Ditch the traditional resolutions and lend a hand to the military community instead. New Year’s Resolutions are complicated. I know I’m not alone in making them and not following through. So, this year I decided to do things a little differently. This year, my resolutions aren’t about me, but instead benefit our military community. Hopefully, … Read More
Do you ever look at your kids and think, Wow, they’re just like me? Usually when I’m thinking that, it’s when I see my “not so great” qualities reflected, like needing to be in control and be right. Of course, it doesn’t help that school has been out for a couple months, or that we’ve spent … Read More
Our military world is difficult to navigate for many. I’ve lived more years alone than I’d like and endured through stress, chaos, and loss. Through it all, I relied on the constant love and joy that my dog provided. My black cocker spaniel, Zazu, was the source of so much happiness in all of our … Read More
It’s another typical day as a spouse of a service member. Get the kids to school, check. Finish daily errands, check. Dishwasher unloaded, reloaded, homework checked, scraped knee bandaged, check. Now it’s time to work. Yes, I said it. The W-word. You know, the one you get paid to do. I never knew how difficult … Read More
There’s a really great party going on outside my room right now. There’s an open bar, the crowd is upbeat with a live band… and I’m in my room writing. Why? Because I’m overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and appreciation that I have received in the last two days — I had to stop … Read More
Living on base has provided one of the most invaluable things in my life: a collection of friends. Throughout my Marine Corps journey, I’ve been lucky enough to find precious gems at every duty station. I will cherish these friendships the rest of my life and will continue feeding them through a journey of communication, … Read More
Being a stay at home mom is the best and hardest job in the world. There are days when you adore your kids more than anything in the world and the next day you’re imaging where you can hide from them for five minutes of alone time. I was a stay at home mom for … Read More
I had butterflies in my belly, not from the excitement of a loved one, but rather from nervousness if my whole scheme would work out. I had heard about the conundrum known as Space A, but knew that it was a gamble if everything would actually work out. I brought my hare-brained scheme to my … Read More
Is anyone else like me? My husband is TAD or deployed and the idea of getting the entire bed to myself sounds great at first. I imagine not getting elbowed in the head or having my covers ripped off me in the middle of the night…
Does anyone else feel that their lives are “groundhog-day” in seasons? For me, fall season’s daily activities include school, homework, various sports, coupled with the various daily chores of laundry, cleaning, and cooking meals. Each season brings about a different set of activities, but alas, they remain the same scheduled chaos within the week.
I remember the first time I drove on base alone, armed with my new military ID card and on a mission to buy groceries. Yes, I was heading the commissary and I was hoping and praying that I wasn’t going to get in trouble or do something wrong.