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

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

How to Make Your Own DIY Diaper Pail Deodorizers

DIY Diaper Pail Deodorizers from MilliGFunk

The Story of Two Diaper Pails We have two diaper pails in our nursery: one for trash and one for diaper laundry. Both pails are Safety 1st Simple Step pails with compartments in the lids for deodorizing disks. Unfortunately, I can’t find deodorizing disks in Germany and it seemed excessive … Continue reading

Moments that Change Everything: Welcoming Our Baby Girl

MilliGFunk - Moments that Change Everything

Our baby girl made her way into the world after 41 weeks of pregnancy, and she’s even more perfect than we could have imagined. Already, she makes us laugh and melts our hearts with the sweet expressions and the noises she makes. The highlights of our first few days together … Continue reading

Creating Featured Image Templates for Your Blog

Your blog’s brand is made up of many things; your logo, your color palette, your unique perspective, your typefaces, your photography style, your voice, and your mission, vision and values. The visual attributes are often the first ones we notice about a brand (everyone knows McDonald’s Golden Arches). By creating … Continue reading

German Lessons in Wiesbaden

When we learned that we’d be PCSing to Wiesbaden, Germany, I immediately begin exploring German language lessons, classes, and workshops. I’d taken a little bit of German in college, but had forgotten much of it when I accepted a position in a Mandarin-speaking company in Taipei, Taiwan two years later. … Continue reading

Viet Nam 48 Years Later: A Guest Post by Sue

Thank you to Sue for this guest post and for her encouragement when my own husband was deployed in 2012. It’s reassuring to know that high school sweethearts who were separated for more than a year during Viet Nam are still happily married 48+ years later.  On his 18th birthday, … Continue reading

The Fog: A Guest Post by Chambanachick

Chambanachick Guest Post

Thanks so much to Melissa for asking me to write in her space today! Wishing you all the best for the upcoming labor day. Congratulations on the little girl joining your family soon! It settles in the first time that baby with the softest hair and sweetest breath is placed … 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

Marrying the Army's Most Popular Posts of 2013

I’m always curious which posts resonate most with my readers, so I did a little research on my most-viewed blog posts in 2013. The best practice would be to write more frequently about the topics that have historically been the most popular, but you know what? I’m pretty darned happy not having … Continue reading

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