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So God Made a Military Spouse

The choice to serve wouldn’t be easy or taken lightly. Time would be given and careful considerations taken. Pros and cons would be listed, and those affected would be considered. God knew they’d need someone to understand what they were signing up for, that the sacrifices would be real, and that life wouldn’t always be […]

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Away From Home for the Holidays … and Still Celebrating!

My family and I enjoy holidays, but we love the Christmas season. The lights and decorations; the cheer and spirit; the food and family. Something about this time of year and season is just a little magical. I look forward to our traditions and celebrations every year. The best part of the Christmas season is the […]

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VOTING

Voting: Your Right and Your Duty

  Did you know that there is a very important election this November?  Midterm elections mean that all the House seats and many of the Senate seats, along with other local positions, are up for grabs.   Unfortunately, lots of people don’t vote, particularly in midterm elections. I am here to implore you to vote. […]

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What Are Reveille, Retreat, and Taps

What Are Reveille, Retreat, and Taps & What Can We Learn From Them?

Most of you have probably heard Reveille, Retreat, and Taps played at your military installation – but what do they mean, and what can we learn from them? When I was a freshly minted military spouse – nearly 11 years ago – questions about military pomp and protocol were fresh in my mind. Having not […]

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Everyone Stationed OCONUS Needs a Bug-Out Bag

Since our arrival in Japan, the base installation has offered an Emergency Preparedness class almost every month focusing on NEO (noncombatant evacuation operations). I put off taking this class for over half a year, thinking this would never affect me. Then several of my friends stationed on the East Coast had to evacuate their homes […]

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God Bless America

God Bless America … and All the Little Stuff We Missed While Stationed Overseas

Happy 4th of July! Today America celebrates its independence from the British Empire, as the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. Today is also the day we eat embarrassingly large amounts of grilled meats; we spend time with family and friends; we jump off diving boards 1,000 times; we watch fireworks; and […]

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