Hi, my name is Melinda! (but my close friends and family call me Mindy) I am 26 years old and so excited to share this new adventure on my blog. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Matt for seven amazing years and I am also a new mama to our little miracle boy, Marek. Our life together really started when my husband enlisted in the Air Force in 2012, then stationed at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas.
During our time there, I attended a local community college majoring in Social Work and also had a very fulfilling job at a not-for-profit organization that provided services for adoption, foster care, and family preservation. I made some amazing connections and lifelong friendships within our community in Wichita that I will hold close to my heart forever.
Our time there came with many peaks and valleys that make me who I am today. At 19, a newly married, young woman, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), an endocrine disorder associated with infertility and a list of terrifying and deadly diseases. I had no idea what this would mean for my life but once the initial emotions fled, I knew I would fight my hardest every day to overcome my symptoms.
Matt and I are visionaries and I am the dynamo. (Isn’t every wife?) At the beginning of our relationship, we bonded quickly because of our desire for personal growth. Continuing through marriage, this desire made us take a huge leap. My husband decided part-time school and full-time active duty weren’t fulfilling the drive and passion he had for leadership and space stuff. After three years of applying, he was accepted into an Air Force commissioning program that would move us to our new home in Orlando, Florida. To make things even more interesting, if choosing to lose all financial stability at a risk to career development wasn’t enough, we found out we were pregnant! So, as the seasoned military spouse that I am, I know the process. Cry, pack, plan the logistics, and relocate…again!
So many events have happened since we moved to Orlando. During the transition, being 6 months pregnant, and relocating across the country in a moving truck, I was terrified. The life I made as a young adult would be no more. Mamahood was upon me and my tribe was thousands of miles away, but here I am! The first year in our new-ish city and becoming a new mama was a doozy but I am so content with where I am in my life. Things aren’t perfect but I am finding my way through my marriage, mamahood, and my personal identity every day. It’s a journey and I can’t wait to share it with you. This is just the beginning!