Gwen Ingram

I am Gwen, mother to two boys, Colby and Benji. I have been married to the US Army…I mean my husband, who is in the Army, for  11+ years.  I take my kids to school, try to make time for my exercising/coffee/laying on the couch trying not to chew my nails off, enjoy the escapades of other “normal” mothers , and have found that I am worth taking care of! I enjoy antiquing, old cookbooks, good wine and hiking. I hope to have a little of every part of my personality in this blog. I ramble and rant about anything and everything. I am not easily offended and love to have “those” kinds of conversations with anyone and everyone! Thanks for checking me out!

Welcome to the New Normal: Military Life in 2010

I grew up in the military. My father was a career Air Force officer, so I've never known a life without uniforms, parental absences or jet noise. For me, a jet flying overhead is not a source of fear (think post-9/11 in DC or New York), but one of overwhelming pride. Our country is far from perfect, but it takes a special person to agree to defend it with your life. And it takes a special person to love someone you know can never put family before country. ...more

Thanks for that! I've been married to a soldier for almost 10 years. I married an Army Ranger ...more

Journey to the Sandbox: My Soldier, Kevlar and Deployment

He left as a unit of one. No big send off, no banners, no parade. No family members to take pictures of us. No publicity. He just left. We cherished every sweet moment of privacy. Friends could not understand us turning into hermits. What were we thinking? Did we not want the big send off or news coverage? Certainly, those, now traditional, social events would make us feel better and would bring his leaving to reality. No amount of conversation helped them understand; we had everything we needed right there amongst the green and tan sea of items that had taken over our home. We had us. ...more

It is so interesting to read other military wives' stories. We have just started our sixth ...more