I have tried to write this post at least a dozen times. I have started, stopped, started again. Each time I begin, another news article pops up about COVID vaccines and masks and mandates. I am tired. I imagine...
How I wish kids came with a warning label or an instruction manual. You know, something to the effect of: doesn’t sleep through the night will only wear shoes with socks, so don’t waste money on sandals needs a 3...
“Oh don’t say that word around Courtney,” my friend joked after hearing another mom share about her hectic life. The mom laughed with confusion. “What word?” Oh great, I thought. How do I want to handle this? I smiled and...
My kids have gone to several different schools over the last few years. Their current elementary school allows the kids to climb UP the slides (as long as there are no students trying to slide down, of course). They can...
How often have you run into a grocery store or convenience store late at night, searching for a quick snack, the team snacks you need at 6 AM the next morning, or the forgotten item from your list? I...
I was on my first deployment to the Middle East, and I knew that I wasn't going to return as the same person that left. Since that first deployment I have become a Navy Veteran, military spouse, and military mother....
Time is a precarious thing, most especially for us as parents living a life in the military. It either can’t pass quickly enough (deployments and Mondays as a SAHM), or it slips right through our fingers (what do you mean my baby...
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,...

Military Lifestyle

My Military Spouse Friendships Fill a Void like No Other

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Chances are if you are reading this, you have at least one friend who is a military spouse, or on the flip side of...
children waiting in airport and a travel case with "The Dreaded Travel Dilemma" in text and MMC logo

The Dreaded Travel Dilemma