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Confessions of Thankful Military Spouses

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I recently went through Resiliency Trainer Assistant RTA training which I believe will be very valuable to our military spouse community. In the training we learned how gratitude or thankfulness can helps us become more resilient. I believe this is very important with all the stresses and issues we come across living our military life. Also, Thanksgiving is right around the corner so I figured it be a wonderful time to look at how we can be thankful for our lives with the helps of some amazing Milspo bloggers. Let’s hear some confessions!

“Learning how to accept help is one of the blessings of military life for me. As I have learned to accept help, I have better learned how to be a gracious host, a more considerate neighbor and friend, and a more effective key spouse. Whether it has been the offer of guest rooms, borrowed cars, or help with lifting things, this military life shows you that as independent as you might think you are – we need each other and we are a gift to each other.”

– Anna Blanch Rabe, Not a Pedestrian Life www.notapedestrianlife.com

My family and I have had the amazing opportunity to live in Germany, traveling throughout Europe and even welcoming our two daughters here and a German hospital (which was an amazing experience!)

-Always Us www.alwaysus.co

With four assignments to Germany, the military has given my family the opportunity to travel. We have been to over 50 countries! One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories is collaborating with another military family to make an American holiday feast for our German neighbors who had welcomed us into their village like family.

-In-Dependent www.in-dependent.org

The people! Having a network of real friends all over the world who help us journey through the pits of our days. My podcast just launched with a teaser …. anchor.fm/carriekendon

-Carrie Kendon

I’m thankful for the chance to learn about and celebrate different traditions. I’m from the UK and met my husband while he was stationed out there. I loved being able to share with him all of our unique British traditions such as bonfire night and complaining about the weather! It’s something I wouldn’t have been able to do in quite the same way unless he had been sent out here.
And following our recent PCS to the States, I’ll be celebrating my first thanksgiving this year! I can’t wait to get more involved with American traditions after teaching him about my British holidays over the past 2 years.

-Chips Vs Fries Www.chipsvsfries.com

We don’t always get to control where we live and for how long, but I love the adventure of exploring new areas… cities, states and even countries. I embrace it like a 2-year staycation and try to see and experience as much as I can. Every areas has its perks and new things.”

-Emily Reagon emilyreaganpr.com

Despite all the negatives we could focus on, we realize how blessed we are to be able to live in different places and experience different cultures and learn so much about the world when many families miss out on that.

My son told me the other day: “Mama, I love it that we get to move around and live in all these cool places and see the world.”

I just won life.

-Jennifer Lambert https://www.jenniferalambert.com

The opportunity to experience and live in so many different parts of the country and the world, including getting to know and understand people with such diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

-Ideas from a Military Mom https://organized31.com

I love the pride that comes with being a military family. Many people will never sacrifice as much as we do, nor have the courage to do so. That makes me proud.

-Bride on Base www.brideonbase.com

It’s such an adventuresome journey filled with rich experiences and wonderful friendships across the country. It hasn’t always been easy, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. 🙂
Here’s my military support page for Thanksgiving and Christmas:

-Operation We Are Here http://www.operationwearehere.com/AdoptMilitaryFamily.html

As military spouses, through each PCS and the years of separation from family and friends that often results, it would be so easy to suffer in silence. Our spouses, it sometimes seem, receive their marching orders just as we find our tribe and start to become comfortable where we are. But I’m truly grateful for the moves that could be the bane of my existence – if I let them. I’m grateful for the opportunity to reinvent myself at every new duty station. For each chance to start anew, with a fresh perspective and positive attitude. For the new lives we get to sow each time and for the impact we have the potential to make on the people we meet. It’s such a unique benefit that so many people just don’t have.

-Jennifer Brantley, More Than a Mrs. www.morethanamrs.com

Thankfulness is a great practice not just in November but all year round. I personally write a few things I’m grateful for each day in my journal. If this is something you will like to start, take a look at a few of the gratitude journals from Amazon. Please note that I will make a small commission if you choose to buy a product but it doesn’t include any extra steps or effort on your part. I have found that this allows me to focus on what’s going right in my life which automatically puts me in a better mood (even when we were going through a deployment.)

Gratitude Journal: Journal 5 minutes a day to develop gratitude, mindfulness and productivity: 90 Days of daily practice, spending five minutes to cultivate happiness by Sujatha Lalgudi

Good Days Start With Gratitude: A 52 Week Guide To Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude: Gratitude Journal 

Christian Gratitude Journal for Women: Give Thanks to the Lord: A 52 Week Inspirational Guide to More Prayer and Less Stress

Minimalism Art, Classic Notebook Journal, A5 Size 5 X 8.3 inches

What are your thankful confessions? Please share in comments below. I can’t wait to read them!

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