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Putting Blood, Sweat and Tears into our Newest House

About a month ago, I mentioned we bought ourselves a new house.  This is our fourth house we have purchased, and our second one to undergo renovations.  What was super exciting for us is this will be my husband’s place for the next few years and then turn into an investment property after that.  While it wasn’t his “dream home,” (read:  move in ready) this house certainly has great bones and a lot of potential on the back-end for us.

As a military family, we are constantly thinking about the future.  What will we do when he retires in 4 years, what assets will we have, and how will we afford our daughter’s college?  So investing in property has been a great way to build our retirement plan long-term.  However, the only way we can see our investment grow is through hard work, blood, sweat, and tears; emphasis on the sweat part.  We like to call it “sweat equity.” (more…)

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The Worst Part of Separation

The Worst Part of Separation

Yesterday, I said the words again.  It was 2:30 in the morning, I was groggy, he was barely awake.  My bags were packed the night before, but that didn’t prevent me from rushing through his house, gathering items I almost left behind.  After packing the rental car, I went back inside, grabbed my jacket and walked back into his bedroom, where he was nearly asleep again.

And that’s when I said it.  That’s when I felt it.  That is the worst part of our separation; the part I hate the most – the goodbye. (more…)

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Stability and More: 5 Reasons Why I Love Military Life

This original post was first published on Corvias Military Living.  I am excited to be a collaborator for them.

If someone asked me when I was young, who I wanted to marry, I would’ve said someone tall, dark, and super handsome.  Ken.  I wanted to marry Ken.  As I got older, my tastes became more refined; I wanted someone to make me laugh.  Will Ferrell may not be the most handsome man, but boy could he make me laugh so hard, I would cry.  But nowhere in my dreaming of a prince did I think, one day, I will marry my hero, a man in uniform, an Airman.

Growing up in a military-centered town gave me the distinct pleasure of knowing what I was getting myself into if I were to fall in love with a military man.  While I will be the first to admit, I fell madly in love with the last person I ever thought I would, it has been nothing like I thought it would be. (more…)

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Official Housing Allowance Rules for Military Geo-Bachelors

Official Housing Allowance Rules for Geo-Bachelors

I am surprised how many in the military community are unfamiliar with the terminology of “Geo-Bachelor” or “Geographic Bachelor” relationships, although, once I explain to them just what it really means, I find out just how common it really is.  “So and so’s” wife stayed behind so their son could finish high school, or so their daughter could have better health care.  That’s usually how these conversations start out.  Typically, as service members near retirement, it becomes more common for the family to stop moving, and start staying put.

But somewhere along the lines of the conversation, it takes a sharp turn to the left, and I get asked this question:

“How does BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) actually work for your family?”

Well here is a quick guide to help explain one of my top questions asked, and take some of the mystery out, if you are considering it yourself. (more…)

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