Small town girl. Joins Navy. Sees the world. Flies in planes. Hunts submarines. Gets out of military and has 3 kids.

A compilation of stories and lessons learned

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

And the Story Continues Here...

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As my memoir has officially been released in paper/hardcover and e-books, I will wrap up this blog with a link to the book behind the blog as well as pictures from the release party.  I cannot thank everyone enough for all of the great support.  Get your copy of the story here: 

     I grew up in Deer River, MN - a one-stoplight town of 903 people. Two weeks after I graduated high school way back in the old days (1997) when everything was in black and white, I enlisted in the Navy in a combat aircrew position that had just been opened up to women. At first we were mistaken by tiny hairless men. Quite a few people told me I was crazy and I would be back home before I knew it. Some of the old WWII veterans patted my shoulder, and nodded, wishing me luck. My dad, fearing my safety, begged me not to go. Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into - which probably was best that way. I just knew I didn’t want to fail.

     Spoiler alert - I didn’t go off and become a war hero. I didn’t save the world. I didn’t win the Noble Peace Prize or even receive the perfect attendance award (I was runner-up); however, I did serve my country, met some lifelong friends, flew over 1300 hours in a war-fighting machine, kicked some submarine ass, and learned a few lessons (the hard way). This book is a compilation of short stories and those lessons learned.

     If you are looking for Steinbeck or Dickens, you probably should put this book back on the shelf and keep looking. However, if you are looking for random entertaining stories that begin with conjunctions, contain cheesy metaphors, and improper sentence structure- well this, my friend, may be the book for you. You may laugh. You may cry. You may want to dance on a barstool next time the opportunity arises. I’m not a writer, I’m a story teller. And this is my story.

I will continue keep my site updated at and will be available to answer questions/comments to the best of my abilities here:

I hope it inspires, informs, and entertains you.  Always remember- there isn't anything you cannot do!  Dreams come true every day.  Who's not to say today is YOUR day?!

I have the most amazing friends!

My Mom

With Anna, my BFF

The VP-8 guys

My old SS-1 "Rugged"

With friend and fellow military blogger, Dog Tags And Heels

And don't forget- I have books for the little readers out there. 
No, not this book.

These ones:

All my best. ~J.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Lists

Oh Christmas Lists, Oh Christmas Lists…

The moral conflict that every parent faces.  We want to teach our children that Christmas is about giving and not receiving.  We emphasize relentlessly the true meaning of Christmas.  We are extra inspired this time of year to pick a charity to donate our time and gifts.  But, we also want to give to our children, as there is nothing better than to watch their faces light up on Christmas morning when Santa has nailed the ‘perfect’ gift.  It feeds our giving soul, and brings that extra joy and magic to the air.

Grandparents and other family members want in on this mini thrill too.  They want to take part in the joy that comes with giving the perfect gift.  So when grandparents ask, “What do the kids want this year?” my mind always seems to draw a blank.  The other day, however, I overheard as the kids took it upon themselves to put together their Christmas lists.  As I held my breath, wondering just what they could possibly come up this year.  Have they learned to tame down their greed with reasonable requests financially and logistically?  Will Santa be able to deliver this year?  

Now I’m not sure why I haven’t learned yet, but even after 13 years of raising children, they never cease to surprise and/or entertain me.  I hope their lists will do the same for you.  And I hope you and your family have a WONDERFUL holiday season full of every day laughs.