Where in the WORLD is my husband?

Where in the world is my husband? This phrase is usually just a figure of speech. One that I will use when my husband is running late or not answering his phone. But in this case, I mean it in the most literal way possible. Literally, where in the WORLD is my husband. My husband is in the Army and a lot of times I know “general information” but not the exact details. His job sometimes doesn’t afford the everyday luxuries we are accustomed to and sometimes it really sucks. So right now, I know my husband is on his way to a foreign country, I know that he will be gone for a little bit, and I also know we do not have an international phone plan. So, in short, I have no clue the next time I will speak to my husband or even see him.

I try my best to not complain about this crazy life we live. I mean I am one very blessed girl. However, sometimes life gets the best of me and I just must vent. This lifestyle is kind of unreal, who goes days, weeks, months, years even without seeing their spouse? It is super rough stuff sometimes. It’s tough.

Last week on a Wednesday, my husband sent me a text asking if I could bring him a coffee to his work parking lot. At this point I hadn’t seen him in 2 weeks and we had sent maybe 5 texts to one another. Yes, you read that correctly. For 2 whole weeks we talked maybe a handful of times. So, I of course hop in the car, sweaty from being at the gym and run to Starbucks. I pull up to his work and see him crossing the street and I get those little butterflies of excitement in my belly. We share a long hug and a kiss, and he asks me how I have been. Now, this is the best part… although, so much has happened in the last 2 weeks and I am not going to share every little detail like when he is home—it’s like we just never left one another. We sit in the car and smile at one another, laugh, and share a few quick things; and just like that he has to go back to work.

It’s truly amazing how life happens, and you just figure it out. You adapt and make it work. You become very thankful for those 5-minute hugs in a crowded work parking lot. You become thankful for a text that just says, “I’m safe and I love you.” You become so thankful for your husband sleeping in your bed on a Monday night.

So as much as the Army makes me frustrated, I am very thankful that I can truly appreciate the little things. Hug your person, be glad they are home, be thankful when they text you back. Life is too short, enjoy what you have, it could always be worse.

Thank you for reading & always find your joys


Our Anniversary

I am a “special day” fanatic. Birthdays, holidays, made up days, I love them all. I obsess over creating the perfect day in my head, weeks before the day is here. If I had it my way the whole month of July would be spent celebrating me. My husband on the other is more laid back. He will go along with my extravagant planning, but would be equally okay with a calm night at home.

Today. Today we have been married for 6 sweet years. In the last six years we have moved 5 times, and lived in 3 different states. We accomplished a 9 month deployment apart, plus all the trainings he has to be at. We have skydived, swam with sharks, and walked on a live volcano. We have had hard times too- we have experienced some tough stuff 20-somethings shouldn’t have to. We have laughed and cried. We may not be perfect at this marriage thing, but who is? I do know one thing though, marriage is hard. Like really hard, but there isn’t another person I’d rather do the hard things with.

Today, was just another day. It was not extravagant, it was just normal. Today my husband spent another day away at training. I have to say, I woke up bummed he wasn’t here. Around lunch time he FaceTimed me from a porta-potty. As we talked, I could hear gun shots firing. It was short and sweet, and then he had to go back to work. I was disappointed and kinda mad. I mean, I just wanted to spend hours talking to MY husband on OUR special day.

Later, I decided to get a pedicure. I sat in the chair and reflected on my day as my feet soaked. I began to giggle inside. Today wasn’t extravagant. The high expectations I set in my mind were not met. It hit me! It’s okay, this may not have been a glamorous and eventful day (like my wedding day.) But was still special. Today still means we made it six whole years. Today still is a day full of love. This life we live is messy and complicated, but it’s ours and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

The Journey

Aloha ya’ll! I am a lover of love, nature, and birthdays. I have a growing passion for change and never remember to get gas. My life is messy, real, and random- I can’t wait to share it with you.

My name is Nicholle. 6 years ago I married my best friend, Ry. We are originally from Michigan. Ry is in the Army which dictates a lot  (all) of our life.  The army lifestyle can be hard but it has also blessed us with so much. We live in Hawaii, with our 2 dogs and chameleon. I love to cook but I am a super picky eater. Ry is the adventurous eater and usually cons me into trying new things. I am obsessed with Hawaii, and all of its beauty. I desperately wish I could spend all of my time in the mountains or the ocean.

I am starting this blog to share my life, adventures, recipes, and tips and tricks that make my life easier. I am excited to take you along with me on this journey.

Let the adventure begin..

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