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 […]

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 […]

Four Ways to Navigate Military Life as an Introverted Military Spouse

Our family just moved, again. The last duty station only lasted two years, this new one is only for a year, and projecting out, the next one is likely to also be only a year. For the introverted, stay-at-home, homeschooling, military spouse that I am, this is a challenge. It took me six months to […]

Five Ways To Support Your Military Spouse Friend, Even If You Don’t Get Their Life

While the days of back-to-back-to-back deployments have waned a bit in recent years, ask any military spouse and they will tell you that the OPTEMPO – or Operational Tempo of their service member’s unit – or how busy they are – isn’t exactly one of late mornings, early evenings, and consistent family dinners. We remain […]

There’s No Place Like Home

Home

I will never forget the first military ball I went to with the man who would become my husband. I was dazzled, enchanted, and nervous all in one. I was completely mesmerized by all the wonderful traditions and felt immensely privileged to be part of it. There were many speeches I remember; and I’d always […]

The Story of Pride & Grit

For years, I’ve wanted to write a book. I didn’t know what the topic would be, but I knew there were few things I enjoyed more than spending the day in front of my computer making the words reflect how I felt. So, maybe I was a writer. Maybe I was a blogger. For sure, […]

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 […]

The Choice That Almost Ended my Military Marriage

Originally featured on the National Family Military Association‘s Blog, this story was republished with the permission of both the author and NMFA.  I chose my career over my military husband. I’ve always been motivated to achieve. So has my husband. This joint go-get-‘em attitude is part of what attracted us to each other. As a soldier, his […]

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 […]

My First Friend In My Military Community

My first Army friend! She was everything I needed. A successful professional, a mom, a confident force who didn’t take any shit. She’d built her own life alongside her Soldier’s. In true Grey’s Anatomy and Meredith Grey fashion, this was MY person or at least I hoped she would be. Our one year dating anniversary […]