How I met my sailor

How I met my sailor I met my boyfriend about a year ago, at my friend’s house, which happens to be his cousin’s house. I hadn’t seen her in years so you can imagine my excitement. Midway through my visit a guy comes barging through the door like he owned the place, with a super serious face might I add, and he didn’t even say ‘hello’. In that moment I was a little intimidated and bothered thinking “I’ve never seen you before in my life. It’d be nice if you said hello or something”. After a couple of minutes, as we sat around the dinner table, I took a good look and was drawn by charm, but I of course was not going to show it. I lean over and whisper to my girl friend “Who is that?” She loudly says “Oh that my cousin _______” You can imagine my embarrassment! He looks over at me smiling and says “hello” as I turn as red as an apple thinking “ugh, I don’t even like you….well kind of”. Later I found out he had been talking to someone and though it wasn’t serious, that still was a deal breaker. At the end of my visit, my friend asked me to drop her off somewhere. Along that car ride she got a text saying “can I have your friends number?” Guys, I was in disbelief. If I didn’t like him before I certainly didn’t like him now. Long story short, she end up giving it to him and I received a text a little bit later. I blew it off and though I badly wanted to reply because he was one handsome man, I fought the urge. He was always very persistent and he would text me every day! So every time he would text me, I would dismiss it or reply something short (we’ve all been there, where we try to play hard to get ha ha).  After him trying to text me for some time, he asked me why I didn’t want to text him and I let him know I didn’t want to talk to someone who was seeing someone. Oddly enough he understood that because I didn’t get any texts for a whole week and a half (yes, I counted) and I was a little shocked. In my head I was thinking “shoot, now what do I do?” Well after those 9 days, on September 24th 2013 I receive a message saying “happy birthday” It brought a smile to my face and I was shocked he remembered my friend saying my birthday was coming up. Before I tried blowing him off he told me he was no longer talking to anyone. I’ll admit I smiled as big as Ronald McDonald ha ha. Since that day, we have not stopped talking and on Nov. 29th he asked me to be his girlfriend and I full heartedly accepted. My boyfriend is the only boy in a family of 6 so I was a bit intimidated. Polly was the first to reach out and we quickly hit it off! I then realized they were the nicest people I had ever met in my whole entire life. I can honestly say I’ve never been this happy nor have I ever felt what I feel for this man. I knew all along he was in the US Navy and he was always very honest about his upcoming nine- month deployment. So after 3 months of being crazy about each other he asked me to move to San Diego with him so I could spend time with him before his deployment. Once again, I quickly accepted and was excited as could be. 8 months flew by and it was time to let my prince charming go on deployment and now here we are, two months into deployment. 

Love stories are my favorite. I love knowing who, what, when, where, and how. So don’t be shy, I would love to hear how you met your other half or how you are dealing with a current deployment. Also, I will have a couple of affordable care package ideas coming up so stay tuned.

XOXO,

Johanna P.

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#imENOUGH. YOU are ENOUGH.

In life we have seasons, some season we feel amazing and some we just feel down – trust me I know all about them. I have a deployed husband and three kids to care for and I sometimes, just wonder if I’m doing a good job in any of this. The society  we live in says we have to look a certain way in order to be accepted. I know i’ve looked at myself in the mirror and can pin point ton of my flaws { stretch marks, weight, chubby toes, big thighs).  I’ve learned to love myself for who I am, even with all my flaws. You know why?? because, when God created us, He made us exactly the way He planned. He designed us, before we were even in our mother’s womb – I mean how amazing is He ?? My husband and munchkins simple gestures, words, and appreciation go a long way. Somedays, I simply take a shower and youareenoughbrush my hair and my daughter saids to me ” mom you’re so beautiful”. She completely  makes my day. She doesn’t see my faults or flaws,  she just sees me with love. Just a few days ago while talking to my husband via Facebook. He asked what I was up to? I said ” Trying to get beautiful, for you when you get back”. His reply was ” It’s impossible for you to get MORE beautiful than YOU already are GIRL you’re MAXED OUT – I LOVE YOU”  Can I just say this made me cry, and appreciate the husband I have for loving me; just the way I am. It’s day like these that I appreciate and feel like ‘IM ENOUGH‘.  Military life is not an easy life, I try my best to hold down the fort while hubby is away. Try to keep the kids up to date with daddy’s pictures, and remind them that daddy loves them while still acting like mom and dad while he is gone. My kids letting me know that “mommy you’re the best” is a sign of ‘YOU ARE ENOUGH” and you must be doing something right, Polly.  If you are reading this, I want YOU to know that YOU TOO are beautiful just the way you are and YOU ARE ENOUGH and DON’T CHA FORGET THAT !! The next time you look in the mirror, don’t be afraid of what you see, for you were made in the image of God. GOD LOVES YOU.  The Mrs. single “Enough”, was written to help women see themselves with a less critical eye, and realize that they are “Enough” just the way they are.  Be sure to grab a tissue – for reals. 

 
Thank you to The Mrs. for sponsoring my post and reminding me that I’m Enough!
 
 

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We finally got orders.. Were moving !!

So happy to announce that we are officially moving back to San Diego, CA. We just got news of this yesterday and I just couldn’t hold it in. This is a bittersweet time for me, because though I am super excited to be closer to my family my brother is currently in San Diego. My heart also hurts for the fact that I know what awaits us. Which is deployments, since we’ve been on shore duty (meaning he doesn’t deploy) hubs has been with us every night. I have forgotten what it’s like to not have him around. So to experice that again, not only with one child but with three now, is just so scary and my heart hurts just thinking about it. I know this is what we signed up to do, it’s just becoming more of a reality again and experienceing these feelings. The last time he was on a deployment Adry was young and though, she knew her daddy she didn’t have a close bond with him, because he was gone most of the time.

This time around we’ve added two more to the mix and by the time we get back they will be old enough to know that daddy won’t be home. I’m just asking God for strength since I know it’s not going to be easy. I am excited to go back to a city and state that we love. We were both born and raised in So Cal and our first duty station was San Diego. I’m also excited about being closer to my parents whom will be my greatest support system. We’ve prayed a lot about our ‘next’ duty station. I asked GOD to take us whenever he thought, we would keep on growing in his word and just where he thought we belonged. So I’m trusting this is where we are meant to be. We will know the official date soon so as of right now were only assuming, will move anytime from feb-April. More to come soon… 

Military spouses how do you help your little ones

coupe with daddy or mommy being away?

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