Month of the Military Child


(Yesterday Emalyn wore purple to school and Jonah wore his Navy outfit)

Im sure by now you already know that April is the month of the military child.

Erik has been in the Navy for almost ten years and as our shore duty is quickly coming to an end, he will soon be returning to a ship to deploy. Emalyn was always to young to understand why Erik would come and go as much as he did, but now that she's almost seven we will soon have to talk to her more about the military lifestyle. As for Jonah, he is still so young so he won't understand until later on. Im not sure which is harder, explaining to your kid(s) why their daddy is leaving for a long period of time or them being babies and having no help. Either way, Im going to be experiencing both here shortly and I'll have no choice but to be strong for my kids.

As much as we would love to have Erik home every night, have him home for every birthday and holiday I know that him being in the military is our best option right now in life. We may not agree with everything or like the come and go aspect of it but when it comes down to it we have a roof over our head, clothes on our backs and food on the table.

To all of the military children, you are strong amazing little people and you deserve much more than a month dedicated to you.

Let's Be Friends...Or Not


So here's the deal.
If you're a blogger, then you know that having a Facebook page is almost pointless. Maybe for your blog its working but for me, um not so much. I have no desire to pay them so people can see my posts when there are other ways than me opening my Erik's wallet to get my stuff out there. 

Basically what Im trying to say here is that Im shutting it down. 
Yeah yeah yeah you probably think its a bad idea but there are other ways to follow me. 
For example you can...
follow by email (look on the right side bar to enter your email)

you can just send me a friend request on the good ole' F.B.
(I have no issues being friends with someone I haven't actually met, most of my friends are blog friends so you'll fit right in)
If you don't exactly want to be my friend then you can just follow my personal account since I do post publicly when I have a new blog post up. 

Its a shame that I have 220+ fans on Facebook and maybe around 50 people see my posts, and on a good day its closer to 100. Thats a lot of people not even knowing that Im posting something. 
Frustrating I tell ya and Im a tad bit over it. I love to interact with my readers and I can't do that if Im not showing up in your newsfeed :)

So cheers to being friends...or not.

(the Facebook page will be taken down very soon)

100 Happy Days


Everyone wants to be happy, I know I do. So when I saw this challenge called 100 Happy Days on The Young Retiree blog I knew that I had to do it. If you are following me on Instagram (@Jennifer_TheEckertLife) then you have seen that I have started to tag some of my pictures #100HappyDays and #TEL100HappyDays. You can read more about this challenge here but basically the point is to find happiness in everyday and post a picture of it, no matter how big or small it may be. We all know that Im working on keeping my life positive and happy so this challenge for me has been fun!

What has brought me happiness so far?

Customizing Our New Home | Erik | Target Goodies
Seeing The Progress of Our House Being Built (A Whole Lot of Dirt) | Malibu Rum | Exploring Hawaii
Scandal | Saving Money | Emalyn and Jonah

So could you be happy for 100 days straight? If you decide to do this as well let me know, Id love to see your pictures! And come follow me on Instagram to see what else makes me happy ;)