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Top Military Mom 2014

Being in the military is not an easy job, especially for a wife. For a month, we selected nominees for military bloggers to find the most influential around the world. Lashon Campbell, creator of My Crazy Life As a Navy Wife was voted as this year’s Top Military Blogger.

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The following is a personal interview, where Lashon shares some of her best and challenging moments as a wife and mother in the military:

Please describe what you like most about being a military wife.

My FAVORITE part of being a military wife is that our family has had the privilege of traveling to places that we never thought we would ever go. We have traveled the world and exposed our children to lots of different cultures. That brings me the greatest JOY.

What has your biggest challenge been so far as a military wife?

My biggest challenge in the beginning of my marriage was trying to manage 3 children, a husband that was always deployed, working full-time as a Surgical Technologist and still making time to be actively involved in all 3 of our children’s extra activities. Through the years I have managed a great balance between all of these things and now I am proud to say that I am a military wife that FINALLY has it together. With time and prayer things are finally in order!

What has your biggest challenge been so far as a mom in the military?

The biggest challenge as a mom has been watching my kid’s emotions go from high to low. It tugs at your heart to watch them experience this. As a mom it’s imperative that you step in immediately so that they persevere through all of the constant deployments and PCS moves. That is what I did and I continue to do as we are still an active duty family. Not only my children, But all military kids have to endure these constant separations from their military parent. They also deal with numerous PCS moves that leave them in the awkward position of starting all over again meeting friends and making connections. Through it all I have learned to be a strong mom to my children to help them get through these times. Our strong Faith in God has been the key.

What do you think your children’s biggest challenges are by being in the military?

Military kids deal with so much. The biggest challenge in our home has been the “SPECIAL” events that my husband has missed due to being deployed. My husband has missed the birth of one of our children, recitals and graduations. Our kids understand that their father serves his country and has to miss some of the important things. I am grateful for a wonderful husband that has stayed connected to our children when we are apart. Through his loving actions, He has allowed our kids to feel his love and know they are important.

If you could give only one advice to other military moms, what would it be?

My advice for military moms would be to ask for help when you need it! Everyone needs a support system and there are so many people who can stand in the gap to get you through tough times. Your family, church and friends are essential to keeping your foundation strong. Be aware that your children watch your every move. As a mom you have to be positive so that your kids will know that you are their rock and stability.

Does blogging have any negative effects on your military life?

None at all! Blogging has been an outlet to spread all the information and programs that are available to military spouses. I am extremely grateful for the outlet that blogging has provided it allows me to raise awareness and make sure other military families can see all of the positive things happening right in their own military communities.

What positive contribution has blogging had on you?

I love to blog. I started blogging when we got orders for Guantanamo Bay Cuba and I realized that it was much different than any place we had ever been before. Blogging allowed me to write about my experiences, meet new people and find other military spouses out there. I was not prepared for all of the positive feedback from other spouses. I felt so blessed that the stories from my blog helped contribute to real changes in families. Through social media and blogging I pray that I will be able to show other spouses the great resources that are within reach near their base. Hopefully, my blog will bridge the gap and show connections with other military families. That makes it all worth it.

What is the one tip can you give other military bloggers out there?

As a military wife, Remember to always be a positive refection of your spouse when blogging. Always be aware of what you are writing and how it may affect your spouse. Be encouraging and try to model your blog in a way that exemplifies POSITIVE values.

We hope this helps you understand just a little more of what a military wife and mom can go through. We invite you to please support Lashon and follow her through any of the following networks:  Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Google Plus

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  • Dear Lashon,just want to tell you very simple words after I read your interview and your facebook pages: I am so happy to know you,so happy to had opportunity to work for a few years with you and be your friend.Congrats on your hard work to continue to be a good mom and military wife.Thinking so often about you and your fakily.With lovec Lily.

  • What a delightful interview. I don’t know any military mom’s but I can only imagine the kinds of challenges they face; especially when their partners are away.

    • Good morning Eliz,

      I have a great support system in place. I have family AND friends that help out and other military wives that step in and support me during deployments. This AMAZING combination helps to get me through the tough times.

  • I agree traveling the world must be amazing. And I also agree that the highs and lows associated with deployment and moving could def. be challenging, esp. for the children.

  • Congratulations. I was a military wife for about 5 years. It wasn’t easy especially during deployments. Thank you for all that you do for our country and the sacrifices that you make to support your husband’s career.

    • Hello Uplifting Families,

      First I would like to say THANK YOU for supporting your spouse for those 5 years. Being a Spouse to my Navy husband is NOT easy but I have learned to find JOY in all that we have experienced. Thank you for reading the interview and leaving such a beautiful comment.

  • .Sounds like a great interview. A big salute to this Military mom. My grandpa was in military. Now he is no more. Through him, we all have been so proud that some one from our family has served for our country. Good luck for your family.

  • I feel so honored AND blessed to be A military spouse. Thanks Voiceboks and all of you that took the time to vote for my blog. I have met some great bloggers through this process and look forward to meeting more.

  • What a great interview. Many members of my family have been in the military, and my aunt just retired from the Army Reserves. Even with the military having always been a big and important part of my family, I could not imagine being a military wife and mother. So much responsibility, so much unknowing… Lashon Campbell sounds like superwoman! Thanks for the introduction to My Crazy Life as a Navy Wife.

    • Hi Holly,

      I just read your comment and I thank you so much for sharing. I am no “SuperWoman” but somehow I think my kids think I am (Smile) I am glad that you had the chance to read the article and get a fresh perspective on military wives and mothers. If you have any questions you are welcome to send me an email.
      My email is [email protected]

  • What a great interview indeed. I was only in the reserves when my kids were small and the hardest part was leaving them when I would go on the weekends and my two weeks every year. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hello Rebecca,

      When I was active duty we had my grandmother alive to help us with our oldest son Elijah. She was the best in more ways than one. When she died we had to figure out a new system that would work so that our kids would be OK. As the years went by going to school and working was hard to juggle but we managed. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for you as a Active Duty Mom to wave goodbye to your babies. I tell people all the time “Women Serve Too”. Thanks for serving Rebecca.

    • Christy,

      We have made so many PCS moves over the years, I really don’t know how many. We have lived in apartments, in base housing and then we purchased our first home. Being a home owner has had its own challenges as a military family! When you receive orders and have to pack up and head out you momentarily miss all the wonderful friends and memories that you have to leave behind.

    • Hello Kungphoo,

      I am enjoying every minute of this journey and although there are those few times that I feel the enormous pressure of keeping everything afloat, The majority of times I smile because I have the pleasure of witnessing my dedicated Navy husband. He has served active duty for 25 years and counting so we look forward to NEW memories as we move forward as a military family. Thanks for taking time to leave your comment.

  • Congrats Lashon…I just left a message on your page.

    Here it is:

    The Lord has used you or many occasions to speak to me. I somehow lost my way and you helped me get the courage to see myself as God sees me!! I have come so far since then and continue to pray and work on myself. Your blog, twitter posts and facebook pages have helped me see the positive side of things and live for the moment. you are such a blessing! May God continue to bless you and use you Beautiful woman.

  • Good morning,

    I feel so honored AND blessed to be A military spouse. Thanks Voiceboks and all of you that took the time to vote for my blog. I have met some great bloggers through this process and look forward to meeting more.