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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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...
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Friday Favorites – The BEST Pumpkin Foods This Fall

I thought I liked pumpkin. I mean, pumpkin pie, right? That was the extent of my experience with this type of squash. To be fair, if someone had told me I was eating squash...
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Book Club Review: The Push

I heard about this book over and over again. It was flying off the shelves. My beloved Book of the Month club could barely keep it in stock. All the bookstagrammers, reviewers, and my...
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Book Club Review: A Burning

I had heard amazing things about A Burning by Megha Majumdar, and I purposely held off on reading it for a book club pick. Was it worth the wait? Resoundingly, yes. https://www.amazon.com/Burning-novel-Megha-Majumdar/dp/0593081250?dchild=1&keywords=a+burning&qid=1631409214&sr=8-1&linkCode=li1&tag=militarymomco-20&linkId=0802b7d10d1728b8bc06be875403b097&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_il%20target=_blankimg%20border=0%20src=//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=0593081250&Format=_SL110_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=militarymomco-20&language=en_US%20/aimg%20src=https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=militarymomco-20&language=en_US&l=li1&o=1&a=0593081250%20width=1%20height=1%20border=0%20alt=%20style=border:none%20!important;%20margin:0px%20!important;   A Burning takes place in...
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Active-Duty Mom to Caregiver + Advocate: Meet Diana Loader

Men and women who wore our nation’s uniform continue to answer the call of duty after returning home. They make a difference in their communities across the country, and their stories deserve to be...

Get Connected with Kovii – an App for Friends!

Do you have trouble socializing with friends? With everyone busy with work, family, hobbies, and just plain living, it can be a challenge to stay in touch with friends. Add in military life and its...

July Book Club: The Four Winds

What do you know about the early(ish) 1900s? I remember learning a little about the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the poverty and hardships of the people that lived during that time. But it...
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May Book Club: Such a Fun Age

How often have you run into a grocery store or convenience store late at night, searching for a quick snack, the team snacks you need at 6 AM the next morning, or the forgotten...
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Helping Veterans Heal on this “Wild Ride Called Life”

Men and women who wore our nation’s uniform continue to answer the call of duty after returning home. They make a difference in their communities across the country, and their stories deserve to be...

April Book Club: In Sight of the Mountain + Interview with Jamie McGillen

If you have ever lived or been stationed near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, you know "the mountain." It is Mount Rainier, the snowy volcano that towers at over 14,000 feet in elevation. It...
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March Book Club: The Vanishing Half

  Are you a twin? I remember feeling envious of twins growing up. I felt like they had an almost supernatural connection, and I thought the idea of having a person who looked just like...
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February Book Club: Valentine

When we hear the word "valentine," we usually think of a holiday about love. It might evoke images of Cupid and pink cards; cute projects and parties during grade school; romantic dates and dozens...