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"You should write novels with military themes since you're a military spouse." I cringe every time I hear these words. Not the part about writing novels. No, I fret over the words, "you're a military wife." Am I, though? Really? My...
Hearing “Happy Memorial Day” never sits well for me as an American, veteran, and military spouse.  Although often well-intended, Americans muddle the greetings with those of Veterans Day or Armed Forces Day. Please take time to learn the differences,...
Our grey Toyota Corolla shuddered to a stop again, wrenching my body. I looked at my dad with tears in my eyes. “I’m never going to get this!” I said. Dad exhaled through his teeth, a little whistle coming...
I have recently become the Ombudsman at my husbands command, and this is my first time in this role. I really wish I would've known more about this role as one of many resources available to Navy families. Ombudsman History In...
I am no stranger to packing or unpacking a home. When my husband and I were both active-duty and dual military, we moved numerous times in the span of eight years, both separately and together. Career changes, new units, deployments,...
“Why do we have to move again?” my 10 year-old asked, demanding an answer. “Well, because the Army gave us orders to move to Germany,” I calmly explained. “I’m not going. I refuse to move to Germany,” she stated...
It formally began on a cold hard chair in an impersonal room, as so many of these lessons do. I’d had smaller assignments for this particular topic before, but this was where I began to take the advanced course. No,...
Lingering moving boxes remain tucked away in our basement, filled with donations or items to sell. My son’s artwork covers the fridge, proud trophies from his days spent at his new school. Toys scatter the yard, loved on by...
Before my dad passed, he told me his mother had been what he called a “dollar-a-year-girl.” She worked for the United States government in World War II as a senior censorship clerk, intercepting cables and telegrams looking for codes. I...
"Thank you so much,'' I said tearfully, as I handed Maria a tip. By the big emotions flowing through my body, you would have thought that I had known her for years. That wasn’t the case. No, Maria was the housekeeper...
77 days. This was the number of days that we couldn’t drink the water in our home, and the crisis has not ended for many. If you know anyone in Hawaii, it is all you talk about. If you don’t, we...
I love history. I always have. So when I went to visit my dad and stepmother's markers at Barrancas National Cemetery last December and saw coins on top of markers nearby, I had to find out what that meant. Have...

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An Army Kid Interview to Melt Your Heart

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I have 3 Army kids. 2 are walking and talking and school age. The 3rd is a roly-poly baby with no opinions except that...