Military Spouse Appreciation Day Blog Hop

I come from a long line of great military-spouses!  Both of my grandfathers served in the US Army during World War II.  My father was an Air Force pilot for 30 years.  Now my husband is with the Ohio Army National Guard.

Military-wives, in particular, have always been part of my world.  They were the aunts in my life when my mom's and dad's sisters lived so far away.  They were the teachers in the DoD schools I attended.  They were the laughter I would hear coming from my own mom's soul when she was with her best of friends.

So here I am a military-spouse in my own right.  The oak tree in the back yard that towers 12-feet high when it started out as less then a foot when we moved in to our first home as newlyweds.  That oak tree represents 11 years of living in the same house!  11 years of roots.  Clearly, I am not an active duty spouse.  But I have said goodbye to my husband as he deployed to Iraq.  I have spent weekend after weekend, week after week without him as he helped troops deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan.  I have advocated, educated and represented the military family in our non-military community.

My own boys, aged 18, 9, 7 and 21-months (he's our post-deployment oops baby) are proud military-brats.   My 18 year old talks very seriously about joining the Army Nurse Corps after college.  His spouse is our future generation of Military-Spouses.  I don't know who she is yet but I pray for her every day and those that will walk along side her.   I pray for her strength, courage and perseverance.

To each of our military-spouses, past, present & future, I wish you a very Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

  - Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com

PS: Don't forget about our two Military Appreciation giveaways!
Finding Your Rhythm as a Mom: Mom Connection and Military Appreciation Month Giveaway 

PSS Join in on this fun blog-hop at Household 6 and Riding the Rollercoaster: http://household6diva.com/2012/05/2012-military-spouse-appreciation-day-blog-hop.html

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  1. I love your statement, we do come in all shapes and sizes, backgrounds, ideologies, we all have different interests and cultures but we have some things in common and they run deep!

    1. Thanks, Adrienne May. I wrote that a couple of years ago and each Military Spouse Appreciation Day I love pulling it out to share again. Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day to you!

  2. What an awesome proud heritage to have! Happy MilSpouse Appreciation day!

  3. Hi Leanne!

    I'm visiting from the MilSpouse Blog Hop! Happy Military Appreciation Day!

    What an amazing heritage you have! That is definitely something to be proud of. My grandmother was an Air Force wife, so I guess you could say that being a MilSpouse is in my blood, but the military is definitely not something that was in my life on a daily basis. Also, kudos to you for raising three boys. I'm just starting out with my two boys and most days, I barely make it through without passing out before cooking dinner.. I couldn't imagine raising four.

    It's nice to meet you!

  4. Nice to meet you! Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

  5. Happy MilSpouse Appreciation Day Leanne! Hope you have a wonderful day :)

  6. I'm a National Guard spouse too. Wisconsin- so another Midwesterner!

    New follower. Nice to meet you through the Military Spouse Appreciation blog hop! I'm now following you. I hope you can visit my blog when you get a chance: http://www.athometake2.blogspot.com.

    Please stop by to check out my Weekend Blog Walk. I also co-host a Mom's Monday Mingle and Favorite Product Friday.

  7. I also love that! I am going to have to pin it :) My husband is also in the National Guard (Air). I enjoyed your post & am looking forward to looking around your blog!

    Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day! :)


  8. I love the history you shared! …and I love love LOVE the oak tree.

    It's lovely to meet you. Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!!

  9. Stopping by from the blog hop. :)
    Happy Milspouse Appreciation Day!!

  10. Me and my husband just bought our first house. You just gave me a great idea to plant our own tree!

  11. Love what you had to say!
    Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day and I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!!

  12. Happy MilSpouse Appreciation Day!! It's nice to mee you. :)

  13. Happy MilSpouse Appreciation Day! I love this post and found your blog via the blog hop! :) -Jen @ The Adventures of Our Army Life.

  14. Finally catching up on the blog hop! Happy Belated Military Spouse Appreciation Day! Wow, that is a long line of milspouses, it is wonderful we have such great people in your own family to look to for advice (:

  15. Hi Leanne! Thanks so much for joining in on the blog hop last week. Make sure you check out the winners of the giveaways...your name might be on that list. ;)


    Roller Coaster

    PS--Missed seeing you this year at the MilBlogConference.

  16. Hi! I am finally catching up on the BlogHop! I hope you had a wonderful Military Spouse Appreciation Day! We have a long line of military members. I was the first female in my family to serve. Amanda



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