• Mandy Webster

Back in the Saddle

Do you ever think back to high school and wonder what couples, if any, went on to get married; and if so, are they are still together? I feel very blessed to say that my husband and I fall into this category. I guess I should start by introducing myself; Mandy Webster: Military spouse of 23 years, mother to three beautiful daughters (caregiver to my second child who is severely mentally and physically disabled), and current Undergrad Business student. But I am getting ahead of myself; back to what I was saying... I met my husband, David, in Panama City, Florida; during my freshman year of high school (1993); he was a junior. We began dating shortly after, and continued dating throughout high school. During my senior year of high school (1996/7), we received news that led us to fast forward life a little. That year, on January 3, 1997, David and I were married. Six months later, our first daughter, Alyssa, was born on July 30th. My life would take a much different direction at 18 years old than I ever thought it would.

In 1996, David left college to join the military. So here I was at 18, a newly married military spouse with a newborn, leaving home for the first time to move to our first duty assignment; Savannah, Georgia. I began taking college courses while juggling the responsibilities of my new life; trying to maintain spouse and motherhood while also trying not to fall too far behind my peers. In 1999 we received news that we were expecting our second baby girl! My daughter, Brittany, was born on January 12, 2000. Later that year, Brittany would be diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome; a severe cognitive and neurological disorder that would require her to be cared for for life. The next year, in 2001, we got our next duty assignment; to where else but Germany! Wow! So at 21 years old, I packed up and moved to another country with my husband and two babies. At this point my life began to take on a different approach. I put college on the sidelines and embraced and enjoyed putting 100% into being a supportive military spouse and the best mother and caretaker I could be. Fast forward several years and I had yet another baby girl! Camryn was born on November 30, 2009. Over the years I had a couple of jobs and took a few college courses here and there; but being a homemaker, mother and caretaker were my real full-time jobs. My family was always my main focus. And what a great family they are!

In February of this year, I had the great privilege of meeting the second lady of the United States, Karen Pence. She was speaking exclusively to military spouses located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She spoke of several current and future programs and opportunities designed especially for military spouses; to help them further their educations and careers. Afterward, I looked into a couple of the programs and decided that I would take advantage of the opportunities available to me. I made the decision to go back to college and finish the degree I have so long been working toward.

So here I am: Global Business student at Troy University writing my very first blog as an assignment for my Business Communications class. When I first read the assignment I must admit, I was not too thrilled. I have zero experience with "blogging". But as I embraced the project and delve into it, I realized it is not so bad after all. So that is me and how I got here, in a nutshell. Thanks for visiting my blog and we will talk again soon!


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