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  A permanent change of station (PCS) is difficult for many children. It’s difficult as a parent to watch your military child feel so many emotions and not be able to process them. There are many things to be excited...
They say it takes a village to raise a child…but how do you go about finding your village?! Do they just turn up, or do you need to fill out an application? I’m joking, of course.  But finding your village...
A small boy sits on the ground facing away from the camera. He is surrounded by orange, yellow and brown leaves which have fallen from the trees.

Falling in love with fall

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Would you believe me if I told you that I didn’t really understand the fascination with fall/autumn before we moved to Pennsylvania?  It’s true, but after a few weeks, I definitely started falling in love with fall! Let me back...
Rome, Market, Fruit

When in Rome….

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Sometimes when we travel we are unaware of how different some of our daily behaviors are seen in other countries.  The natural ways in which we conduct ourselves are so embedded in our activities that we don’t stop to...
My daughter will be turning eight next month. She recently asked me if we would be moving again since her birthday is coming up. We’re not moving but let me explain why she thought we might be.    Two out of...
“Hi there, neighbor!”  If you watch an episode of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, it is the kindness Mr. Rogers shows to all neighbors that tenders even the hardest of hearts. His generous demeanor connects even the shiest of neighbors together, building...
After a thousand mile road trip, I finally asked my sister the question I wasn’t sure I wanted the answer to, “Do you think she’ll remember who I am?” I held my breath, anticipating her response. She pulled...
While reading fellow blogger Lindsay Swoboda’s recent post, “Trusting the Transition”, I found myself transformed back to when I was learning to drive a manual transmission and had a remarkably similar—and equally memorable—experience of being stalled in an intersection...
I lived my entire childhood in one town. Then, I went to college less than 30 minutes away. To say that I feel ill-equipped to help my children transition from place to place during PCS season is an understatement. Staring...
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,...
You have the overseas assignment orders. Hurray!  But then you start to think about the logistics of moving overseas with young children...and panic sets in.  Please don’t worry; it can be done. I’ve done it twice and lived to...
This is Part II of Jenny's international move. To read Part I, click here! Well, I was right. That goodbye did suck! If you read Part I of this series, you will know that I was preparing to say an emotional...

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What Families With Rare Children Want You to Know

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Happy Rare Disease Day! Rare Disease Day celebrates the 300 million people worldwide who are living with a rare disease. There are over 6000...