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“You have got to stand up and go to bed,” my husband said, standing outside the bathroom door. “No. Just let me sit here. I can’t get up,” I replied as I sniffled between tears. I heard him sigh before cracking...
Dear Little One,  First of all, I want you to know how much I love you. Ever since you were born, you have expanded my heart every day to love you a little bit more.   But being your mum hasn’t been...
This past summer, we traveled to Washington D.C. for a wedding and a week full of wonderful adventures. It was a beautiful ceremony, and it was so exciting to visit our nation’s capital with the bride and groom as...
To all parents with babies who aren't quite babies anymore: Let me try and explain. Have you looked at your kids lately? I mean, really looked. Is there hair somewhere on their body where it wasn't before? Have they grown a few inches this...
I remember the day like it was yesterday: we were stationed in Italy, my husband was working another 16-hour day, and I was running on empty. Again. My first baby (around 2 months old at the time) just finished...
As I listen to a parenting podcast, the ever present inspirational quote, “Thrive in the chaos, momma” plays in my headphones. As those words enter my mind, the perfectly timed scratchy, wetness of a toilet brush grazes against my...
"Yes, they're all mine." I wonder how many times I've uttered these words to perfect strangers who seem to think they're well within their rights to look over my brood of well-behaved young people and say, "That's a lot of...
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...
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...
Nine years ago, I was blessed with the birth of my beautiful daughter.  We had been waiting for her arrival for too long. It was not easy to get to the moment where I could finally hear her first cry....
It’s hard to believe that anyone might say the words “breastfeeding saved my life,” but in my case, it did.  It was always my dream, as it is with any new mom, to breastfeed my baby. In fact, during our...
Military families quickly become accustomed to living far away from their family members and loved ones. The distance is challenging in the best of times, but what happens if a close family member becomes ill or is diagnosed with cancer...

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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...