Running My Way Through this Deployment

You have two choices during your spouse’s deployment. You can make the best of things, or you can not make the best of things. I choose the former, and part of executing on that decision is using my nervous energy for something healthy. While my husband is away, I am … Continue reading

Don't Quit on Me Now

The last couple of days have been, well, crappy. A week from the day that my husband deployed to Afghanistan, the company I work for laid off 1/3 of its team. My coworkers have been some of the first friends I’ve made in Colorado, and many of them have families … Continue reading

The Hoodie

I broke down on Saturday, pulling his Army hoodie out of the drawer to wear while I did housework. I’m not the first woman to wear her husband’s shirts while he’s away, but still, I surprised myself when I opened that drawer. I miss him, and I’m willing to do … Continue reading

First Morale Call of My Husband's Deployment

You just wouldn’t know how much difference 15 minutes makes unless you’ve gotten your first call call home from your soldier during a deployment. When my phone rang at 10:30 p.m., I jumped. My caller ID showed the call coming from Belleville, IL, a town where I know no one. … Continue reading

It's Almost Time

It’s like the quiet before the storm. We’ve done everything that we know how to do to prepare for Nick’s deployment. We’ve signed the right legal documents, we’ve discussed the big subjects, and we’ve organized our home in a way that I can find the things I might need to … Continue reading

His Forwarding Address

We haven’t even lived in our new apartment long enough for all of our mail to be forwarded to us here, and now we have a new address to remember; my husband’s address in Afghanistan. As newlyweds, we’ve pulled together through a move we didn’t plan thanks to a realty … Continue reading

No Time to Ask "Why?"

If you read Marrying the Army with any frequency at all, you know that despite our newlywed happiness, we’ve hit our share of road bumps this winter. Here are some of the highlights: -On our way to visit family for Christmas, we had a car accident, hitting a large deer … Continue reading


After several months of nerves and excitement building up to our elopement ceremony, we’re finally at home, watching the SuperBowl (or in my case, watching the SuperBowl commercials) and not discussing wedding details. We had our ceremony in a tiny chapel in the Rocky Mountains yesterday afternoon, with only our parents and siblings … Continue reading

Hope and Fresh Air in Winter

Today is one of those rare Colorado winter days when the temperatures are warm enough to open the blinds, crack the windows and let some natural light and fresh air into our home. We’ve had a busy winter. Since mid-November, our travels have taken us to Ironman Arizona in Phoenix, … Continue reading

Deployment Fair at Fort Carson

We attended a deployment fair last night at Fort Carson. It was my first, and I’m not sure how I felt about it. There were representatives from Army Community Services (ACS), The Red Cross, Military OneSource, Military & Family LIfe Consultants, Tricare, Religious Services, the post’s Wellness Center, Family Readiness … Continue reading

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