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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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...

January Book Club: Homegoing

I heard about Homegoing a few years ago. It sat on my TBR bookshelf. It called to me, with a vibrant orange cover and the summary on the back of two half-sisters and the...
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Lillie + Pine: Making You Smile This Valentine’s Day!

I love receiving personal mail. Letters, postcards, packages...so long as it is not a dreaded bill, I get a thrill opening up something sent just to me. And Lillie + Pine packages are easily my...
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Want to Join The Military Mom Collective? We Need Writers!

The Military Mom Collective is looking to add to our contributor team! Are you a military parent? Do you love to write and create? Do you enjoy connecting with other parents and collaborating with a...

December Book Club: The Huntress

Many of us in the MMC Book Club love historical fiction. It's an entertaining way to learn about events and times in the world through the eyes of fictional characters. Think less textbook learning...
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Friday Favorites: Rachel’s Remote Work Essentials

Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between. Many of...
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November Book Club: Becoming

We all know who Michelle Obama is. Former First Lady of the United States, wife, mother, healthy food and lifestyle advocate, speaker, attorney...her titles seem endless. https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Michelle-Obama/dp/1524763136/ref=as_li_ss_il?crid=118K3FJ8X14OV&dchild=1&keywords=becoming+michelle+obama&qid=1607116572&sprefix=beco,aps,272&sr=8-1&linkCode=li2&tag=militarymomco-20&linkId=f52b11e3a5cfdee389d473b3a9738c9f&language=en_US%20target=_blankimg%20border=0%20src=//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=1524763136&Format=_SL160_&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=li2&o=1&a=1524763136%20width=1%20height=1%20border=0%20alt=%20style=border:none%20!important;%20margin:0px%20!important; Yet in her autobiography Becoming, we were given a...

October Book Club: Final Flight Final Fight

When you hear the term WASP, what do you think of? If your first thought was not about the Women Airforce Service Pilots, don't fret. It's something I had not heard before I read our...
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Friday Favorites-My Favorite Halloween Candy Substitutes

Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between. Halloween is...