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...
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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...
The day my husband graduated Officer Candidate School, I remember thinking to myself that I was going through Sorority Rush (a process in which university undergraduate women join a sorority) all over again. Before the graduation ceremony, they put all...
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 am not naturally a "cool mom." Which is mostly OK with me. But I’d like to think I’m getting a little cooler hanging out with you. I am by nature a little more anxious than I’d like to be. I’m...
“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...
“We need to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn't matter, but work is third.” –Leslie Knope I often say that the best thing to come out of my husband’s military career is the friendships...
I did not grow up in a military family. We moved two blocks when I was six years old, and my parents still live in that house. I grew up in a community of married high school sweethearts, and...
Making friends is hard. Building meaningful relationships is harder. Sometimes it even feels impossible; but it's not. We've all been the new person at some point in our lives. We've been the only one in the room who doesn't know...
My mother and I were never close. My older brother and I grew up in a turbulent household. We moved frequently and often woke to shouts and the sound of things breaking. Many nights, we were shuttled into the car,...

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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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I Wasn’t Made for This Life