Post-PCS move, all the boxes are unpacked. The paper (oh so much paper) has been meticulously straightened and folded and packed into one giant box by my equally meticulous husband. (I'm more of a shove it in a box and pack it down type, but whatever.) We have offered it all to others in the … Continue reading Unexpected
Eric and I scanned the last of our earthly belongings comparing it with the quickly deteriorating space in the truck and had to make some fast decisions. "The chairs are going, aren't they?" I asked, knowing full well the answer. "'Fraid so," he said. All of our belongings in a 26' truck I turned away … Continue reading The Magic of Home
When people ask, "How do you do it?!" while shaking their heads in wonder, I typically answer something to the effect of "We do what we have to do," or "Home is where the military sends us, so we make the best of it," or something along those lines. It's heartwarming to have lived in … Continue reading Transitions
The military has afforded us the opportunity to make some incredible friends. INCREDIBLE. Friends who I cried for as we or they moved on to the next adventure. Friends who I still chat with via social media and text, and yes, even by phone. There have also been what I call "friend fails". Those would … Continue reading Picking Up Chicks
We always say it's not going to happen. We'll be there for each other, even after they move. Or we move. Or we both are flung to opposite sides of the world. And we swear, "This time. This time will be different. This time we'll really stay in touch." Military friends are a special breed. … Continue reading Resilience
Eric and I have a commonly repeated conversation, usually while driving. It goes something like this,
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
....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.
We military spouses have a distinct advantage when it comes to the excitement department: homecoming. There is no word that stirs such excitement, anticipation, and impatience like knowing your spouse is coming home from a long deployment. My spouse recently came home after a 1 year deployment cycle, and as each one comes and goes, … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Excitement
The countdowns have begun in my head: "Only 1 more gallon of milk until he gets home." "Last 2 episodes of Deadliest Catch until we can watch them together." "The next grocery run, I'll be stocking the fridge with his favorites." "The next time I mop the floor, will be the last time I mop … Continue reading Reason #472 Why I Am Over this Deployment.