We left another house last month. It was a good one. One of those houses where we felt at home quickly. We left diapers in the rear view in that house. We hunkered down and survived a pandemic together there....
I poured the hot water into my paper cup, plopped in a tea bag, and headed to my seat. “Hi, Courtney. So glad you were able to join us,” one of the coordinators cheerfully greeted me as I joined...
Did you use a sound machine when you had babies? Are you using one now? Do you know the correct sound level they should be set to?   I fall in a weird gap of my first two kids being infants before...
We are so pleased to have Debra Whitson and her professional advice for you! For more info on her agency and services, please see the link in her bio. Thank you! As a mediator and collaborative divorce practitioner, I’ve unfortunately...
The woman in the front office handed me a copy of the imaging request the doctor had just filled out. She said to call and check up on its status by the end of the week if I hadn't...
This summer has been a wild ride of examples showing our vulnerabilities. With August being Operations Security (OPSEC) Awareness Month, it seemed like a good time for a deep dive and review. It is no longer just that “loose...
While reading fellow contributor Rebecca Hurtley’s excellent post on self-love recently, I was reminded of the adage: you are what you think. It occurred to me that in the practice of self-love, you really need to remember that simple phrase....
Dear Teacher, I’m a mix of emotions this new school year.  I'm thrilled that my daughter will attend public school in person again and be in your class. But I'm also a little concerned at how things are not quite...
I wish I hadn’t waited. If I could go back and change one single thing in my entire life, it would be to get help sooner. I knew something was probably “off” within a few months of delivering our first...
Photos included in this article are from special needs families who sent me their favorite family photo. When I made the decision to try and become a mom, I was naïve. My world growing up had been sheltered from what...
It’s the middle of the summer, aka peak travel season. Many airports in the U.S. are “already back to or are exceeding pre-pandemic passenger traffic levels.” As the country struggles with COVID fatigue and vaccines are readily available for...
If you are a parent and have seen the Netflix movie Yes Day, you are probably thinking something along the lines of, That was a fun movie but there is no way I’m doing that with my kids!   That...

Military Lifestyle

The Art of Reaching Out as a New Spouse

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Sometimes during life as a military spouse, one will hear statements like, “You knew what you signed up for when you marry a military service...