I've been married for 11 years and became an accidental landlord when our starter home didn't sell after my husband joined the Army 5 years ago. Since then we've PCSed 3 times, bought 2 more houses, and survived 1 deployment. My husband and I have 3 kids and a dog and a kitten.
Our first move was the scariest for me. I had never lived outside of my hometown or away from family, and didn't have the budget to travel to our new location ahead of time. I was able to find and get the keys to our rental within 3 days of arriving, all 2 weeks postpartum with my breastfeeding baby in tow! At the time I thought I had it so hard, but now I realize that's just part of this crazy life we live. This Scout program is genius and I wish it had been around/ I had known about it sooner! I never wanted to try to manage my own property, especially long-distance, but now that seems totally do-able as long as another scout is in the area. I hope to similarly empower other military families.
I always said I would never be a military spouse, but here I am and it has made me a stronger and more confident person. I love the friends I've made and the solidarity I feel with other military families. I hate to say goodbye all the time but it's always fun to see old friends in new places and that's starting to happen more and more.
I fully believe in blooming where you're planted. I spent too long at our first duty station in San Antonio feeling alone and not wanting to make friends since we were there short term, but finally met some great people that feel like family to this day. Since then I've taken tamale making classes in El Paso and eaten gator and crawfish in Louisiana. Embrace the culture! Or at least the food. I love food.