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I’m Kara Ludlow, proud mama with three kids and wife to an ultra studly husband. I read cookbooks like juicy novels, feel most alive with my toes in the sand and could not live one day of this life without Jesus. A Pacific Northwest native, I’m currently living the California dream in sunny San Diego.

I’ve been at this Navy wife gig for 17 years and between three kids, military moves and deployments, I’m still waiting to feel like the brave, strong, self-sufficient woman I thought I would be. Instead of trying to live up to impossible standards, I’ve given up pretending and am here to dive honestly into the ups and downs of navigating life as a military family.

If you find yourself in a similar boat, welcome, I’m so glad you’re here!

Beyond this blog, I am also a freelance writer. Here is where you'll find my writing, all geared towards serving military families:

Daily Mom Military:

The Unmatched Sibling Bond of Military Kids

IF:Military: A Faith-Based Retreat for Military Women

Finding Your Tribe When it's Not Handed to You

Living Like a Local: Naval Base Kitsap

Meals that Motivate You to Cook When Your Spouse is Gone

Military Spouse Magazine:

Permission Granted to Purchase Your Sanity During Deployment

When You Have to PCS Without a Recon Mission

Military Families Magazine:

What Military Spouses Should Know About Base Fitness Centers

5 Strategies to Make Healthy Habits Stick in 2019

The Military Wife and Mom:

5 Ways to Make an Under-the-Radar Homecoming Special 

Strength for Spouses:

Re-Defining Bravery during Deployment

Military Crash Pad:

7 Habits of Nutrition-Savvy Travelers

5 One-Pot Meal Ideas for Busy Nights

Military Spouse Advocacy Network:

5 Tips for Military Spouses Making Resolutions

Expect the Unexpected


Wellness Spotlight

Listen to my episode as a guest on The Dear MilFamily Podcast here.

My personal blogs have been featured numerous times on MilSpouseFest's e-newsletter "The Sip".

As a mentor with the Military Spouse Advocacy Network, I absolutely love connecting with new spouses and offering encouragement and guidance.