Being a military kid is hard! You might not have a lot of choice in where you live or what you do. There are deployments, PCS moves, a loss of friends, a change in schools (sometimes mid-year), confusion ......
The first time I remember my dad being gone was during a year-long deployment to South Korea when I was in the second grade. Video calling software was not commonly available during that time, so my dad typically called...
This summer we moved overseas. For about 2.5 months, we lived in a variety of housing situations — the majority of the time spent in temporary military housing. As it goes with any overseas move, during these 10 weeks,...
This is part one of a series on fun and affordable things to do in Hawaii. This series also aims to highlight the need to find the positives in every assignment, even if it is not in paradise.  :)   Hawaii:...
My husband was in Afghanistan when we found out we had the opportunity to be stationed in Israel together. Instead of reporting at a regular military base, we would be signing in at an embassy. The same day he...
My husband and I joke that when we got married, I owned four of our kids and he owned one, now together we own all five. Yes, we're a blended family, but we have the unusual pleasure of having...
Fall is my favorite season – I love the beautiful colors of the foliage, the cooler temperatures, and the calm in the schedule before the hectic pace of the holidays begins.  We’ve been stationed in Europe for the past 2...
We were stationed in Stuttgart, Germany for two years. The plan was to be there for three, but of course, plans are for losers. It took awhile to adjust. I arrived six months pregnant and was suddenly not working. Then...
One of the most stressful decisions we make as parents is where to send our children to school. If you are a military family, you do it more often than our country holds presidential elections. Our children start a new...
Gone are the days when I can just pack a small carry-on, drink my coffee, and read a book while I wait for my next flight snuggled up against my husband. I used to watch traveling families and smile as...
Unless you've been living under a rock (pun totally intended), you've probably heard about or seen The Kindness Rocks Project (or one of its MANY offshoots) in action.  The concept is simple -- brighten someone's day by painting rocks, hiding them...
A long time ago, I was told that I was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. I wanted something in my life to go a certain way and, well, it just wasn't. As a particular...

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...