I don’t know how or when this happened but it did. I swear yesterday I was the starry eyed new spouse who couldn’t find the chips and bottled water at her first commissary visit (because it had been hidden behind the plastic curtain veiling the “more” store) and woke up today with 2 kids in elementary school and 15 years of deployments, PCS moves, FRG leadership, endless volunteer hours, and the … [Read more...] about Slightly Seasoned: A Mid-Thirties MilSpouse Confession
Choosing to live on or off base is made even tougher when you have no idea what your home may look like! I've pulled together my favorite resources for researching military housing and making the most of it! From the moment I find out a PCS is coming, housing is my top concern. We've lived both on and off post. Sometimes, our housing is confirmed before we arrive and other moves we've … [Read more...] about What does base housing look like?
Military life can be confusing, isolating and intimidating - but it doesn't have to be. There is a powerful boost in realizing that someone else has been where you are, felt the same frustrations and wrestled with the same challenges. Here are more than 60 blogs, websites and organizations waiting for you! Military Community Humans on the Homefront - Celebrating military families one story … [Read more...] about Military Community Blogs, Social Media and Resources
Without a doubt, deployments are hard. But for our family, it is reintegration once our soldier is home that the hard work starts. After they march in, speeches are made and the band has played, we have to go home and learn to work together again. Homecomings are like weddings. There’s fanfare, so much planning and anticipation. It’s awesome while it lasts. And then you’re standing there, … [Read more...] about Why reintegration is harder than you think
Parenting is hard. It is joyful, rewarding, exhausting. It is always hard. Parenting during a deployment? It's like in the old school Mario Brothers when you made it to the next level and immediately made some crazy simple mistake and DIED. GAME OVER Except, in this, there are no breaks or start overs. I can't turn off my son and walk away to recharge. I have to plug along, doing the best I can … [Read more...] about Parenting During Deployment
As a military family, there is no moment quite like homecoming - anticipation, relief, anxiety - but without fail it is not as simple as the heart wrenching viral videos might lead you to believe. As soon as I pull myself out of the wallowing that happens immediately after my soldier leaves for down range, the count down to homecoming starts. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with … [Read more...] about Anticipating Homecoming