About Me

Dan and I started dating in February of 2009 when we were Brothers in the same co-ed fraternity (Phi Sigma Pi) at the University of Central Missouri.

Two and a half years later in July of 2011, after one year of long distance and a move across the country from Missouri to Colorado, Dan proposed during a surprise hot air balloon flight! It was the most magical moment.

We were married just two days after Dan graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado on May 30th, 2014 and spent over a month exploring Europe for our honeymoon before heading to his first assignment.

Janelle is a former middle school language arts teacher turned Air Force spouse / stay at home mom / Etsy shop owner / blogger.

She enjoys reading, writing, running, baking, and helping her tiny, sassy babe learn new things.

She hates cleaning, packing, and moving... perfect for a military spouse, right?

Dan is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO (class of 2014) and currently attends the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio to obtain his Master's degree in Physics.

He will start ENJJPT (Euro Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training) in Wichita Falls, TX this spring and finally fulfill his dream of flying for the Air Force.

Dan loves cooking and keeping everything organized.

Annabelle is our very first baby, and she was born over Labor Day weekend 2015.

She's tiny and sassy, and we know she's going to have a GIANT personality.

We can't wait for her to grow a little bigger and become a little older so we can start teaching her all sorts of things. We're also really looking forward to having her as a travel companion.

Gilligan and Stormy have been around since 2007 when Janelle adopted them - one at a time - while she was a sophomore in college.

They're not good for much - they like to make messes, scratch furniture, and pee just outside of the litter box... but overall, they make us happy and are the BEST cuddlers... especially at night.

These two definitely like to tag team in mischief... they are partners in crime, just as any brother and sister (from other mothers) should be.

Smudge came to our family in 2014, but he's actually Dan's dog from when he was just a freshman in high school... making Smudge a senior pooch.

He hobbles when he walks, and he sleeps a lot. He hates the rain and cold weather, but he begrudgingly goes outside to do his business nonetheless.

He loves going for walks, and he hates getting his ears cleaned.


  1. Hey girl I saw you post on a friends blog!! Here is my blog! http://mrandmrsgainer.blogspot.com/

    1. Hi, thanks for commenting! :) I am following your blog as well! :)


  2. Hi Janelle! I had a question for you about possibly collaborating on something and was hoping you could email me back to discuss? Thanks so much!

    - Emma

    emmabanks9 (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Hi Emma,

      I replied to you through gmail a couple weeks ago but never heard from you again. Were you still interested in collaborating on something?


    2. Janelle,

      I'm so sorry, I just checked my inbox and I don't think that I ever got your email! I'm definitely still interested, can you shoot me another quick email when you have a chance?


  3. hi!
    i'm a military s/o too! loved your engagement story. so sweet!

    1. Thanks so much! :) What branch is your s/o?


  4. Sooo happy I found your blog! My husband is a TSgt in the Idaho ANG and I'm enlisting next week!!! Found you from the Military Blog Directory :)

  5. I really like that he put effort into your first date..my hubby was more of a 'fly by the seat of his pants' kind of man which worked out well- by luck! Just found your blog and can't wait to read more of your adventures!

  6. Hi! I'm new to your blog (found it on the blooming air force bride when she nominated you for the leibster award) and I love your story! Especially the proposal in the hot air balloon. How romantic!!! I'm def coming back and am a reader now!

  7. Hi Janelle, I came across your blog. It's fantastic; I enjoyed reading it.

    I am also a military wife and I wanted to contact you to see if I can mail you a free copy of a children's book I wrote for you to review on your site/ social media.

    Here is the link to my book on Amazon (I'm legit!):

    “Daddy Flies” is a children's book for 2-5 year olds about a smart girl named Katie, who uses her little-kid logic to figure out what her dad does at work every day. Her predicament is believable for children and amusing for parents. It’s 32 pages with full color illustrations and rhyming prose.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!
    Brye Steeves

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  9. How may we reach you via email? I am a Veteran and military spouse and mother. Love your blog! I am heading up a project that focuses on our military and Veterans. If you'd like, you can IM me on Facebook. www.facebook.com/micheledenizoffical
    Take care,