Monday, June 7, 2010

Drum Roll Please! MilGirl Live and Learn: Shayla

I am so excited about launching...
MilGirl (Monday) Live and Learn!

Today we'll be hearing from Shayla of Sunshine and Sprinkles!

She and her husband just got married 2 weeks ago!!
Their pictures on her blog are SO cute!!!
(see? so super cute!)

Without further delay, here's Shayla!

Tell us a little about you: I'm a Jesus freak, I just got married a little over a week ago, I'm 20 years old.  I'm in my 3rd year of college- I want to be a first grade teacher!

The branch of service: The BEST branch the United States Coast Guard :)

How long have you been together/married? We've been married for like...10 days (HAHA) but together for almost 2.5 years.  Note from Editor: This is as of May 31! Congratulations, Shayla!

How did you meet your man? Was it before he decided to sign his life away?: Funny story, he took MY friend to prom.  Given, at the time I had a boyfriend *who I was CERTAIN I would marry-thank goodness that did NOT happen!*  Before they went to prom together he started eating lunch with all of us (he was a senior, I was a sophomore).  Almost 3 years later we met again through facebook.  He was living in Michigan with his older brother and he came down for a weekend and asked me out..the rest is history :).  He signed his life a way a little over one year into our relationship- ironically, him going through boot camp SAVED our relationship.

Is he career military? We are not for certain on that, it depends if he really loves the aviation program.  Probably not though,  being in the military keeps him away from family, and he's a big family guy so things are tough for him right now.

How did you initially feel about him being in the military?: Um, I was thankful he was doing the Coast Guard out of all the other branches, but I was very scared that the military would change him into a tough and mean guy that didn't love me anymore.

What attracted you to him? Was it the uniform?: At the time we met his work uniform was black slacks and a red Radioshack Shirt! haha so not the uniform!!!  He has the most GORGEOUS blue eyes I have ever seen!!!  His heart is what I love most, I've never met someone who cares so much about the human race!  He cares so much about people!!!

How does/did your family feel about him being in the military?: My dad was THRILLED.  He was in the Air Force and feels that EVERY man should be required to serve 2 years in the military after high school- so he loved the idea.  My mom was excited for him, and my little brother was really proud of him for joining.

Does the sexy uniform (or the sense of pride you feel) make up for the sacrifices you have to make?:  I don't think ANYTHING can make up for lost time with my husband, but I do have a LOT of pride in what he does.  I don't think the pride makes up for the sacrifice, but it makes the sacrifice easier to swallow.

Have your plans been messed up thanks to the military? Tell me your horror stories!:  Well, if his ship gets called to go deal with the oil spill we may have some serious issues come our big family wedding in August...or if a hurricane hits...things may get canceled!!!  Other than that...there have been sometimes when visits have been pushed back a weekend or two, but nothing major thank goodness!!!

Does it motivate you as a couple to get married sooner if he is slated to get orders to leave you (go off to training/school, move to a new duty station –PCS, deploy)? Did you elope?: We eloped! It's fun everyone should try it! LOL  We got married sooner because of BAH, and the fact that if we waited until December he would have to go to A-school right after the YES the Coast Guard made us get married much sooner--but I am so thankful for it!!!

What is one piece of advice you had received (or wish you received) PRIOR to getting married or while dating?  I was told that if he gets what he wants at home he won't go looking for it elsewhere (thanks mom!).  Always RESPECT your husband UNCONDITIONALLY (Love & Respect - amazing book) 

If I were to give advice to future MilSpouses I would say; stay involved in his life.  Know his chain of command, the buddies he works with, and all of the lingo associated with his job.  A lot of times guys don't share with their significant other what is going on b/c they feel that they don't care or understand- that's BAD news.  You WANT your man to tell you EVERYTHING.  If not, you give away your ability to honor him- making it reallllllly easy for another girl to come in and take your place.

Also, ALWAYS support him.  You may not always agree, but you can always support him in a loving way!!!

Thanks Shayla for being with us today!
Also, thank you for reading the Semper Gumby the Life's FIRST 
MilGirl Live and Learn!

Let us know what you think! 



  1. Let me know if you need people, well I mean I am not married but hey if I can help let me know!

  2. I'm so excited to read more!!!! Great idea!

  3. I love it, and I love that she's a Coastie Wife... I worked for the Coast Guard MWR and met some of the coolest people there. I feel like the Coast Guard gets left out of the military spouse community a lot of the time, and it's not fair... their husbands can leave on 6mo tours of duty too.

  4. Loved this little segment! I will definitely be back again next week! :)

  5. Reina- thanks for your comment on my blog! I'm so glad you left one so that I could find yours. I absolutely love it so far and can't wait to read more!

    As for this Live & Learn segment, I think it's a great idea! I'll be hopping over to Shayla's blog soon :-)

  6. Cute!! If you wanna interview me, I'm available ;) Love ya!

  7. VERY FUN!!! I Love it...I'm available too Reina! HAHA! PS KEEP RUNNING!!!


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