Renee Conoulty: All I Want for Christmas

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

All I Want for Christmas

Hey Everyone!

I've still got my two front teeth, so that's not what I want for Christmas... What I don't have for Christmas, though, is my husband. The military got him for Christmas this year.

Yes, I knew when he joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) that he might miss major holidays, but knowing and experiencing are different things. This is the first time he's missed Christmas and it probably won't be the last. But that's just another part of military life.

We've chosen to look at the positives. This year, the kids will have two Christmases. One with their Grandparents on December 25 and another when Daddy comes home to visit in January.

Since we began this military journey, we've learnt to pick up everything and start all over. Our kids have learnt to make new friends. I've learnt to reinvent my career. As a military family, we've grown stronger and learnt to be resilient. And that's one of the best gifts the military has given us.



For a chance to win an audio copy of my military life themed flash fiction collection, Wife, Mother, Woman, leave a comment below and tell me what you'd like for Christmas. (No, I'm not Santa and I can't grant your wishes, but I am a sticky beak and I'd love to know) If you'd like to check out the ebook version, I've dropped the price to free on Amazon for a couple of days in the lead up to Christmas. You can find it HERE.

I've also joined together with 29 other authors for a Christmas Blog Hop. Tea's post (HERE) comes before mine, and Kate's post (HERE) comes after. You can find links to all our posts HERE. Check out all the individual posts for exclusive giveaways and make sure you enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win the major prizes. You can re-enter the Rafflecopter every day so make sure you bookmark THIS PAGE and come back again tomorrow. The major prize is drawn on Christmas Eve.


My contribution to the book bundle is an ebook copy of Gotta Be This or That: A Short Story Duet. This is the first book in the Got That Swing series - a series full of dance, romance and military life. Make sure you enter below for your chance to win.







20 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your story, I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas(es) :)... and what I want for Christmas is to spend some quality time with my family and make some really great memories, this year I've learned that life is short and it's the memories that really matter so I want many more of those!!

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    1. Time with family is so special. Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

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  2. That'll be one big celebration in January Renee! For you and your husband and especially your gorgeous kids. We're having my husbands' family and mine for Christmas in Adelaide this year. So what I want is the joy of sharing time together . . . and a day that's not too hot! Have a good one yourself Renee and we'll 'see' you in the new year xxx

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    1. I've had a lovely Christmas with my mum but I can't wait until January. Hope you had a Fabulous family time.

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  3. I'm hoping we can all catch up over Christmas. Some new back steps wouldn't go astray either.

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    1. Congrats Mary, you're the winner of the audiobook copy of Wife, Mother, Woman. I've sent you an email with the download directions. Hope you get some new back steps, too.

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  4. Happy festive season, Renee. The military life sounds so interesting! So many new starts :)

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    1. It certainly isn't boring :) Hope you had a fabulous Christmas - I can imagine all the food!

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  5. My heart goes out to you and all the other military wives out there who won't have their man in town for Christmas. I hope your second Christmas in January is perfect. Great post Renee.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. I'm looking forward to January. Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

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  6. Interesting life

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    1. Military life certainly keeps you on your toes. Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

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  7. It must be hard to be apart during special holidays but you sound like a strong person and I am sure you will make the day a happy one for your children. Merry Christmas to you all.

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    1. We've had a lovely Christmas with my mum and all been spoilt rotten, but I can't wait to see my hubby again. Hope you have a fabulous new year.

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  8. I'm sure your family will have a lovely Christmas, but I'm sure it's so hard to have Dad away. I feel for all military families.

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    1. Thanks Kara. We had a lovely time with my mum. This is always a busy time for military families. Lots of my friends are moving at this time of year and celebrating Christmas amid boxes. Military life is never boring.

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  9. I hope you have a nice Christmas.

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    1. We did, thanks Lori. About to drive home with 3 kids, 2 guinea pigs and a dog in the car. Wish me luck :) Hope you have a fabulous new year.

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  10. Thanks for sharing. My hubby has 10 years of military service. That was enough. We are settled and both retired from our jobs. We enjoy our family when we can. We wish you Happy Holidays from Madison, Indiana, USA.

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    1. You'll relate to the chaos of military life, Nancy. Hope your retirement is calmer and you have a fabulous new year.

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