Military Monday: Kate- Monterey, CA


The Military Monday duty station feature on this blog is designed for us military families to meet our fellow military spouses and also to learn about duty stations across the world.  We all get to (or have to depending on your outlook and particular set of circumstances), move every couple years to different duty stations that are scattered throughout the country and the world.  This feature will allow us the opportunity to explore these different areas of the world before we get there.  If you are interested in being highlighted for this feature, please send me an email.  

Today's Military Monday, spouse highlight is Nicole, the lovely blogger Kate behind the blog Daffodils.  Go spend some time with her! 

Name and Blog: Kate, Daffodils

Branch of Service: Army

Current Station: Monterey, CA: The Naval Postgraduate School

Duration: We have been here for 6 months and have a year and a half to go.

Previous Stations: Winston-Salem, NC; Savannah, GA

Three Favorite Things to do in Monterey:
1. See the Sunset. It is so special to be on the west coast, on the water, and be able to see the sunset so often.

2. Visit Cannery Row. It is definitely a tourist trap, but we are suckers for it. We love the history of it and Taste of Monterey (our wine club/tasting spot!).

3. Explore the Coast. There is nothing as amazing as the California Central Coast. I really didn't even know this existed until we moved out here!

What makes Monterey different from previous stations?
Because this is a grad school tour, everyone we live around is in the same situation and around the same age as we are. This makes for a really unique community. We are also one of few Army families in a majority Navy community, so it has been neat to get to know families from other branches of service and to better understand their roles in the greater scheme of our military.

Which post has been your favorite so far?
I am not sure if I could pick one to be honest; each place we have lived has been special in its own right. I actually enjoy moving around and experiencing all different ways of life (although, I am grateful we will be done moving before our kids are too old!).

Who is your hero?
Appropriate to this post, I would have to say my husband is the most amazing person I know. He is kind, funny, loving, strong and the best father in the world. I admire his dedication to serving his country and to providing for our family and know that I am better person because of him.

I hope some of you sweet Handling With Grace readers will pop over to Daffodils to say hello!


Also, I am being featured over at Great Expectations.  I did a recipe post for B's favorite soup, Zuppa Toscana.  It's a great winter soup that will warm you up, make your husband love you more, and completely ruin your New Years resolution of eating healthier.  Go check it out!


If you are a military spouse and want be featured for this post, please send me an email at HandlingWithGrace {at}

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Nicole- Jacksonville, NC


  1. My younger brother was stationed in Monterey while going to a linguist school there, and I'm so glad I got to visit! What a GORGEOUS part of the country. :)

  2. Love the CA Central Coast! Thanks for the beautiful photos :)

    And Kate, I LOVE the pink dress...gorgeous!

  3. The Pictures are beautiful I had no idea Cali was that pretty. Best part about being apart of the military is allowing you to see the world.

  4. Oh, lovely .:) Great post! Very inspiring! :) Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. What a great idea! We have two friends that just moved to Monterrey for the Naval Postgraduate School so I'll have to share this post with them :)

  6. This sunset is really beautiful!

  7. What a small, small world! I actually went to college with this lovely girl in Auburn. We were friends way back during our Freshman year in 2002.


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