From Ministry to Military – an unlikely journey

I’ve told my husband countless times I wish I had known more about military academy options for college. I went to a small Christian school and I have a vague memory of Missouri National Guard recruiters coming to lunch but mostly it was very expensive private schools. Instead, I ended up a Christian internship much … More From Ministry to Military – an unlikely journey

Goal setting: 2023

It’s crazy to think that this time last year I couldn’t articulate a goal beyond, “not die of sleep deprivation while my husband is deployed.” My son was struggling with extreme eczema, I was single parenting, packing for a PCS, and had no idea where we would land at the end of 2023. I can … More Goal setting: 2023

Five Reflections to ask yourself before you start goal setting!

A prayer for reflection: Father, as we look back on all the ways you have been sovereign over our lives, in the giving and withholding, the joy and pain, may we look back at our year through your eternal perspective. To know that your kind heart always has our good in mind. Whether to grow … More Five Reflections to ask yourself before you start goal setting!

Fort Carson, Colorado Bucket List

Hiking (with kids): • Seven Bridges, North Cheyanne Canyon Park • Columbine Trail, North Cheyanne Canyon Park • Mays Peak, North Cheyanne Canyon Park • North Catamount Reservoir • Palmer Park, Colorado Springs • Elevan Mile Canyon Recreation Area (National forest), Florissant • Red Rock Canyon Open Space • Garden of the Gods • Royal … More Fort Carson, Colorado Bucket List

10 ways to show Biblical hospitality as a milspouse (from ways it’s been shown to me).

1. Drop a meal the week of a PCS (before the move or after a neighbor moves in). 2. Been invited from the park to an in home Bible study. 3. Had a friend send specific times and dates she was available to watch kids during my spouse’s deployment. 4. Been invited to extended family … More 10 ways to show Biblical hospitality as a milspouse (from ways it’s been shown to me).

Anniversary tattoos…and 8 other things we choose to do on our date!!

Maybe getting tattoos for our 8th anniversary date is cheesy…but here’s 8 things that aren’t (that also happened on this anniversary): ✨Choosing to spend $$$ on dates as a military couple without family around to help out. ✨Choosing to make memories together / experiencing new things together (even when it’s hard to plan). ✨Choosing time … More Anniversary tattoos…and 8 other things we choose to do on our date!!

Military Life & the Gospel, part 3 – our temporary homes

As military spouses we have this great advantage when it comes to planning our post-military homes. We know what layouts we love and what we don’t. Laundry upstairs or down. Must haves and must-nots etc. as we dream of the house we might one day not have to move out of. But do we dream … More Military Life & the Gospel, part 3 – our temporary homes

Military Life & the Gospel, part 2 – friendships

As military spouses we can often fight bitterness when good friendships are cut short and that grief (which is real and valid) can leave us jaded and hesitant to build new friendships in the future. The good news of the gospel is that opening ourselves up to friendships in the body of Christ, though temporary … More Military Life & the Gospel, part 2 – friendships

Military Life & the Gospel, part 1 – loneliness

The truth about military life is that is can be very lonely. Not figuratively speaking although that too! But long nights, weeks, months- alone. Away from your person while simultaneously away from your family. This is not exaggerated or a figment of military spouses imagination but a reality. And here is the reality of the … More Military Life & the Gospel, part 1 – loneliness

Services you might not know about as a milspouse:

⚡️VO2 Max testing and wellness services like nutrition counseling etc! Are you a runner or endurance athlete? Knowing your VO2 Max is an amazing way to guide your training and usually it’s only available in kinesiology lab settings or professional athletes!! Hoping to test it out here at Fort Lee and share more! 📞Check you … More Services you might not know about as a milspouse:

Coffee Shop Bucketlist, Fort Hood TX

Let’s just say, we drank our way across Central Texas ☕️. Here’s a few of our most visited, ** means it was a favorite! Bloom, Killeen Cup of Joe’s, Harker Heights Muscovy, Belton** Summermoon, Belton** Arusha, Belton 1st Street Roasters, Temple Lively Coffee House, Salado Longbow Roasters, Salado Greenfield Coffee and Tea House, Salado Common … More Coffee Shop Bucketlist, Fort Hood TX

Fort Hood Splashpads and Creek Swimming

10 Places to cool off within 45min of Fort Hood! 📍Ferguson Park Splash Pad, Temple 📍The Quarry Splash Park, Leander 📍Long Branch Park, Killeen 📍West Temple Park, Temple 📍Harris Community Splash Pad, Belton 📍Temple Lake Park, Temple 📍Garey Park, Georgetown 📍Salado Springs, Salado 📍Pace Park, Salado 📍Dana Peak Beach, Harker Heights They say if you’re … More Fort Hood Splashpads and Creek Swimming

Finding a Church at Your New Duty Station

Church searching …it brings up different emotions for different people and I recognize that. I know it can be a tiring… trying different places each Sunday hoping to find the right community, friends, etc. That’s why we try and get a head start! None of these sites guarantee anything.. they’re just search engines 😅… and … More Finding a Church at Your New Duty Station

Blue Star Museums

⭐️Blue Star Museums⭐️ ▪️What is it: Free Museum Entry for active duty military, national guard, reserves, and their families! 📍Where: More than 2000 museums, nature centers, and zoos across the country! 📅When: The 2022 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 21, 2022 and ends on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, … More Blue Star Museums

Four things to pray when you’re nervous about the future.

July 2018… headed to his first unit, newly pregnant, having no idea what the future would look like. Sooo many unknowns ahead. -Would we like Army life? -Would the cost / reward ratio be worth it? -Would he deploy or be gone a lot? -Would I make friends? -Would it be hard to have a … More Four things to pray when you’re nervous about the future.

Military Discounts

Are you the kind of person who always asks if they give a military discount or never asks?!🙋🏻‍♀️Me: always asks!🤷🏽‍♂️Husband: never asks! Here are my top / most used discounts! Share with a friend who doesn’t know!! ▪️20% off Hello Bello diaper subscription!▪️10% off Lowe’s / Home Depot every purchase!▪️10-15% off Academy on military holiday … More Military Discounts

Finding a babysitter at your new duty station!

The list of new-to-you- things to find at a new duty station is endless… hair dresser, dog groomer, dentist 😬. But childcare takes the cake for us (in challenge and importance). Living far away from family takes away the easiest option. We’ve been lucky to have great church community to resource from but here’s a … More Finding a babysitter at your new duty station!

Running Tip(s)- A simple science lesson about running.

So, you can run 3 miles without stopping, now what? You’ve run two half marathons exactly the same pace…why? There are probably a few reasons and I might turn this into a three-part series but for now, ONE QUESTION…are you doing the same thing every time you run?! For most people, it is 2-3 miles … More Running Tip(s)- A simple science lesson about running.

Homemade Hot Cocoa

On a few kicks recently… Military discount Wednesday’s at the the local thrift store, these two books – Missional Motherhood and The Life of the Church, and homemade hot cocoa! It’s been getting me through the afternoons when I don’t want a second cup of coffee but my 4:30am alarm clock is catching up to … More Homemade Hot Cocoa

“Fall Favorites”

Don’t worry… I won’t make scroll through ramblings just to get to the recipes…(why do they do that?) ▪️Paula Dean’s Banana Bread – I added dark chocolate chips and baked it for 60 minutes. ▪️Pumpkin Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Muffins – second batch I’ve made! I love them! ▪️Apple Cinnamon Oat Kids Muffins – Zero … More “Fall Favorites”

A Few of Our Favorite Things…(and Instagram accounts)…0-8 Months.

Ok, I know literally everyone does this but I also know I read A LOT of them while I was pregnant and wanted advice (I also polled Instagram a lot 😊). This isn’t all-inclusive and it’s not a baby-registry…just a few of our favorites ♥️. I try to be pretty minimalist, 99% of Freeland’s wardrobe … More A Few of Our Favorite Things…(and Instagram accounts)…0-8 Months.

30 things I learned in year *30*…in no particular order:

1. Babywise is not a “how to” book…but mothering is just as amazing as everyone said it would be! 2. Just because others love mothering and making money in multi leveling marketing it doesn’t mean you have to also. 3. There’s this thing called the pelvic floor- it’s a big part of your core. 4. … More 30 things I learned in year *30*…in no particular order:

Top 5 Recipes from Run Fast (CookFast) Eat Slow

If you follow my Instagram you’ve probably seen these foods made a hundred times BUT I thought I’d share why I like them plus any little hacks I use to make them easier, faster, or just my preference. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Yes, I’m starting with dessert. I can’t help it… this recipe is literally … More Top 5 Recipes from Run Fast (CookFast) Eat Slow