I'm just an ordinary girl doing ordinary stuff.

I just happen to be a single mom in the military.

My kids are part of the military too.

When I deploy, their heart breaks too.

They're strong little guys.

Being their mom is the most humbling experience I've ever had.

Follow the adventures

See if you can keep up with me as I serve my country holding my kids in my arms.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Internet Is Awesome!

I love the internet.
I feel like there is always something I want to buy.

This is totally friggin awesome!  It's in my cart on Amazon.
So far it has a 4.5 rating by 16 reviewers.
Gonna totally get this.
The internet relates to me and I feel like I'm not alone.
I can stay on top of my bible reading because Facebook reminds me every day!
I can always find cool, cheap ways to grow veggies.  Even though I won't because the bunnies will eat them.
I can find all the amazing recipes in the world!
And finally...
It's full of friggin cuteness.

Saturday Catch Up

Wow, I've been really sucking at blogging lately.  I do have a couple of other blogs I work on.  I guess I hit a little block so I write in another blog, then I'll hit another block in that one, so I'll write in this one.  Writing is a lot of fun for me, so when I do get up the nerve to type something up, it's a really nice feeling.  Lately, I've been all about the dog though.

In Just Keep The Dog (aka JKTD), I write about... dogs.  That's a given, right?  It's pretty hard to write competitively, though.  I mean, there are TONS of dog blogs on the internet.  There are so many fun things to read about our four legged furballs.  So, like in this blog, I don't write to gain followers or sell things.  Not that those are bad... I'm just not one to compete.  I guess I'm a lazy writer.  Anyway, JKTD is a way for me to highlight Bruce.  For someone who can't speak to us humans, I believe he has a voice--and lots of really important things to say.  So I write for him.  And I have a lot of fun doing that. 

Then there's Seeking Dog Lover, my book blog.  I'm working on spreading awareness on dog abuse and neglect.  In Seeking Dog Lover, I tell Bruce's story about the life he knew before he joined my crazy family.  It's a fiction story based on only what I knew from his Owner Surrender paperwork.  I tell it in first person point of view so that readers are able to relate to a character that actually has thoughts.  I use no names, other than his and other animals.  And I describe the things that are happening the way I believe a dog experiences it.  My goal is to grow empathy in readers, change the mindset of those who don't see what's wrong with neglecting their pet.  I love writing it.

As for my real life, so much has been happening!!  I find myself so busy and filled with thoughts that I simply am too darn lazy to write about them.  So hopefully this will not only let you know what's going on with the Mama in Combat Boots, but give you something that will make you smile. 

Here it goes...

Yesterday, the boys had a fight on the way in to their daycare/youth center:
I'm tired of you saying that!
Well I'm tired of YOU!
I'm tired of your ENTIRE body!
I'm tired of your entire body AAANNNDDD your butt cheeks.
You said butt cheeks.
Bruce was... his usual self.
He has succeeded in being his usual super sweet self, posing for belly rubs and begging strangers for love as well.
His hips have been really bad lately, so he's also been getting some heat compress sessions and massages.  I tell him every day that I love him.
My best friend rescued a humming bird in our office.  The poor thing flew in and couldn't find its way back out.
So my little rescuer caught it gently in his hands and allowed me a chance to take a pic before he released it. 
I got to witness yet another miracle of God.  Something so small and fragile, yet so beautiful and powerful in its flight.  I love our Lord.
I am reminded every day that God is good.  My drive to work greets me with beauty every day.
And I do have to mention that I got scolded by my own troop that I am not being safe taking pictures while driving.  I have learned to control myself when I see a beautiful sky.
Obviously not for this pic, but....
Stride made my day when I opened the wrapper of this pack of gum only to be faced with an adorable face of a Boston's gigantic puppy eyes. 
I finally found out why my travel mug cover has been ending up under the sink.
My crazy trio has been stealing it and hiding it there... along with:
My kids' crocks, arch supports, rubber gloves, and kid toys.

We celebrated Fourth of July with my sister-in-law and friends.
Hot dogs and Chamorro barbeque-- OH YEAH BABY.

Not a day goes by without my beautiful boys giving me a hug that almost strangles me.
I love it every time.

I was visited by leadership who congratulated me on being selected for promotion to E-6.
It's about friggin time!!  I've only been eligible for SEVEN YEARS.
Woo hoo!!!!  I pin on the new rank August first.

Basic Cadet Training. 
This keeps us busy every summer.  Yay for working on weekends.

BCT can tire us...
If you follow my Facebook page, you get to stay up to date on my latest gripes and whines about them.  Hehehe
I've been bringing in Folgers Vanilla Biscotti coffee and Kona Vanilla Macadamia Nut coffee beans.  It makes work BETTER.
Despite the extra hours, I still get to enjoy the beauty in the job I do.
I'm pretty blessed, I think.
So that about sums it up.  Well, the big stuff I can think of off the top of my head right now, anyway.  There's always the usual stuff everyone deals with like reluctantly waking up every morning because I'm soooo sleepy, trying to keep updated on watching Lost (I know the show ended ages ago.. .I'm slow), dealing with weird neighbor kids who just HAVE to come to the porch to pet Bruce--which isn't so fun when I just want to relax, watching Forgetting Sarah Marshall and laughing my ass off, and many many many more common day-to-day stuff.
Have a GREAT Saturday!!  I'll try to write more.  Promise.