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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Vacation 2014

Photo By Laura Smith

This year we chose to take our summer vacation to a nice tropical location! We love the white beaches in Pensacola, FL and always find the rest and peace we are looking for there. The melody and rhythm of the waves is a welcome tranquility to my too busy mind.  We soaked in breathtaking sunsets, found treasures in the sand, Red and The Airman went snorkeling, and SuperBoy tried his hand at boogie boarding. We were even  able to spend time and catch up with dear old friends we hadn't seen in so long. The Airman and I celebrated our 9th anniversary and it couldn't have been more perfect! I am ever so grateful to be married to my best friend and to be able to grow old with him. This trip was just what our family needed! The good Lord knows just what we need and when we need it and He always provides!


Photo By Laura Smith
God bless,
The Jubilant Airman's Wife

*Where do you vacation? I would love to hear what your family does for the summer! Leave a comment in the section below!*

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Recap!

Hi friends!

I thought I would keep it short and sweet today!
In case you're wondering what our little family has been up to, here's a brief recap of the last 4 months!

-We welcomed The Airman home from a long deployment in the spring! We missed him so much!
-Red, our oldest boy, turned 11! My oh my, where does the time go?
-Super Boy, our youngest boy, turned 6! Again, how did that happen so quickly?
-We wrapped up our school year finishing strong in 5th grade and Kindergarten. What an adventurous school year it was!
- We purchased our very first home and spent the better part of a month packing and moving and are still settling into it!

We feel very thankful for all the blessings The Lord continues to provide for our family! As we continue to settle back into 'normal' (whatever that may be) I will be sharing photos, recipes (aiming for more family friendly and time friendly recipes), and our new school year plans. I'll be keeping it pretty simple until we get back into the swing of things but I hope you come back and visit soon!

God bless you!
The Jubilant Airman's Wife

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Still Here..

Some have been wondering if this blog is just randomly floating around in cyber space (do people still call it that?) with no intention of being revived. I wondered that too. In fact, I pondered that for 4 months. I would sit to write a line or two but came up short. Every. Single. Time. I needed some direction with this blog, some inspiration, some natural theme. The title itself implies I should be posting about being an Airman's wife. I asked myself for months what that looked like. What type of content would be appealing for you to read and comfortable for me to share? That's the thing with blogs. Exposure. Being exposed for others to judge, to connect with, to relate to. It can be downright scary and overwhelming. What could I possibly offer you that you can't find anywhere else? What makes coming to this blog worth your very valuable time and what can I leave you with that makes using that time here beneficial or impactful to you?

Then I wondered if I was limiting myself to what I could write because I chose such a one direction title. What else am I besides a 'Jubilant Airman's Wife' that I can write and share with you about? If you have been here before, you know I am a homeschool mama to two boys, one who is learning to live and grow with autism and all its complexities. You know I have a love of food both cooking and eating, and while we are on the topic, who decided coffee wasn't fit to be its own food group? It would be the one group I could commit to following through with each and every day of my life on this earth! Sigh. Focus. You would know my heart lives for Jesus and that I openly acknowledge each and every day is not only a gift from my Heavenly Father but also a struggle to "be not of this world." I like to be frugal, to be crafty and creative and to serve my family and others. I love literature. I so appreciate the many gifted writers & bloggers I have read and come to know that put themselves out there so openly to be read by all.

So again, I come to question where this blog is going with content and what you can take away from it. I have prayerfully considered this for some time now and I keep coming back to this: "In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and children, to be sensible, pure, good homemakers and submissive to their husbands, so that God's message will not be slandered." Titus 2:3-5. What I have to offer you is a true glimpse into my world. Into being a military wife, a homeschool mom, a mom fighting for her child with autism, a woman striving to live out her faith and share it with those around her. Into being frugal, to serving others, to seeing victories and struggles alike as gifts, to making lemonade from lemons if you will. Sure you can find those kinds of things elsewhere, but not through my eyes, my heart and not through my life The Good Lord has purposed for. You can take away from it what you please because isn't that why we dig around through blogs anyway? Don't like my recipe for cinnamon rolls (it's not mine, it's Pioneer Woman's anyway-and if you don't love her recipe we may need to have a serious conversation) but love my method to homeschooling? Then skip the posts that are food related and peruse over the educating ones. If you like my photographs, then excellent! Feel free to share them just make sure you give credit please to the very amateur photographer. Maybe you are a new military wife and looking for someone to relate to. Sister, I have been in your shoes and if I haven't posted something you want to chat about, please send me an email. Want to know my Jesus? He is ready and waiting for you. I'd love to talk with you about Him. My point here is that you will take from this blog, what your heart seeks. So, I am putting it all here. Not just one specific thing but all things. I promise to try to get a little more tech savvy and learn to put my posts into tabbed sections for your convenience but that may take some time. Please be patient with me!

So here I am. I'm still here and you'll see more transitioning and more posts in this blog in the days to come. I always love to hear from you, so if you feel the urge, you can contact me directly or leave a comment in the box below! If it takes me some time to respond, please don't be discouraged. Just understand that this Jubilant Airman's Wife has many blessings to attend to and that I will get back to you. Thanks for hanging in there with me friend. God bless!

In Him,
The Jubilant Airman's Wife

Monday, February 3, 2014

5 Ingredient Flourless Banana Pancakes

One of the challenges of having a kiddo with a sensory disorder, is being able to find foods with the right textures and tastes that not only satisfy him, but the rest of the family as well. Superboy loves pancakes. Seriously. I can't explain the love he has for his beloved pancakes! So this morning I decided to try to make a flourless heart healthy pancake that isn't time consuming. I knew I would have to be diligent in getting the texture just right for Red. It's only 5 ingredients and if you haven't noticed yet, I am always trying to sneak flax seed into our food. So you can bet one of the 5 ingredients is flax! It was a hit in my home and I hope it is in yours too. Enjoy!

Photo By Laura Smith


5 Ingredient Flourless Banana Pancakes
 

Ingredients:
  • 3 bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 heaping tablespoons peanut or almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. freshly milled flax
What to do:

Mash all the bananas really well. Make sure there are no pieces left. You almost want it to resemble a puree. Then add nut butter and mix until smooth. Add the egg, flax and cinnamon and stir until well combined. Coat a nonstick skillet with a small amount of butter over medium heat. I poured each pancake at about 3 tablespoons full into the heated skillet. Cook on each side about 3-4 minutes. Top with warm syrup!

Serves: 3-4 depending on your hunger level

*Did you try this recipe? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment in the section below!*

God bless,
Laura

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Happy February!



Happy February everyone!


I enjoy February for several reasons. One is because I know we are one month closer to spring again, though apparently Punxsutawney Phil has revealed more winter for us first this year. For my area of the world that just means a little longer delay in the rise of skin scorching temps and humidity and that, my friends, is just fine with me! Also, I'm a sucker for Valentine's Day. The holiday itself is still widely up for discussion as to the meaning and origin. I don't have a strong opinion about any of it since it's all widely skepticized and based on legends. I do like to use it as a day to shower my family with an extra dose of love though! February also means we have hit the 100th day of school mark in our homeschool! Without fail, every year we have hit 100 days at some point between the beginning and end of February. It's a fun milestone for the kids and a small slightly-over-halfway-there victory for me. One thing I am supporting more strongly this year than in years past, is acknowledging February as Heart Health Awareness Month. The American Heart Association at http:/.www.heart.org has some really in depth information, videos and tools to help you understand heart disease and learn how to have better heart health. I love that their motto is Learn and Live. Seems pretty straightforward right? Yet so many of you will glaze over this and ignore it. Take a few minutes to check out the basics of heart health and you may save your life or the life of someone else. So, in honor of Heart Health Awareness month, I will be focusing my posts this month on heart healthy recipes, living a heart friendly lifestyle, valuable links to provide you with knowledgeable and crucial information and educational tools and activities to do with your kiddos to help them understand too! I even have a special guest interview with a top notch doctor lined up for you! So come back soon and see what's new!
God bless,
Laura


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Let's Talk Deployment Series: Homecoming

Hi friends!

Let's wrap up our Let's Talk Deployment Series with a look at homecoming!

When your loved one returns home, here are a few important things to know:
1. Likely, he will be jet lagged and exhausted. Coming from different time zones and flying hours or possibly days to get home is tiring to say the least. Don't be disappointed if it takes a couple days for your sweetie to get caught up on rest and clear the fog a bit.
2. Expect to do some laundry!! You think I'm kidding but I'm not! Every time The Aviator comes back from any kind of time away, he brings laundry back with him and though it's not always a lot, I still like to wash everything for him to get the smell of being wherever he has been out. Lucky for him, I like to do the laundry!
2. Don't expect him to be able to jump right into routine. Old routine or not, he has been away on a completely different schedule and mindset. Go about your day and do what you usually do and let him slowly ease back into normal life. However, if he offers to help or be a part of what you are doing, let him! You and I both know how resilient you are and how well you run things on your own. That's survival sister! He's home now though and if he is willing, then give yourself a little break and let him be a part of it.
3. Be gentle with yourself during this transition time too. No matter how long you have been together, homecoming always presents unique challenges. Just be patient and things will slowly work back into a rhythm.
4. If you have kids, you may find this to be an emotionally challenging time for them. They have had your undivided attention for some time and though they love their daddy a whole big bunch, they may find themselves slightly jealous that they now have to share their time with you. Just do your best to reassure them and shower them with lots of love! They may also have a hard time adjusting to routine with daddy involved again. This is where I always find it helpful to let The Aviator know what our days look like before he gets home. This way he has some time to look at it and get acquainted with it so when he gets home, he has an idea of what the kids do and what they need. 
5. Make sure you are taking time to be with The Lord each day. Pray over this process and pray for both of you and your kiddos to be able to come together and adjust without too much difficulty.
6. Don't plan too much right away. Without fail, when I ask The Aviator what he wants to do when he gets home, his reply is always "be home!". It can be tempting to want to go out to all the restaurants you love right away or hit up all the local places you usually go. Especially if you have been home with kiddos during the entire deployment. However, I can't express enough the importance of easing back into things. Take it slow. Take it one day at a time. Communicate closely and constantly.
7. Learn the signs of PTSD. If your loved one seems to be having a hard time reintegrating after a couple of weeks, it is possible he may be suffering from PTSD and he may not know it. Common signs are: sadness, anger, sleep disturbances or insomnia, excessive alcohol use, loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating. This is only a very brief look at the signs associated with PTSD. If you suspect your loved one may suffer PTSD, I urge you to seek help. Counseling services are available through Mental Health Clinics; and Family Advocacy Programs or through the TRICARE Service Center. You can also contact your base or post chaplain. 

As always, I am here for you! If you have questions or comments, I would love for you to leave them in the comment section below!

God bless,
Laura