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 […]

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 […]

Three Tips for Managing Expectations in a Military Marriage

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Military marriages exist in dog years. A five-year military marriage passes in a blink, feeling more like two-and-a-half short years. And yet simultaneously you feel like you’ve learned enough about marriage, about hard, about love, to rival the average 10-year marriage. You experience double the growth in half the time.  Thirteen years, seven moves, four […]

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 […]

Three Reasons To Meet Your Military & Family Life Counselor!

What feels like a lifetime ago, I was sitting in a Battalion Steering Committee meeting when an older gentleman introduced himself as our new MFLC – Military & Family Life Counselor. It was 2009. I listened to his elevator pitch and learned about the relatively new program.  Apparently, we’d be seeing him around now. He […]

Making an OCONUS PCS a Little Easier

While dating, my then-boyfriend and I talked a lot about the uniqueness of life in the military. In addition to our essential “napkins” conversation, one of the other discussions during our dating months centered around duty locations. My ears perked up the ONE time he’d off-handedly mentioned a European assignment. “Is that possible, an assignment […]

Grateful To Work

And There It Was. That feeling that I should just be GRATEFUL.
Grateful that someone offered me a job despite the fact that we move a lot: three states just in the last two and a half years. Grateful because I have a few weird gaps in my resume and “inconsistent” work experience all over the country. I am an experienced journalist and technical writer with a master’s degree, and I felt guilty turning down a “junior to mid-entry-level position”.

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 […]

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 […]

PTSD, as Told by a Veteran and a Military Spouse

My name is Annette, and I am the mother of two teenagers. I am also a military spouse of over 20 years and a Retired Army Combat Veteran. What some may not know is that I also suffer from PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I’ve been living with this since 2009. Some days are better than […]