Author: Emileigh

Inspiration to Beat the Odds

Sometimes we face things in military life that are bound to be difficult.  We know going into them that it’s going to be hard, it’s going to take its toll, and perhaps many others will tell us that we may not make it through.  Whether it’s a deployment, a dual military marriage, moving our teenagers to another country, or any number of situations we in the military community face… sometimes the odds are just stacked against us. But does that mean we fold?  Of course not.  When we look ahead and see something daunting we need to do, we...

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10 Tips for Attending a COT Graduation

The past couple days the family and I went down to Maxwell Air Force Base to celebrate Jacob’s graduation from Commissioned Officer’s Training, or COT.  This is training for non-line officers like chaplains, medical, and JAG (lawyers).  Jacob will have his own tips for people going through COT when he gets back from the next phase of his training, but for now I’ve got 10 tips for those of you that will be attending your loved one’s COT graduation in the future. 1. Be brave. Particularly for those of you that are not as familiar with military bases, official...

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It’s More Difficult Than I Expected…

Jacob is about to finish his first month of training as a chaplain candidate, the phase of Commissioned Officer Training (COT).  While I’ll wait for him to come back and write his own post about that, I’m here to say our first time of being separated as a married couple was, admittedly, harder than I expected it to be. I went in to this training time feeling equipped and confident about the time apart.  My family lives overseas, so I’m used to goodbyes and being away from loved ones.  I am a strong, independent, black woman (well, that’s what...

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Running Schedule to Increase Speed

Last month I ran a 5k.  It wasn’t too difficult as I’ve been running 3 miles a few times a week for several months now.  I pushed myself, and I was excited to see how I’ve improved since my last 5k in October 2016. When we got the times… OH THE HORROR!  I was 30 seconds SLOWER than my last 5k run!  How is that even possible?! After a ruined day and a “What am I even doing in life?!” conversation with my husband, he helped me come up with an action plan to focus on specifically increasing my speed....

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Tending to Your Faith Without a Church Nearby

This is a guest post from Lindsay, blogger behind Uplifting Anchor.  I’m honored to be able to share it with you guys and I know you’ll be challenged and encouraged by it! “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” – Psalm 113:3 As a military family, change is under our feet at all times. We all find different ways to cast down our anchor and withstand the waves that rock us. As you move forward in the challenge and joy that can be military life,...

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