Three Little Digits

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In my four years married to a soldier, I’ve come to peace with my lack of influence on many of the decisions that are made for our family, while I’ve also learned to appreciate the many other — though sometimes less consequential — areas of our lives where I do … Continue reading

The Infamous, Dumb Babble Story

Gah. I hate the drama. I’d planned to work on backend website stuff tonight but the Babble.com drama is too much. That’s what I get for checking Facebook before starting on my website dev. work. #IShouldKnowBetter To fill you in: A couple of days ago, Babble.com published a badly-written post … Continue reading

DIY Ruffled Crib Skirt

DIY Ruffled Crib Skirt Ruffles

The Project: A DIY ruffled crib skirt Total Time: Several Hours Pattern: None Used Costs: Sewing Machine, Material & Thread Difficulty: Moderate (and Requires Patience) My Daughter’s DIY Ruffled Crib Skirt Our crib skirt is by far my favorite DIY project from Small Shaw’s nursery, so I’m excited to share it with you today on … Continue reading

Adorably gDiapered Baby Bottoms

Adorable gDiapers MilliGFunk

  I never made a big decision about cloth diapering. I did do a lot of research, but I think that I knew before I started researching that I wanted to cloth diaper. The thought of using disposables just kind of icked me out. Maybe it’s my compulsive need to … Continue reading

The Soldier and the Bibliophile

Thank you to novelist Mel Massey for contributing this guest post.  My husband is a sergeant with 4th MEB, 988th MP Battalion. His day varies from the mundane to the extreme. I’m a bibliophile and a novelist. My day is whatever I plan on it to be. We’ve been married … Continue reading

The Postpartum Meal Train

Meal Train for New Parents MilliGFunk

Note: This is not a sponsored post. After the birth of our baby girl, our Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader did a wonderful thing for us: she organized a Meal Train. A Meal Train is a lineup of families who deliver pre-made meals to new parents. Mealtrain.com allows the organizer to … Continue reading

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

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

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

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