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Sayonara Japan

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We are leaving Japan, and it's bittersweet. I have loved this country. I have a child that only remembers this country. It is breathtaking and awe inspiring; but it's difficult to navigate, and it's not home. I did not realize that the...
When we received orders to Virginia, my first feeling was relief. After nine consecutive years overseas, I was ready for a break and some American amenities.  It was easy to think of certain things I missed, like one-stop grocery...
In the Broadway musical “Rent,” the cast sings a song about measuring time in "Seasons of Love." As military families we are familiar with measuring time. Whether you love or hate where you’re stationed, we’re all pretty much measuring time...
Are you stationed in Virginia or just visiting?  Winter in Virginia doesn't have to be a downer. There are plenty of opportunities to see all the beauty with day trips. This is our second time being stationed in Virginia and to...
Our older daughter got married recently, and what a happy, amazing day it was. The whole trip was magical, in fact. I have rarely felt so loving towards My G or so tender towards the life we have built...
London at Christmas is a magical affair. Wandering people wrapped up in coats and boots, puffing cold air along the River Thames. The hustle and bustle of Oxford Street as people rush to buy presents and carolers singing on the...
This is Part II of Jenny's international move. To read Part I, click here! Well, I was right. That goodbye did suck! If you read Part I of this series, you will know that I was preparing to say an emotional...
As a military family, it feels like we’re always coming or going. My house and closet seem to be in a perpetual state of sorting; organizing and tossing things before a move; selling or donating things that don’t work...
“Where did you grow up?” It’s a simple question, with an obviously easy answer, right?  Unless you were or are a military child. Then it can go something like this: “Where’s home?”“Texas…now.”“Cool, what’s your hometown?”“I didn’t grow up in Texas.”“Well, then where...
If you are stationed anywhere near Tulsa, Oklahoma -  you absolutely have to visit Gathering Place! It is the best free park I have ever visited. We've been four times now, and the kids loved it just as much the...
So you're coming to Alaska! If you’ve recently moved or are moving to Fort Wainwright or Eielson Air Force Base, welcome to the Fairbanks North Star Borough! Interior Alaska is wild and can be the experience of a lifetime....
Before moving to Fort Gordon, Georgia I had no expectations. A lifelong Westerner, I assumed that Georgia would be similar to the base we were leaving, Fort Bragg in North Carolina. I figured it would be a slightly hotter, slightly...

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