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Europe in the fall

Europe in the Fall: 5 Weekend Trips with Kids

Fall is my favorite season – I love the beautiful colors of the foliage, the cooler temperatures, and the calm in the schedule before the hectic pace of the holidays begins.  We’ve been stationed in Europe for the past 2 ½ years, and our family has been enjoying the change of seasons that we didn’t […]

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When Goodbye Is Not ‘See You Later’

Moving away from your tribe is arguably the hardest part of a military permanent change of station (PCS). You spend between two and five years (give or take a year or two) building relationships, finding those people who are your kind of weird, investing in baby showers and barbecues, and genuinely falling in love with […]

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I Hate it Here …. No, Wait, I Love it!

In terms of military assignments, I’ve been pretty fortunate. Even for some locations with mixed reviews, I have always found something positive about my time there. Bloom where you’re planted and all. What I never expected was to instantly and thoroughly dislike a place I lived.  We arrived in Belgium on a cold, wintery day in […]

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Feeling Invisible in an Awards and Promotions Driven World

Won any awards lately?  Any big promotions on the horizon?  Eh, me either girl, you’re in good company here.  It turns out we’re not the only ones who struggle with feeling invisible, and with a moniker like the silent ranks, it’s not difficult to imagine why a military spouse might feel unnoticed in this awards […]

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Expanding Your Tribe As a Military Mom

Every mother needs a tribe: Other mothers who understand her; who don’t judge her; and who are willing to lend their support and time when needed. But for military mothers, who move every few years, finding a tribe can be downright daunting.  Most bases host a new spouses’ orientation briefing to acclimate spouses to the base and city. Often, I’ve tried these, […]

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