Aishah Eljirby was born and raised in Indiana and spent a few years of her childhood overseas. She met her husband at their local mosque 8 years ago, and it’s been a fun Army adventure since. In the last 8 years, they have gone from being an Army National Guard family to Army Reserves. Aishah is currently a stay at home mom to two fun boys, and she has a passion for science and volunteers at her son’s school’s science lab. She also occasionally tutors college anatomy and Arabic. She loves reading and traveling and considers herself fortunate to have a husband who also is a pilot in the civilian world, which allows them to travel and experience different cultures and gastronomy and to teach their boys how beautiful this world is.
Alicia grew up in The West and met her husband at Utah State University where the fun began. In the last 11 years, they have become a National Guard, Army Reserve and now Active Duty family. The adventures started in Kentucky, East Texas and now the San Antonio area with their two girls. Alicia loves books, especially children’s books and has been collecting/hoarding them long before she had children. Before staying at home with her kids, Alicia taught preschool, served families through community education and worked in various nonprofit organizations. Today, she spends her time loving her girls, trying new foods, finding time to exercise and sneaking in moments to read a book or play the piano.
Allison is a Navy spouse currently stationed in Monterey, California. Allison is a licensed REALTOR® in Florida and California. She currently works for Over the Moon Realty, Inc. and offers the Homes for Heroes Program, where she gives back a portion of her commission to heroes! Her family consists of her husband, Kyle, their daughter, Charlotte, and their miniature dachshund Macey Jane. Photography, Lilly Pulitzer, working out and organizing are just a few of Allison’s favorite things. Allison was a contributor with Jacksonville Moms Blog at her last duty station and loves blogging and interacting with other moms! You can follow along with “The Chance Clan” at thechanceclan.blogspot.com !
Amber has two young children and her husband serves in the United States Coast Guard as a Master Chief. He has been to New York twice, Alaska, South Carolina (where she joined him in 2009) and two billets in Michigan, their home state. Their final tour will be spent in California. Amber is a Michigan girl to the absolute core. In what free time she has, she enjoys yoga, aromatherapy, *all-things-Detroit* and sweet, sweet sleep.
Ashley Dolar is an experienced freelance writer, blogger, and certified language arts teacher. She is married to her high school sweetheart who is now a member of the Army Reserve. They have a three-year-old daughter.
Ashley likes to read, write, and get to the gym on a semi-regular basis. Her family has lived six states in ten years, and she currently lives in the northern Virginia suburbs near Washington, D.C. You can connect with Ashley on LinkedIn.
Brittany hails from Phoenix, Arizona, but has lived all over through her husband’s career in the Air Force. They have moved from Arizona to Texas to Italy to Korea (for him) to Illinois (for she and the kids), and now Texas again — but this time as a reservist! Brittany has three children and currently spends her time studying in graduate school, mastering the art of precision over-the-shoulder snack throwing in her minivan, and saying yes to every single thing anyone asks her to do as a volunteer.
Caitlin is a wife, mother and sometimes English teacher (thanks PCS schedule!), who is originally from the Chicagoland area. She jumped headfirst into military life after marrying her husband, James, in 2010, and has enjoyed a whirlwind of adventures ever since. Her favorite part of being a military spouse is the frequency with which her family is able to travel and explore new cultures. She enjoys snuggling her two children, cruising Netflix with her husband, and writing with her sister at their joint blog, Loud Is Ladylike. Caitlin is thrilled to be part of the Military Moms Blog team and looks forward to connecting with the many wonderful members of this community.
Dani was born and raised in South Carolina where she met her husband. They married and dove into the Air Force life shortly after, moving to Texas where they have lived for over twelve years. Dani is a stay at home mom of three wild little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. She enjoys reading, watching way too much TV with her husband, and “running away” kidless to the movies or craft store with her best friend. Dani is excited to become part of the Military Moms Blog team and hopes to give a unique perspective into the life of special needs families as both her oldest and youngest sons are on the autism spectrum. You can follow her family’s adventures here at www.troublecomesinthrees.com.
**Picture credit to Blakeman’s Photography at www.blakeman.zenfolio.com**
Emily Smith is a Marine Corps veteran and mother as well as a National Guard spouse. She is currently living in Winder, Georgia with 8 of her 9 children. Emily is a graphic designer and a certified therapeutic art life coach. She currently works from home creating printables and teaching art journaling for healing C-PTSD. Her main niche is women who have suffered trauma due to abusive or addicted partners. Emily loves to read and write, and she can’t pass up a cold vanilla Pepsi. You can learn more about her and her mission to empower women to become the “Shero” of their own story at http://muchnessmama.com.
Erin lives with her Army husband and two boys on the windward side of Oahu. When she’s not in the middle of a toddler dance party or tickle fight, Erin loves to jog by the ocean, play with eye makeup, and send super long voice messages to her friends around the world. Erin writes because she believes vulnerably sharing our stories with each other is the best way to heal, connect, and find hope in the future. Former blog editor of the Good Mother Project, Erin’s writing has also appeared on Mamalode, Scary Mommy, and her personal blog, www.erincurlett.com.
Gerry has southern roots and a southern accent to boot, hailing from North Carolina, she is a full-time stay-at-home-mom to twin boys and a part-time marketing guru during naptime and bedtime. Her husband is a Blackhawk Pilot for the Army Reserves, and they currently call Saint Petersburg, Florida home. She prides herself on being a storyteller by nature, and always looking at the mess that life throws at them with a laugh. She keeps her sanity by being a pulmonary hypertension patient advocate on social media (@_gllangan), posting about the honest highs and lows of this wild motherhood ride, and giving people a little insight into what life is like with twin toddlers. When she’s not chasing her boys around, Gerry enjoys iced coffee at all times of the day and watching one of her many TV shows.
Grace Selous Bull
Grace is a Royal Air Force wife and has been for nearly 8 years. She is mama to two fiery girls and one paw pad, and is undeniably British!’ Creative by nature, creative in life she and her family are a consciously creative household. With her background in the arts, before marriage she worked in the London art scene, both at an international auction house as well as for an international art consultancy. Leaving this behind her passion for creativity, art education and the arts didn’t fade but spilled over into her family life. This led her to become an author of a children’s art educational book, Potty About Pots: arts and crafts for home and school and start up her own website, The Rainbow Tree: making creativity accessible. She also began to write for companies like Super Simple. After a particularly difficult deployment last year she has become a strong advocate for creative mindfulness after watching her eldest struggle with anxiety throughout. Using creativity as a tool to get through, she saw her daughter more able to deal with day to day life. Grace believes that creativity is an innate gift every human has and that using it every day allows us to maintain a healthy well being. This is is especially important for children who benefit developmentally, socially, emotionally and mentally in being creative day to day.
Gretchen is originally from Virginia and currently lives in North Carolina where her husband is in the Army. She is the mother to two girls and a mental health counselor. She enjoys reading, writing, occasional slow running, trivia, dessert, and cheeseburgers.
Heather is originally from St Louis but is now livin’ the dream in sunny Orlando, FL. Her husband is a medically retired wounded warrior, having served in the USMC and the Army. Together, they homeschool 4 out of their 5 kids as the oldest is now attending college in TN. Heather is passionate about sharing her life and faith with others as a source of hope and encouragement, so she created Let’s Do Life Together where she minces no words about raising teenagers, living with lupus, raising a child with cancer, and life as a wounded warrior family. She’s also working on her first book and a subscription box start-up that she and a friend are creating to bring a history-based adventure into the homes of kids every month. If she finds a free moment, Heather loves to read a good historical fiction novel, spend time with her tribe, love on her German Shepherd rescue (Meka), write curriculum for the homeschool co-op that she co-directs, and serve as the Treasurer of Women at Rest Ministries.
Jamie is originally from a small town in Texas. She and her husband met while students at Texas A&M University and have been married 11 years. He is in the Air Force, and they are currently stationed at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada. They have been lucky to be stationed overseas previously, allowing them to travel all over the world. Jamie enjoys animal rescue and is a fur-mom to three adopted dogs and three adopted cats. She is hoping all this will prepare her for the arrival of her first human baby, a little boy. Jamie enjoys running, travel, reading, home decorating, and drinking wine.
Jeannette has three fiercely independent children ages seven and under and is a Marine Corps EOD spouse. A Southern California native and resident up until 2018, Jeannette now lives outside of city limits in North Carolina. Her front porch is fitted with two white rocking chairs, and she’s grown pleasantly accustomed to being offered sweet tea and being called ‘ma’am.’ After a bit of a hiatus after writing for San Diego’s Red Tricycle and a couple of California lifestyle magazines, Jeannette is thrilled to join the leagues at Military Moms Blog. During the week, except in off-seasons, Jeannette gets filled up by the two ministries she participates in and Saturday service. When she’s not jotting something down or testing a coffee recipe she found online, she’s probably trying to figure out her second grader’s math homework while reminding herself she should do a workout today. She’s happy to meet you and wishes that your coffee always be strong and your cream sweet!
Jen Dodrill is a Navy brat from a long line of Navy brats. Born in Virginia, she moved to the Florida panhandle in 6th grade. After vowing to never date a Navy guy, she moved to Nashville, TN where she met and fell in love with Eddie who was – you guessed it – in the delayed-entry-program for the Navy. They met in June, married the following February, and almost 34 years later are still sweethearts. They moved back to West Tennessee in 2008 after his retirement. Jen stayed home to raise their 5 kids, and she homeschooled the youngest three. The “baby” graduates in May, but Jen refuses to bow to empty-nest syndrome! She teaches Oral Communication as an adjunct instructor for Dyersburg State Community College and writes curriculum under History at Home at TeachersPayTeachers. When she’s not working, she’s spending time with her kids and adorable granddaughters. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, and her favorite place – Pinterest! You can also visit her site “History at Home” here.
Katie has been married to her active duty Air Force husband for 12 years, and together they have four kids- Layla, Joey, and twins Eva and Vivi. Their family is currently stationed at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH.
Kwame is an Air Force dad and father of three. After four years in South Texas, his family is currently stationed in the United Kingdom and his 5-year-old may never forgive him for the change in climate. He loves to drag his kids to famous sites all over Europe, feed them local food from different countries, and teach them the important things in life, like the words to every Michael Jackson song.
Lauren, who is originally from Virginia, is married to an Army vet who is now a civilian with the Navy. The two have three sons—ages 7, 5, and an infant. When she isn’t refereeing fights, playing Legos, or buying a ton of snacks for her brood, Lauren is a freelance magazine writer and stay-at-home Mom.
Before the Navy took them to Florida, Japan, and most recently back to Virginia, Lauren was a high school English and Journalism teacher. When she’s not trying to get everyone to baseball on time, Lauren enjoys volunteering at her sons’ schools, reading, and baking (and eating!) desserts. A former contributor to the Jacksonville Moms Blog, Lauren is excited to share her experiences with the Military Moms Blog community!
Lorren is a mama to two blue-eyed boys and a brand-new baby girl, a military wife, a nurse, a bibliophile, and a writer. She lives in North Carolina.
Her work has been featured on Coffee + Crumbs, Mothers Always Write, Holl & Lane, Upwrite Magazine, Tribe Magazine, and Parent.com.
Maggie Phillips is an Army brat raising three Army brats of her own. She has been married to her soldier for over 10 years. Maggie is a former Biden Foundation Military Families Fellow who has written about military life for ARMY Magazine, Military Spouse Magazine online, NextGen MilSpouse, the Military Officers Association of America, and the National Military Family Association. She is a web and social content writer by profession and a standup comic because of a deep-seated need for attention. Follow her on Instagram at @maggies_words.
Marysa Stevens is a senior communication specialist in health care and works remotely while stationed at Fort Campbell with her Army husband and 2-year-old daughter. She is also a freelance writer and marketing consultant for veteran and military-spouse owned businesses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. Marysa is passionate about civic engagement and reminds military spouses to make sure they’re registered to vote in their home state of record or new location. You can connect with her through LinkedIn.
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Meredith is wife to Ryan and mom to Lucas and Cecilia. They are an Air Force family stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. Originally from Ohio, she and Ryan will always consider themselves Buckeyes at heart. They love to explore new places and new foods and experience new cultures. Meredith is a runner — stroller runs and trail runs are her favorite! She also enjoys spinning and yoga. She loves to read and is always looking for good recommendations. Most nights you can find her in the kitchen cooking, with a good glass of wine, surrounded by her family.
A mom of two boys and three dogs, Sarah’s life is a bit of a circus. The dogs are barking at the mailman, the baby is learning to crawl and the toddler is running around without pants, and her husband can’t find his keys. But there’s living overseas, learning French, coffee, laughter, photography, dancing with her husband in the kitchen, fresh baked cookies, family travel and adventure planning, and every so often, a chance to serve her country when Sarah works as an Air Force Public Affairs Reservist.
As an Army daughter, wife, and mother, Suzanne Paulo knows “home is where the Army sends you.” A proud graduate of Washington State University, Suzanne now lives in North Texas where she is a middle school teacher. She enjoys reading, traveling, riding motorcycles, and alpine skiing.