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5 Reasons Why Living in Indiana Is the Best

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Other than living overseas for a few years as a child, for most of my life I have lived in Indiana, also known as the Hoosier State. I’m a Midwest girl and love it...

When Marriage Feels Hard

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Marriage can feel hard. In the beginning, it isn’t. My opinion is that it shouldn’t be. It should be mostly rainbows and loving gazes and every night feeling like a date night and "no, I...

Our International Love Story, Part III: This Is Us

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This is part 3 of a 3-part series in honor of National Adoption Month. For part 1 go here, and for part 2, go here. Everyone’s timeline is different, but we waited two years and...

Our International Adoption Love Story, Part II: The Home Study

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This is part 2 of a 3-part series in honor of National Adoption Month. For part one, go here. “Oh, well! You can always just adopt kids!” When people say this phrase, I hear, “Oh,...

Our International Adoption Love Story, Part I: Plan A

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Did you know that November is National Adoption Month? This adoption story is a lot of things, but more than anything, it is just a story of the incredible power of love. Unless I’m...

What I Learned When I Met a Kid I Didn’t Like

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I once heard someone say, “Kids are like farts, you only like your own.” It’s disgusting, kind of funny, and sometimes a little true. However, I do love kids, and I like to be the...

Surviving Deployment: The Life I Built Without Him

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I recently attended a friend’s wedding in Berkeley, California. It was small outdoor ceremony overlooking a lush park. The bride and groom vowed their love to one another under an archway of greenery. Every...

The Skinny on Premium Travel Credit Cards for Military Families

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Open up a credit card to make travel cheaper? Sounds pretty counter-intuitive, right? Actually it isn’t, and I'm here to explain why every military member with good credit should have one premium travel card. Now,...

Back to School Means Trying to Get Back to Me

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Summer is over, and it is time to say au revoir to your little loves. If your like me and your youngest is now in school, summer ending also means welcome to the "school-aged...

5 Lessons I Learned During My No-Spend Challenge

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My husband deployed in August 2017 for nine months just three weeks after our daughter was born. To help the time pass more quickly, I brainstormed a list of personal growth challenges. I was...

The Struggle to Thrive in Uncertainty

I still remember the planner my homeroom teacher passed out the first week of middle school. The size of a spiral notebook, it had daily sections for recording assignments, monthly calendars, and reference pages...

My 48-Hour Pregnancy

There is one thing I know definitively; you are pregnant for nine months for a reason. For those of you who have been pregnant, consider all the thoughts that began to go through your mind...