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Faces Behind the Hero: Bonnie, Army Wife, Veteran and Mom

Today I have the pleasure of introducing, Bonnie: An Army wife, veteran and mom!  If you want to learn more about Bonnie stop by her blog at http://thesometimessinglemom.blogspot.com/. I LOVE her blog title, "Sometimes Single Mom". I actually used it this weekend when talking with a friend; as I was running around ragged getting kids to sporting events and birthday parties, etc etc., while my Hubs was in uniform a few hours away from us from Friday night through Sunday night. Army strong! It applies to the whole family.

What branch is your husband in?  My husband is Army.

How long has he been in?  He will hit his 10 years in June.

How long have you been married?  We have been married for a little over 3 years now.

What is your favorite wedding-day memory?  Actually, we were really poor when we got married. We got married at the court house in Phenix City, AL . I had just gotten out of the Army about a month before we got married, so we took a really big financial hit when I got out. All we had was our two witnesses, us and the Justice of the Peace when we got married.

Do you have children?  We have a 3 year old little boy and an 8 month old little girl. Our daughter was actually born here in Germany .

How do you help them cope with military-life?  The military life is really all they know.

How many deployments have you been through?  I have been through one deployment and we're gearing up for another deployment. It's right around the corner and I'm just ready to get it started so we can get it over and done with. And this is my second 12 month deployment since we've been stationed in Germany .

What do you do to stay busy during deployment?  I do a little traveling and exploring around Germany . I clean a lot. Play with my son (and now my daughter). I was in school during the last deployment, and I'm having a difficult time deciding on whether or not I want to go back after my husband leaves.

How many PCSs?  Just one so far. My husband and I met at Ft. Benning and we PCSed here in the fall of 2007

What has been your proudest moment as a military spouse?  Oh wow. Do I really only get to pick one? Hmmm, well there's two that immediately come to mind. The first one is June 2007 when my husband reinlisted on the Army's birthday and when his unit came back from Iraq in the fall of 2008. When I saw all those soldiers in formation marching into the gym.... my heart was in my throat.

Where has your favorite base/post been? Why?  So far - Germany . Hands down.

Where do you find the support you need when you need it?  Usually my friends and family.

What do you love most about “military life”?  Seeing the world. Never in my life did I actually think that this is where I would be at this point in my life. I love having the world at my fingertips... and living at an overseas location just makes it that much more awesome.

What are you passionate about?  I'm passionate about a lot of things. I'm a firm believer that everyone needs a college education. I am passionate about my kids and what is best for them.

What is your favorite color and why?  I don't know if I have a favorite, but I do like bright colors

Do you have a favorite quote? What is it?  "Never hold anyone to a standard that you can't live up to."

When you move to a new base what is one of the first things you do?  Well, when we moved here we went straight to temp. lodging and slept. The time change and the 11 hour flight was horrific.

Has anyone in the community (business, church, neighbor off base, etc etc) ever gone out of their way to help you, as the spouse of a military-member? Who? What did they do?  Not really.

Do you use on base facilities? Commissary? MCSS? MWR? Child Care? Services of that nature. Why would you recommend one of these services in specific?  Yep, we do use the Commissary for most of our grocery shopping. I do like to shop on the German economy as much as possible too though. My husband does use MCCS. We use MWR for the day trips and tours around Germany and other outdoor stuff.

What are your goals for the future?  My goals for the future are to raise my kids to be productive members of society, earn my masters in criminal justice, and to just live a long happy life with my husband.

Thanks, Bonnie, for giving us a glimpse of your world!

Do you want to be featured in a future "Faces Behind the Heroes"? Send me an email and be sure to mention what branch your family is in so that I can tailor the interview for you!

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