I've gotten pretty adept at making new friends. I was shy and insecure as a teenager, but moving over and over again forced me out of my shell. My philosophy is, if you've got limited time in a place, you...
I've been around the military for a long time. I became a tried and true Army brat with my first cross country PCS move over 32 years ago at a mere 3 weeks old. After 8 more moves around the...
Visiting family and friends is fantastic. Having visitors as a military family can be so much fun! But how to make it fantastic for everyone involved? When staying with friends or family, there are tiers of guests and places you stay....
Hello new military spouse, and welcome!  We are at opposite ends of this military-spouse journey, you and I. You are just beginning as a new military spouse; maybe you just got your first ID card or you are headed...
Sometimes it feels like I have best friends who don’t know I exist. I put in the time to see them, listen to the stories they tell, and send them messages to let them know I care. Historically, these...
Hey Girl! Those two little words set my teeth on edge. Does anyone else cringe when they hear that greeting? Unless it is in the form of a Ryan Gosling meme, I cannot stand that greeting. Okay, maybe not every time...
One in five Americans – more than 54 million people– have a physical, sensory, or intellectual disability. This makes the disabled community the largest and most diverse minority group in the country. Yet when it comes to talking about...
How do you make friends? It’s not as easy as when you were five and you just walked up to some kid and said, “Will you be my friend?” I miss those days of easy friendship. And throw being...
Did you know there’s an election happening this year? And that people have strong feelings about it? Every time I click on a social media app, I see videos and memes and strongly worded rhetoric. A good friend of mine...
Parenting is a series of highs and lows. The unbelievable, joy-filling highs, and the heartbreaking, world-altering lows of parenting cannot be replaced. When we found out that the twins were boys: super high. The time we let our kids...
We may not always admit it, but we need girlfriends in our life. It's chilling to think what sort of woman I would be, mother I would be and the romantic relationship I'd have (or still be in) if it...
A friend came over recently and brought my husband and me freshly-baked scones and homemade masks. It was a personal and lovely gesture during a time when we all could stand to have something lovely and personal happen to...

Military Lifestyle

The Art of Reaching Out as a New Spouse

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Sometimes during life as a military spouse, one will hear statements like, “You knew what you signed up for when you marry a military service...