Why He's Not "My Soldier"

When I met my husband, I didn’t meet a soldier — I met a man. When we went on our first dates together, I was on those dates with Nick, not with [insert rank] [insert surname]. When he kissed me for the first time, the only thing remotely military in … Continue reading

Terminology Tuesdays: APFT

The Army Physical Fitness Test — or APFT — is the fitness test taken by active duty soldiers take at least twice per year and by reservists at least once per year. The APFT, which is designed to test muscle strength, endurance, and respiratory fitness, consists of push-ups, sit-ups, and … Continue reading

Bad News Comes Quietly

Lately my husband has been under communications blackouts more days than not. We’ve only spoken briefly, but between what he’s said and what his mom and I have pieced together from news reports, we know that it’s been a bad week. I do everything I know how to do for … 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

Being Strong During a Deployment Means Eating Well

Let’s be honest: when the husband is away, the temptation is to skip meals or eat junk. It’s easy to skip breakfast, eat Girl Scout cookies for lunch, and drink way too many cups of coffee during the day in hopes that the buzz they bring will lift our spirits … Continue reading

Grace in Small Things (GiST): October 24, 2011

Last week was rough for all of us in my office, and this week my fiance leaves for another long training exercise – his last one prior to his Afghanistan deployment early next year. I want to start the new week off with the right mindset, which is why today’s … Continue reading

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