Thank you for taking the time to visit. My name is Stacey and I am a very proud Army wife of a medically retired soldier.
After four deployments within the special ops community (1st Ranger BN), he was medically retired due to a respiratory illness we still can’t identify. Such is life. With the recent acknowledgment of burn pit exposure causing many different illnesses, we assume that is the cause of his as well.
Despite this, we still greatly enjoyed the Army lifestyle and miss it.
Who We Are
My husband and I have a son and two “kids” of the four-legged variety. We are both from Georgia and were lucky enough to be stationed in Georgia as well.
If you ever hear my voice, you will not wonder for a second if I’m really from the South. 😉
After ten years in the corporate world, I started a marketing consultancy practice focusing on digital (online) marketing.
My husband has enjoyed quite a few career paths since his medical retirement, including completing his degree in criminal justice, graduating from the Art Institute with a culinary degree (thank you GI Bill!), and serving our community as an EMT.
I have to say, since I basically can’t boil water on my own, having a husband with a culinary degree comes in pretty handy.
He always jokingly tells me to “get out of his kitchen” while he’s cooking. I happily oblige!
Random Get to Know Me Questions
How about one of those little Q&As you always see on social media so you can get to know me better?
How did you and your husband meet?
In high school. And yes, I’m older.
I’m often reminded that I’m a “cradle robber.” I was a senior while he was just a freshman. But that was 1993 and technically, there is only a 2.5-year age difference.
We were married in 1999 and we are still going strong, so I’d say it has worked out pretty well. Our son tells people his parents were married in the 1900s!
Who is your sports team?
For me, it’s the University of Georgia! GO DAWGS! I was raised as a Georgia Bulldog and earned my MBA there as well. For my husband, it’s the University of Michigan.
But he’s a Georgia fan, too, until the day we play the Wolverines, which happened in the 2021 Orange Bowl. He cheered for Georgia, in case you’re wondering. His parents did not! I made him choose as I refused to accept any “I win either way” talk.
Saturdays in the fall are serious business around here. No plans are made outside of the SEC. If you plan an event on a Saturday during the fall, we will not join you.
Do you play sports?
Unless putt-putt counts, that would be an emphatic no. But I am VERY good at mini golf. My husband and I always place bets and 90% of the time, I win. However, if you put me on an actual golf course – I will not fare so well.
Do you have any nicknames?
Back when MTTA was first started and message boards were still a thing, we had one called Army Wife Chat. They used to call me Oz, because I was the one behind the curtain.
I’m also known as Ninja Boo in certain circles. I earned that nickname from going over to the neighbor’s house one night to play board games in my husband’s all-black PT uniform. She started calling me that and it stuck, especially once their kids caught on.
They call me Boo to this day – I’m not sure the youngest one even knows my real name.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to work in advertising. I used to say I would move to New York City and work on Madison Avenue (where all of the agencies were at that time).
I have an authentic Madison Avenue street sign in my office that I was able to get at a fundraiser. I don’t work or live in NYC, but I do work in marketing.
If there were no limitations, what job would you do?
Outside of going back to pure entrepreneurship (which I have now done again!), I would be a hurricane hunter.
The idea of being able to fly into the eye of the storm is absolutely fascinating to me. One great thing about social media is that the hurricane hunters are able to share videos of them flying into the eye.
Where is your favorite exciting place to visit?
New York City, all the way. As I said above, NYC is something I have always dreamed about. Unfortunately, my husband has not. haha
My mother-in-law took me to NYC for the first time ever close to Christmas when my husband was deployed. Being there in a city decorated in lights with all of the Christmas windows, Broadway shows, and sights and sounds of the city 0 – I fell in love.
I have been back to New York no less than 30 times since then. It is by far my favorite place to go, and I actually now am basically taking family and friends there to play tour guide for them.
Part of me would love to move there, while part of me is afraid it would lose its magic for me if I did.
I was there with my husband about two weeks before the Covid madness started, and I, unfortunately, have not been back since. I am hoping the city returns to its former glory so I can return again.
Where is your favorite vacation spot as a family?
It’s the beach by far. We’re still searching for that one spot that we can claim as “our beach” but we generally end up along the Gulf of Mexico.
Funnily enough, I’m not a beach person in the sense of laying out in the sand all day and hanging out in the water. I’m more of a curl up on the balcony overlooking the ocean, listening to the waves, and enjoying the nothingness of it all.
Are you competitive?
In all things, in all ways. The best way to get me to do something is to give me a challenge. Or to tell me you don’t think I can do it. Game on.
I absolutely will not give up without a fight. I think I “win” many times simply because I outlast the other person by being too stubborn to quit. Though if I’m honest, the person I’m most in competition with is myself.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Reality television. *hanging my head in shame*
Sorry guys, sad but true. Bravo is my drug of choice. Real Housewives of New York and Southern Charm are my two top shows. But I don’t discriminate. And I’ve watched each one multiple times. Though on RHONY, I’m all about the legacy crew, not the reboot.
The shows I enjoy that aren’t reality TV are many that are no longer on – A Million Little Things (you will need tissues!), Nashville, Scandal, Revenge, and Madam Secretary.
What kind of music do you like?
If you go through my playlists, you will find a little bit of everything.
Shuffle songs and you’ll switch between country, rap, praise & worship, jazz, etc. I’m not biased.
My all-time fav that never changes no matter what, is Jimmy Buffett. My son’s nursery was Jimmy Buffett themed if that tells you anything. I was devastated when we got the news that he died.
What’s your favorite quote?
The Man in the Arena by Theodore Roosevelt, has gained popularity again thanks to Brene Brown and Daring Greatly.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
And that’s it about me!
To learn a little more about Married to the Army, check out more here.
My husband, Rob, has decided to leave his life as an EMT behind to help me with this website, and that means also helping all of you!
He’s here to keep the site updated and also to lend the soldier perspective to the website, including what the transition looks like after the military. Stay tuned for many changes to come!