My Story

Since this is my first post, I figured I would just tell you about me.  Hopefully this will help you feel like you know me a little better when reading my future posts.

I grew up in a small town in Georgia.  I went to the same school my whole life and met my husband, B, when he transferred there our freshman year.  We began dating our sophomore year and upon graduating attended two different colleges.  I went to the University of Georgia, while he went to North Georgia College and State University.   During the summer between our junior and senior years of college, B and I were engaged.  The following May I graduated from college and we were married in July.  B graduated and also commissioned in August. 

B, myself, and my dog Misha lived in our hometown for one month before we made our first move for B to work as a Gold Bar Recruiter at his college.  That was his first active duty assignment and it was a wonderful way for us to slowly transition into being an Army family. 

A few months later, in January of 2004, we moved to Ft Sill, OK for B to attend a course.  He graduated from the course in June and received orders to Baumholder, Germany.  We were nervous but so excited to move overseas.  We jumped in with both feet and tried to experience as much of Europe as we could.  We loved the small military community that we were a part of.  However, we did not love our first deployment!  B spent a year in Iraq and returned in late 2006.  While B was deployed I had the opportunity to pursue one of my passions.  I have always loved sports and fitness and was able to obtain my certification in group fitness and personal training. 

That December we found out that I was pregnant.  The beginning of the pregnancy was very difficult but when it came time for us to PCS back to the states in May of 2007, everything was going well.   We moved back to Ft Sill for B to attend yet another field artillery course, and at the end of August we welcomed our baby girl, M, into the world.       

B is currently deployed to Afghanistan and will hopefully get his R&R around M’s birthday.  M and I are living back in Georgia where I’m a full-time stay at home mom.  I  also teach a fitness class a couple of nights a week and hope to soon start doing some training.  My dog, Misha, has been very sick lately and unfortunately she passed away this weekend.  It was very hard to cope with trying to care for her special needs and a baby.  I wish B could have been here during this time but he is doing important work elsewhere.  Many difficult situations are made a little bit harder when you’re a military wife.  However, each time I’ve found a little more strength that I didn’t have before.  I hate to end my post on a sad note, but that is my crazy, amazing military life – at the moment!

I appreciate being invited to participate in this blog, and am really excited to be a part of it!

3 Responses

  1. WELCOME Cristin! Thanks so much for sharing your story. I really look forward to reading more of your posts! HUGS!

  2. Nice to meet another Georgia girl!

  3. Thanks ladies! It’s a pleasure to be in such great company!

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