Dreaming Together While Apart

Thanks so much to Malori from Living a Warrior Life for contributing today’s guest post on dreaming together while separated by deployment. Please keep Malori and her husband Mark in your thoughts as they close out Mark’s current tour in Afghanistan. As I write this, my husband Mark’s deployment is drawing to a close. This was his second combat deployment to Afghanistan, with the first one being in 2011-2012. Because of these deployments and living three hours apart when he’s been stateside, we are used to being separated physically.  I even said to him on the phone a few weeks ago, “Deployment and being separated feels so normal.” That doesn’t … Continue reading

SYKES Enterprises: Career Opportunities for Military Spouses

Disclaimer: This is a paid post. Blue Star Families recently released survey results showing something that most of us in the military community already knew on an intuitive level; that employment opportunities for spouses is one of our biggest concerns in day-to-day life as a military family. SYKES Enterprises is … Continue reading

Wife and War: The Memoir

*** This post was written in trade for a complimentary copy of Amalie Flynn’s ebook, “Wife and War: The Memoir”. All opinions are my own.  *** Many of us in the military spouse community think of ourselves as writers; we write blog posts for our own sites and as guest bloggers. Amelie … Continue reading

Pat's Run

Each year, the Pat Tillman Foundation hosts a 4.2-mile fundraiser run to support the Tillman Military Scholars. My husband’s parents have run all 9 Pat’s Run events, and this year we were in Tempe, Arizona to run it with them. The 4.2-mile race — one of the largest races in America — … Continue reading

My Last Thursday Night Run Club


Ugh, this one’s hard to write. Thursday night was my last time running with the Thursday Night Run Club in Colorado Springs. The Run Club gave me something to look forward to every Thursday night while Nick was in Afghanistan. Each week, we’d run, we’d swap stories about recent races, … Continue reading

Letters and Cards

Throughout my husband’s deployment, I kept an open shoe box in our family room. (Appropriately, it was a running shoe box). When I received letters or cards, I put them in that shoe box. The handful of letters I got from Nick are in that box as well. Each time I … Continue reading

Race #19: The Redline Turkey Trot 10K

Redline Turkey Trot 10K

On Thanksgiving morning, I took my first trip to Broomfield, Colorado, a town of about 60,000 people, just northwest of Denver. I’d won a free race registration from active.com to a Turkey Trot 10K in Broomfield, and figured it was a good way to force myself to get my mid-week … Continue reading

Big Sur Half Marathon Race Program

On Sunday, I ran Race #18 of Running Through Deployment; the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay in Monterey, California. Monterey and the surrounding areas are home to a number of military installations, the most famous of which are probably the Naval Postgraduate School and the DOD Defense Language … Continue reading


I traveled to California this weekend to visit my brother and a few friends, and to run one last half marathon of Running Through Deployment, the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay. When I arrived in San Jose on Friday evening, I had a certain countdown in my mind … Continue reading

Pre-Redeployment & Nesting

I stay pretty busy most of the time, so I don’t often find myself with an entirely open weekend. Besides a lunch date yesterday with one of our favorite Army couples (a friend of Nick’s and his wife), I’ve had a completely unbooked weekend. We’re just over a month from … Continue reading

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