Military mama: Catch seasonal spirit

I’ve decided that I have a new favorite season. I’ve always been a summer girl, but I’ve come to realize that as a mom I love the fall. There is something so relaxing about the cool breezes finally taking the heat out of the day. The sun sets earlier and it becomes much easier to […]

Military mama: A few tips for surviving military marriage

I’ve been asked for tips on surviving a military marriage. In response, I have compiled a simple how-to guide for military spouses, those just starting out and those needing a little refresher. I know I always need the reminder. • First and foremost be flexible. Understand that shifts will change, locations will change, and pretty […]

Military mama: Being mother well worth sleep lost

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I’ve reached the peak of my twenties, in that I’m in my final year of being able to claim the decade. Though, in all likelihood, I will be celebrating my twenty-ninth birthday over and over again. Age is just a number, but I may just choose to hang out at this specific one for a […]

Military mama: Still searching for miracle workout

I have determined that I am far more of a wimp in reality than I am in my own head. In my brain I’m practically Xena warrior princess, but that can’t possibly be the truth since I’ve begun to feel my muscles ache over simple tasks like squatting to interact with my toddlers. Let’s be […]

Military mama: Raising family workout in itself

These days I don’t get out all that much. I find shoes and socks for the kids, fill up sippy cups, put shoes back on after being kicked off, chase all three to the car, get the first car seat buckled, look around for the straying child, who is no doubt chasing a cat or […]

Military mama: There is no ‘us vs. them’

I always try to make the best of each situation wherever I am in life, because, quite frankly, it’s a choice to enjoy myself or not. I would like to take a moment to get a little serious about the amount of complaining that is occurring about this particular duty station. We live in a […]

Military mama: Every opportunity provides chance to learn

We’re full of molars and the alphabet at my house. I recently wrote of Kaleb’s adventures, and now he’s added another complication to my immediate parenting plan. This latest coming-of-age moment with my oldest child has negative repercussions on my television schedule. Petty, I know, but he is now aware when I’m bluffing about it […]

Military mama: Don’t stop trying

In my personal opinion every person on this planet needs to have a hobby, a passion outside of anything work related. Something that is not only a recreational diversion, but also mentally-stimulating activity. Facebook does not count. I’ve learned that it’s easy to do what you’re good at, but what about everything else? It is […]

Military mama: Still time to figure out ‘what I want to be’

Every once in a while I look around my house and just wonder how in the world I got here. How these three angelic little devils came into my life and how I’ve been married for almost seven years. I swear it’s impossible since I’m only 21, in my mind. I often feel like I’m […]

Military mama: Take care with online life

We live our lives online these days. Between social networking and Skype with our loved ones, the military spouse is often well-connected. There’s a lot of information readily available when we are in need of resources. But we do also need to be mindful of how much and what kind of information we are making […]

Military mama: Night shift has me on ghost patrol

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I like to think that I’ve got guts. I’ve certainly spent a great deal of time being on night patrol at home since the night shift rolls up quite often. We have lived in old base housing in some areas that have a pretty interesting history. Our current home doesn’t have much of a background […]

Military mama: No heroics behind injuries

Have you ever had an injury so embarrassing that you’d rather suffer in silence than answer the question, “how did you manage that?” Years back, my mom took a wrong step exiting a church staircase. Two stairs and she broke multiple bones in both feet. What a waste of a good injury — the holy […]

Military mama: Family time worth wait

A t times I long for the routine of a Monday through Friday 9 to 5 job, so that holidays and weekends are family time and I can plan accordingly. Sure, in the “real world” surprises arise and overtime pops up. But as an Air Force wife it seems at times I could be a […]

Military mama: Treating depression not sign of weakness

There is a topic that I’ve been nervous to approach but the more I interact with military spouses I have realized just how prevalent the problem is: Depression. It exists. It is out there. It is probably closer to home than most of us like to admit. And more than anything, it is not a […]

Military mama: Readjustment takes time

I’m a creature of habit, I like my routines. It is always so frustrating because when my hubby goes on short TDYs it takes approximately half the time he is gone to get used to doing things on my own, and then nearly twice the total days of his trip to get used to having […]

Military mama: Raising twins twice reward

This time last year I was waddling my way to a prenatal appointment, trying not to slip on the ice. On the way out the door I had my mom snap a photo of me in all my glorious belly bliss. These will be treasured snapshots because: a) I had makeup on, and b) at […]

Military mama: Discounts not expected, but appreciated

Whenever I have a question about anything, I always have my go-to gals, and 95 percent of the time (if I’m not already on the phone with my mom or sister) I will be seeking a solution from another military spouse. So often we put our trust into this extended military-family as we PCS. Everything […]

Military mama: Resolve to make resolutions realistic

If you’re anything like me, New Year’s Resolutions are good intentions that never quite come to fruition. In years past I’ve taken the easy route; verbally promising to leave behind my faults and flaws and pat myself on the back for each day I stick to it. After a week or so, I think, ‘man […]

Military mama: Squadron party good way to round out year

I t’s that time of year again. Bells are jingling, eggs are nogging and fruitcake is being mailed from person to person in hopes that someone dare take a taste. But more than any holiday tradition, religious or family oriented, the Air Force always knows how to put on a good time. One of the […]

Military mama: Apology for lacking deployment sympathy

I committed the cardinal sin of military spouses the other day. No, I’m not talking about the unfair stereotypes of cheaters and gold diggers that are the exception, not the rule. I’m talking about diminishing another spouses’ deployment blues. The words came out of my mouth before I even had a second thought, my response […]