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The Humbling Experience of Visiting War Memorials

During a recent visit with my family, I visited the World War II Valor in the Pacific Monument.  This national monument is famously home to the USS Arizona Memorial; it also encompasses the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. All the monuments and museums […]

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Urgent Care: A Love Letter

MedExpress, our partner for this post, has 250 urgent care locations in 20 different states. These facilities are warm and welcoming and the average wait time is under an hour. MedExpress also accepts Tricare in most states so check out the MedExpress website to see if there is one near you. Dear Urgent Care, You […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Tricare and Urgent Care

This sponsored post is part of a three-part series with MedExpress. We feel privileged to work with MedExpress to share this message with readers.We have all been there. It is after normal office hours and your child is not well. The fever that has been coming and going all day just won’t break, and he […]

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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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Sunday Supper and How I Survive Endless Detachments

I am so over hearing “that’s so nice for you that your husband doesn’t deploy.” Yes, it is very nice that he does not deploy; however, that does not mean he doesn’t detach or spend countless weekends away on cross countries or TDY trainings. My husband is rarely home. The kids and I stay so […]

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