Rachel Carpenter

Rachel Carpenter
Rachel has been an Air Force spouse for 17 years. Her husband's career had taken them to many assignments around the world, and she currently lives in Hawaii. She is a mother of four children; their ages range from fifteen to four years old, so her life is often exciting and challenging. She holds a BA in English and a MA in Management. When not busy with work or her family, she enjoys volunteering within the military community and has even been a Key Spouse at two stations. Rachel has always enjoyed writing and literature, and she is happy to find this community to combine these interests. She has been featured on We Are The Mighty, Her View From Home, AMSE, The Beautifull Project, Hand-in-Hand QC, and other publications - but The Military Mom Collective is her home. :)
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A Fond Farewell From Rachel + Amie

Military spouses hate the word "goodbye." It commands many negative thoughts, memories, and emotions that we tend to mask it with other terms and phrases. "Goodbye for now" or "See ya later, not goodbye"...
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April Book Review: The Magnolia Palace

It's 1919 in New York City. Picture it: the Spanish flu has wreaked havoc in many lives. World War I has ended, but unrest and violence still plague the world. The 19th Amendment has...
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Baby Feeding Support with SimpliFed

We all know that the baby years are hard. And one of the biggest challenges is feeding your baby. Whether it is your first newborn or the sixth baby you have brought into the world,...
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March Book Review: The Cracks Between Us

Aila and Ben are living what most would call a dream life: great kids, a happy marriage, a good house in a safe neighborhood, and financial security. By all appearances, they live comfortably together...
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February Book Review: The Other Black Girl

Imagine you were working in your dream job or profession. For Nella, the main character of this month's book club pick, this is a reality. She is working in a prestigious publishing house, working...
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Let Fair Winds Candle Co. Take You Away, One Scent at a Time

Do you have a particular scent that is more than just a good aroma for your home? Something that upon the first sniff, it transports you back to a different time or place? That is...
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January Book Review: What Comes After

Trauma and events affect every person differently. In this month's book club pick, What Comes After by Joanne Tompkins, we watch as a selection of citizens from a small Washington town are both drawn...

The Coffee Company for the Military Family: Meet Southern, Sweet & Sassy

It is always such a pleasure to speak to Melissa Green, founder and owner of Southern, Sweet & Sassy Coffee. She speaks my love language: coffee. She is such a fun, ambitious person! She is...
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Affordable + Accessible Tutoring From Anywhere With GoPeer

My 7th grader struggles with math. Sound familiar? It isn't her strongest subject. She studies and does her best to understand the concepts and formulas, but it is a challenge. She is a military child...
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We CAN Do This: A Call to Action for Military Parents

At the time of writing this, I am awaiting my COVID-19 test results. I started feeling congested and had a headache. I hoped for a cold. But when my headache and exhaustion continued and several...
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November and December Book Reviews: Purple Hibiscus + Know My Name

November and December got away from us at the MMC Book Club (as it does for many of us). So this month, we are delivering both of our book reviews from those months. Enjoy! November...
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October Book Club Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

An isolated, abandoned girl, a judgmental town and era, and a suspicious death that is actually a murder in the marshes of North Carolina. What's not to love in this month's book club pick? Where...