Thursday, May 7, 2015

Military Spouse Appreciation Day [Link-Up]

 Every Friday before Mother's Day since 1984 this day has been recognized at Military Spouse Appreciation Day. A day to recognizes the commitment that these individuals show to the military community and their servicemembers. The support you give your servicemember is amazing and always remember that you are an integral part of this crazy military world.

Amanda and I are so excited to host this link up today! We hope that you all enjoy getting to know fellow milspouses, this is such a wonderful community and I am always so proud to be a part of it! I have learned a lot in my 7 years and I know there is so much more to learn and so many more amazing people to meet.

 This link-up is simple just answer these questions and then add your link. 


//Tell us about yourself and your blog.

//What branch of military are you affiliated with?

//What is one thing you enjoy about the military lifestyle?

//What advice would you give other spouses who are new?



My name is Jen and welcome to my blog, Marathons and Dog Tags! I love my husband, my country, my fur-babies (Emma and Fishy), my family, and all things Disney. My husband Kyle is a Captain in the Army (just celebrated 8 years of service) and we have been married for 7 years, we have endured 2 deployments, and countless other separations. We currently call Fort Polk home but we have lived at Fort Bragg, Fort Huachuca, and Fort Bliss. I am an avid runner as well and as of last Saturday I have completed 45 races to include a full marathon. I love blogging and have met so many amazing people along this journey.


There is no denying that this life is difficult, there are challenges that come up but to be honest I would not change it for anything. I have made amazing friends and have had the opportunity to see places that I never would have otherwise. I have been able to volunteer with organizations and work with families and to me that is incredibly fulfilling. It really is hard to choose just one thing that I enjoy the most, it has been better than I ever expected it to be.

I would tell new spouses to embrace the journey. Don't dwell on the things that you cannot change because there will be things that are out of your control. Find something that you are passionate about, whether that be running, school, or volunteering. When you have something to focus on when your servicemember is gone it can make all the difference. Most off all, enjoy this life! It really is an amazing experience to include the good, the bad, and the ugly.


I hope you all have enjoyed the link-up! Amanda and I can't wait to see everyone's posts. 







25 comments:

  1. You're such a positive person Jen. I can see that in your posts. Very refreshing.
    Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day to you. And Happy Mom's Day too (for being a mom to fur babies is very important, as well).

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    1. I appreciate that very much!!! :)

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  2. I love how similar our posts are! Haha. Thanks for hosting with me Jen! You are such an amazing military spouse... and I hope so many people can learn from your optimism about the military lifestyle! Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day girl!

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  3. Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day! Thank you for hosting this linkup and for being such a real and genuine person. I love coming to your blog each day :) XO

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  4. Love your answer to the last question. Embracing this journey allows us to really make the most of it I think, and there really are so many wonderful facets of this lifestyle!

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  5. Happy Spouse Appreciation Day and Happy Mother's Day to you too. The love you have in your heart and what you've been through makes you very deserving ;)

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  6. I always love reading your posts because you're so encouraging and always say just what I need to hear! Embracing the lifestyle is such a simple thing to think about, but you're totally right - why dwell on the negatives when there are so many amazing things to look forward to!? :)

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  7. So fun! I linked up and I hope you will link up to ours too :) Great minds think alike I guess! lol

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  8. I'm so glad we met (and connected again, haha). Your optimism is awesome...reading your old posts actually helped me get through the deployment...so thank you! Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. Great recap. I love reading about military spouses. You are all very special people!

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  10. I think you are amazing! So thankful for all the amazing spouses that support their husbands that support our country. I lived at Huachuca and was born at ft BLISS! How cool.

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  11. Love your advice! Have a great weekend :)

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    1. Thanks friend! Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  12. I love this link up! The hardest part for me was learning to accept what I cannot change. I hate feeling like I have zero control. It's still challenging for me sometimes, but after a couple years, I'm finally getting better at it :)

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    1. The control thing can be so frustrating sometimes, I definitely agree! :)

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  13. "Don't dwell on the things you cannot change" - ALWAYS a good reminder! Some days that feels impossible but its so liberating when you are able to let go! Thank you for posting this link up, I'm glad I found you :)

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    1. So happy you linked up with us!! :) It's so fun reading all these new blogs.

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  14. Thank you for hosting this! I love reading your blog and love that I have a bunch of new people to follow now too!

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  15. Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

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  16. Thanks for the link up! It was fun. :)

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  17. Wish I would have known about this yesterday! Wahhhhhh but you're just the cutest :)

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  18. I so wish you and Kyle were at Ft Knox or Ft Campbell!!!! This MUST happen someday!!!

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  19. I think you do such a wonderful job being supportive. I love that there is a Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

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Love hearing from you!! :)