I was born and raised in a small town in Mississippi, where at the ripe age of twelve I met my future husband. It was love at first sight for both of us.
In 2008 Mike joined the U.S. Marines. Two years later, we were married and then he left for Afghanistan while I moved back home to finish dental hygiene school.
I didn’t know what it was like to be a military wife. I don’t think anyone just starting out does. This life is full of challenges, from months of loneliness and anticipation of that next phone call, to losing and making new friends. But, each challenge we have faced has helped us to grow, adapt, and become stronger together. I have learned to love my life, its challenges, and its many rewards.
In 2014 Natalie was born and that was when we decided to try cloth diapering. We started out with pre-folds and covers, then moved to diapers with microfiber inserts that ended up being the plague of my life. So with much trial and error, and wasted money, I discovered that all natural fibers was the way to go. The saying “you get what you pay for” is very true when it comes to diapers, but with our limited military budget it was going to be difficult to acquire a stash of quality diapers.
After my son was born, my husband encouraged me to use my God-given talent and design my own diapers. After many attempts and late nights, I finally perfected my own line of diapers.
At first I was sharing my diapers with a few individuals, attempting to get enough back to pay for materials. Well, my diapers turned out to be a much bigger hit than I anticipated, so here I am now running Gracie Diaper.
We want to give back to other military families and provide encouragement as they travel this curvy road called military life. I work with other spouses or active duty members to help them use their talents to build their own Gracie Diaper dream in the comfort of their own homes, wherever they may be, to help add to their limited budgets and boost moral.
In conclusion, I want to say thank you first to God for leading me here, my family for their support, and Richard and Joy Varnell for supporting this business venture.
Semper Fi! And, God bless America!