13 Tips for a Successful PCS Part 1

Thank you to Melody from Global Family Treks for sharing these tips on Marrying the Army. Melody is a friend and a retired Naval officer who’s now married to an Army officer. Her suggestions come from 20+ years of experience with military relocations, so I’m glad to share her experience … Continue reading

Waiting for Orders


Here at Marrying the Army I make it part of my mission and my promise to my readers that I’ll embrace life as an Army spouse. Sometimes that’s easy to do, but sometimes it’s not. I’m going through one of those times when embracing the Army lifestyle is a bigger … Continue reading

Every 12 Months

Understanding the PCS Military families PCS (“Permanent Change of Station” or, in civilian terms, “move”) approximately every three years. Air Force families tend to PCS a little less frequently, while Army families tend to PCS a little more frequently. The stage of a service member’s career can influence PCS frequency, … Continue reading

What Army Life is Really Like: 4 States, 2 Countries, & 1 Decision in 4 Minutes

What Army Life is Really Like: Decisions

I wrote a blog post once about what deployment is really like. In that post, I talked a little bit about the contrast between civilian and military life. Friday, I had another “We’re not civilians, anymore” moment when I got a mid-day call from my husband. Before I tell you … Continue reading

Raison D'Etre

I’ve been quiet on Marrying the Army, Facebook and Twitter this week, and although it wasn’t scheduled quiet time, I’m glad that I took it. Not so long ago, Nick and I thought that we were trading in the Army life in for civilian life. As a result, I was … Continue reading

Grace in Small Things (GiST): 6/9/13

There’s so much to be thankful for this week! Mail I received two pieces of mail this week from friends in the U.S. Both of them made me happy, and — I’m not gonna lie — made me feel kind of awesome inside. I’m so lucky to have thoughtful friends … Continue reading

You’ll Have to Read this One to Believe It

You really wouldn’t believe the day we had today. If you’re pressed for time, skip the next four paragraphs (to the place where it says “***the good stuff***”) to get to the good stuff. ***setting the scene*** Our day began at 6:30 a.m., when we woke up in sleeping bags … Continue reading

Grace in Small Things (GiST): 6/2/13

Hello, friends, and happy Sunday to you, In case you’re new to Marrying the Army, “Grace in Small Things” is the theme of every Sunday’s blog post here on MTA. GiST was the brainchild of a wise woman: “Schmutzie created Grace in Small Things as a daily reminder to take notice of the … Continue reading

Then, and Only Then, May You Quit

Someday, I’ll have children who’ll say, “I can’t”. When that happens, I might just make them read this post. *** My fingers are puffy and red, and I can barely feel my thumbs. I only own finger-less cycling gloves, and they don’t do the job when it’s 55 degrees (Farenheit) … Continue reading

Grace in Small Things (GiST): 5/19/13

Grace is easier to find some days, weeks, and years than it is in others. This week has been a bit of a roller coaster: We moved into our apartment (yay!), but it’s on post when we’d hoped to live off post (boo!). We got our hold baggage (yay!), but … Continue reading

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