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  1. Ideas of Items to Send to Deployed Military

    My husband has been overseas for deployments multiple times during our marriage. Some of these were during war, some not. Each time he went there were things he missed from home that he wasn’t able to buy on the base there or didn’t have access to at all. When he...
  2. How We Celebrate Christmas

    Over the years, Sam and I have learned to celebrate Christmas in a lot of different situations. From him being in Iraq one year, to just the two of us stationed in California years ago, and last year here at Ft Bliss by ourselves. While we have our own traditions...
  3. Our Top Picks for the Next Station We Head to.

    As we head into 2+ years of Army service now, my husband is getting ready to reenlist. And this means that we have to decide where we might like to be next. Obviously that doesn’t always work in the military. For instance, where we are now. We did not choose...
  4. The Emotional Timeline of a Separation

    Brief or extended, the words “I’ll be leaving on_______ and by home by _______” strike a sadness into every military spouse’s heart. It’s a process of it’s own, somewhat like a grieving. Most spouses are given varying amounts of time to plan and prepare, but also to worry and become...
  5. Rent vs Own: Housing in the Military

    Four years ago, we owned our own home as civilians. My husband was out of the Marines, we’d moved back to our hometown, and felt like we were ready to buy. Two years later with the housing market crash and dead end jobs, we realized it was a very poor choice. We...
  6. 7 Moments to Capture During Military Life

    In military life, there are always moments, little and big, that make wonderful memories when we get pictures of them. These times can be easily forgotten under emotions and the rush of life and getting things back to normal or the irritation of having everything to start over again. From...
  7. Making the Best of a Duty Station You Didn’t Want.

    Two years ago, I waited with breathless anticipation for where my husband would get his first official station from the Army. Six years before in the Marines, he’d been stationed at Camp Pendleton and I moved there, then he got out of active duty and we moved home. There was no choice...
  8. Short Separations: How to Cope

    Military life prepares most of us for long term separations. They aren’t easy, they aren’t something to look forward to, but it’s a fact of life for us. At some point, your spouse will spend a long time away from you and your family. What many of us don’t realize...
  9. 5 Tips on Preparing Your Home for a PCS

    PCS or permanent change of station. For the vast majority of military families, this happens at least once in an enlistment. For career military it happens more often. Besides a deployment, this is one of the biggest changes in a military families life. It means often moving across the country...
  10. 5 New Year’s Resolutions for this Military Wife

    I’m not a über involved Army wife. I don’t attend many FRG meetings, I don’t host get togethers with other wives, and I don’t really know many of the people my husband works with. This isn’t anything that is different, I didn’t get involved heavily when Sam was in the...