At 7 months pregnant it was time to finalize the baby stuff. I still needed a breast pump and I thought I discovered a money-saving solution. After three kids, my friend announced she was officially hopping off the baby-making train, and she was ready to sell all her baby stuff. Lucky for me, this included […]
This military life is crazy. It’s full of uncertainty, hurry up and waiting, and lots of packing or unpacking. As military spouses, we move, we take care of the house, we work, we raise kiddos, and then we repeat. All day, every day. It can be easy to lose yourself in all that chaos. Putting […]
It wasn’t good news. “My husband’s leaving tomorrow,” she said. She just got word from her husband that he would be deploying within the next 24 hours. There was no notice. There was no quality family time with the kids at the park. It was simply pack your bags and leave. Gulp.
Military life is one of those things that will take all the life plans you jotted on a piece of paper, crumple them up and throw them in the shredder. Gasp. Military spouses and significant others, you might feel a little discouraged hearing this. I certainly did at first too. Growing up in the Midwest, […]
When I first became a military spouse without kids, we moved on base. It was perfect! My spouse was gone for a one year deployment, and our previous apartment had become infested with rats so huge they dragged a large dog rope behind the sofa. Yeah… It was also very strange to move into a total […]
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Finest Hours. All opinions are 100% mine. The email read, “There are no words to describe how much I need you right now.” In an instant, I knew everything was about to change for me as a military spouse. As I sat safely […]
It’s is the perfect time for military families to plan a long weekend to their favorite local vacation spot. We love to stay at on base beach lodging if it exists, which is not to be confusing with on base camping. Because camping is a four letter word in our home. Why sleep outside when you […]
It hit me all at once. There I was–a military spouse on her way home from a teaching job and the daycare pick up–with the sobbing baby screaming in the back seat. I had dinner to cook, a bath to give, and the bedtime routine to do before I could throw in the laundry and grade papers. The […]
I peeled my body out of bed at 5 am, washed my face with Noxzema and headed straight for the kitchen. Even as a military spouse in the middle of deployment, I can’t help but creep my way out of bed to greet the stillness of morning.
“I didn’t know what I was getting into.” Time and time again military spouses speak those words to me. To be honest, I didn’t know either. How does anyone really know? In the same way, you don’t understand what it’s like to be a mom or a broker on Wall Street or a barista in […]