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"When all is said and done, the real citadel of strength of any community is in the hearts
and minds and desires of those who dwell there."

everett dickerson

30+ Learn At-Home Resources For Your Child

At-Home School. Distance Learning. Virtual Schooling – all terms we never expected to associate with our child’s education. And yet, here we are. In some states, districts, and schools, parents are feeling well supported. In others, parents are struggling – with technology, expectations, educational support. For those navigating this uncertainty, Pride & Grit contributor Lindsay Kuniyuki summarized NINE years of

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Uncertain Times: Four Ways to Put Your Military Spouse Super Powers to Good Use

I saw a meme online the other day that essentially said (and I’m paraphrasing): “You’re upset that the government is telling you what to do and changing your plans without notice? Welcome to life as a military spouse.” I’m not trying to make light of our world’s current state of affairs as our nation works to collectively combat COVID-19 and

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Three Best Reads of 2019

It is easy to miss “the good stuff” on social media. Been there, often! I’ll see articles posted that are several years old (from sites I actually follow) and I’m thinking, this is great, how did I miss this? Happens all. the. time. So, with that in mind, I wanted to start off 2020 by providing a bit of a

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The Voice of the Military Spouse: It’s Never Been Louder

It hit me a few weeks ago; times are changing. We, the military spouse, are the reason. And I’ve never been prouder to be associated with a group of people. In 2019, military spouses are testifying before Congress in record numbers. Spouses are organizing petitions. Spouses are sought out by members of Congress, who see that the path to an

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My Fairy-Tale Life

I began referring to my fairy-tale life back in 2011. I adopted the expression while my husband was in Afghanistan for twelve months. It was a rough deployment. Many Soldiers have experienced longer and more difficult combat deployments, I know, but this one was our first. Soldiers died. Families mourned. I often wondered whether or not my own Soldier would make it

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The Life I Choose

While I was packing up my Christmas decorations, let’s just say not in a timeliest of manners, I had one of those bubble thoughts pop into my head that took me by surprise.  I was wrapping up all those precious handmade ornaments that my military kids have made at each school they have attended.  Each special thing assigned a duty

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young woman unpacking boxes

Army Wives 2.0 – The Real Untold Edition

I have had a few people say to me, “Your life is like that Lifetime show Army Wives.” I guess this is something in the mainstream media that people can grasp at to compare a military spouse’s life to.  Admittedly, although my husband joined the Air Force, not the Army, this statement is not entirely untrue.  It’s true in the

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The Story of Pride & Grit

Sometimes the most accidental friends become a force in your life. Our accidental friendship began when we both sought out gymnastics for our girls and ended up at a German gym, crossing our fingers they’d love it (they didn’t), and talking to the only other American there. She was a person with interests or life experiences different from my own

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I Could Never Do What You Do

“I could never do what you do.” Uuuuuuuugh. Cue me, sighing dramatically and rolling my eyes. Listen, friend. Or Mom. Or college roommate. Or cousin. Or Great-Aunt Sally. Or check-out cashier at Target. You could, and you would. You would move. You would sacrifice. You would let yourself be pushed beyond the limits you ever thought were possible. Your spouse

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Joining the Military Spouse Sisterhood

Husband: What are you going to miss most? Me: The people. Had you told me this would be my answer two and a half years ago when we landed in Europe, I would have laughed you right out of the room. Until now, I never integrated our family into military life. We always lived off-post. I consistently held a job.

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