Saturday, July 12, 2014


So I just want to take a minute to congratulate and brag on this handsome guy on your right. This is an old picture (that squishy baby turns ONE in just a few hours) but one of my favorites of my sweet man in uniform. On the 10th the Staff Sergeant Select list came out and guess who was on it? Not only did he make it, but this was his first time testing! I am incredibly proud of my Airman regardless of what rank is on his sleeve, but I know how hard he works so I just wanted to gush about him a little! Congratulations to ALL of the Ssgt selects! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


So I have been making some changes around here. If you read my blog periodically you'll notice that I have redone the template and I have just trimmed down on some of the excess on the page. I think it reflects me and my current goals for my family and life. Less is more. More intentional living and an attempt to not be weighed down by things. It's also hopefully going to save this mama's sanity.

While my blog has had a bit of a face lift there are other changes in our household. I haven't written much since our sweet baby Eilidh joined our family. Maybe one day I will pull some of my private diary entries to share on here. I feel a bit guilty that there is less evidence of her on this blog because she is every bit as loved as her older sister. She is about to turn the big ONE. It's hard to believe a year has just whizzed by since she joined us. Our big girl is now three (really WHERE has time gone?).

We are also about to gear up for a PCS to....*drum roll* Alaska! (pauses for all the comments on snow and Sarah Palin) It will be a really amazing adventure I am sure but I have to admit to being sad and not really ready to leave the UK. It's become our second home and has been the only home our daughters have ever known. That alone is enough to bring tears to my eyes but it's the military way. Off we go into the wild blue yonder ;).

So reader, my question for you, is this a season of change in your life? Sometimes change is HARD, but often it is necessary and even good. Comment and let me know if there is some kind of change going on in your life you'd like prayer for and I would love to add it to my daily prayers. I hope you all are doing well.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Happenings of the House

A lot has been going on over the last several months and I am thinking I really need to commit to writing here more often. I have so many changes going on right now that I am hoping to mold and transform this blog into something helpful and useful for both the readers and myself. So first of all, the most important thing that has happened....
Meet Eilidh (Ay-lee) Sultana. Born 12 July in Oxford, England UK. 

She has been an amazing addition to our family. I love her squishy face so much. She has turned out to not be very much like her sister at all which threw me off guard a bit. From her dark features, to her nursing habits and sleeping habits. She is a sensitive and sweet and our family has become so enriched for having her in it. 

My sweet big girl has turned 2 and is becoming such a little lady. Going from one to two has been an adjustment but I like to think I have handled it fairly well. Kalilah is working on potty training, starts nursery school this week and will be starting ballet soon as well! It's crazy to me. It seems like yesterday I was taking her to her 2 month well baby and now she is a big independent minded girl (it drives me CRAZY). 

Another big happening is that we are going through our first deployment! We aren't very far in but it is an adjustment. From my side of things it feels like a TDY (temporary duty assignment) so it hasn't sunk in yet that he'll be gone for awhile. I think the girls can tell the difference for sure. Today a friend stopped by during lunch and when Kalilah heard the door open she jumped up and yelled "DADDY?!?!?!". It broke my heart and made my stomach instantly feel sick. Poor baby. Thankfully she was delighted with who it was on the other side so it was okay. I know we can do it. One day at a time with the Lord to lean on. He carries us through all things. 

Lastly though not least but not nearly as monumental I suppose would be that I have started eating Paleo! It's been a bit tough today. I have been stressed and wanted to eat like a big cheese burger and chips with vinegar. Instead I cooked up a steak and huge side of stir fry veg. It hit the spot pretty well. I have pretty much always loved healthful eating (whole wheat, that sort of thing) but I decided to try the Paleo 30 day challenge for the first 30 days of the deployment (because I hate myself, clearly). Okay, not really. I decided that would be when I was most stressed and most likely to binge eat or eat to cope with stress which is a bad habit I need to kick. So if you are going to stress eat, why not make it fruit, veg, and nuts? Oh and meat. I feel really good so far. One of the first times I have changed my diet and don't have a headache (I'm not counting calories, I am nursing after all). I know realistically I probably won't do this forever. I MISS cheese and bread but I am hoping for it to encourage whole food eating and to be how we mainly eat during the week. The hardest part has been lunches. It just hasn't been easy to quickly make food up. Basically I need a day to do prep for the week I think. Slowly but surely I WILL get there. 

Anyway that is enough for now. It is getting late and Big Girl needs to school tomorrow which means mommy needs to get to bed! 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

8 Months!

I can't believe I have left this blog rotting away for so long! It makes me sad really. I feel bad that so much life seemed to pass by without documenting them here. So much has changed since January! Mainly the fact that we have another sweet baby girl in our family and she is 6 weeks old!

Life is busy here, as you might imagine. It is exhausting and we, as a family, have a lot of changes going on but it's going and we are continuing to remember that we are blessed. I am not sure if I will keep this blog up, or on a public forum anyway. It surely isn't the resource I was hoping it to be for Air Force families. I am going to have to invest more time in it if I plan to make it work that way. We'll see. Just wanted to write a little bit. I am going to work on slowly revamping and refocusing my goals with this blog. It may very well be up and running once again. Time will tell.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Year

First I'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! How on earth did 2012 go by so quickly? I feel like the older I get the more time seems to tick away at a warped rate of speed. I know this past year I haven't been as dedicated to this blog as I'd have liked to be.

 However I am not going to promise to do so many posts a week or anything of the like. Just trying to do better. I do want this to be a resource to as many people as possible, so with that in mind, and with some changes going in our house hold hopefully I can be more committed to more frequent postings and the most up-to-date information to help our military family, new and old :)


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas

It has been WAY too long since I have posted here. I am afraid October was super busy. We moved house, and have been dealing with tons of issues from that. I won't bore with the details but just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I hope you enjoy this day with your family and friends. Just wanted to share this little picture from my family to yours.

Photo Credit Heidelberger Photography

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Well it has been well over a month since I have posted here! Lots of things going on, particularly for me with school that it has just been too busy to write very much. I do apologize. Lets see if I can do a decent update and try to keep up a deal better than I have been with this blog. It is just one of those things, I suppose.

In some interesting news we are moving! Not out of the UK, but onto base housing. Our landlord has decided to sell their home so we aren't given the option to renew our lease. With the number of dependants Franklin has we actually qualify for a two bedroom home, which is kind of stinks since currently we live in a four bedroom and two and half bath. We have been truly blessed by the Lord because on Monday we found out that we are going to get a three bedroom just because there are too many people who need two bedrooms. The other people don't have children so it makes more sense for us to be put in a three. We move at the end of the month! We are super excited. We actually like our on base house better than this one. More storage and it isn't falling apart!

This month is in for a lot of changes. I am going to now be in charge of our base playgroup. It will be fun but challenging. The current lady who is running it is PCSing in February so I offered. I am really excited because I have TONS of ideas for activities, circle time, advertising and I hope to make it an enriching and enjoyable experience for anyone who attends.

The start of October (okay well really the end of September) makes Kalilah now 15 months old! I can't believe how fast she is growing. She had her well appointment on Monday and she is growing like a weed! She is a long and skinny girl! She was 9kg (19lbs 13oz) which puts her in the 9th percentile for her weight but she was 32 inches long which puts her in the 89th percentile for her height! To put it in a bit of perspective, she weighs too little to technically fit into 12-18 month clothing (at least at Old Navy) but she is smack dab in the middle of the 18-24 month height range. So, dressing her has been...interesting. She also had her iron retested (her last well appointment she was diagnosed as slightly anemic) and her iron was much improved! So she no longer needs to be on supplements (goodness). Other than that she is just fine developmentally and seems to be right on track. She also got a couple of shots. Poor thing. She did well. She was really clingy the rest of the day, so it was nice that Franklin was able to go to the appointment and be at home.

Kalilah right before we left for her appointment.

Well, I think that is it for now. I have some cleaning to do before the Mum's bible study group gets here. I co-host that as well. Greetings from England!