Alicia grew up in The West and met her husband at Utah State University where the fun began. In the last 11 years, they have become a National Guard, Army Reserve and now Active Duty family. The adventures started in Kentucky, East Texas and now the San Antonio area with their two girls. Alicia loves books, especially children’s books and has been collecting/hoarding them long before she had children. Before staying at home with her kids, Alicia taught preschool, served families through community education and worked in various nonprofit organizations. Today, she spends her time loving her girls, trying new foods, finding time to exercise and sneaking in moments to read a book or play the piano.
Allison is a Navy spouse currently stationed in Monterey, California. Allison is a licensed REALTOR® in Florida and California. She currently works for Over the Moon Realty, Inc. and offers the Homes for Heroes Program, where she gives back a portion of her commission to heroes! Her family consists of her husband, Kyle, their daughter, Charlotte, and their miniature dachshund Macey Jane. Photography, Lilly Pulitzer, working out and organizing are just a few of Allison’s favorite things. Allison was a contributor with Jacksonville Moms Blog at her last duty station and loves blogging and interacting with other moms! You can follow along with “The Chance Clan” at thechanceclan.blogspot.com !
Amber has two young children and her husband serves in the United States Coast Guard as a Master Chief. He has been to New York twice, Alaska, South Carolina (where she joined him in 2009) and two billets in Michigan, their home state. Their final tour will be spent in California. Amber is a Michigan girl to the absolute core. In what free time she has, she enjoys yoga, aromatherapy, *all-things-Detroit* and sweet, sweet sleep.
Amie, who is originally from Denver, has lived in seven states and three countries. She currently calls the Florida Panhandle home, and she is a proud mom of two young boys and a proud Navy wife. After receiving her B.A. in English, Amie worked in many different fields trying to find her niche. Now, she is a personal trainer by trade, but a stay-at-home mom by choice. As it turns out, being a stay-at-home mom is the best job she never knew she wanted! She is passionate about fitness, healthy living and music. She finds joy in helping other moms connect in community and strongly believes we were not meant to journey though motherhood alone. Amie still enjoys traveling and is looking forward to the day when her boys are older, so she can show them the world. Follow Amie on Instagram at @mrs.amielou.
Amy is a military mom blogger who likes pushing into the hard. Her most recent work was in partnership with We Are Fresh Kids, an independent food company re-imagining healthy snacks for kids. Though new to military life, she’s always up for an adventure – even when it includes cockroaches (thank you San Antonio). Amy is passionate about giving hope through the power of words. She enjoys reading a good book while cozying up to a warm latte. She’s transparent and authentic. You can follow her personal journey at mywalktojoy.wordpress.com.
Brandee was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She has two boys and a girl. Brandee’s husband is a Navy aviator, and they have been stationed in Pensacola, Florida, twice in Meridian Mississippi, Yokosuka Japan, and are currently in Lemoore, California, for the second time. She earned a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Brandee loves writing and started her personal blog one year ago. Brandee is currently a stay-at-home mom, volunteering her time counseling and teaching children.
Brittany hails from Phoenix, Arizona, but has lived all over through her husband’s career in the Air Force. They have moved from Arizona to Texas to Italy to Korea (for him) to Illinois (for she and the kids), and now Texas again — but this time as a reservist! Brittany has three children and currently spends her time studying in graduate school, mastering the art of precision over-the-shoulder snack throwing in her minivan, and saying yes to every single thing anyone asks her to do as a volunteer.
Caitlin is a wife, mother and sometimes English teacher (thanks PCS schedule!), who is originally from the Chicagoland area. She jumped headfirst into military life after marrying her husband, James, in 2010, and has enjoyed a whirlwind of adventures ever since. Her favorite part of being a military spouse is the frequency with which her family is able to travel and explore new cultures. She enjoys snuggling her two children, cruising Netflix with her husband, and writing with her sister at their joint blog, Loud Is Ladylike. Caitlin is thrilled to be part of the Military Moms Blog team and looks forward to connecting with the many wonderful members of this community.
Cari is a Wisconsin native who married her high school sweetheart and said yes to the adventure of Navy life. She’s the mama to Eva, the sweetest toddler around, and Beau, the sweetest Chocolate Lab. She and her family are calling the D.C. area home, at least until the next PCS. She is passionate about cheering on other mamas and keeping it real. If she’s not at Target, you can usually find her on her front porch enjoying good conversations, good beer and avoiding housework like the plague. She also writes about motherhood and life over at The Sweet and Sound.
Christian is an Army wife since 2007 and home educator to three beautiful children. When she’s not teachin’ those babies or dreaming up things to write to you lovely ladies, she devours books, consumes copious amounts of coffee and tries to spend as much time as possible being active outdoors. Her other hobbies include trying to get people to pronounce her name properly (it’s a doozy!), making obscure 90s pop-culture references and embarrassing her family by singing waaaaay too loudly and confidently in proportion to actual skill. She strongly dislikes relaxing (where my ADHD ladies at?!), and considers herself a recovering perfectionist/anxious mess and continual work-in-progress. (Spirit of honesty and all that, you know.)
Christina Marie Carden
Christina left the great Twin Cities of Minnesota for basic training just a few days after her 18th birthday. After serving more than eight years in Public Affairs, she left the Army to start her family. Her husband is active duty Army and has spent his career at Fort Bragg, so she is no stranger to deployments! They have two beautiful little ladies and a brand new little boy. She is a life-long learner and loves all things creative – reading, writing, painting, crafting! Christina believes in the strength of military moms and families and is grateful to share her experiences!
Corinne is eager to share her challenges with finding purpose outside of a title or role alongside her journey as an Army wife and new mom. Her last five years as an Army wife have brought five moves – including one OCONUS, a sweet son, Joshua, and many turns in her career. Most recently, she has found fulfillment as a freelance marketing consultant at Teahouse Creatives. Corinne has a heart for people and a tendency to overthink most situations. Tetris, trying new recipes, long walks, and traveling are a few of her favorite things!
As an Active Duty Air Force Officer, Emily is proud to wear the uniform herself. She is stationed in San Antonio, where both she and her civilian husband are medical professionals. A working mama with a crazy schedule, a toddler and a newborn, she could not live without coffee, Amazon Prime, and a lot of help. Favorite pastimes include experiencing live music, eating amazing food, and crossing destinations off her travel bucket list. Navigating the challenges of working outside the home while having babies has made her passionate about women helping women and a firm believer in the truth that you can never have too much grace for yourself.
Emily is a wife, mom, exercise enthusiast and world traveler who happened upon this military life much like any one of you. A whirlwind romance, two kids, seven years and five moves later, she is living the dream in Argentina as she travels the world with her family … at least for the next two years. This crazy life has brought many laughs, many moves, a few deployments, countless TDYs and some tears, but she would not trade it for the world. A ‘sometimes annoyingly so’ optimist, she can turn any thought into a song, and you will always find her dancing. So next time you’re boogieing thru Buenos Aires, send her an email and she would love to show you around.
Erin lives with her Army doc husband and two boys on the windward side of Oahu. When she’s not in the middle of a toddler dance party or tickle fight, Erin loves to jog by the ocean, play with eye makeup, and send super long voice messages to her friends around the world. Erin writes because she believes vulnerably sharing our stories with each other is the best way to heal, connect, and find hope in the future. Former blog editor of the Good Mother Project, Erin’s writing has also appeared on Mamalode, Scary Mommy, and her personal blog, www.erincurlett.com.
Gretchen lives with her family near Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where her husband is stationed with the Army. She has a young daughter (born in Stuttgart, Germany, one on the way), and enough pets to warrant a Roomba in the near future. She works as a mental health counselor part time and enjoys occasional (slow) running, cheeseburgers, and not cooking.
Heather is a stay-at-home mama and a freelance writer. Her husband is a medically retired wounded warrior, having served in the USMC and the Army. Together, they homeschool their fab five in sunny Central Florida. Heather and Bob are partners in all things and face a number of trials and challenges together every day including raising teenagers, finding harmony in a blended family, living with lupus (Heather), living with PTSD & TBI (Bob), and finding time alone in a family of seven. Outside of her family, Heather’s greatest passions are helping others, sharing her faith, writing, baking, and going to Disney.
Jamie is originally from a small town in Texas. She and her husband met while students at Texas A&M University and have been married 11 years. He is in the Air Force, and they are currently stationed at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada. They have been lucky to be stationed overseas previously, allowing them to travel all over the world. Jamie enjoys animal rescue and is a fur-mom to three adopted dogs and three adopted cats. She is hoping all this will prepare her for the arrival of her first human baby, a little boy. Jamie enjoys running, travel, reading, home decorating, and drinking wine.
Janna Hudson is a work-from-home military spouse and mother of four resilient children. She currently resides in North Yorkshire, England, where her husband, a U.S. Air Force pilot, is currently serving as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Air Force. When not exploring the world with her family, Janna likes to sew, paint, build stuff, grow things, photograph and write about that which inspires her. She has written and illustrated picture books for children and a Women’s Fiction novel called “Legacy: And Other Things Left Behind.” Learn more about Janna by visiting her personal website: http://hudsonbooks.wixsite.com/index/.
Jen is married to a Navy helicopter pilot and is a mom to two amazing and well-traveled boys. She currently lives in Belgium and is new to the stay-at-home mom gig, having left her 20+year career in government and public affairs before moving overseas two years ago. She enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and volunteering, and in her spare time, she is trying to become a better cook and learn how to knit. Born and raised in the Midwest, she now calls Florida “home,” but as the saying goes, “Home is Where the Navy Sends You!”
Jenn has a Masters degree in Psychology, four kids spanning an obscene age range, and an overdeveloped interest in “The Why.” Shortly after adopting the title of Army wife, she went through a pretty serious discontentment with the mental health field. A long hiatus gave her the opportunity to find out more about herself while leading her to the realization that, fascinated as she was by social behavior, she was less attracted to delving into the darkest pits of others’ psyches. That said, things could change. They usually do. Jenn also is an author, find her books, The Jessica Hart series, on Amazon and in bookstores and libraries, and check out her website at https://jennbrink.blog/.
Jordan relocated to the coastal Carolinas (in an effort to escape the cold) after attending Kent State. There, she met and married her husband, a Marine. They are now stationed in North Carolina where she is a full-time stay-at-home mom and writer. Jordan is a motherhood lifestyle blogger and social media influencer. She is a volunteer for the Stroller Warriors running club, creator of the Beautifully Imperfect Mama blog, and is currently working on her first novel. When she’s not arguing with her toddler about keeping his diaper on or eating his veggies, she can be found creating new recipes in the kitchen or curled up with a good book and a cup of coffee (or wine … depending on what kind of day it’s been).
Jordyn is married to a handsome man in uniform who serves in the Air Force. They met at a wedding in 2009 and said their vows in an unexpected trip to the courthouse in 2012. They play mom and dad to two funny, beautiful and free-spirited little girls, Ellie and Avery. The girls keep their parents on their toes and outsmart them more times than they would like to admit, but their snuggles and laughter are possibly the best in the world. Jordyn currently resides in Colorado Springs where she and her husband are proud members of the Air Force Academy community.
Kate is originally from Southern Illinois and is a formerly reluctant Air Force spouse. In her previous life, Kate served as a development professional, working for an engineering college and national sorority foundation. She is the mother of two very strong and independent girls and three dogs. She has been referred to as a “Crazy Dog Lady” by more than a bushel of folks, and she volunteers at the county animal shelter on a regular basis. Kate is married to a very kind man, who always makes her laugh and is her partner-in-crime in her pursuit to eat anything and everything along their journey.
Kim is a proud Coast Guard wife and Alabama native who currently resides in Michigan with her husband and three children. Kim has taught high school English for the last seven years, but is taking some time away from the classroom to spend with her babies. She also is pursuing a writing career: her debut novel, a YA contemporary fantasy called KEEPER, is being published and is due out next year. When Kim is not writing or child-wrangling, she enjoys going on dates with her handsome husband, binge watching shows on Netflix, fangirling over books, and making death-by-cheese casseroles.
Though currently stationed in Colorado Springs, Dallas remains the forever home of Texas native Krista. As an Active Duty Air Force spouse of 12 years, she’s weathered six deployments and five changes of station. She is proudly the mother of three rambunctious boys, one good dog, one very bad dog, and one sea monkey that is somehow still holding on. The contradiction of having a full house of young children and a serious case of wanderlust keeps her life interesting and perfectly suited to the military. Krista spends her weeks chasing babies, devotedly attending Bible studies, hiking the beautiful Colorado landscape, and enjoying evening cocktails with her husband.
Raised in a military family, Latoya joined the Air Force in 2004 and served one enlistment at Goodfellow AFB, where she met her husband of 11 years. Today, she is a stay-at-home mom to three boys, and she’s been living in San Antonio, Texas, since September 2016, courtesy of her husband’s sixth permanent change of station. Between raising their three boys and supporting her husband through multiple career changes, she lives for running, coffee, sewing, and exploring the city. Although she enjoys her current adventures, she looks forward to the day where she gets to use her Masters in Business Management.
Leah Stuhler, Contributing Editor
Leah grew up in Western New York, lived in Chicago for 11 years, and now resides in South Carolina. Leah is a WAHM/SAHM to Giovanni and Raylan. Her amazing husband Tim works as a Physical Education teacher and also proudly serves his country in the Air Force Reserves. Leah works in health insurance, is a writer/freelance editor and is a theater teacher. You can find her blogging at SecretsofMommyhood.me, where she shares about her life as a Christian mother, allergy mom and military wife. Leah is a Co-Editor and contributor for Columbia SC Moms Blog and is beyond excited to also be a part of Military Moms Blog! Photo credit: Emily Ann Photography.
Linda is an Air Force veteran and mom of two girls in Texas. As a military child, she was born at RAF Lakenheath (England) and attended high school in Okinawa (Japan) and Hawaii. Linda attended Miami University in Ohio, where she earned a BA in Psychology and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force through ROTC. She became an information management officer and met her husband, an Air Force lawyer, at Edwards AFB, California. Linda then became a comm officer and followed her husband over ten years of active duty, five years of federal service; and some time as a stay-at-home mom. Linda now serves as a civilian employee with Air Force reservists at Joint Base San Antonio. She is thrilled to be contributing here as well as on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SAmilcommunity/ .
Lindsay is a freelance writer and a mom of four. When she was 19, she met her future husband on a blind date. Lindsay and her husband spent 18 years moving around the country with the Air Force and growing their family through birth and adoption. In 2016, they moved back to Colorado because the mountains have always felt like home. When she’s not busy writing or tripping over toys, she enjoys reading, traveling, and hanging out with her quirky kids. She writes about family and faith on her personal blog at lindsayntallman.com.
Mallory is the wife of a U.S. Marine and mother of two. She is a stay-at-home-mom who proudly hangs her Ph.D. diploma in every house the military moves her to. While she looks forward to the day she can be back working and researching in a lab, she cherishes every moment she gets to watch her children grow and support her husband’s career. This is certainly not the life she dreamed of, but it has become more rewarding and fulfilling than anything she could have imagined. She and her family are currently stationed in Japan and love every minute of it.
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Meredith is wife to Ryan and mom to Lucas and Cecilia. They are an Air Force family stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. Originally from Ohio, she and Ryan will always consider themselves Buckeyes at heart. They love to explore new places and new foods and experience new cultures. Meredith is a runner — stroller runs and trail runs are her favorite! She also enjoys spinning and yoga. She loves to read and is always looking for good recommendations. Most nights you can find her in the kitchen cooking, with a good glass of wine, surrounded by her family.
Michelle is a native Texan who married her college sweetheart. They have a son, a daughter, and two dogs. Her husband has been in the United States Air Force for 12 years, and they are currently stationed at Dyess AFB in Abilene, Texas. She is a doctor of occupational therapy and certified hand therapist as well as an adjunct professor at Abilene Christian University. Michelle is an outdoor enthusiast, lover of college football, avid runner, self-proclaimed foodie, and minor league wine connoisseur. She believes that any problem in life can be solved through a good laugh, a good cry, a good sleep, or a good glass of wine.
Mollie is the wife to an incredibly kindhearted Air Force doctor who loves a tidy home, the mother of two sweet little boys who love to make homes messy, and a follower of Christ. She enjoys cooking healthy meals, exercising/chasing her boys around, reading, knitting, magic, attempting to keep a clean house, baking chocolate chip cookies, getting hugs and kisses from her boys, and writing. Mollie and her family are currently stationed at Wright Patterson in Ohio. Harrison, Mollie’s adorable oldest son, has Down syndrome and a lymphatic malformation; read more of Mollie’s writings at www.downbythemarsh.com.
A former sports anchor, Natalie is a Minnesota native whose nomadic ways led her to live in California, where she met her Navy husband. They married in 2010, and together they have been logging military moves and travel miles! Natalie recently returned to America after living in Japan for several years. While there, she ran a marathon, cheated death while climbing Mount Fuji and gave birth to her first child, a sweet baby girl. Her professional background spans more than 10 years serving in leadership roles for communications and nonprofit organizations. As an avid runner, Natalie is passionate about personal fitness and believes the best way to explore a new city is by running its streets. She is excited to share her perspectives with readers at Military Moms Blog!
Nicole is a Navy brat turned spouse residing in a small Navy town in Northern Virginia. She is a ringleader and her personal circus stars one goofy clown Ryan and a trio of pretty monkeys: Kendall, Emerson, and Natalie. Her interests include playing with her brood, singing kitchen Karaoke, and patronizing restaurants with convenient drive thru windows. Nicole goes crazy often, but really wouldn’t have it any other way.
Rachel has been an Air Force spouse for almost 14 years. Her husband’s career had taken them to many assignments around the world, and she currently lives in Hawaii. She is a mother of four children; their ages range from thirteen to two years old, so her life is always exciting and challenging. When not busy with work or her family, she enjoys volunteering within the military community. She is a Key Spouse for the second time and loves interacting and aiding military families. Rachel has always enjoyed writing and literature, and she is happy to find this blog and community to combine these interests! She also keeps a personal blog about her life and experiences as a military spouse.
A mom of two boys and three dogs, Sarah’s life is a bit of a circus. The dogs are barking at the mailman, the baby is learning to crawl and the toddler is running around without pants, and her husband can’t find his keys. But there’s living overseas, learning French, coffee, laughter, photography, dancing with her husband in the kitchen, fresh baked cookies, family travel and adventure planning, and every so often, a chance to serve her country when Sarah works as an Air Force Public Affairs Reservist.
Sarah’s military experience began at her birth on Hill AFB, Utah, to a young airman and his wife. The Air Force eventually brought her family to Montgomery, Alabama, where her father retired as an Air Force Master Sergeant. It was there she met her husband, Cody, a preacher’s kid at the family church. Sarah graduated from The University of Alabama to become an accountant for a national healthcare company in Birmingham, Alabama, where she lives with her husband—a combat medic in the Army National Guard—their daughter Wilda, and their faithful labradoodle, Tolkien. They are expecting a son, Augusto, later in the year. Sarah enjoys history, a good book, and most of all, play days with her husband and daughter.