You’ve just been told that you’re moving to the DMV. So, first you google DMV, and of course everything that comes up is for the Department of Motor Vehicles. What is happening?! you think. Where are we going? I hate...
Japan may not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to an OCONUS (Outside Continental United States) move, but it will definitely leave a lasting impression on you if you ever get stationed here. As our time in Japan is...
So you received orders to New Orleans. Show of hands, who knew there were military bases in New Orleans? OK, maybe it’s common knowledge for the Navy or Marines, but it was definitely news to this Air Force member....
I've fallen in love. Like hard. For my family's newest duty station. It's an unexpected love affair, as I've been to this state and base before. Both passing through and on a TDY (Temporary Duty) mini vacation, I've been...
I glanced around the park, looking for the group I was supposed to meet. Was the woman with the jogging stroller from Hike it Baby? Or the one with the backpack and the two little girls? If I squinted,...
I enjoy visiting home. My husband and I are from the same hometown in Iowa, and most of our family still resides there. I love taking my kids around the area. It is fun to see both the new...
“My daughter told me that the other girls don’t play with her, is that true?” I asked my kid’s kindergarten teacher this past October. I asked to verify what my daughter had been telling me all week. It’s not that...
Military life can sometimes feel like a never-ending series of puddle jumps. Two years here, one year there—even less, sometimes. Making the effort to ingratiate oneself in a new community often feels pointless. And there’s no denying the barrage...
My daughter just turned one, and I keep crying about it. It’s been a year since this little one came careening into the world two days overdue. After the drawn out births of my first two children, I expected hours...
It was hard to take fashion advice from someone who used to dress like a pirate on the regular, but there I was standing in front of my husband in my Soffe shorts and flip-flops being told to go...
Have you ever had a friend announce she was moving and - within three weeks - she was gone? Have you ever had your spouse deploy with 24 hours notice? Have you ever left a unit feeling like you didn’t...
I just booked the last trip I will take with my current passport. While I am not normally a sentimental person, I am oddly attached to this little book. In the 10 years I've had this passport, we spent...

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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...