gone.

For the first time being a military wife I wasn’t going to have my support system to help get me through these long months. I have been blessed even when Matt and I were just dating I knew other spouses and girlfriends in our squadron to lean on and go through the deployments with. This time it was going to be different, this time the girls and I were all alone.

We all have our core group of friends that we know will drop everything to be there for you. I was lucky enough to have 2 ladies in my group of girlfriends that also had husbands in Matts’ squadron. We had each other to lean on, complain to, and laugh with.  We went through a lot together, we grew up together, we went from girlfriends to wives together, to mothers together. Unfortunately, this will be the first time in 9 years I will not have them to help me through the hard days, the days where I say f-this who wants to meet up for dinner tonight, to the days where they just show up at my house with a bottle or two of wine because they know I had a hard week. This time is different everyone had left, some got out of the military, while the rest moved to all different parts 27144566_10156017941824793_1901152179_oof the world. I know they are always a phone call/ text message/ FaceTime away. I’m so grateful for the technology that we have, but it’s still not the same. It’s not the same as getting together in person and having Sunday night dinners, meeting up for a much-needed mommy night out, to just sitting on the back of my husband’s pick-up truck that hasn’t moved in maybe 7 months drinking some wine and watching all the kids play outside. This time is different and I felt alone.

I am so grateful for all the people I have met over the years and the amazing memories that were made. Sunday night dinners might not be the same without my girlfriends, but that’s okay. I might feel alone and out of place for the next couple of months, but I have to remember it’s all for the best.

For those of you who are going through a hard time, a recent PCS or maybe your friends moved but you didn’t, you are not alone. Times will be hard for a little while as you get into a new grove, but this feeling is only temporary. Take advantage of the amazing technology we have, don’t let distance get in-between your friendships. Take this time alone to reconnect with yourself, maybe start something new, join the PTA at your kid’s school, volunteer with your husband’s command or on base. Most importantly don’t be afraid to make new friends, tust me you can never have too many!

 

– Homefront Housewife

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Hello 2018!

Hello 2018!

The kids are finally back in school and 2018 is in full swing. As we go into this year I’m really not sure what to expect, I have been blessed for many years (9 to be exact) on what my husband’s schedule will consist of, if Matt wasn’t already deployed he was getting ready for another deployment. In the last 10 years Matt has deployed 6 times, done 7 work ups, and countless rescue depts. As you can see, my husband isn’t really home that much!

Last year Matt came home from his 6th deployment and our world did a 180, the aircraft my husband has spent his career working on is in the process of being decommissioned. His squadron is one of the last squadrons to have the EA-6B Prowlers, but with the sun-downing coming up it was time to find a new aircraft to work on. Matt submitted two packages one to go work on the new F-35 and the other package was to become a Warrant Officer. The week after Matt arrived home from deployment we got word that his package to work on the F-35 had been approved! We were over the moon with excitement, this meant we were finally going to move after 10 years at MCAS Cherry Point.  In the 3 months that Matt was home before having to report to schooling in Florida, we went on our first ever family vacation that was not built around another family obligation (wedding, graduation, etc.), sold our house, and moved into base housing until we were due to move to MCAS Yuma, in Arizona. Matt came home at the end of September from school and we were in complete get ready to move mode. At the end of October, it was finally moving week, I had just picked up my mom from the airport, she flew down to help us with the girls so Matt and I could focus on this new process of having packers and movers in our house. Our suitcases were packed and we were ready to go. The day before packers where to show up at the house both our phones started blowing up, the Warrant Officer Board had just released the names of the Marines who would be in the 2018 Warrant Officer Class. Matt’s name was on the list!!! Holy S***! We stood in the kitchen with so much excitement when it both hit us, OMG what do we do now? What happens to our orders? Do we still move? Do we stay at Cherry Point? When do you leave for school? What is happening right now?! We spent the entire day running around base trying to get answer. The answer came in at 6pm with a phone call that said official orders have been cut and our orders to Yuma have been cancelled, and we were to stay put at Cherry Point. I honestly didn’t know what to think or how to feel, on one hand I was so excited for my husband, but on the other I was so excited to move, to see a new place, I mean I just sold my house! In the end, it took me about a week to work through a lot of emotions, and settle back in.

So here we are, its 2018 and in a couple of weeks we will be saying see you later to my husband again as he heads to VA for schooling. I have no idea what to expect this year, there are so many questions we will just have to sit and wait to have answered. The one thing I do know is this year will throw a lot at us but we are excited to take on another challenge. We will make new friends, hopefully move somewhere new and experience a different side to the military. Here is to 2018, may it be a good one for you and your family, and may it be filled with lots of love and laughter! Cheers! 

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– Homefront Housewife

Snow Day!

A real Snow Day in Eastern North Carolina only comes by every couple of years here! The average snowfall for Havelock, NC is estimated to be a little over 1 inch of snow, while the US averages over 26 inches every year! This year we got 5 inches and as you can assume everyone was very excited!26195480_10155974676474793_48106986487209156_n

6:30 this morning the sound of little feet running down the stairs filled the house, along with the screams of excitement as they looked out the front door and saw all the snow on the ground. These southern born babies don’t have any snow gear so instead I dressed them in 3 pairs of pants, 2 shirts, 2 pairs of socks and some cowboy boots, and they were good to go! Watching their little faces light up as they ran out of the house grabbing snow to chuck at each other and flopping down to make snow angels, they were having the time of their lives. This Maine Momma was in heaven as well, don’t get me wrong I don’t miss the blizzards and the winters that last way to long. I do however miss the first snow of the season, the excitement that came with knowing that snow was coming, how it made everything look so pretty.
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Growing up in Maine taught me a lot, I didn’t appreciate it as a child but looking back at my childhood now I wouldn’t have it any other way. The memories I made in the snow where some of the best, my family would use the giant snow piles the plow would make plowing our driveway, and have a contest to see how far we could go on our snow tubs. We would do weekend trips to the mountains to go skiing and of course have the ultimate snowball fights! As we spent the day outside today using boogie boards as sleds, having snowball fights and just enjoying the snow it made me realize how blessed I was as a child and how much I wish we could raise our children in Maine. For now, we will soak in the snow we get every couple year, it’s like a little sweet treat for us!

 

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– Homefront Housewife

Mrs. Homefront Housewife

Mrs. Homefront Housewife

The time has come where I should probably introduce myself, you may have been wondering who is “Homefront Housewife” and what is she about? Well today I’ll give you a little peek into who I am and what this blog is about. My name is Danielle, and I am a military spouse of over 7 years. My husband Matthew is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps and has been for the last 10 years. I have been by his side for pretty much the entire ride. I am also a mother of two balls of energy, sassy but still very sweet, kind-hearted little girls, but don’t get me wrong they are far from perfect.99

You might be wondering what exactly this blog going to be about? Is it just another run of the mill military spouse blog giving advise on how to PCS,  navigate a deployment, etc? Not really, I hope to gear this blog toward my personal life experience; what I have been through, what the majority of military spouses can relate to, and to show you that you are not alone. This won’t be like most blogs where their lives seem a little too perfect, I’ll go into everything, my highs and when I was at my ultimate low.  When I hated the Marine Corps, to how I dealt with Postpartum Depression while my husband was deployed to Afghanistan and then again when he was in Japan. It will also feature the amazing people I have met, the friends that have turned into my family, the benifits and pitfalls of being stationed in one location for over 10 years. It will also feature those wonderful hallmark moments of Homecomings and show case the amazing work of the military spouse photographers I have hired to capture those moments.1

This blog will cover a lot, from being a military spouse, a mother, a wife, and of course I’ll add in all the little DIY things that I absolutely love! I hope you enjoy what is about to come, maybe even get a laugh or two! Please feel free to comment, share, message me, and if you see me out in town stop me and say hi!

 

 

 

Pictures Credit:

Homecoming Pictures: Sarah Burke with Sera Bella Photography

Homecoming Dress : Pink Blush

Sunflower field with my girls:  Chrissie Kirk with Bella Luce Photography