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Military Spouse Profile: Rebecca From What Rebecca Thinks

There are so many amazing military spouses out there kicking butt on a daily basis that deserve to be recognized and I’m excited to feature one of them each month with my Military Spouse Profile series. If you’re interested in sharing your story (or know someone who might), please send me an email!

Introduce yourself to my readers! Tell us a little bit about who you are.

Hi! I’m Rebecca, a freelance writer, Army wife, and mom of three. My day consists of coffee, reading in various forms, writing, and mother-ing. My wonderful husband and I strive to make life a learning experience for our kids, which currently has led to discussions about US geography, and Navajo code talkers at the dinner table.

When I have some time to myself, I enjoy quilting while listening to a good book, preparing freezer meals so I don’t have to cook each night, and getting back to the world of CrossFit. Did I mention I like coffee?

What inspired you to start blogging?

When I was working in Army transition assistance, it was a very hot topic in the community, and I was encouraged to write about it. Then I moved to military family issues and parenting.

What’s the main message you hope your blog shares with your readers?

I’m not a traditional blogger, as my writing mostly appears elsewhere, but I hope that when I bring military family issues to the eye of the general public, it helps to make the lifestyle a bit more understandable. Overall, my hope is to inspire and help readers.

What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?

The travel. I’m coming off a big move, after being in AZ for almost 5 years, and as hard as it has been to leave that life behind, it’s exciting to look forward. I love exploring a new place, setting up a new house, and spending that interim time with my family.

Tell us a little bit about your journey as a military spouse-the ups and downs, lessons learned, etc.

I married my husband about 4 years into his career. He’d already deployed twice to Iraq and I had no idea what was coming. The first year we spent together in a training environment. Then we went overseas. I “grew up” in Germany alongside some of the strongest spouses the military has ever known. From the day we left Germany, I have tried to be to other spouses what they were to me: a rock, a shoulder to cry on, and a resource.

We’ve had three kids, endured 4 deployments, numerous TDYs, and one very long and trying assignment. We’ve been married 10 ½ years, moved 5 times, gotten a degree each, and adjusted more times than I can count. There’s no question in my mind that this is where we are supposed to be, together.

What’s the number one piece of advice you would give a new military spouse?

Ask questions! Even the stupid ones. The more you know, the better prepared you will be.

What or who has been the biggest help or source of support to you in your role as a military spouse?

Senior spouses. We owe so much to the ones who have blazed the path before us. They did all of what we do now (and more!) with so much less. The family programs we have now? They fought for.

Do you have a favorite place the military has taken you? What is it and why?

Wiesbaden, Germany will always hold a special place in my heart. For the reasons mentioned above mostly. I loved living in Europe, finding myself, rooting my marriage, and starting my family there.

Just for fun:

  • Favorite Netflix binge-worthy watch? Anything related to the Tudors
  • What’s your favorite hobby? Sewing 
  • Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate!
  • Tell us a random fact about yourself. I love audiobooks, especially WEB Griffin books.

Many thanks to Rebecca for sharing her story! I have followed Rebecca for quite some time and am always blown away by what a great resource she is. If you’re a new military spouse (or even a seasoned one), follow her and learn from her experiences. Plus, her little ones are so stinking cute. You can find Rebecca on her blog, Facebook, TwitterPinterest and Instagram.

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