Creative HomeFires is a series which highlights the value that creativity offers to family members of a deployed spouse/significant other. We offer stories of the creative life and the beautiful benefits experienced during some of the most difficult seasons.
Let me introduce Jess of A Nursing Reminder. Here's her story:
I went from full time United States Marine to full time Mom. When I found out I was pregnant with Ethan, I was in the middle of sending up my re-enlistment package. It hit like a brick wall...I went from 90 mph to 0 in about 2 seconds flat. I LOVED being a Marine. It was fun, rewarding, and I was well on my way to meeting my career goals! Then there I was, raising a baby, while watching my husband go to work doing what I love, watching all of my friends advance in their careers in the military, as nurses, as architects...
But don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade being with my babies for anything! It brought about massive amounts of guilt and conflict that I now realize a lot of Moms go through. My store was birthed out of a real need as a mom, and that first trip to Michaels Craft Store snowballed into an obsession with beads no one saw coming! Now I have the best of all worlds, I still get to participate in some military events as a military spouse, I get to be at home with my sons, and I get to work at home doing my new, very real passion, helping other moms!!!