Wordless Wednesday: Our First Turkey

Our First Turkey

It took 21 months of marriage before my husband and I were able to celebrate our first married Thanksgiving together. Here we are, with our first turkey. One thing is certain about starting marriage with a deployment: It makes you immensely thankful for the time you have together.

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

The Inspired Spouse: Christina Jackson-Davis (Part 3)

This is Part 2 of a 3-part feature story about veteran and Army spouse Christina Jackson-Davis. Read Part 1 and Part 2 of Christina’s story. A Bachelor’s Degree & A Second Deployment While her husband deployed for to Iraq for the second time, Christina recovered from an emergency Caesarian section … Continue reading

The Inspired Spouse: Christina Jackson-Davis (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a 3-part feature story about veteran and Army spouse Christina Jackson-Davis. Read Part 1 of Christina’s story here. A Phone Call From Downrange In August, Christina received a phone call from a field hospital in Iraq: Her husband had been involved in an IED (Improvised … Continue reading

The Inspired Spouse: Christina Jackson-Davis (Part 1)

Christina Jackson-Davis’s story was one of the most challenging for me to write, not just because she’s one of the more senior spouses (in terms of years tied to the military) who submitted her story to me, but because her story has so many inspiring moments. Welcome to Marrying the … 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

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

When You Start Your Marriage with a Deployment…

When You Start Your Marriage with a Deployment

“My spouse and I were married, and a few days/weeks later, he/she deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan.” Stories of spouses who are separated by a deployment just after their wedding are common in the military. Our story is one of those, and it’s changed the way I view our life together. While … Continue reading

The Inspired Spouse: Alyson Schumacher (Part 1)

Today’s Inspired Spouse is Marine Corps wife who was living in New York City on 9/11, whose career hasn’t gone as planned, and who has learned a whole lot along the way. Alyson’s Story Alyson Schumacher is a self-professed Yankee. I’m a Yankee, through and through…born by accident in South … Continue reading

Packing Away the Medals

The movers came today to pack all of our household goods, and they’ll return tomorrow to load everything for shipment to Germany. Surprisingly, today wasn’t sad. It’s my first Army PCS, but somehow, I think I’ve already accepted that purging and packing are part of Army life. There was a … Continue reading

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