Military Child of the Year Recipients Announced!

I can remember the day I got this call! It is still such a humbling experience and honor.
Congrats to all these honorees! You are the change we need in this world! Have an awesometactular time in D.C.

Action Speaks-Voices of Operation Homefront

It is always a special day when we get to announce the recipients of our annual Military Child of the Year ® Award. Every year, we are awed by the accomplishments of all our nominees, and it never gets easier choosing just six to represent the virtues of resiliency, leadership and achievement that we know are exhibited every day by military children around the world. But choose we must, and so without further ado, it is our great honor to present this year’s recipients for the Military Child of the Year award for each branch of service:

MCOY Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer army website image 225 x 281ARMY

Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer





MCOY christian fagala marines website image 225 x 281MARINE CORPS

Christian Fagala





MCOY jeffrey burds navy website image 225 x 281NAVY

Jeffrey Burds





MCOY Madeleine Morlino2 AF website image 225 x 281AIR FORCE                                                                          

Madeleine Morlino





MCOY aaron fike CG website image 225 x 281COAST GUARD

Keegan Fike





MCOY john trip landon NG website image 225 x 281NATIONAL GUARD

John “Trip” Landon III





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Life is short ! Leave a legacy!

Maya Angelou once poignantly said: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Sometimes in our young lives tragedy and death occurs. If you are a regular kid it may be your experience when a pet or grandparent passes. As Military kids we are exposed to much more at a really young age. I remember my brother calling my Mom from Afghanistan to say his really good friend might not Make it. We started praying ! Prayer is very important in our house. We know that when we pass we will be with our father and life will be amazing. However ,we know there will be lots of people left here. Charlie’s friend ended up being good ! He didn’t die and didn’t lose his leg . Fast forward to end of the deployment . We got another call! This time his really good friend had been killed. We prayed for his Mom and family. It made me think that really your life isn’t about how you live and die . It is truly about the legacy you can leave behind.

Now ,I know so many of you are kids like me ! Your thinking I am just a kid what legacy can I leave the world? What changes can I make at this age? Well , let me tell you you can make huge changes and leave an amazing legacy. You need to find out what you are passionate about ! Whether it be bringing your old Toys and clothes to kids that need them or Bringing food to the homeless. Even if it is starting a blog about Legos , it will leave a legacy for someone. Now , I am writing this because Zachary Parsons was killed in a tragic accident. He was the OH MCOY for 2015. He was a kid and did amazing things to help His community .He was an advocate for Military Kids , like us.

He had no idea his time was going to be short ! He did feel compelled to leave a legacy. OH put a quote on there page and it is perfect “it’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would be if never would have shown!” He didn’t know he was going to pass. He just lived a life to fulfill he own Legacy!

I want everyone reading this to do 2 things !

Tell your family you love them!

Find and do something that will let the world know how important it people were to you .

Black, White and Grey

For me being in a military family is like this huge grey area. Nothing is black and White! Some else higher up than my Dada is always making decisions that change the plans we have. I am a black and white kid! I love to know the plan and follow it through. I am a fact kid, I like to know the answers and sometimes in a military family you never know why. Why your Dada has to go on another deployment and he just got back. Why your big brothers can’t be home to watch your football game becuase  the leave got canceled .Why another brothers plans got denied to switch from branch to another. Or why you can’t choose where your next duty station is. I did however get very lucky , and we are staying in Cali for 4 more years. I guess thist is where being resilient and facing adversity nd overcomin it comes in handy.

Being in a military family isn’t all bad . I have  got to meet many amazing people. This summer my mom sister and I got to travel all over to visit my brothers at their duty stations. what an adventure that was ! A lot of Black and white on this trip . plans went as planned. I remember I Got to meet  Tai Kyle and telling her about my brothers and Dada in the military? when I met her a few months ago my Dada and two brothers were deployed and another was at boot camp. Usually, you can only get one pic with her but she let me get one for each of my brothers and Dada. she signed her book with an accolade to support them all. This was a grey area I actually liked.

Novemember is the month we are all thankful for things. I am so thankful for my military family .My Dada and brothers all serve our country.They protect us and let us be free to do what we want. I am also  thankful for Being able to talk to kids all over that go through a lot of the same issues as I do, makes it seem like I am not alone in this grey world.

So even though I can’t live in the black and white world I want , I still have plenty to be thankful for in this grey world.

When my Dada got back from an 11 month deployment , the first thing I asked was are you home now for a long time?

He replied”I think so”!

Well, the time he was off hull seemed to go much quicker than the deployment. I am not really sure why time flies by when things are the way you want them  and then dragged at a toturerous rate of speed when you don’t want it too. I remember the Day ,just after Christmas and just before my only brother, Bubbu,  still left at home was leaving for boot camp, my Dada sat us down and told he had to leave soon after

Bubbu graduated from Boot Camp. My reaction was stoic! What, he hadn’t even been home a year! I wanted to learn how to play baseball, my sister wanted him to see her dance at other Brothers were coming home from deployments they would want him there to welcome them home.

Bubbu wanted him there when he went to BUDS.

So , what seemed to last hours of time , Isabelle asked for how long????

He said a lot of sleeps….. In our military house life is based on the number of nights of sleep . Homecoming , deployments and soon ( not soon enough) retirements. Define  a lot ……He said It would be after many of our favorite holidays , all my football games and well into the new year. A lot of sleep!!!

i am so proud of how my Dada and brothers serve our country but the question still puts my brain in a quandrum … How long is a deployment . Really?

College kid

Wow, who knew college was so hard! I guess that is why it is for adults!

I really enjoyed every class I had,but it was so much work. I am going to continue to take one class a semester but I think it will be a few more years before I jump back in all the way.

The end of semester coding faire was a spectacular cumulation of all the hard work I did. We were required to create a computer game, that would be evaluated by professional from the software world. . Imagine doing something you love and then being judged by people who are living your dream. Best part of the exhibition is they image image imageloved my game!   I love how excited and addicting this game was for some of my mentors.There is definatly a future in my inventions! love cats ! so, my game is Cat Cannon.

if you would like too try it , here  is the link . It is a short game but fierce!


Australian wounded warriors

Australian wounded warriors

So those of you who know me best know that this blog is really my passion. I tried for the last 1 1/2 to follow a dream and go to UCSD for computer coding. Also a passion of mine. Well, I love college but I know why it is for adults too. The work load for me was tremendous, especially since I felt like I was given the opportunity that most 11 never get ( attend college), that I should get perfect grades. The pressure of that and regular school ,starting middle school and new clubs and organizations has made me slack on some of my passions,including this blog.

in my Class this year we are working on psychology project. I recently read an article about graditute .

The definition of Graditute is the quality or feeling of being thankful.

I never really say this enough but as a military kid I have so many people and organizations to be thankful for. They give me opportunities to better myself,my family,and my community.

imagine a world where people showed their gratitude everyday, no grumbling,no whining  and no feeling sorry for a situation we have no control over. This next week My sister and I will be working with a  small group of heros that exlemplifies this mind set. I can not express enough gratitude to them for inspiring me and Isabelle .Everyday they get up and focus on their goals, there is nothing but pure motivation in watching , cheering and caring for them.

please follow me and Isabelle as we try and show gratitude to these heroes!