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Q&A with Wife on the Roller Coaster

written by Matt Elliott
on August 24, 2010

Wife on the Roller Coaster is a proud military spouse. During her eight-year marriage to the military, she has lived in seven different houses, endured three Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves (one of which was overseas), and conquered two deployments. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in elementary education. She is a mother of two, a freelance writer, and a kindergarten teacher. She blogs anonymously about her life as a military spouse at Riding the Roller Coaster and will be contributing to the Regarding War blog in the coming months. As means of an introduction, we asked the Wife on the Roller Coaster a handful of questions about her husband's military service and her writing.

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Where are you from and where are you living now?
Where am I from? That's a tricky question, one I never know how to answer because I've lived in seven states (with two repeats). So I guess my answer depends on your criteria. If you're asking where I lived for the longest period of time, then I'm from New Jersey. If you're asking where I last lived with my parents, then I'm from Florida.  If you're asking where I'd most like to return, then I'm from South Carolina. If you're asking where I was born, then I'm from Virginia, which happens to be the state in which I currently live.
 
How long have you been a military spouse?
I've been a military spouse for eight crazy, unpredictable, stressful, educational, wonderful, life-changing years.
 
In which branch of the military does your husband serve? Is he currently deployed?
My husband is an active duty service member, who recently returned from an overseas deployment. As of right now, he has no deployments on the horizon.
 
Where has the military taken you? Do you have a favorite among them?  Least favorite?
Thanks to the military, we have lived in Florida, Virginia and Japan. I'd have to say my favorite duty station was Japan. As terrified as I was to move across the world, I ended up wishing we could stay there longer. I was immersed in a fascinating culture and returned to the States with amazing memories (and furniture!). I don't have a least favorite location; I try to make the best of wherever we are and not focus on the negatives.
 
When and why did you start writing about military life?
At the beginning of 2010, I started a blog. I didn't intend to focus on my life as a military spouse, but the longer I blogged, the larger my social network of military spouses became. I realized how comforting it was to read about other women experiencing the same challenges I was facing on the home front during my husband's deployment and military life in general. A few months after the birth of my blog, I shifted my focus and started writing more frequently about issues related to military families. I figured if other people were helping me get through the roller coaster of military life, then maybe I could pitch in and help others as well.

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