If you are fortunate enough to be stationed in Europe, then the most festive time of the year is rapidly approaching - Christmas Market season! It's no secret that the winters in Europe can be dark, dreary and damp,...
Japan may not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to an OCONUS (Outside Continental United States) move, but it will definitely leave a lasting impression on you if you ever get stationed here. As our time in Japan is...
“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…” -Winston Churchill. My husband is a U.S....
I enjoy visiting home. My husband and I are from the same hometown in Iowa, and most of our family still resides there. I love taking my kids around the area. It is fun to see both the new...
I just booked the last trip I will take with my current passport. While I am not normally a sentimental person, I am oddly attached to this little book. In the 10 years I've had this passport, we spent...
It was my most difficult goodbye. We spent a month leaving jobs and schools; friends and people who had became family; favorite places and foods. I ate more currywurst und pommes and drank more espresso doppio and Hefeweizen than...
Imagine this: you are offered the chance to travel the world for 9 months. You can work remotely, thus providing an income during your travel. You can visit anywhere and in any order. You are limited only by funds...
If you have ever been stationed in Japan or had a spouse deployed out here, then you probably know about CoCo’s (Curry House CoCo Ichibanya). CoCo’s is a chain restaurant specializing in Japanese-style curry. I was excited to try...
Traveling takes on a whole other meaning when you have to do it with kids. I found myself in this exact predicament when my family and I PCSed from the states to Japan with our kids and pets. The...
I was 18 years old the first time I moved away from home. And it changed me. I learned how to live with another female. As a girl with only brothers, this was a big one. Thankfully, I was lucky enough...
I grew up experiencing two different cultures. My mom is American and has English and German origins. My dad is originally Palestinian, but his family migrated to Egypt and then to Saudi Arabia. I was born in the United...
A few months after my first daughter was born, I bought a baby carrier. She always wanted to be held, and it enabled me to have my hands free and keep her happy. I tried a few different wraps, but...

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...