One morning at drop off, I noticed the moms carrying infant car seats back to their vehicles. The crook of my arm ached in memory of the seasons I'd carry a robustly full diaper bag while hauling the heavy...
The other day I was at the bookstore with my daughter. We happened upon The Care and Keeping of You from the American Girl Library. She picked it up and asked me what it was about. I said, "Remember that funny-sounding...
The symbol of the military child is the dandelion - a flower that can grow in almost any condition and is nearly impossible to beat down. Military kids start over. They go to new schools and make new friends. They...
How many books can one mom read aloud to her children?  Five? Ten? Seven hundred and thirty-eight? COVID-19 is helping me find out. Before social distancing and days devoid of storytime, we probably read two books together. Sometimes more, sometimes less....
In the UK, schools are out for summer break at the end of July. For a whole six weeks. And that isn't including the eleven weeks prior to that where schools were (and for the most part still) closed for...
To Whom It May Concern: As the mother of two elementary-aged children, the decision of whether or not to reopen schools this fall and how that will look is a great source of anxiety for myself during this unprecedented time. When our...
Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between. Before you find yourself getting lost in...
Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between. “Hey! That’s my podcast!” That was my...
Even though it happened over two years ago, I can still recall the conversation. Shortly after our cross-country move, my husband and I updated our drivers' licenses on base. We made joint appointments with the REAL ID mobile center so...
I am an expectant first-time grandma with a serious case of baby fever. Any time I’m out in public, my eyes are invariably drawn to babies. While standing in a customs line in a large international airport recently, I spied...
Being a forces family, we move around a lot. By default, that means a LOT of boxes. Big boxes, small boxes, broken boxes, over taped boxes, you name it. A lot of boxes go into the truck and a lot...
For book club this month, I chose The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I originally chose it because I assumed most of us would have read this classic and figured it would be an easy recap. I...

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Meal Trains and the Military: How Food Brings Us ALL Together

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In the decade or so since I’ve been a military spouse, it’s been difficult to effectively relay the ways in which our lives are...