Featured Posts

modest kids

Photo Credit Flickr WCFW My husband and I were discussing our girls, and the concerns we have for both of them. Madelyn is only 2, but Cailin is 8 already. No, she won’t be going to the …

military kids and military life

During the month of April we recognize the contribution made by the children of American service members, April is the Month of the Military Child. Military children don’t choose a life filled with deployments, reintegration, …

how to love for two during deployment

When a key figure in our lives suddenly disappears for a long period of time how do we actively acknowledge their “presence,” without their physical presence? Better yet how do we explain to our young …

career military spouse

Article previously published at NextGen Milspouse I want to say that having a career as a military spouse has absolutely nothing to do with your level of patriotism, but what I see around me daily suggests …

reenlist in military

It’s a question every active duty member of the military has contemplated at least once in their military career. For most families this means discussing what it will mean for them as a whole unit. …

professional identity and military life

When I first married my husband, I was very clear about my personal and professional identity, but over time, my life as a military spouse started impacting my career and I started questioning myself. Through all of …

judgment of women

I’ve noticed an unfortunate trend in the last couple of years. A trend of judgment and I don’t just mean in the military world. The saddest thing is that when I think about it, this …

Care package tips

Article Credit: JoMyGosh.com. (Read more here!) Care packages are one of those things that are at the center of deployment for military significant others. For me, they were always a tangible way to connect with John …

civilians understand military life

Military life has always included unique challenges. Service members move frequently with their jobs, they deploy for months (sometimes years) at a time, their skill sets put them in varying degrees of danger, and the …

PTSD and Kids

Over the last couple of years, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have come to the forefront of conversations within the military. It took some work, but the military, each branch, …

Recent Posts

modest kids

Modesty 101

Photo Credit Flickr WCFW My husband and I were discussing our girls, and the concerns we have for both of them. Madelyn is only 2, but Cailin … Read More

Relationships

All Posts

Modesty 101

modest kids

Photo Credit Flickr WCFW My husband and I were discussing our girls, and the concerns we have for both of them. Madelyn is only 2, but Cailin is 8 already. No, she won’t be going to the mall next month, or even next year, without an adult. She doesn’t own clothing that we haven’t both approved. But as we would both swear that Cailin was 2 only yesterday, you’ll have to … [Read more...]

Modesty 101

How Military Kids Really Feel About Military Life

military kids and military life

During the month of April we recognize the contribution made by the children of American service members, April is the Month of the Military Child. Military children don’t choose a life filled with deployments, reintegration, and frequent moves. We think of our military kids as strong, independent, and resilient individuals. But still, as parents, we worry that the life is … [Read more...]

How Military Kids Really Feel About Military Life

How to Love for Two During Deployment

how to love for two during deployment

When a key figure in our lives suddenly disappears for a long period of time how do we actively acknowledge their “presence,” without their physical presence? Better yet how do we explain to our young children that daddy isn’t gone forever, even if he can’t be there for soccer games, dance recitals, and birthday parties? During my husband’s last deployment I found myself in a … [Read more...]

How to Love for Two During Deployment

Can Career-Minded Military Spouses Be Patriots?

career military spouse

Article previously published at NextGen Milspouse I want to say that having a career as a military spouse has absolutely nothing to do with your level of patriotism, but what I see around me daily suggests I may be wrong. I see people asking my friend, an officer’s spouse, how she will be a good command spouse if she’s working. I see others responding to a military … [Read more...]

Can Career-Minded Military Spouses Be Patriots?

Should We Re-enlist?

reenlist in military

It’s a question every active duty member of the military has contemplated at least once in their military career. For most families this means discussing what it will mean for them as a whole unit. But for a dual military couple it means looking at more than just whether or not the family can handle it. Trying to balance a dual-military marriage, even without children involved, … [Read more...]

Should We Re-enlist?

Military Life Made Me Question My Identity

professional identity and military life

When I first married my husband, I was very clear about my personal and professional identity, but over time, my life as a military spouse started impacting my career and I started questioning myself. Through all of our moving, I lost sight of who I was and I found myself struggling with what I now realize was an identity crisis. My greatest breakthrough came when I realized … [Read more...]

Military Life Made Me Question My Identity

Judgment Derails Girl Power

judgment of women

I’ve noticed an unfortunate trend in the last couple of years. A trend of judgment and I don’t just mean in the military world. The saddest thing is that when I think about it, this isn’t even a recent “trend” at all, but something that has been around my entire life. Have you noticed as women how quick we are to pronounce sentence on other women? There are so many “wars” … [Read more...]

Judgment Derails Girl Power

REALLY Good Care Package Tips for Military Spouses

Care package tips

Article Credit: JoMyGosh.com. (Read more here!) Care packages are one of those things that are at the center of deployment for military significant others. For me, they were always a tangible way to connect with John and take care of him, even when he was 7,000 miles away. It was nice to know that, when he got mail, there would be at least a few minutes of his day that weren’t … [Read more...]

REALLY Good Care Package Tips for Military Spouses

Can Civilians Ever Understand?

civilians understand military life

Military life has always included unique challenges. Service members move frequently with their jobs, they deploy for months (sometimes years) at a time, their skill sets put them in varying degrees of danger, and the stressors that go along with service can be very different than those of many people in the civilian sector. The challenges of military life do not just stop with … [Read more...]

Can Civilians Ever Understand?