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No Matter How Commonplace Moving Becomes, There’s Always the Dreaded Week of Lasts

We are moving this week. I am a pro at moving. We’ve done it enough. Staged house to sell. Separated stuff into piles. Cleaned out closets. Transferred utilities. We’re good at it. Moving is easy. But no matter how often I fill out a change of address form on the post office website, there is […]

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What to Know Before They Deploy

There are things in life to look forward to with eager anticipation; a deployment is not one of them.   For us, the dreaded deployment is underway and with each new document, training or additional uniform, there’s greater awareness that the date is looming.  This post takes a holistic approach for spouses of service members with an upcoming deployment. I’ve combined logistical […]

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5 Must-See Beaches When Stationed in Jacksonville, NC

When military families first find out they’re going to be stationed in Jacksonville, North Carolina, they tend to be less than thrilled. They were maybe hoping for somewhere a little more glamorous like California or Hawaii. In their minds, they picture Jacksonville as a typical military town littered with tattoo parlors and barber shops.  What […]

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5 Planners for Every Mom and Every Budget

I used to be a pretty organized and together person. Before my kids came along, I remembered everything. I knew where my husband left his keys; I was able recall dates on the calendar from memory; I knew how many meetings I had scheduled on a particular day; and even friends’ birthdays and wedding anniversaries. […]

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Open Letter To A Soldier’s Wife

Today, I met your mother in law. She gushed on and on about her son (stationed where we just left), her grandson (still in your womb), and how amazing we military families are. In the same breath, she leaned forward, asking with the fear of a mother for her child, “Has your husband deployed?” I […]

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5 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for the Military Family in Your Life

It’s that time of year again, friends; the Christmas shopping season is upon us. In every store we enter, expertly executed displays will entice us. Festive tunes will coax us.  Children will thumb through toy catalogs, eagerly selecting dozens of this year’s most proficiently marketed baubles … it’s practically a rite of passage. And at […]

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How to Get a Free Christmas Care Package Through Support Military Spouses

Christmas is quickly approaching, and if you’re anything like me then you’re now entering panic mode. Between Christmas shopping and budgeting and planning a holiday menu, you’re probably feeling pretty wiped out already.  Here Comes the Holidays … and the stress. Moms everywhere are in overdrive this time of year, and for military spouses, in […]

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When Friends Become Family

“Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest … it’s about who came and never left your side.” – Unknown This thought on friendship is something I have learned to be true since marrying into the military. Some may claim that their lifetime childhood friends are their best friends. While this may be true, […]

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Organic Sex: Natural Family Planning and the Military

Here is a little story. We had just moved overseas and were welcomed by the most incredible group of people. I was so excited! We were still in a temporary apartment off-base waiting for our house to be inspected and repainted when I found out I was pregnant with our second child. Our first was […]

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