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My name is Amiyrah. I am a Wife, Mother, Airman in the US AirForce and all around frugal maven. My goal is to show how frugality can be fun and that “misers”can be cool, witty and do actually have friends and family. I enjoy to cook, doing crafts with my children, having date nights at home with my Husband/best friend and I love blogging about it.
Who is the serving member in your family? I am. I am a munitions specialist in the Air National Guard.
How long has your family been apart of the military? If you include my Dad’s service, we’ve been a military family for over 25 years.
What does it mean to you to be a military family? It means honor and hardship. This is not a life for the faint of heart, especially with all the work we’ve been doing for the past 10 years. You have to have a great amount of resilience and a tough skin. You also have to have pride in your country and know that all the sacrifice you’re making is for the better of those who live here.
What do you wish the public knew about military families? Although we have our own built-in support system, we always enjoy help, or recognition of our hard work, from those outside of the military. If you live near a military family and the military member is deployed, give them a visit. Offer to help entertain the kids every once in a while or even just ask if they’d like to come over for dinner, afternoon snack or what have you. Small gestures can go a long way.
What is the hardest part of being a military family? Having to be apart for a long period of time is one the hardest parts of being a military family. If I spend even a week away from my family just on a training mission, I miss them desperately. A year away from each other can be torture. Also, being in the military can be a steady job, but it isn’t a lustrous one. We don’t make a million bucks a year, so we can be part of the struggle of everyday life, spending and paying bills just like the rest of society.
What is the best part of being a military family? The constant building of love and understanding in our house. When you have to spend so much time away from each other, you tend to appreciate each member of your family more than you’d ever expected. Playing in the park together has a different meaning when you aren’t able to do it all the time.
Any tips for other military families out there especially those new to the life? Be strong! Learn that you can survive anything, and that what you are doing is so honorable. Also, take advantage of as many military “perks” as possible; activities for kids on base, military spouse groups, or even field trips for military families. This is a great way to make fast friends and to see that there are some great advantages to being in this lifestyle.