Salute to Spouses Blog

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Education funds for military spouses

When I think back to my first year of college, I thank goodness that I really had no idea what was happening.

As a naïve, Midwestern 18-year-old, my parents kept rabid control over all family finances and decisions - to include how I was eventually to pay for college.

Deployment Soundtrack: American Honey

   American Honey

  Lady Antebellum, 2010

           Preview Song

Yesterday was awful. From start to finish, it was just awful.

I heard screaming coming from upstairs. Since it was bedtime, screaming is a "no go at this station."

Sweet girl came pounding downstairs in tears.“He pulled my hair,” was the tearful battle cry.

PCS limbo: How to choose the right road?

Our next PCS is consuming our lives right now.

Decisions have to be made sooner rather than later. It’s time to buckle down and have some serious discussions. I thought we had time to figure this out, but things are always changing. I shouldn’t be so surprised!

So many times these types of decisions have been out of our control and for once, the ball is in our court.  Picking a geographic location would be easy if we only had to consider the place.

The College Spouse: Free Time – find it, use it!

The key to free time is effective time management. As holidays, midterms and finals approach, you have to make time at least once a week for yourself.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are the only days I have just one class. After my class time is finished, I am free to do whatever I want until it is time to take my son to Jiu Jitsu. However, this time is usually taken up by errands I have to run and getting in extra study time before the kids get home.

Military places, haunted spaces

Time marches forward. Wars begin. Wars end. Soldiers and families move on. But the ghosts remain. Sometimes, in the very quarters your family has been assigned.

The military has some pretty haunted spaces: airfields, hospitals, ships, even living quarters. I have heard stories about spooky happenings in all of these places.

Now, I’ll tell you my ghost story.

Homefront Spouse: 5 a.m. Feels Good to Me!

As a mom and military wife, I wear a lot of different hats. But since having my first son two years ago, I have not been successful at wearing my just “me” hat.

I felt selfish for even thinking it but I needed a break! I even started daydreaming about grocery shopping by myself. I began each day with the best intentions but by the time my husband came home, I was fried.

The College Spouse: PCS Won’t Hold Me Down

Finding a new job or college to attend in a new location can be very stressful. It is especially difficult for a military spouse who is moving every three years or less.

As a military spouse these changes can include looking for a new job, becoming a stay-at-home parent or a college student. These changes affect our everyday lifestyle.

I’ve found some tips that have eased my PCS stress and I would like to share them with you.

Christmas in July, or August, or April or …

I hate to see good neighbors PCS. But I love the boxes of goodies they drop on my doorstep as they hustle off to the airport.

Here in Hawaii the PCS bounty has been especially plentiful. Families generally continue to live in housing after their furniture is packed and taken away. They don’t say their final goodbyes until the morning they board a flight off this rock.

Deployment Soundtrack: Lullaby

Shawn Mullins, 1998
Preview Song

Homefront Spouse: Right Here, Right Now – For Now

It’s that time again for us: time to talk about our next duty station.

I know, I know. How can we be talking and thinking about a new duty station when we just got here?! My thoughts, exactly.


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