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Posted by simplydorei on Sat, Nov. 11th (2006) at 13:15
Current Location: North Pole, AK
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Hey everyone...ran across this forum today and thought it looked like a good place to be!

Name: Kelly
Spouse: TC
Branch: Air Force (CES)
Currently: Eielson AFB, AK
Previous: Beale AFB, CA (him, not me!)

Living in AK is a new adventure, and being an AF wife is as well! We've been married since Valentine's Day, and i'm quickly becoming acclimated to the various going-ons...though i sometimes feel that i'm just as clueless as i was to begin with.

We don't have any children as of yet, but we are actively trying to conceive...i've had an unexpected illness that has kind of gotten in the way, and my hubby was pulled from his deployment due to a massive injury (yes, we are still waiting for surgery...after 6 months!)...but we are sticking to the plan and hoping things will turn out well.

The hardest part, it seems, is actually getting to know people that i have a lot in common with! At my age (31) almost everyone has children, and most have been military spouses for quite some time. Then there's me, with no kids, a relatively new military spouse, and a grad school student. And it seems like most of the newcomer activities and such are geered towards younger families (though our Heartlink program was fantastic!). Of course i've met a lot of friendly and fabulous women through my spouses group and volunteer work...just not many who i feel especially close to since the group is usually all there is in common!

So, i'm looking forward to participating in this forum...and suspect that i'll have plenty of time to do so with the long Alaskan winters ahead!



ellieb747 at 2006-11-11 23:29 (UTC) (Link)


Dear Kelly,

Nilo is our daughter, Annette. She married into the Army 2+ years ago, combining her now 12 year old Emily from a first marriage with Charles. Annette had taught school for 17 years at that point, so you can see that she came to military life later than most. Charles was assigned to Ft. Wainwright in 2004 right after their wedding. Charles had spent the previous 10 years at Ft. Bragg, NC and Annette and Emily lived near us in the Seattle area. You need to realize how much we adore Charles, as he took our only child and only grandchild 2100 miles away, and we let him do it!

Last Dec., 3 months into the 172 Stryker Brigade's Iraq tour, Charles was able to take his one leave and be back in FAI when their one and only child, Charlotte (Charlie) was born. There was a wonderful AF wife who had taken the doula course, and she volunteered to help Annette with her delivery. They became good friends, and then much better friends. Sonya was deployed about 6 wks ago for a 4+ month tour in Iraq. Her LJ name is proudmomo5---you might like to look her up. She's phenomenal. Annette is taking care of 3 of her kids this weekend to give Sonya's husband, Dan, a break---and this is why Veteran's Day is also for the families. Watch Good Morning America, or tape it, next Wed. Nov. 15, 2006. GMA wanted to do a story on how the troops are staying in contact via email, and Sonya was asked to participate. She is darling and wonderful and you will love her. She will be back in North Pole, in about 2 months--now there's an automatic friend for you right there! And Annette would have written to you immediately, if she were not totally wrapped up in taking care of her kids, and 3 of Sonya's. She started this whole LJ thing--and I am trying to help her out. I've seen her greet every new person and also see that she is not doing it now---her plate is very full. She will be free by Sunday night! Of course, she might sleep for quite a few hours--she is exhausted. They live near UA-Fairbanks, and will be driving those kids home Sunday evening.

One week before the 172nd Stryker Brigade was due home, in August 2006, they learned that their tour would be extended at least 4 months. We are desparately hoping and praying that it will ONLY be a 16 month tour, and that he will be home for Charlie's first birthday, Dec.13, 2006.

To make a long story short, welcome to this group---use them, contribute to them--that's what it's all about. Please have a wonderful Veteran's Day--we thank you both for your service. Ellie & Brent Revert
simplydorei at 2006-11-13 05:45 (UTC) (Link)


Thank you so much for the warm welcome! The whole situation at Wainwright is just heartbreaking and has been much talked about in the community...i can't begin to imagine how difficult it must be for those who are experiencing it first hand.

It's nice to learn about others in the community. As my husband got into the AF at a later age, most of the people he works directly with just aren't in the same age range. Luckily he's fast-tracked, so things should even out very soon...if we get to stay (due to the extent of his injury).

It's also exciting to hear about the doula you mentioned...since we are hoping to have children soon, i've been looking into doula's here in the community & know how rare it is to find someone! My only other alternative was possibly flying out an LJ doula buddy from the east coast..and that would be so hard on her own family.

Once again, thanks for the support and the welcome. It'll be a pleasure to take part here!

Take care!
nilo at 2006-11-12 03:44 (UTC) (Link)

I live in Fairbanks, so yay! And I feel equally clueless about the military - although we've been married 2.5 years. And yes, the winters up here are long! But the people are awfully nice, I've found.
simplydorei at 2006-11-13 05:48 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, i agree wholeheartedly about the people being nice! Which is great, because i tend to be a little outgoing myself!

The winters may be cold, but i get to watch the aurora when i'm lucky...so for the moment, it's a trade-off i'm willing to make! However, i don't yet see any 'cold winter sports' in my immediate future...i'll watch and try to stay warm! The closest thing to a contact sport that i'm hoping to learn is knitting...

nilo at 2006-11-13 06:13 (UTC) (Link)
I took my students (5th graders) curling my first year. And I tried it. It's much harder than it looks and I wound up spread-eagled on the ice on my belly. It was nice.
simplydorei at 2006-11-13 09:48 (UTC) (Link)
You are a brave, brave soul! Although a Chicago native, i grew up in FL and was never a 'cold weather' person. Now my nearest and dearest are still in shock that i'm here!
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