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Happy New Year!

I am so ready for 2014. 2013 has been so-so. A few good things have happened. I started a new job that I’m sad to see go. I graduated from college. William turned 4! Chase and I celebrated 3 years of marriage. I had a cool internship. And I enlisted in the US Army.

What sucked? Having to spend two hellish months working at Wal-Mart. Stressing over money and finding a career.

I am so grateful that I had family and friends to get me through. And for everyone who has helped me this year: THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart. I will never know how to repay you all. If you have an idea let me know haha. I only have a few short weeks left before I leave for Fort Jackson and I intend to spend them with my family. I’ll miss Chase and William like crazy but I’m doing this to better our lives. I’m excited to be a part of the Army and can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner. I guess everything has it’s time. I feel like 2014 will be a year where everything will start to fall into place. I’m ready for all of the changes. And to everyone who is supporting me, thank you. I won’t let you down. 🙂 Hooah and Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

This Christmas I am extra thankful. Thanks to my Go Fund Me page (http://www.gofundme.com/5hpwhc) and help from some fantastic friends, William had a fantastic Christmas this year. I also had a credit card that helped get his big Santa gifts (luckily wasn’t too much). I just feel so lucky this year. I am now in the process of trying to sell some stuff so I can gather up the rest of the money we need before I go to basic training and I have a feeling we will be ok.

I keep thinking about all of my awesome friends and how I will ever be able to repay them. I cannot thank you guys enough. I have a few ideas of how I want to pay back you guys as well as how I’d like to pay it forward. I would like to use this blog to some good and maybe I can help others like me next year.

I also think about where we might be next year (My gut tells me Ft. Meade). I keep thinking of how William will be five and imagine our neighborhood (hopefully) on base and the new friends he’ll make. I wonder about what will be different this time next year. I know things are going to change so much over the next year. Heck, I’ll be away from my family for 9 months this year. It’s scary but I am so glad I have all of this support from my friends and family. I’m trying to better our lives and I’m so excited to start this new journey in my life.

So I sit here and I watch him play with his new play-doh set and appreciate how much people truly do care and love us. Hopefully next year will be just as great if not better 🙂

Being Thankful

As you guys probably know, we are going through a stressful time. I’ve been trying to be positive and focus on my family, work, and future soldier training. It’s been hard and because we are down to being a one car family, things are even more stressful. But I have found through my GoFundMe page (found here:  http://www.gofundme.com/5hpwhc ) and through my friends that things may not be so bad.
So I want to take this time to say how thankful I am to everyone who has poured out their love, support, and help to us in one way or another. Whether it’s monetary, offering to help give William a Christmas, offering me help finding a job, or just warm wishes… you guys have helped me out so very very much. I’m still hopeful things will work out and we will be stress-free by the time I leave for basic combat training in January. I know I’ll have a lot to pay forward and I’m looking forward to it. Tomorrow is Black Friday and I’m thankful that I do have at least one part time job to keep us from completely going under. And I hope that everyone keeps in mind while they are shopping about people like me. The ones who are having a difficult time and are working in order to feed their children or just trying to stay above water. Be courteous to us and please treat us like humans during this stressful workday.Because some of us may not have gotten a Thanksgiving and may not have Christmas. We’re working hard and doing the best we can. So please keep that in mind 🙂
I hope tomorrow flies by for me. And again, thanks so much to everyone!

When You Need to Ask For Help…

Last night, the transmission in Chase’s car went out. This has made us a one car family. We are already strapped beyond our means. We have been thinking of ways we can save but now it feels impossible to get caught up with everything. I am so happy and proud of myself for joining the Army and I am even more grateful about us finally being stable with income and I know we can keep to a budget with that income… but that won’t start until I’m in basic training.

Last night I was so upset and sad about what happened with Chase’s car. I’m proud and I hate hate hate asking for help, but I am. I set up a donation site here: http://www.gofundme.com/5hpwhc

I have no clue how much a transmission costs. But I think this goal will help us make it until I leave basic training. I haven’t been able to find a second job (even fast food places and cleaning jobs) and it blows. I just want us to get back on our feet. I also have anthropologie , Mod Cloth, and Eva Franco dresses to sell as well as comic books (they are newer but still) and a Coach bag so if anyone is interested, please email me at the e-mails provided under the contact page. I think jns0021@uah.edu is listed but if not, you can email me there too.

Any little bit would help out and I promise I will match it and pay it forward once I have the opportunity. It’s just been hard trying to figure out what I’ll need for basic training (running shoes for example, the ones I have are tattered and torn and repaired with duct tape) and rent and making sure all of these bills are paid up. If you can’t help, that’s ok too. I appreciate all of the generosity and love I’ve received. Thank you all so much.

Just Cause…

I feel like I should update since it’s been a hot minute since I’ve blogged. Life has been pretty dang busy for me. I’ve been working, looking for jobs, doing future soldier PT as well as online classes, and just trying to keep myself sane.

William turned 4 on Saturday and we just had a little family get together. And then Chase was able to leave work at 8 instead of ten so we had another little family thing. He still doesn’t realize that he’s four and it’s adorable whenever he gets mad when I tell him so.

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(William with his cake)

I really cannot believe he’s four. I can’t believe that I only have two more months with him and Chase. By the time I’m done with AIT, he will be almost 5. Ok, I’m going to try not to cry.

I’m behind on NaNo WriMo and I probably won’t be one of their winners, but I’m ok with it. I have so much going on that I am just proud of myself for writing daily and making my novel become something bigger than it originally way. I also want to say how proud I am of my buddies Brad and Kelly for being NaNo WriMo champs so far!

I have so much I need to accomplish in the next two months. I know I have to go through all of my stuff and throw out whatever I don’t need so Chase won’t have to. If he does it, he’ll do it his way haha. I also need to go through my packing list to see what I have and what I need to get. It shouldn’t be much but I do need a few extra things like a pair of jeans (sans rips/holes) and a pair of running shoes. So I want to get that done asap.

I have also finally changed my last name to Chase’s. So once I get my new SS card, I’ll have a slew of other things to do. Phew. I don’t know how I’m going to do it all, but I will. I’m determined. Wish me luck.

Why Veteran’s Day Is Important to Me…

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day. I’ve always appreciated our service members and those who have retired and have worked to keep our country safe. I really wanted William to be born on 11/11, but alas he was born on the 16th haha. But this year feels different to me. I think it is because I have gotten to know more people who are or were in the military and they helped guide my decision to join the Army. And I think it’s more special to me because I am enlisted and waiting to go to basic combat training. I think about all of those who have come before me. I think about their reasons for joining the service. And it’s so unreal to me that I will be a part of that. The 1% who are active military.

I think of my father and my grandfathers who are retired Air Force/Army National Guard. I remember being proud of my dad for what he did, even if I wasn’t too sure what he did at the time. I remember looking at the old picture of my grandfather on the wall of our grandparents house. He was in uniform and he looked like a movie star. I am so proud of them and what they did for our country. I always have been.

I think of how celebrated our veterans are. It’s more than just discounts and free meals on Veteran’s Day.Or a random facebook or even blog post.  It’s those who fought for our rights. The people who protect us. The men and women who laid it all on the line for our country. It’s mind-blowing to think about. It’s something we should appreciate more than once a year. But like most other important people and events, these people usually are only important once a year. I dunno. I think this is a special day and it probably will be for the rest of my life. More important than it used to be.

So thanks, dad.

Thanks Papaw.

And I’ll forever remember my grandfather and the great man he was.

Thanks to everyone who has come before me and served.

As We Express Our Gratitude,
We Must Never Forget That The Highest Appreciation
Is Not To Utter Words, But To Live By Them.
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy

What I’m Doing in November

I have about 2 months until my ship off date and I plan to make each one of them count. I’m hoping to get a second job soon to get us through the holidays to help out but I have other things that are going to keep me busy.

*I started National Novel Writing Month (NaNo WriMo) a few days ago and have almost 6,000 words written. If you’re on there, buddy me!My username is jnserrett

*I have future soldier training each Tuesday. That and doing my own running and exercising almost daily will probably keep me busy. I also have to take online training before my ship date so that’s going be a time consumer too. I had my first PT Tuesday and it was fun. I was the only girl so that’s gotta change haha. I think it’ll make me want to do better so I can hang with the guys.

*I’m going to read as much as I can. I have a long list of books saved in my phone and I won’t get to a lot of them until I’m done with AIT in October.

*Netflix. I plan on finishing a couple of shows before I leave. This month I want to finish Secret Life of the American Teenager. I know, it’s a big goal. Considering I’m on episode 14 and there’s like 100.

*Clean and organize. Better to do this now than later. That includes gathering a list of extra things to bring with me to boot camp that may not be on the general list. In the organizing category I also have to legally change my last name to Chase’s and make sure that all of my finances will be in order by the time I leave. Again, better to do this sooner than later.

*My internship. I have assignments to do for it so that will take up time for the next two months.

My number one goal this month is to find a second job so we can get caught up financially before I leave. We aren’t bad off, but I won’t be paid until probably the end of February so it’s best for us to make sure Chase and William are ok for at least 6 weeks. So be keeping your fingers crossed for me.