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Iceberg Moments: We Are Exactly Who Our Children Need

I don’t know about you, but having kids in my thirties was harder than expected. I always knew I wanted kids, a daughter for sure. God in his wisdom gave me two boys. I love my boys deeply, they just weren’t what I expected or what I planned for.   As a child, I envisioned my marriage, my children. These visions played out in every baby and Barbie […]

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Processing Pain in Difficult Seasons

Five years ago, we adopted a little girl from China. The journey has been filled with joys, surprises, and struggles we could have never imagined. When we started the process, we thought our future daughter had a simple special need that was easily correctable. Her adoption file did not accurately represent her actual needs, and […]

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MilMB’s Book Club Presents an Interview with Candice Curry, Author of “The Con Man’s Daughter”

Tragedy, neglect, addiction, manipulation – all these words can describe “The Con Man’s Daughter” by Candice Curry. Yet, this memoir is so much more than this. It is a story of triumph over tragedy, love over pain, and forgiveness in all its forms. This book brought out a wide range of emotions and thoughts for […]

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Do You Need Happy Pills? I Do

When my husband walked in from work, I was sitting on the couch, surrounded by piles of folded laundry. “Wow!” he grinned. I smiled back. I had put clean sheets on the beds and wiped down the kitchen counters, too. Both boys had been asleep since 7pm. I had caught up on This is Us […]

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January Book Club Questions

If you are like us, you are finally getting back into what is normal life after the holidays. Between the holiday parties, school events, days off, and the massive amounts of food consumed during those few weeks … it is no surprise that things might have slipped between the cracks — like us virtually meeting for […]

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I Need Time Away From My Kids, and I Will Not Feel Guilty About It

I love my children. I love their spunk, their personalities, their joy at the little things, their unpredictability, and their curiosity for the world. But, honestly, I cannot spend every minute with them. The same things I love about them also can become the things that make me want to hide in my bathroom (which […]

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Military Moms Blog Book Club

November Book Club: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When our MilMB Book Club chose When Breath Becomes Air for our November book club choice, I knew that this would be a thoughtful and intellectual memoir. I had many friends who raved about the book, and book reviews were all positive. Yet, I was not prepared for how much this slim book would move me […]

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Cognitive Restructuring for the Military Spouse: How to Turn Your Less-Than-Sunny Attitude Into One of Gratitude This Thanksgiving Season

Ever feel like you’re on a merry-go-round of negativity? Like your gut reactions line up a liiiiittle too well with Debbie Downer? Then you might need a little cognitive restructuring in your life, my friend. ** Essentially, cognitive restructuring is taking negative associations or thoughts and mentally re-working them for a more positive outcome. At […]

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