While giving Archie his bath in their
kitchen sink, Jemma looks out the window over the garden and decides that today
will be the day the strawberry plants go in.
“We already planted raspberries,” Fitz
murmurs sleepily, curling his arm around their wet and squirmy son so he
doesn’t roll off the edge of their bed, “do we really need strawberries too?”
She rolls her eyes as she pulls a worn
cable-knit jumper over her head. “Do you like jam?”
“We’re making our own jam now?” He folds
his other arm beneath his head, blinking less deliberately as he comes into
himself. His eyes are already affectionate, even half-asleep—though they always
are, these days. “I must say, Simmons, I never imagined you would be such a
“That’s a bit bold coming from the man who
created a Pintrest account for nursery inspiration.”
He makes a bit of a face, turning his head
to stage-whisper at Archie. “She’ll never let me live that down, but she cried
when she saw it. Don’t let her convince you it was hormones.”
“Anyway, I already bought the plants,” she says
over her shoulder on the way to the ensuite. “And we’ll have fresh strawberries
whenever we like, all summer long, and when your mother comes we can have
strawberry tarts from our own garden.”
Read an Inspiring Book: Be sure to reference our list of books written to encourage military spouses!
Learn a new language: This could come in handy if you’re ever stationed overseas!
Sign up for courses: Online or in person, registering for classes is a great way to learn about something that’s sparked your interest for a long time.
Redecorate: It can help things feel fresh and new. Just be wary of taking on a huge remodel project that might become more overwhelming than zen— Think small, like buying new throw pillows or making new wall art via Pintrest inspiration boards, and go from there!
Kick a bad habit: Do you have a habit that you’ve been meaning to stop for a really long time? Set a goal date to quit, focus on that date instead of a homecoming date, and surprise your spouse when they return home!
Avoid negative people, seek out the positive ones: You have enough going on in your own life right now, you certainly don’t need to worry about anyone else’s drama! Start eliminating those negative people from your life. This can work wonders on nurturing your spirit and help you to surround yourself with more positive, uplifting vibes.
Set a fitness goal: Join a gym, sign up for fitness classes, hire a personal trainer, join a hiking club, train for a marathon! There are so many ways to make healthy lifestyle changes! Start with something that you feel naturally drawn to, and branch out from there. The last thing you need right now is an injury though, so just be sure to be safe!
Make new friends, or reconnect with old ones: Make friends with people outside the military community bubble. If you find your faraway friendships becoming increasingly distant, now is a great time to focus on them.
Get rid of useless things: De-cluttering can be extremely therapeutic! Toss out, downsize, and start organizing your entire life.
Start journaling: This can be especially helpful if you’re having a hard time adjusting to not being able to communicate with your loved one as often as you’re used to. Write down your thoughts in a traditional journal, or document them in a blog.