Since moving to our most recent duty station, I have met some of the most amazing women. Some of them are dual military with deployed spouses. I am so inspired by these women as they amaze me with their positive attitudes while basically raising their kids alone. I wanted to start "spotlighting" some of these women on my blog. I hope they inspire you like they inspire me!
First up is Jenna. She is an amazing woman and dear friend of mine. Her story is below.
My name is Jenna and I'm 27 years old originally from Indiana. I went to Purdue University for 2 years with the intention to become a Veterinarian. When that didn't work out, I moved to Fort Bragg to help my sister in law with my nieces and nephew while my brother was deployed. While there, I attended beauty school and got my cosmetologist license. After working for a few years, I was still living at home and realized with the amount of debt that I had from my student loans, I needed to do something different with my life or else I would be paying them off until the age of 45 and never going anywhere! Long story short, I joined the Army. I did my basic training at Fort Leonardwood, MO and then my job training at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas. I am currently at my first duty station, Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX, and I have been here for almost 2 years. While here, my whole life has changed, for the better! I met my husband, Bryan here who is also in the Army. 3 months after we were married, he was sent to Korea to be stationed there for a year. I couldn't follow him at the time because I was pregnant. I gave birth to our son Jackson on February 11th. My husband got to come home for 3 weeks after Jackson was born, but has been back in Korea ever since. He will FINALLY be coming back home on November 8th, and then we will be moving to Fort Carson, CO. While he has been gone, I've basically been a single mom. I give tons of credit to all the single moms out there. Jackson is 7 months now, and it's been really hard doing everything on my own. We do get to talk to my husband everyday on Skype, and I'm hoping that Jackson will realize who his Daddy is as soon as he comes home. Jackson is the happiest baby ever, and I couldn't have asked for anything better. He cracks me up all the time and if I'm ever sad or missing my husband, all I have to do is look at his smiling face (he looks JUST like his Daddy) and everything is instantly better. He's crawling all over the place and pulling himself up onto everything. At the rate he is going, I am sure that he will be walking shortly after his Daddy is home, he will be 9 months then. I'm also a step mom to my husband's beautiful daughter, Lexi, who will be 6 in November. Being dual military is not easy, especially when there are children involved. Overall, I wouldn't change anything that has happened in my past because it all led to the amazing life that I have right now. :)