Sometimes a trip to the playground is a frustrating exercise in attempted adult conversation. Other times, you get some truth bombs laid out that resonates with you long after the afternoon is over.  Just a week before Thanksgiving this year,...
As military spouses, we are well-practiced in loving and supporting one another from a distance. We have connections in other states and other countries that we don't see often. But to me, this isolation due to COVID-19 feels different. I struggle...
Shortly after my twin boys turned one, I was diagnosed with a life-changing chronic illness called pulmonary hypertension. As a then-28-year-old, first-time mom and military wife, living across the country from our family and friends, I had no idea what...
Everyone says you need to “find your tribe.” You’re supposed to have that group of women with whom you do life, spend time with, and support each other. Your tribe will babysit your kids and bring you meals when something...
Facebook is a world of constantly changing statuses. Social media culture, in general, is very interesting to me. I am on Facebook daily. I am not ashamed of my screen time. Yes, I do have a husband, kids, a job...
I sealed the dishwasher and pressed the start button for the second time that day. I sighed and reached for my grande-sized beverage on the breakfast bar, reheated it for the umpteenth time since that morning. Hot cup in...
Dearest Friends, As you know, my mom died this summer.  It's taken me a long time to type those words. It's hard to keep my fingers moving on the keyboard even six months later.  I am still learning how to navigate life...
It’s that time of year again... Holiday parties are in full swing, trees glitter through frosted windows, and the eggnog pours freely. Festive movies dance across our television screens all month long; and if one were to pull away from...
Holidays can be stressful for anyone. But being in a military family often makes creating meaningful memories a little more challenging. Going "home" isn't always an option. Your family rarely lives nearby. A holiday doesn't always mean a day off...
Goodbye Facebook

Goodbye Facebook

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I took a break from Facebook, and I am slowly getting the pieces of my life back. You've probably heard the phrase, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” Well, this hand has not been feeding me. It has been...
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 and swatted at a few...
As you may know, I am a bit new to this whole military thing. What’s more, my spouse joined service in our later years of life. All that to say, in our civilian life, we didn't recognize the value...

Military Lifestyle

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...