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New semester, new columnist

I love the first day of school: new clothes, fresh, crisp, white sheets of paper in your notebook, refreshed hopes and goals.

Military families experience a lot of first days of school, in a lot of new schools as they PCS around the globe.

And though walking through that new door for the very first time can be nerve-wracking, the friends you make on the other side are always worth that difficult first step.

Have dress, do not want to travel

Unlike Cinderella, I was dreading attending the ball.

On Friday night, my husband and I attended the Signal Corps ball in Honolulu. In college, I counted the days until my then-boyfriend came to sweep me away to his military college ball. The gowns, the decorations, the flowers, oh my!

Now, as a mom of five with a pile of laundry as high as my countertops, stealing away for a Friday night was seriously cutting into my chore time.

Deployment Soundtrack: 100 Years

           100 Years

        Blues Traveler, 1990

             Preview Song

Last week I shared with you about taking a deep breath and starting over when you feel like things are getting to be too much. When we are under this amount of stress for this long it is difficult to get past hurt feelings.

Homefront Spouse: New duty station, new house, new baby….no problem!

Here we are at our new duty station and after almost four months, I can finally look back at the whole experience and smile. It wasn’t exactly the easiest move we had ever made and it certainly was stressful at times. But, those types of situations are always the hardest while you’re actually going through them. Now that we have gotten through the roughest part and are starting to adjust, I can laugh about some of the crazy moments. It wouldn’t be a typical PCS if there weren’t a few bumps along the way.

Thank you for your service, now, see ya

Currently, there are a lot of worried senior enlisted families.

In the next few weeks, officials expect to pink slip a large number of senior NCOs who are serving in career fields that are considered to have too many soldiers through the Qualitative Service Program (QSP).

And they way those soldiers are to be chosen, is not exactly fair or clear, from what those of us holding our breath can tell.

Deployment Soundtrack: Wanna Be Startin' Something

     Wanna be Starting           Something

        Michael Jackson, 1982

             Preview Song

So we are almost half way through this deployment, which can only mean one thing ... the crazy is beginning to creep out. And for me, it seems to be bursting out of the door and jumping up and down on my front porch.

Homefront Spouse: Good and bad deliveries, both equal beautiful babies

As a military spouse, I have heard my fair share of horror stories about labor and delivery in a military hospital. The bad stories are usually the ones you hear the most.

Unfortunately, I had a rough first delivery experience in California. I will spare you the details because they don’t really matter. I walked away with a beautiful, healthy child and that’s all that mattered to me.

9/11: It’s who we are

There is an Alan Jackson song, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning,” that contemplates the events of 9/11 and their impact on our lives.

It asks the average American where they were and how they reacted that day. The song, while popular, has little relevance to those of us who live our lives as military families.

The world didn’t stop turning for us that day. It just started to spin faster.

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We kicked off our student spouse blog titled "The College Spouse" over the summer semester with fabulous Army wife, Jennifer Spare.

Now, it is a new semester and we are looking for a new voice.

We are searching for a military spouse, who attends school full- or part-time, to write about the very busy life of being both spouse and student.

To pack, or not to pack, that is the question

As I look around our home assessing our most cherished, adored items and prep mentally for the next move, my thoughts always return to the same sentiment: Why the heck did we bring this?

After two years we have boxes that have never been unpacked. Pictures, never hung on the walls. Clothes, never been worn. Holiday decorations, never celebrated a single moment.

And seriously, I can’t even explain what was floating through my mind when I decided my wedding dress had to make the cross-Pacific move.   

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