Wild Women Wednesday is a monthly interview with amazing military mama bloggers. The goal is to connect more with the blogosphere and get to know more of my ‘coworkers’. Really build *my* community.
Meet Adrienne, a recovering people-pleaser and a lover of all things chocolate. She has been blogging for about four years. She has been married to her husband Peter for over 16 years, and they have three beautiful children. Her husband will retire from the Air Force in the spring.
What is a Christmas tradition your family participates in?
When my children were small, we began using an advent program called Truth in the Tinsel. Each day leading up to Christmas, we read part of the Christmas story and then we make an ornament to go along with the story. My kids have had so much fun through the years making those little ornaments for our advent tree. Another family tradition that goes back over 40 years is that we go to my grandparents’ house every year for Christmas Eve. We have dinner and snacks and open presents. It is a really special time of year.
If you were to change your name, what would you change your name to? Why?
When I was a little girl, I hated my name. It was so long and complicated to say and spell so I decided to change it from Adrienne to Nicole, which is my middle name. Needless to say, this didn’t go over very well with my parents and I couldn’t get my teachers at school to get on board with it either.
Have you been told you look like someone famous? Do you agree?
When I was younger I was told that I looked like Alyssa Milano but I didn’t agree. I think it was the brown hair.
What is your favorite dish to cook for friends? For just you?
I have a really great lasagna recipe from the Pioneer Woman so I love to cook that if we have company. For me, I like anything easy.
Do you feel being environmentally friendly is time-consuming and expensive?
I don’t think being environmentally friendly is time-consuming. We just need to think differently about recycling and buying organic foods and things like that. It is more expensive though, at least in the area where we currently live.
Is there a military stereotype that just gets your goat? Is it a true stereotype?
The military has become so diverse that I can’t really think of very many stereotypes. I know that some of my non-military friends think that it must be easy for me when my husband is gone for long periods of time on deployments and TDYs. In some ways it is “easy” in that I just get used to being the only parent in the house, but it is definitely not something I ever get used to.
If you ever met God, what would you ask for or talk about?
I don’t think I would ask Him anything in particular. I talk to the Lord every day and I feel like I get to know Him a little better each time I open His Word. I think when I come face to face with Him, nothing will matter except my worship and awe of Him.
Are you a day person or a night owl and how does this affect how your family? Your blog?
I am a day person. I usually wake up around 5:30 (mostly because my body just wakes up, not because I necessarily want to be up that early). I also usually end up falling asleep on the couch around 9:00, which is pitiful, isn’t it? It doesn’t really affect my family too much because my kids are usually in bed at that time of night and my husband is usually studying or working on some project in the evenings.
I have been blogging for about 4 years at Blessed Beyond Exhaustion.com; I began writing as a way to process some of the things I was dealing with as a mom to three children but my blog has sort of morphed into a place of encouragement for other moms. My prayer is that, when women read my blog, they can better see Christ in the details and chaos of their lives.
What is the secret to having good kids in your opinion?
I don’t know that there is a secret to having good kids other than lots of prayer and an open line of communication. I think children need to be taught not only to obey but the reasons behind obedience. I guess I would say the secret is to teach and mold their hearts.
You wouldn’t be caught dead, where?
Goodness, I have no idea where I wouldn’t be caught dead. Maybe somewhere with lots of bugs and snakes? I’m not really an outdoorsy person. Ha!
Thank you so much for allowing us an inside look Adrienne! I wish your family the best of luck in your upcoming chapter of life <3
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