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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Navy wife talk

I had a conversation with a Navy wife friend last night about our husbands' careers and how long we thought they might stay in the military. I have no idea what we will do, we're still sort of new to this whole journey. Who knows what my husband will decide in six years. Maybe he'll get out, maybe he'll stay in a while, maybe he'll make a career out of it. I used to be the one who wanted her husband out as soon as possible. I wished he hadn't joined with everything in me. I was at times desperate for him to find a way out. I now am much stronger than that. I know for the first time that if he chooses to make this a career, I will be ok with that. I can handle it. While I'm not saying I hope that's what he does, I know I'll be ok.

My friend and I also discussed how we will feel if/when our husbands are no longer in the military. I have to say, it will be really strange! For over a year I've been so immersed in this military way of life. I shop at the NEX and the Commissary, I bank with a military bank, my friends are military wives, my whole life is military! I find my identity in being a military wife, it's a role and title that makes me so proud. If/when my husband gets out, I'll be thrust back into the civilian way of life (which is verrrry different). I'll lose my identity and be just a regular ol' stay-at-home mom again.

Then I realized something; I'm totally wrong in finding my identity in being a Navy wife. I should be finding my identity in God. Right now I'm a Navy wife, it's good to be proud of that and to embrace it. I'm using this as my mission field, starting a Bible study and reaching out to other wives. But I won't always be a Navy wife. It's up to me to be content in every phase of my life and search out opportunities to serve God no matter what my circumstances are.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

rebuilding my temple!

Ok, so I am just about finished reading "Skinny B*&!#h" and must say the book is a real eye opener (if you haven't read it yet, go do so now)! I don't know why I have never wondered about what I am putting into my body, rather than just mindlessly eating what tastes good! So here is what I got from it: after reading what they say about slaughter houses and animal farms I no longer have the desire to eat meat at all. I am seeing meat in a new light, and it is not a good one. I feel like I can get healthier, less fatty protein from other sources such as beans, lentils, and tofu. I'm not sure how my husband will feel about no longer eating his beloved steaks and chicken (eww!), but I have convinced him to try some other things; he even agreed to eat a bratwurst made from vegetable protein (which, may I add, tastes really wonderful)!!! So I'm thinking I'll feed him meat 2 or 3 times a week. As for my daughter, I'm trying to win her over with vegetable protein 'chicken tenders' and 'hotdogs': totally meatless versions of her favorites. Now if only I can find some meat free bacon....

As for veganism, I feel like that is a little unrealistic for us. It's so hard to cut out all dairy, seeing as it is in virtually everything! Breakfast foods, cookies, breads, yogurts, coffee creamers, salad dressings, pasta sauces, and cheeses, just to name a few. And I feel like we will still do eggs every now and then. However, I will be buying all organic. And I no longer drink milk, I've been switching back and forth between soy milk and almond milk. My taste buds need a little getting used to the idea, but I think after a few more weeks I'll be hooked. I hope to eventually win my husband over and stop buying milk from a cow altogether. Now if only I can find him some dairy free ice cream! Then I'll really have him on my team! That man does love his milkshakes...

For me, this diet change is all about health. I just want myself and my family to be as healthy as possible, so that we can enjoy long lives together. I want to impart healthy living to my children so that they can pass it on to theirs. I know God wants us to take care of our bodies, in the Bible He consistently tells us to care for our temples. The book has made me more aware of what I'm putting into my mouth, and that's a good thing :)