Finding Mandee is a lifestyle blog dedicated to helping military spouses find their way through this chaos we call life.
I’m Amanda, a 29-year-old Army wife and mom to two spunky little girls. No matter how meticulously I try to plan my life, I usually find myself in unforeseen places, doing unexpected things.
Case in point, I once found myself landing in South Korea during the Yeonpyeong bombings of 2010. I have found myself in my livingroom at 2 a.m. stuffing plastic gloves with Halloween candy. I regularly find myself making list after list, in attempts to tame some of the chaos. My life is a mix of boredom and adventure.
This is not how I envisioned my life at all: away from the comfort and familiarity of my small town and big family. Nevertheless, one simple principle has remained the best advice I’ve ever been given about military life: Bloom where you are planted.
I’ve been an Army wife to an enlisted soldier going on 9 years, trying to bloom where the Army plants us. Though I can’t claim to know it all, I hope that my experiences can help you navigate the murky waters of military travel, surviving deployments, and how to make the most of those white (base-housing) walls. This is the place where I will share what I have learned over the years.