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Air filters changed: 4 School days: 170 Snow days: 1 Hurricanes: 1 Road trips: 2 Field trips: 10 Lawn mowed: 35 times Weed eater cord changes: every dang time! Vacuums broke and replaced: 1 Vehicle Oil changed: 3 times Houses sold: 1 Plumbing repair: 1 Roof repair: 1 Alternators changed: 1 Vehicles sold: 1 Vomit … Continue reading 365

Scary Things and Happy Tears

Do things that scare you. Such a great idea - in theory. But things that really scare you? Um....but....it's scary! A scary thing to me is anything car engine related. Eric has done a TON of work on this beater, whom we lovingly named Bertha. I grew up in the midst of many cars in … Continue reading Scary Things and Happy Tears

I Was Wrong

I remember writing about solo parenting many times throughout the last deployment. Reading many parenting blogs, military support websites and feeling overwhelmed by it all, but still armed with strategies and support to muscle our way through.As we prepared for this round, I kept thinking how much easier it was going to be. The kids … Continue reading I Was Wrong

The Life Raft of Gratitude

Navigating this deployment with kids old enough to comprehend time and distance more than they did the last time around, I'm finding that it's teaching me how to teach them how to navigate tough emotions. One has to have a good cry, the other wants to not talk about it, for now. "Later, mom. We'll … Continue reading The Life Raft of Gratitude

Far from Perfect. Not Even Good. 

....Tra-la-la-la-la....skipping happily through summer, making delicious vegetarian meals for my family to savor as we gather around the table for dinner every evening...after playing merrily through our warm South Texas days.... Yeah. Keep dreaming. We are also smack dab in the middle of Crap Week. What's Crap Week, you ask? Oh, let me explain. Crap Week … Continue reading Far from Perfect. Not Even Good.