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Deployment Soundtrack: Everyday

The Dave Matthews Band, 2001

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"Run away from something or run toward something. Just keep running."

That was my status on Facebook one day. It is still cold here in Kansas so I am doing all of my running in the gym, on the treadmill. It is not fun but I am logging the miles. I have signed up for my first half marathon of the year, and it is 11 weeks (gulp) away.


I’ve been fighting it for a while.

And then, at one of those lazy, stay-in-pajamas Saturday breakfasts, my husband said it.

“I really hope the baby comes soon.  I want to get as much time with her as possible.”

Crash. My husband just brought our idyllic, eggs-and-bacon morning down around my very pregnant head.

Retiring and feel rushed? That’s the point

Are you being medically retired? Do you feel like you’re being tossed to the curb? Me too.

New voices, a shared story

It doesn’t matter if your husband fought in Vietnam or Iraq. It doesn’t matter if you served 20 years as a military spouse or five. You get it.

Deployment Soundtrack: If I Didn’t Have You
If I Didn't Have You

Thompson Square, 2012

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While roaming Facebook one day, I saw a picture. It was one of those motivational posters that read, "You never forget the friends you make when you go to war." It depicted soldiers in a desert setting and I understood what it meant.

The College Spouse: This Old Dog Just Learned Some New Tricks

I am one of the oldest students in most of my classes, and it shows. Sometimes, I am out of touch with the latest technology. I don’t know the lingo.

I even look old school. I come to class each day with my backpack and sack lunch. The other students come with laptops and iPads.

Deployment Soundtrack: I Won’t Give Up, 2.0
I Won't Give Up

Jason Mraz, 2012

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Homefront Spouse: New Year’s Resolution, Day 1

Day one of my New Year’s resolution to schedule more “me time” started halfway through the month of January. Better late than never, I suppose.

Stop, pause and then decide

“I’ve had it with him. I’ve had it with the Army. I asked him for a divorce, he said yes.”

My friend whispered the above statement into the phone for fear her kids would enter the room.

Deployment Soundtrack: I Won’t Give Up
I Won't Give Up

Jason Mraz, 2012

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"It's all fun and games until someone kicks the teacher!"

It is the email that I have been dreading since the school year began and my only hesitation with putting that littlest sweet boy in a general education classroom.


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