Today's blogger is Liz from The Optimistic Army Wife. Her and I have been chatting for quite some time so it was fun to see her answers to my questions. Here they are!
First, tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you?
I am Liz and I am an Army Wife! I am from a small sound by Salt Lake City, Utah. I have been married to my best friend for 2 years and we have completed 2 deployments. We had our daughter Evelyn 9 months ago and she is very much the light of our lives! I love being a mom, and especially her mom! I am also a stay-at-home mom.
Tell us about your spouse.
I refer to my husband on my blog as "The Hubs or Hubby" but his name is Paul. Paul is from Northern California. He enlisted in the US Army 5 years ago, and is now a E-6. He is Field Artillery and he loves his job! He was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, where we met, and we have just recently moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and he is about to got to Airborne School.
Tell us about your family.
My family is living in Utah. I miss it tons! I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters, 3 nephews and 1 niece. My older sister Suzanne passed away 11 years ago, and is dearly missed. Alisha, my younger sister, is mentally and physically handicapped. She was born at 23 weeks old and my parents adopted her. She has been through so much, and is one of my heroes! I just have an amazing family! It’s definitely hard living away from them. I miss out of so much with my niece and nephews.
Where are you from?
I am from Utah!
Where do you live now? Do you like it there?
I currently live in Fort Bragg, North Carolina! I've always wanted to come here, and it’s a beautiful state! I definitely love it!
What about your home away from home – your blog? Tell us a bit about your blogging journey so far.
I have been blogging for about 1 1/2 years. I blogged through our 2nd deployment, which also included our first pregnancy with our daughter. I've had so much support from my readers and it’s been very amazing to have all this help and advice! Not to mention all the good comments everyone gives me!
Have you been through a deployment? Do you have any advice for those who are or will be?
I have been through 2 deployments. My advice is, definitely don’t fight with your husband while he is away; it’s too hard to fight from across the world. Never end a conversation with a fight. Send as many care packages as you can, they may say they can get whatever they want, but little touches of home and personal photos always cheer them up. Don’t ever plan on it not being hard, deployments suck! But I can tell you, you will fall into it and adjust to it easy! Don’t be afraid to hate the world at times. You will need to hate the world.
How do you like being a military spouse?
I love it! It obviously has its challenges and I have been lucky enough to have a great relationship with my husband and his friends at work so I am involved in what I feel like I can be involved in.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see us still in the Army, probably stationed somewhere else. The husband is going to try and do Recruiter or Drill Sergeant in a year or 2.
What’s your favorite food?
Right now I am sushi freak. I crave it all the time!
Tell us a fun fact!
I am a cupcake freak. Kid you not. My kitchen and dining area are decorated in cupcakes. I have an eye for find things that have cupcakes on them. It’s just my little thing. I also have this weird thing with prison shows. Don’t ask! I don’t know! Also, I love reality shows. Those are more like weird facts though.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thanks Chantal!! (You're welcome!)