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...
Have you ever heard of American Soup? America has been nicknamed "the melting pot" because of our widely diverse population. People from every nation, tribe, and tongue have settled here for centuries, making us a nation of all cultures, customs,...
  “She’s lying about me.” “She hurt my feelings.” “She’s being mean.” Any of these statements could’ve been uttered by my eight-year-old daughter; and, to be sure, they have, on many occasions. But instead of half-listening while plunging wrinkled fingers back into the...
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...

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Messenger Kids: Keeping Social while Closing the Distance

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A military kid is no stranger to long periods of time away from friends and family and my children are no exception. My oldest is...
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