Living through a Pandemic - Covid-19

30 April 2020

Covid 19 has is the first Pandemic that has affected me in my 35 years on this earth. I literally turned 35 a few weeks after the stay home order was announced. We celebrated my Birthday safe in the comforts of our own home.

This time has allowed us to be able to spend more time in the house with our family. I have loved this, being that my Husband came home from a 10 month deployment at the end of January. Hes currently only working once a week due to Covid-19.

We are blessed that he had the job that he does and hes still receiving a full paycheck. Some other families have been off work because their employer HD to close due to the Pandemic. Which has in turn caused some families hardship.

The only issue that we experienced was the lack of groceries and supplies available at our local stores. I was able to purchase supplies online at target.com. Instead of usually purchasing groceries from the chain grocery stores, I started shopping at the local community markets. They have had everything we've needed. We are surviving and wanting for nothing!

I normally stock up on tissue, paper towels and laundry detergent. So I havent needed to purchase any of this since the stay at home order went into effect back in mid March. I live in a tight knit military community and we have been sharing and trading items with neighbors to help each other out as well. 

Most days we go outside and walk around our neighborhood while practicing social distancing. We have to get fresh air and vitamin or else we will go stir crazy In here. We are so use to be outside so I'm glad they are allowing us to walk around outside. It gives us a slight feeling of normalcy for those few minutes that we are out.

If you are experiencing hardship due to covid 19, call 2-1-1 and find some local free food sites where they are giving away groceries with no questions asked. Local schools are also providing kids with free lunches daily. Where I'm at, it's no questions asked so make sure you look online to see if theres rules or regulations for your local school lunch sites.

Please feel free to share your recent experiences in the comments section below. Take care of yourself and your family. We will survive this Pandemic together and we will be stronger at the end!



Military Homecoming

22 January 2020

My Husband was Deployed for 10 months. He was originally scheduled to be deployed for 7 months. This was a big deal for us because he hasn't deployed since 2011. Back then we didnt have any kids. This time around we had a 5 year old.

We were lucky enough to be stationed in  my hometown during this deployment. Therefore I had family nearby. It's still not the same as having my spouse with me. I was still excited about being able to spend some time with my family these past 10 months.

We moved to San diego because of my husband's ship. They were changing homeports from Norfolk, Va to San Diego, CA. I havent lived here since 2011 so it still kind of felt like a big PCS move for me. I guess if I was moving in with family then it might have felt like I was moving home. Lol. I dont want to live with anybody so that's not an option. Even though it would have allowed me to save a ton of money.

We ended up moving into Military Housing and it was the best decision for us. I was surround by great people that provided me with an awesome support system. They have all been through a deployment while raising children. 

If your going through a deployment, I would suggest building a strong support system with other military spouses in similar situations. You can depend on one another and help guide each other.

Please feel free to share your deployment tips with me in the comment section!