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Julie Barnes

Julie Barnes
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Julie is the mother of three kids, ages 10, 6, and 3. Although she knew little about military service when her marriage began, she promised to follow her husband wherever the Army would send him. To her continuous surprise and delight, the Army has brought her family to Italy for a second time. A former piano teacher and worship leader, Julie has recently shifted her creative energy to writing. She has contributed to Legacy Magazine and She Is Kindred – A Storytelling Collective. Julie believes that telling our stories can help us understand each other’s unique journey and perspective, ultimately bringing us closer to one another. In her free time, Julie enjoys reading, cooking, sight-seeing, and learning Italian. Julie shares snapshots of her family’s life overseas on Instagram at @juliecodabarnes.
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Making Mornings Manageable Again

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The winter blues. Somehow they always catch me off guard. And nowhere is this more evident than in my family’s weekday morning routine. Every year, the back-to-school season has us bright-eyed and bushy tailed....
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5 Things I Would Tell Myself as a New Military Spouse

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Since moving overseas last year, and getting involved in the small military community here, I have met so many new military spouses and first time moms. Watching them navigate the ups and downs of...

Navigating The Holidays with Food Allergies

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The holiday season was upon us, our first (and only) year at our current duty station. I was excited. The previous year had been devoid of parties and gatherings of all kinds, due to...

History on the Ground

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In early 2022, as war erupted in Ukraine, I watched as many people who were closely connected to the military community purposefully distanced themselves from the news. They did not want to add to...
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Gardening Lessons

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It’s early summer, the season of roses, zinnias, peonies, and dahlias. Who doesn’t love a colorful garden? I have always admired residential gardens, pausing during neighborhood walks to admire them, breathing deeply to take...
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Tips for Tackling Travel With Food Allergies

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May is both Food Allergy Awareness Month and Celiac Awareness Month. It is also the beginning of PCS season for many military families. Moving the family every few years is one of the more...
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A Place To Belong – How the Library Supports Our Military Children

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Libraries, like so many other institutions, went through difficult times during the covid era. I was just beginning to feel like I was ready to sit through story time on a regular basis with...