Here is the second Women of Independence story in the series! I am excited to bring you my friend Trina!
She's a mommy of three and a wife to Aaron. Funny thing, I have never met her in person-but I have known her hubby since 6th grade! We used to homeschool together. Crazy huh?
Trina is a SUPER crafty momma and I am super jealous of how talented she is. They are a superhero family-and you should see all of the awesome Captain America, Iron Man, etc. stuff she has done!!
So without me rambling on about how I stalk Trina's craft photos on facebook, here is her story!
My name is Trina. I am 26 years old and I am an Air Force spouse. My husband, Aaron, and I married in February 2006, had our first son, Drake in June 2006 and I became an Air Force spouse in September 2006 where we got our first orders to Dyess AFB, Texas. Busy year huh? It didn’t stop there. In April 2008 we had Jordan and in October 2009 we had Isabella. In 2011 we got orders to Ramstein Air Base here in Germany. And here we are!
Germany is beautiful! There is always a view! So many places to see!
So, lets cut to the chase. I wasn’t quite sure what to write about. I guess, if I had to sit down with someone who just joined the military overseas or not, I would tell them one thing: Get Involved!
I know it’s the generic answer. But for the people who know me…Im a very shy quiet person, until you know me. Like know me know me. It was and still is very very hard for me to make friends.
You can ask Aaron, I complain all the time about how I don’t have very many friends over here and he keeps telling he can’t help me with that. Ignore him, he totally could. ;o) But in the end he ended up helping me. I got tired of feeling lonely way over here, so I joined my MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. Turned out that they needed a MOPPETS leader, and wouldn’t you know children are my calling. A MOPPETS leader basically overseas the volunteers, the lessons and activities of the children while the mothers are in their meeting. It wasn’t until the end that I even made a few friends.
There are tons of groups out there for people to join. People have created Play groups, couponing groups, etc. If you don’t know where to start…look on Facebook. Everyone these days has a FB account. Another good one would be to ask if there is a squadron spouses group.
The squadron spouses group would be a great starting point actually. Ladies there will know exactly how to help you because they have been there. I actually started participating in our spouse’s group this week.
Before you guys give me an eye brow look on why it took me so long, me and Aaron have an understanding. The spouses usually meet at the squadron. Well, that in our eyes is Aaron’s place of work. Work is not a place to hang out, or for me to just show up and bring the kids. This is just our opinion though. So it never was in my thought to join the group. So we shall see how this works out, friend wise.
Do you have kids in school? Meet the teacher. Offer to volunteer or to bring in snacks or help with activities. Join the PTA (which is on my list for next year).
Volunteer. I can’t speak for every base, but the bases I have been to has an Airman’s Attic and a Thrift store. Volunteer. You meet a lot of people doing this. Here we also have the Fisher House. Here is there mission statement so that you can see what they do:
Mission: The two Landstuhl Fisher Houses provide a “home away from home” for families and patients receiving medical care at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany. Families served are from the US European Command, US Central Command, US Special Operations Command, US Africa Command and the 72 Embassies in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. As of today, we are proud to have supported over 10,000 families of which more than 2,500 have come from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF-Afghanistan) or Operation New Dawn (formerly OIF). We are also proud to say we have assisted 27 coalition countries in their families’ time of need.
I guess the point is still the same. Put yourself out there. You will never meet new people sitting in your home. Its hard, trust me I know. But life is much better and more fun with people enjoying it with you. Cheesy, I know.
Thanks so much Trina!!! I appreciate you sharing your story and shedding some light on what its like to be a military family overseas!
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