Marine to SAHD: Introduction

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Marine to SAHD: Introduction

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Introduction to Marine to SAHD Blog, laying out where I have been what experiences I have.

Andrew Ferguson

Hello All,

My name is Andrew “Fergie” Ferguson; I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2007 and did four years of active duty in Hawaii.  In those four years I deployed twice, once to Iraq and Afghanistan.  I was injured during those four years on multiple occasions and still am injured and receiving help from the Veterans Affairs. 


Andrew and Ashland Ferguson

Before my second deployment I met my wife, Ashland Ferguson, who supported me during and after I got back from Afghanistan.  We now have been married for three years and going strong.  In 2011 it was time for me to make a decision stay in or get out of the military.  Ashland and I made a decision for me to get out and go to school full time, utilizing my Post 9/11 GI Bill.  Within the time I got out in 2011, still in Hawaii, I got a job working at a local restaurant while going to school full time.  I eventually quit the job due to us PCSing to Fort Lewis, Washington where we currently are stationed.  Not too long after we got to Fort Lewis I hit the ground trying to find a job, and did so.  I was working as a security guard and still going to school online with the same school back in Hawaii. 

Andrew Ferguson

Soon after I got the job we found out we were pregnant, yes it was a shock but we were ready to become parents and ecstatic.  We went in for a normal appointment and got a surprise like no other, the doctor said, “Well baby one and baby two are fine.”  My wife and I looked at each other with confusion and had to ask the doctor multiple times, “Are you sure?”  We eventually overcame our shock and started planning for two!  Well in December our two little girls were born and since my wife is the active duty member she had the first two months with the girls.  I was still working as a security guard until February 2013 when I quit becoming a Stay-At-Home-Dad.  It was a tough decision because all my life I have worked, worked, worked and I had a hard time thinking that I was going to be bored out of my mind, and stuck with house work. 

Andrew Ferguson

Well that is why I am doing this blog because I could not have been more wrong in my life!  I want to share my progression and tips I can give back to new dads like myself, mostly with multiples.  This blog is for Stay-At-Home-Dads, Active duty parents becoming Stay-At-Home-Parents, and Everyone in between.

Key facts about me, (for those who do not like to read)

  • Marine Veteran-Four Years with Two Deployments (Iraq and Afghanistan Personal)
  • Disabled Veteran-receives education benefits and disability pay from the Veterans Affair(VA)
  • VFW Member of Post 11402 in Lacey, Washington
  • One PCS move, No Deployments as a Spouse of an Active Duty Member
  • MACHOspouse Member
  • MANning the homefront Facebook member
  • Stay-At-Home-Dad (as of February and to multiples)

Marine to SAHD Andrew “Fergie” Ferguson

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When TownePlace Suites reached out and asked if I would be interested in writing a few blog posts about their hotels, I immediately said “yes.” I always enjoy reviewing products and services I've used and appreciate, plus TownePlace offered a few free nights for my efforts.  Pssst…don't tell them, but that really wasn't necessary.

How many of you have ever stayed in one of their hotels? My first experience with a TownePlace Suite was at the Colorado Springs South location near Peterson Air Force Base.  We were preparing to PCS from Peterson to Little Rock and had run into a slight problem selling our first house.  We sold it way too fast!  I know, I know…a great problem to have, but it was still a problem.  We had no place to stay while Dana waited for her official orders to leave and that was expected to take several weeks.  Since it was the start of “PCS season,” rooms were impossible to get on base, plus I was still working my civilian job and relocating to an on-base location would've been very inconvenient.  When Dana brought up the idea of an extended stay hotel, I admit to being pretty skeptical.  We have a dog.  We are clean freaks.  We like our own space.  We need convenience.  Creature comforts such as clean, soft bedding and strong water pressure are a must.  Moving from our house to basically an efficiency apartment was not my idea of comfort!

It didn't take long for us to find TownePlace Suites through a simple internet search; their south location looked good so we felt we should give them a try. Driving up to the property helped put me more at ease since the building and landscaping looked clean and well-kept, so well-kept in fact that before checking in I asked Dana if she was sure these guys welcomed pets. Not only did they welcome our dog Brutus, they actually appeared happy to see him! I immediately got a taste of the staff's friendly professionalism once they allowed us to inspect our room before booking. I guess since we were staying there for a few weeks they wanted to make sure we would be happy with the accommodations. To my surprise the room was bigger than I expected, the king-sized bed looked very clean and firm, the carpets were in great shape, the bathroom passed my cleanliness inspection ( including a water pressure test in the shower), and the kitchenette was complete with microwave, sink, and refrigerator. I didn't take photos, but the ones on their website are accurate.

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Today as a Military Spouse - Listen and Laugh

My wife has a bit of a challenge now as she adapts to her new position. I asked her how her day went and she told me. Today as a Military Spouse, I learned to Listen and Laugh.

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