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They stepped upon the rickety decks of ships that would either deliver them to a watery grave or the safe haven they so desperately longed for. Their request was simple; yet in it’s simplicity lay …

warriors for healing

“Something just seemed off. There was something off kilter. I didn’t feel like my former self and I didn’t feel like my Marine Corps self. I just felt kind of lost with my sense of self,” …

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Raise your hand if you enjoy sitting down and talking about the budget with your spouse….no one? Well, that's talk about how you can easily make it suck less without drowning your financial sorrows in a bottle …

make memories on a PCS budget

by Dawn Smith, MilitaryByOwner staff writer With many PCS adventures behind us, I can look back and see, after the boxes were loaded and the keys were returned, the fun that followed our family as we …

PCS without older children

While stationed in Guam with our young family, I met a couple whose three older children were all back in the states: they were attending college, married, or living on their own. They now found …

same sex military couples

In case you missed it, on Friday 26 June 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that it is unlawful to deny a couple the right to be married just because they happen to be …

10 things about military wives you probably don't want to know

Originally published at merelymothers.com. A couple of years ago, I wrote a post for Yahoo! called “Ten Things you May not Know about Military Wives.”   Lots of people read it. It was truthful, but a …

9-things-you-need-to-know-about-changing-schools

Our school-aged children have sent in their teachers’ gifts, signed the yearbooks and dumped the contents of their backpacks onto the living room floor. However, the end of school means more to military families than …

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Article originally published at JoMyGosh.com. Is there a time that we fret more over the way we look and feel than homecoming? From deployment weight loss challenges, to Pinterest boards full of homecoming outfit ideas, to …

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The online bashing, ridicule and embarrassment of the military spouse community has been a frequent visitor to my timeline this week after an article on the subject made it on the front page of the …

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Freedoms Worth Dying For

freedom 4th of July

They stepped upon the rickety decks of ships that would either deliver them to a watery grave or the safe haven they so desperately longed for. Their request was simple; yet in it’s simplicity lay the tragic demise of their very existence. If there was a God, surely he would deliver them, to a place where they could speak to him, worship him, and council with him in a way that … [Read more...]

Freedoms Worth Dying For

Warriors for Healing

warriors for healing

“Something just seemed off. There was something off kilter. I didn’t feel like my former self and I didn’t feel like my Marine Corps self. I just felt kind of lost with my sense of self,” Yusra Kauppila admitted. Kauppila transitioned out of the Marine Corps after deploying to Iraq, where she served alongside her fellow Marines as a Corporal. Upon returning to the United … [Read more...]

Warriors for Healing

7 Savings Tips for Long-distance Marriages

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Raise your hand if you enjoy sitting down and talking about the budget with your spouse….no one? Well, that's talk about how you can easily make it suck less without drowning your financial sorrows in a bottle of wine... I don’t know about you, but for me that is never a fun conversation and is often accompanied by a glass of wine. My husband and I decided when we both … [Read more...]

7 Savings Tips for Long-distance Marriages

Make Memories on a Budget While You PCS

make memories on a PCS budget

by Dawn Smith, MilitaryByOwner staff writer With many PCS adventures behind us, I can look back and see, after the boxes were loaded and the keys were returned, the fun that followed our family as we made our way to the next destination. This is probably the only time I would ever accept a dare from my 7-year-old to try the “barf” flavored jelly bean at the Jelly Belly … [Read more...]

Make Memories on a Budget While You PCS

PCS’ing Without Your Older Children

PCS without older children

While stationed in Guam with our young family, I met a couple whose three older children were all back in the states: they were attending college, married, or living on their own. They now found themselves a very different family with their last child at home. Looking at my own small children, I had a little flash of foreshadowing as I tried to wrap my brain around how … [Read more...]

PCS’ing Without Your Older Children

What Does Friday’s Ruling Mean for Same Sex Military Couples?

same sex military couples

In case you missed it, on Friday 26 June 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that it is unlawful to deny a couple the right to be married just because they happen to be a same sex couple. It’s a ruling 11 years in the making. In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the United States to legalize gay marriages. Since then, 34 other states have followed. In … [Read more...]

What Does Friday’s Ruling Mean for Same Sex Military Couples?

10 Things About Military Wives You Probably Don’t Want To Know

10 things about military wives you probably don't want to know

Originally published at merelymothers.com. A couple of years ago, I wrote a post for Yahoo! called “Ten Things you May not Know about Military Wives.”   Lots of people read it. It was truthful, but a feel good piece. And now, I want to offer you the dark side. 1. We are always at our limit. One of my close military wife friends said this to me, and I have never forgotten … [Read more...]

10 Things About Military Wives You Probably Don’t Want To Know

9 Things You Need To Know When Changing Schools

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Our school-aged children have sent in their teachers’ gifts, signed the yearbooks and dumped the contents of their backpacks onto the living room floor. However, the end of school means more to military families than sleeping in, summer camps and pool parties. For many of us, the end of school usually means PCS season is in full swing, packers are coming, emotional goodbyes and … [Read more...]

9 Things You Need To Know When Changing Schools

Why I Care About MilSpouse Bashing

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The online bashing, ridicule and embarrassment of the military spouse community has been a frequent visitor to my timeline this week after an article on the subject made it on the front page of the Army and Marine Corps Times. As I clicked on the comment section of these pages, I was surprised that the nastiness so prominent in the conversation no longer bothers me. At this … [Read more...]

Why I Care About MilSpouse Bashing