Battle Buddies

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Battle Buddies….those words conjure up different thoughts for different segments of the population. For military spouses it means the friend who held your hand through a deployment. I don’t mean literal hand-holding. I am referring to the chick who answers the phone and just listens as you rant and rave about the latest drama in […]

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Sleeping the week away

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There comes a point after a redeployment where the stress finally leaves your body and you give into the exhaustion. At least that is how it is for me. The first week home, this time, was a flurry of activity even though we vowed to just relax. The second week saw us on the road […]

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The week I held my breath

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I rarely posted about The Man’s deployment over the last year for security reasons and because I didn’t feel strong enough to endure the backlash I would receive if I was perceived as whining. I am ready to discuss how we survived, thrived, hunkered down, cried, you name it.  Put your seatbelts on because this […]

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The ugly truth about reintegration

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It sucks at times. Yep, I said it. I know you all expected wine, roses, and laughter, but sorry not this time. This is our 5th time reintegrating and I dread EVERY SINGLE second of it. This time is different because of the ages of our kids. And our dynamic as a couple is different […]

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Homeschooling through deployment

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I had a girlfriend ask me how I managed to homeschool 3 kids while my husband was deployed. She seems to think I have magic powers or indulge in some good wine. No to the magic powers and yes to the good wine. Seriously, though, homeschooling is NOT always easy. Somedays it runs smoothly, others […]

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Bloom where you are planted

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There is a lot of hoopla from military spouses about the lack of career options available and what the Department of Defense (DOD) should do about it. The latest article on this subject has me thinking. The author writes that the DOD doesn’t want soldiers to have spouses who have hard charging careers. She even […]

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Thank you girlfriends

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I am forever humbled when a “girlfriend” calls me up, texts me, emails me, or sends me a private message via Facebook seeking my advice. The most humbling part is not that the advice sought is about money.  It runs the gamut from homeschooling to eating healthy. I know I shouldn’t be surprised, right, since […]

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My 2 cents on Ketchup-gate

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I just had a conversation with a girlfriend this morning about Ketchup-gate. For those of you out of the loop Ketchup-gate started when a reporter from  The Washington Post wrote an article about closing commissaries to save money. He made reference to the “15 types of ketchup” on the shelves. My girlfriend didn’t understand the […]

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The countdown is on

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We are less than 30 days until The Man returns to the fold. Most people would think we are excited and over the top. Yeah, not so much.  We are weary and ready to have our love home. It is hard to explain to someone who has never lived through this. The kids are essentially […]

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My embarrassing shortcomings

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Isn’t this purse gorgeous? I love it. And I am embarrassed to be seen carrying it. Seriously embarrassed. It is a $200+ purse. That is an obscene amount of money to pay for a purse, in my humble opinion. No, I didn’t buy it and neither did The Man. My mother gave it to me. […]

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