Meet Lisa

My name is Lisa White.  I'm married to a Marine have a very beautiful, very stubborn  little girl and a little boy who is all boy! Being a military wife has taught me more than I ever thought possible about life. Though there are many frustrations and hardships, I firmly believe that each one holds a lesson just waiting to be learned. I have a passion for writing and have decided to use it as a way to share my experiences with other military wives. My hope is that I will provide inspiration and encouragement for making the most of the craziness that is military life!

My husband and I met during our Junior year of college at John Carroll University, a quaint, Jesuit school nestled in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I was beginning to think that I wouldn’t meet any man who could meet up to my exceptionally high standards and I would consider dating. So when I met Randall and we hit it off, I knew he was someone special.  I can honestly say from the day we started dating that I never had a doubt in my mind that we would stay together. He told me right away that he was in the military, specifically the Marine Corps. It took me weeks, maybe months, to get his branch of service correct. But what I did pay attention to, and what he was very honest with from the beginning, was that he would be deployed, probably more than once, for at least six to eight months at a time. “Okay.” I thought. “I can handle that. It will probably be only once anyway and then it will be over and he’ll be home for good.” Ha Ha Ha Ha!

Three deployments and five duty stations later, I realize how naïve I was back then. But I also realize how blessed I am to have stumbled upon this lifestyle. I truly believe that this has been and will continue to be God's plan for me. I can't pinpoint exactly why, but I think a large part of it is because He knows what I can handle, even if I don't think I can, and will push me to become a better person because of it. 

Here is a little bit more about me:

I have a Master's degree in Health Education, with a focus on Worksite Wellness. I discovered my passion for being healthy sometime in my late teen years, and it just developed from there. I am currently working as the Cooking Matters Coordinator for Marine Corps Base Quantico, a program which falls under the Healthy Base Initiative and serves to help military families learn how to eat healthier while saving money.

I love to cook, but hate following recipes. I would rather read a recipe for ideas and then wing it on my own, or simply create something out of the items we have in the pantry. I also frequently substitute healthier ingredients for the not-so healthy ones. So far this has worked pretty well, and I have come up with some pretty great dishes!

I get most of my inspiration to write from songs or quotes. I can't tell you how many times I've been been listening to music in the car and all of a sudden start crying because the words somehow hit me in the core. Usually they are tears of happiness, but even the sad ones are good for providing some sort of inspiration.  Here are some of my favorite inspiration-inducing songs:

All Because Two People Fell in Love, Brad Paisley
You're Gonna Miss This, Trace Atkins
Big Yellow Taxi, Uncle Cracker
Temporary Home, Carrie Underwood
When I Get Where I'm Going, Brad Paisley
Simple Things, Jim Brickman
Home, Philip Phillips
So Small, Carrie Underwood
Don't Blink, Kenny Chesney
Hall of Fame, The Script
Don't You Worry Child, Swedish House Mafia
I Hold On, Dierks Bentley
Dirt, Florida Georgia Line

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