I’m a retired Navy wife and mother. But I am originally from Lawrence, Kansas, far from the world of war ships, military agendas, and deployments. In 1986, God shook up my world and began a “new thing” in my life. Throughout our years as an active duty military family, I have always sensed God was up to something. He has started many “new things” in my life. And to this day He still continues to orchestrate “new things” with this ministry being the latest one. Thus many years ago Isaiah 43:19 became my life verse. “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert”(nrsv). God pulled me out of Kansas and planted me in California where my father and brother lived at the time. It was there that, through a blind date, I met my husband, Ray, stationed on the U.S.S. Kansas City home ported in Alameda, California. After a brief engagement, we married just eight months after meeting. This year we celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary.
Since the military lifestyle and the Navy in particular, were completely foreign to me, (there’s no ships in Kansas!) it was a profound honor to be a part of something so important as protecting and defending our country. Those shipboard visits to see my husband were a constant reminder of the privilege it was to be allowed on a warship and see the in-port operations of a ship, as well as Ray’s life up close. Although this lifestyle was nothing I had ever known before, I embraced it. I became involved in various events for military families over the years, and served as ombudsman to my husband’s command while stationed at the ship repair facility on the island of Guam. As common to most military families, I experienced the exhausting challenge of numerous moves and ship deployments to which I attribute much of my writing endeavors.
I have two children. My daughter, Megan, is 27 and married to her husband, Josh. She followed in her father’s footsteps and is a captain in the Army National Guard. One of the great joys of my life is having my daughter living close. My son, Lawrence, named after my husband’s middle name, is 20, and is in college.
As an avid journal writer at the age of ten, I come from a family of writers. My late Great Uncle and Aunt, the Gordon’s, were a husband and wife team who wrote crime-fiction, mystery novels, and a series of cat novels including the hilarious novel and Disney movie That Darn Cat. I grew up reading their cat books, each one personally stamped with a paw print inside the front cover. My great aunt and uncle were my childhood literary heroes.
Undoubtedly, marriage is hard in the military and many military marriages lack spiritual footing and often do not last. My faith and reliance on a Sovereign God, Scripture, and prayer became the strong anchor that helped to keep my life focused and fulfilling during my 18 years as a military wife. Like every military family, we had hard times, even desperate times, but God proved Himself bigger and mightier than any of our toughest struggles. And He carried us through each one. From that spiritual perspective, is why I am passionate about the unique challenges of military spouses and their families.
God called me out of Kansas to be a military wife to a sailor from Connecticut and now He has called me to use that experience to come alongside other military wives, couples, and families to encourage them in their military marriage and to build on their spiritual foundations for resiliency in the military lifestyle.
Drawing from a desire to connect with other women of faith, especially after years of PCS (Permanent change of Station) moves that left me nearly dry in the friendship category, I led a women’s ministry at our home church for five years called, “Women in Touch.” I enjoyed being a part of the sisterhood of Christ. There’s just something special about women of faith coming together growing and sharing our lives–the good days and the not so good days, and learning to be transparent, opening our hearts up to hear from God and apply God’s Word to our circumstances and lives.
I am a believer that faith and prayer make a difference. Whether you are the spouse holding down the home front in a place far from family, the sailor aboard a ship in international waters, or the service member dealing with combat injuries, the overarching premise is that faith makes a difference in the overall well-being and resiliency of military members and their families. Join me and let’s see together what “new things” God will do in your military lifestyle.
God bless you in your journey of faith! And thank you for stopping by. Please leave me a comment to let me know of your visit.