Alcohol. Illicit drugs. Those were not my preferred vices. I preferred the socially acceptable one. The one that no one questioned. The one that was rewarded, which of course, fueled my desire for this even more.  “You’re like a real...
If you have ever lived or been stationed near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, you know "the mountain." It is Mount Rainier, the snowy volcano that towers at over 14,000 feet in elevation. It is the tallest mountain in...
Are you worried about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine? With all states on board to approve anyone 16+ by May 1st, people are talking about it: whether they'll get it, which vaccine they'll get, and how bad the side effects are...
This week, my youngest child had a cough that started out benign but developed into a hacking cough that woke him up, gasping for breath. For a week straight I held him at night with my shower on, the...
  Are you a twin? I remember feeling envious of twins growing up. I felt like they had an almost supernatural connection, and I thought the idea of having a person who looked just like me would be wonderful. Of course,...
I’m sure that we have all heard about the importance of self-care, especially as moms. We need to take some time for ourselves, we should focus on eating and drinking enough water, or how setting aside time in our days...
I do not get to do much for myself these days.  After all - I am a military spouse, a parent of four little kids under the age of seven, and living in a pandemic. I also work and have...
I knew my friend would be dropping off my son from school any minute. I had to get myself together. I walked into my bathroom, slowly lifted my head to the mirror and began to wipe my tear stained face....
When we hear the word "valentine," we usually think of a holiday about love. It might evoke images of Cupid and pink cards; cute projects and parties during grade school; romantic dates and dozens of roses. No matter what...
Y'all, I am not that into sleep. If you gave me eight hours of uninterrupted spare time, I would rather spend it reading, exercising, going on an adventure, or even working rather than taking a nap. Have you seen that meme...
Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between. I'm fairly certain I must have been...
I heard about Homegoing a few years ago. It sat on my TBR bookshelf. It called to me, with a vibrant orange cover and the summary on the back of two half-sisters and the way their lives diverged based...

Military Lifestyle

Changing My Perception (and Yours) of the Key Spouse Program

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The term “Key Spouse” (or even just "spouse") can sometimes bring up some unfavorable feelings. But how many of us really know what a Key...