Jenny Byron

Jenny Byron
Jenny is originally from Scotland in the UK but moved to the south coast of England in 2021. Her husband's last posting with the Royal Navy was to Pennsylvania, USA and Jenny and her family enjoyed a wonderful three years there before moving back to the UK. Jenny has two young kids (a girl and a boy) and they keep her busy most of the time. Jenny used her time overseas to get back to a childhood love of writing and creating a world with words. Jenny had never really considered herself a "Military Spouse" before the move to the USA, but now she is fully embracing the title and all that goes with it! In her spare time Jenny has been blogging about the highs and lows of her adventures moving across the Atlantic (and back!) and how she made a home in the USA. The blogs can all be found at: www.militaryspousenewhouse.com.
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My First Decade As A Military Spouse

My husband and I have just celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary and I’ve, naturally, been reflecting on my first decade as a military spouse. I started thinking what I would tell my pre-military spouse...
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Embracing the ‘Dependent’ Label

If you read my last article about keeping your independence during an overseas posting, it might come as a bit of a surprise that I don’t hate the ‘dependent’ label us military spouses are often...
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Keeping your independence during an overseas posting

During the first few months of our overseas posting in 2018, I really struggled with feeling like I had lost my independence.  But, thankfully, that feeling didn’t last forever.  I thought I would share...
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Finding Your Village

They say it takes a village to raise a child…but how do you go about finding your village?! Do they just turn up, or do you need to fill out an application? I’m joking, of...
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Why Self-Care Is Important

If you’re anything like me, self-care is something that often gets pushed into the ‘nice to do’ pile rather than ‘must do.  This is especially true during deployments but I often find it slipping...
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Valentine’s Day in the USA….is it too much?

There’s a common stereotype that British people are reserved and unemotional…when it comes to Valentine’s Day, there might be an element of truth in there.  In fact, there are some stark differences between how...
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Being the default parent…don’t ask me!

Do you know what I mean when I say I’m the default parent? I mean I’m ALWAYS the one my kids go to first, regardless of whether my husband is home or not.  It...
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Why I’m Not Making New Year’s Resolutions This Year

As one year draws to a close, it’s natural to reflect on what you have achieved.  A lot of people might want things to be different next year. I totally understand that, but let...
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Childhood milestone reached…Where did my baby go?

Content warning: Discussion about Christmas that you might not want little children to read…! My daughter is seven years old (almost 8). I thought we had another year or two before we hit this childhood...
Home Means

What Home Means to a Military Family

‘Where do you call home?’... an innocent enough question on the surface, but what home means to a military family is far from simple. It’s no secret that being in a military family often means...
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How I Became a Halloween Convert

Halloween is fast approaching!  Does that statement make you cheer or make you groan?!  I used to be the sort of person who dreaded Halloween and couldn’t wait for it to be over but guess...
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Falling in love with fall

Would you believe me if I told you that I didn’t really understand the fascination with fall/autumn before we moved to Pennsylvania?  It’s true, but after a few weeks, I definitely started falling in...