Welcome, friends!  This is our very first post on the blog, and we are SO excited about it!  We decided to co-write a blog to fill in the gaps we’ve found in the military blogosphere.  There are so many ways to do military life, and we hope to share a bit of ours and gather stories and advice from others along the way.

We are starting this blog for three reasons:

  1. To keep our families up to date on our lives. (Of course.)
  2. To document and share the knowledge we learn from relationships in “real life” with others.
  3. To get to know and stay in contact with people we meet along the way.

And here’s a quick picture-summary of us below so you have an idea of who we are and what we’re about.  (You can learn more about us on the about page, too.)

Emileigh was born and raised in Missouri until high school when her family moved to East Africa to do community development.  She learned a LOT & her worldview was hugely expanded.

Meanwhile, Jacob was born and raised in Illinois.  He first discovered his love for the military through AFJROTC where he was king of drill and regs.

We met through a mutual friend while attending college in Missouri.  We started dating, and Jacob went to AFBMT and technical training.  He was in the Reserves after that.

After several years of dating, Jacob went to Egypt to see Emileigh’s world.  (It was definitely a test to see if he could handle it!)  It was on the “Lover’s Bridge” in Cairo that we got engaged.

Later that year (2014), we graduated and got married all in the same week!

Since then, Jacob has been commissioned as an officer and is 3/4 of the way done with his Masters of Divinity. He’ll be using it as an active duty chaplain soon, we hope!  Emileigh is helping pay the bills and is pursuing an Air Force commission herself.

So that’s a quick jump that brings you up to date!  We would love to connect with you here and on Instagram, too!  Find us at @leadwiththeleft!

And we’d appreciate your help in tailoring our content!
What are some things you wish you knew when you just started military life?  Do you think there are certain points of view or perspectives that are not explored enough in other military blogs and resources?  What subjects are most important to you?  What would you like to learn more about?