Resilience

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

April Fools’ Day

"Hey Hannah," I said, motioning her over to her Easter basket loot. "Do you remember eating these?" I asked, pointing to the Cadbury mini eggs. "No....well, kind of..." she replied. "These are your dad's FAVORITE Easter candies. I thought you'd really like them, too," I explained. Ever trying to include a deployed parent into daily … Continue reading April Fools’ Day

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

Center

Inhaling his scent, hair sweaty from fever-soaked sleep, it was clear that I would be scrapping errands and instead caring for my sick 8-year-old. His sister was home with the flu last week, and as usual, it’s floating through our home despite any attempts at sanitizing every surface, doorknob and light switch. Secretly I love … Continue reading Center

Radical Honesty

Authenticity, radical honesty, and simply put in the author's own word: brutiful - Glennon Doyle Melton's Love Warrior is sitting with a bookmark half way through it's pages, begging me to finish it. Seriously. It is SO raw and honest. I've laughed. I've cried. Reading this feels like when you stare directly into the sun. It's … Continue reading Radical Honesty