Welcome to Household6 Diva

November 7, 2009


Thank you for stopping by!

My name is Ann Marie and I call my blog Household6 Diva.
Long ago when my husband and I were newlyweds, he started calling me “Household 6“,
a military joke meaning ‘Commander of the Household’,
and it has been an ongoing joke ever since!

This is the story of my ongoing efforts to Balance my Life between being Wife of a Soldier,
Mother to three small children, and remind myself IT IS OK to be a Diva sometimes!

My hubby, Seth, is a Soldier in the United States Army.
And yes, the night we met, it was the handsome man in uniform that caught my eye!
I caught his eye because I was wearing a big, purple, ruffled, hoop-supported, Civil War era dress.

And I showed him my ankles.
But that is a story for another day!

We have been married for 7 years and we have three beautiful children.
Their names are Jacob, William, and Madeline.
And no we didn’t plan the perfect 22 month spacing – the Army did!

Our children

This blog is my outlet to share recipes, creative things to do around the home, in my patio garden,
and continue to learn more about the art of photography.

It is also a place to write about what life is really like for a modern military family living in Germany.
We are now recovering from my husband’s 4th deployment since 2003.
(3 to Iraq. Now to Afghanistan.)

Feel free to browse my pages listed in the link bar above or through these links:
CookingHome and GardenMilitary Life, and Photography.

(And seriously? If nothing else? Check out the Pretzel recipe - it’s AH-MAY-ZING!)

I also have created a Military Spouse Blogging Community Page with over 700 links from around the world.

If you are a Military Spouse, or would like to connect with this unique community,
I encourage you to browse through some links, maybe post a button on your blog,
then share your support and genuine encouragement.

MilitarySpouseBlogs SupportMilSpouseBlogs


Thank you for stopping by!  I hope to see more of you!
I am very active on Twitter and Facebook - so please feel free to connect either way!

Oh and please leave me a comment
so I can come visit your lovely blog too!

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26 Responses to “Welcome to Household6 Diva”

  1. Ingrid Says:

    I like it! As a matter of fact I love the whole thing! You REALLY did an excellent job!

    Btw, I hope to see you post about what you've learned with Photoshop Elements. I have it but am clueless.

    • Terry Dougherty Says:

      I am a thirty year military spouse and teacher in NJ and offer a free tutoring for military children program. I am a finalist in The Great American Teach Off nationwide teaching contest for this program. Can you please vote and spread the word? I need the help of my military community! The winning teacher receives a $10,000 classroom grant.
      Please vote-Terry Dougherty at the site below. You can sign Facebook or register. There is a video showing me and the children!
      Thank you!


  2. Hallee Says:

    I love your blog. The Veterans' Day post was tremendous and there is nothing more than I enjoy than a good cup of coffee.

    My husband and I have been married 7.5 years and have been apart more than we've been together as well.

    This morning, telling my husband about "Household 6 took my weekend pass" and laughing (we're talking in IM's while he's in Afghanistan) he said, "I refer to you as household 6 all the time." Who knew.

    I'm adding you to my blog roll to follow regularly.


  3. Bobbi Janay Says:

    Love the new home, sorry I was so late in finding it.

  4. William Says:

    Hi Ann Marie,
    My client sells military apparel on bases and exchanges around the world.
    They are interested in sponsoring your website.
    The name of the company is Virtus Apparel – they do a lot with military charities the company is run by some very fine people.
    Please email me if you are interested in them sponsoring you.



  5. Olivia @ OliviaBlueMusic Says:

    I love your site, Ann Marie… I find myself returning again and again…. Great job!!! I tried to add your “Military Blogger” badge to my site, but it doesn’t seem to be working… But, I understand you’re doing some remodeling on your site, so it’s probably just a temporary snag… Anyways, keep up the great work!!! Loving your photography & your daily musings… :)

  6. Kathleen Thomas Says:

    Hi there,

    I have a question about your site, would you mind emailing me back @ kthomas@primroseschools.com?


  7. Rachel Says:

    Does your husband eat beef jerky? Do you normally send him jerky while he’s deployed? I’m trying to spread the word to military families that I have found a place online to order jerky from that is even better than the kind you buy in the store. Visit this site to learn more: http://rparteko.jerkydirect.com/?page=prod&prodcat=1&pageaction=0

  8. Kari Says:

    For some reason my Military Spouse Blogger Button is not showing up on my blog. Anyone know why? I pasted it in a new gadget under HTML/Script. I tried twice.

  9. Paige Says:

    HI Ann Marie..just finding your blog. My husband just returned from a 13 month deployment to Iraq. While he was gone I set a goal of 100 deployment projects to complete by the time he came home. I would love to be added to your blog in the “Army” category. What a wonderful blog you have!!!!! Thanks for all the fun stuff on here!!

  10. Lydfia Says:

    Perfect 22 Months difference on children’s ages planned by the Army is sooooo true and funny, made me laugh. I just found you but I already falling in love with your blog. Take Care Ann. And as always I am looking forward to your new post.

  11. Lisa Says:

    Love it! your posts are great! I found ya via SewGloried (she has your button posted)…I’m a Navy wife in San Diego and love these blogs!!

  12. Lea-Ann Says:

    Hi I am Lea-Ann, my husband has been in the Army for 9 years, we will be married for 9 years this month. We have been to three duty stations and have survived one unaccompanied tour to Korea, two deployments and we are on week two of deployment number three. So…that is a whole lot of numbers to crunch right there! I have recently started a project and blog called Deployment Kitchen 365. It is a blog about friends, food and deployment. I share a meal a couple of times a month with a family and then blog about our time, the food and the family. I love food, cooking and Army families so this blog is growing and shaping itself into something great. Thanks for reading. I love your blog and what a great community, I would love to get involved but am really new to all this!!
    Lea-Ann recently posted..LaDeeDaDee…We all like Biscotti!My Profile

  13. Nicole Says:

    LOVE your site. :)

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  15. Armywife11b Says:

    I am a 15 year Army spouse myself. I like your blog and you really gave some great insight.

  16. Joey Fortman Says:

    Hi!! So today your sister mentioned you in a group we’re in on facebook…and I HAD to check you out! =) She is so proud of you for being on CNN. It warmed my heart and was excited to find out who this awesome sis was that got her into blogging! I had no idea she had a sister and that’s how she started blogging! lol

    Can’t wait to follow your military life journey. =)

    Joey Fortman
    Host of Real Mom Radio (where Sarah will be on in a few weeks! ha)
    Joey Fortman recently posted..Gluten Free in PhillyMy Profile

  17. Julie Kowalski Says:

    Hi Ann Marie,
    I’ve been enjoying your blog! I’m a military spouse also….married to my husband and the Air Force and have been doing this for over 30 years. Yes, we are closer to retirement than anything else, but no date yet! I started blogging in November (blogbyFLOGS on Word Press) but haven’t jumped into the military blogging community yet.

    I’ve shared some of your blogs with the spouses in my husband’s command because it’s where they’re at…in the middle of deployments and trying to raise kids without family nearby, etc. I love that there are voices such as yours out there that help validate what those spouses are feeling. I’m afraid they sometimes look at me and think I’m hopelessly out of touch….after all, when my husband deployed last time we were just getting email connections! In the scope of the military I’m pretty old at 53!

    Keep writing and keep reaching out! I will keep following!

  18. Anne Says:

    I am so excited to have found your blog! My name is Anne Marie too ( except with an “e”). My husband is currently in the Army Reserves, but is planning on going active duty within the next 6 months. I’m trying to brush up around the blogosphere to see what my life might be like very very soon. I’m so excited to follow your blog!!
    Anne recently posted..SPIMMy Profile

  19. David Hall Says:

    Not a blog but a tool your readers may be interested in.

  20. Melinda Tripp Says:

    Hi, I’m Melinda,
    Author, safety for Children Advocate, Speaker, Mom, wife of retired milatary man, a Nana….not always in this order…….
    I have just come upon your site and wish to follow you. I would like to know what special applications for military children my work might contribute to.
    My bllogs for teaching safe children are
    Melindatripp.wordpress.com/. That is Teachsafety
    I hope you will join my passion to teach every child to be empowered with a safety plan, from parent and school teacher to say no to bad behavior of all kinds, to go and to tell a trusted adult!
    The name of my book is What Should You Do? Helping Children Protect Themselves in the Twenty-First Century
    Tate Publishing 2010. On Amazon paperback, Audio and E- book
    Melinda Tripp recently posted..Bad Behavior in the News and Family WatchdogMy Profile

  21. Luke Says:

    I’m fresh off an embed with a Unit in AFG…and they were all talking about what they’ll do when they get back home; many mentioned Household 6 will keep me busy…even the Agri6 (commander of the unit). Keep up the good work; I know it’s not easy being the Household 6.

  22. Ashley Says:

    Hey, I would love to exchange links! I’m a military wife and mother of four, and my husband and I just started a cool web site for the spouses out here in Hawaii to buy, sell and trade with each other. We want to get it more attention from the mainland military bases.
    We also have a blog!


    Please check it out and let me know if you’re interested. You can e-mail me at ashley@basewives.com!
    Ashley recently posted..MicrowaveMy Profile

  23. Michelle (michabella) Says:

    Hi there! I am a new MilSpouse about to move to Hawaii. Hubby is in the Army. I am trying to find fellow Hawaiian Army Wives. This is a scary but exciting new step in my life!
    Michelle (michabella) recently posted..Quick Hello!My Profile