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Military Spouse Appreciation Day Blog Hop

Posted by Hallee on May 11, 2012 in Blog Stuff, Family, Giveaways, Life |

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!  During this time of war, being a military spouse is one of the hardest jobs out there.  If our spouse isn’t deployed, we live in a constant state of waiting for the next deployment.  So, if you’re a military spouse, THANK YOU.

For those of you who read me who are not in the “military blogging world”, this weekend is also huge military blogging conference called Milblog. Many of us could not attend for various reasons.

As such, Ann Marie at Household6Diva  and Roller Coaster at RidingtheRollerCoaster came up with a beautiful idea of having a Meet and Greet for those of us who aren’t at Milblog. All of our blogging friends are going to be standing around, sipping drinks, admiring each others’ shoes and passing out business-blog cards while chatting up their little corner of the Internet.

So, if you’re here visiting from another blog, and attending this Meet and Greet, it’s wonderful to meet you. I’m Hallee Bridgeman. Here is my card:

I have a faith based homemaking blog. I focus on four major areas:

  1. My relationship with God. This is the most important thing in my life, and is forefront in everything that I do from loving my husband to what we eat and why we eat it. My testimony can be found here.
  2. Being a wife to my husband and the mother to my children. I love my family, and taking care of them is the highlight of my life. Gregg and I have been married for 10 years this year. We have three children, Kaylee (15), Scott (5), and Johnathan *Jeb* (4). Gregg recently returned home from a 3-year absence that included military duty AND a civilian contract in Afghanistan .  I blogged a series entitled “Surviving Separation” that offered practical and emotional tips to survive separation.  Gregg is currently a member of the Kentucky National Guard.  You can read about each one of us in my About page.
  3. My Kitchen. Nicknamed Hallee’s Galley by my husband, Gregg, and some friends. The story for that can be found here. I love sharing recipes, hearing about recipes, sharing kitchen tips, sharing lessons learned.
  4. My Home. Creating a home that my children love and my husband is proud of is of the utmost importance to me. I want it to be a place of sanctuary and hospitality – a place where someone coming in will know that God is the head and love overflows.

This summer, my blog will celebrate it’s 3-year anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years. At times I feel like I started it yesterday, and at times I feel like I’ve been doing it my whole life. In that time, I’ve met some amazing friends, I was invited to participate in Kitchen Stewardship’s Real Food Face-Off, and have become a participant in many different rings and communities. I won the Circle of Moms awards for both Homemaking blog and Home Organizing blog.  I am also a regular contributor to Seeds of Faith, posting under my category “Writing Worth Reading ” on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

This year has brought some exciting changes to my life.  First, Gregg came home.  I cannot tell you how amazing it is to have him sleeping next to me in the same bed every.single.night without dreading the end of a short time together.  It has been BLISS.

Second, I launched my writing career.  In fact, I’m giving away autographed copies of all three books in my Jewel Trilogy.  You can find those and other great giveaways for this blog hop on Roller Coaster’s blog. You can find out information about my writing career, as well as where to purchase my books, on my writing blog.

Third, I am training to walk the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day 60-mile walk in Boston — the city where my novels are set.  I will be doing that at the end of July.  I am currently running a fundraiser for that thanks to my beautiful friend and stunning photographer, MJ.  If you want to see some amazing photos she has for sale to help me fund my walk, click here.

And for those of you who haven’t heard yet – go write yourself an intro post, link to the Linky (after 12:00 PM EST) at Household 6 Diva & Riding the Roller Coaster, then join the fun by surfing some lovely new blogs!  Also be sure to post a button in your sidebar to be eligible for one of the wonderful sponsored giveaway items!

As an added bonus, if you comment on this post, you will be entered to win all three of my novels in e-book form.  I will do the giveaway on Wednesday, May 16th, at 1700 EST (that’s 5PM for those of you who are not military spouses.)

I love that we’re having our own little cocktail party here. I am so looking forward to spending the evening browsing through your blogs and making new friends.   By the way – those are the cutest shoes I’ve ever seen. Where did you find them? And, yes, I’d love to meet for coffee sometime. That would be wonderful.

Hallee


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