THe Harting Family

THe Harting Family

Friday, March 25, 2011

Milspouse Friday Fill In #35

Haven't participated for a bit but thought I would jump back in, so here goes...

1. What is your must have gadget?

Without a doubt my Iphone. I do everything on it. It is my lifeline to my family, my email, my entertainment, my schedule.

2. How does your adulthood compare to what you imagined it would be like when you were a little kid?

Well I grew up in a really rough area so we didn't think to much in terms of future. If you seen the movie Rocky I literally grew up down the street from where that movie was filmed. I had a great group of friends that I thought I would never be apart from. In neighborhoods in Philly your friends are just family, there is a real sense of loyalty and it's important. I grew up with a lot of my family being in the service, we were a gold star family, and we had lots of cops and firefighters. My life is so much richer then I ever thought it would be and I don't mean with wealth but with the fullness of love, happiness and respect.

3. What is your favorite chocolate recipe? submitted by Our First Deployment

Hmmm.....whatever they put in peanut m&m's.

4. How do you deal with military life when it gets to be to much or to hard? submitted by Combat Boots And Pointe Shoes

Well one of the benefits of living this lifestyle for the past 17 years is that it has taken me to places where life is really hard. Living in West Africa really opens your eyes about things being hard in a real way. I do occasionally get on a pity pot when hubs is gone and things can get stressful but I just deal. It's a quick stern talking to myself that puts me back in line.

5. What piece of advice would you give a new Military spouse facing their first deployment? submitted by The Albrecht Squad

I tend not to offer advise unless it is solicited since people tend to get annoyed. But being our family readiness advisor I do happen to get ask a lot. We have an infantry battalion and about 75% of our wives are new at each deployment. All I tell them is to go to the pre-deployment briefs, listen to the information, it is very important and accurate. Find what works for them, volunteer when and if they can to get out and meet people. You will never make friends sitting on your couch. I tend not to cudle new wives too much because this life you need to be tough.


Nicole Marie said...

Gosh, after reading your response to how you cope with things when they get difficult, I feel like I need to not care so much about my problems. Yes, having a husband that is in the field ALL THE TIME, does suck. And when he deploys, it will suck ever more. But, there are way worse things happening to others in the world. I do need to get off my pity pot. Lol. Thank you.

USMCWIFE said...

Nicole, thanks for your comment and it's ok to get on a pity pot on occassion, it's really part of the deal. The important thing is to not let it happen too much or last too long!

TheAlbrechtSquad said...

I like the "you will never make friends sitting on your couch". We are dealing with a lot of the "me" generation where people want things delivered to them on their door step, that's not realistic.