Weddings & Babies: New Beginnings & Hope

Every now and then, I experience something that causes a fundamental shift in my perspective. This weekend—the weekend when my big brother married a truly beautiful woman—has been one of those times. My family is geographically separated. Our immediate family is spread out between four U.S. states and three time zones, and … 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

Visiting the Dole Plantation

MilliGFunk Being Silly at the Dole Plantation

I promised that I’d share a few of our honeymoon adventures, but our time with family and friends has definitely taken priority since we came back from Hawaii. I shared our perspectives with you on sea kayaking, and I also shared a few pictures of and a blog post about … Continue reading

How Not to Wind Up Divorced Over Tandem Kayaking

It’s a joke in our family (okay, it’s a semi-truth based in real-life, fights-you’ll-never-forget experiences) that if you want to stay married, you should never, ever participate tandem activities together. No bicycles built for two, no tandem skydiving (at least not if you’re strapped to your spouse), and no tandem … Continue reading

Deployment: First Phone Call in Ten Weeks

There are a lot of things that I’m not; I’m not tall, I’m not rich, I’m not good at math, I’m not patient. But one thing I am is incredibly blessed. I’ve only been married for six months, but I’ve been able to share ups and downs with my husband … 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

Getting Squared Away

My head is cluttered with acronyms, abbreviations, and numbers that seem to lack meaning and context to me. Terms like “traumatic brain injury” are swirling eerily with a woman’s quiet voice answering the question, “What does it mean when your phone rings” with “your solider’s okay.” My heart becomes lighter … Continue reading

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