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The Painful Reality of Forced Mom Friendships

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No, please, I don’t want to get together anymore. When my baby was between six months and a year old, I enjoyed play dates out of the house where she mostly stared at other kids...
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I Never Thought Suicide Would Happen In My Family, Until It Did

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It was the phone call that no family member wants to receive. The scenario had never entered my mind, yet the news was delivered to me regardless: My brother had attempted suicide. My little...

Recognizing the Difference Between Feeling Lonely and Being Alone

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“Maybe surrounded by A million people I Still feel all alone I just want to go home Oh I miss you, you know”   ~ Michael Bublé “Home” When Michael Bublé released the song “Home” in 2005, the lyrics...

How to Break the Deployment Curse

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you this is one of those days where we should be drinking wine instead. You see, it's one of those days when the Deployment Curse has...

A Firsthand Account of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…” -Winston...

Three Ways to Celebrate Your Husband on Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and your husband deserves to be celebrated in style! Nothing says “I love you” like setting time aside for your man and honoring him well. June can get crazy...

Mother’s Day: Breaking the Cycle Of Broken Relationships

My mother and I were never close. My older brother and I grew up in a turbulent household. We moved frequently and often woke to shouts and the sound of things breaking. Many nights, we...

Walking Wounded: Breaking the Silence and Stigma of Abuse from PTSD and TBI

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"One foot in front of the other. That's it. Just keep going."  I'm mentally coaxing myself. Numb. Dazed. The walking wounded. "Please don't bump me," I'm silently pleading with the strangers who I pass in the...

I Didn’t Want to Be Pregnant, But Then I Lost the Baby

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This post was written one month ago, just hours after miscarriage.  I have three young kids: a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a 9-month old baby girl. It's great when they get along, but the two...

5 Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Kids

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Traveling takes on a whole other meaning when you have to do it with kids. I found myself in this exact predicament when my family and I PCSed from the states to Japan with...

Sunday, Bloody Sunday: Do You Catch My Flow?

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Opening scene: It is my first postpartum period. I am trying to put in my menstrual cup (more on that later) and it WILL NOT pop open. I’m doing this by flashlight balanced on...

The Benefits of Raising Children in a Multicultural Home

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I grew up experiencing two different cultures. My mom is American and has English and German origins. My dad is originally Palestinian, but his family migrated to Egypt and then to Saudi Arabia. I...