We are days away from the new year. Another opportunity to grow. Another opportunity to share light and love. Another opportunity to give back.
This past Sunday, our unit had a shift of gift wrapping at the Post Exchange to raise funds for the Family Readiness Group. It was a great way to give back this holiday season while raising money for our Army families.
As I start my Christmas shopping — a little later than I would normally like — I scanned my list and put my thinking cap on. I always like to be thoughtful with my gifts.
Last Thursday I attended the holiday tree lighting in front of the III Corps flagpole. Seats filled up with Fort Hood service members and their families, members of the Fort Hood Good Neighbor community and so many little ones hoping to get a glimpse of Santa.
Humbled. Inspired. Thankful.
Recently the argument to begin using medical marijuana to treat veterans with post traumatic stress has been in the news.
On Nov. 12, 2016, lives were changed forever. In the early hours of the morning, the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade was beginning the day more than 7,800 miles away in Afghanistan when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on Bagram Airfield. The explosion killed five and …
This past weekend, I was lucky enough to have my mom come to visit. Most of my family lives on the other side of the globe, so time together is treasured. As my mom was here and I was showing her some of my favorite spots, I appreciated the time together as we laughed and enjoyed some great …
Some of you may have heard the term “santosha” — it means contentment. It invites a calm center and allows us to open our hearts in gratitude.
When people hear the word yoga, they often think to themselves, “I am not flexible enough” or maybe that it’s just stretching. What people don’t think about is the real practice of yoga, which is the science of the mind. Yoga is transformational. Here at Fort Hood, the impact can be life changing.
National Hispanic Heritage Month has an odd date framework from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, with good reason.
Although we haven’t hit Halloween yet, Christmas is right around the corner and there are organizations on post who have already begun gearing up to help our military families.
There has been much ado over the last few days since the NFL and President Donald Trump have heated up the rhetoric over the controversy of professional football players using the national anthem as a platform of protesting against social injustice.
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a lunch-time presentation by two local higher education institutions, Central Texas College and Texas A&M University–Central Texas. The two institutions spoke about the unique challenges that military families face and the desire to pursue educa…
Fort Hood hit a big milestone on Monday when it reached its diamond anniversary.
Military spouses have enough trouble finding employment. When it’s time for their servicemember to transition out, it can be daunting. The fear of the civilian sector can be intimidating. What servicemembers and their families need to remember is how much transitioning military have to offer.
Monday was Patriot Day, remembering the nearly 3,000 lives lost that fateful Sept. 11, 2001.
As Hurricane Harvey continues to impact families across this great state, I am amazed and in awe of our military families coming together to help families in need. So many of our local families rallied together to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and continue to do so.
I’m a native Texan, born and raised in the heart of Friday Night Lights country.
You may have heard the term underemployment. I recently read a story on a public radio website about the impact underemployment has on military families. If you are not familiar with underemployment, it is when someone who is highly skilled but working in jobs below their experience level, e…
As Hurricane Harvey prepared to make landfall on the Texas coast, my Facebook timeline began to light up with all my battle buddies within the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National guard saying they were headed out to Galvaston/Houston/Corpus Christi areas.
It’s that time of year. The summer is winding down. The last-minute dash to get all the school supplies. Backpacks are being packed. The streets will soon be lined with kids waiting for their school buses.
Five years ago, I became an Army spouse. It was at that first duty station that I learned the importance of the Army family and finding your tribe.
Smart phones. Tablets. Lifelines. We are always connected.
The summer has been non-stop in our house. It’s probably like that for many of you. Whether you work full time or are a stay-at-home parent, the summer can bring on some unnecessary stress. Kids are out of school and you are trying to keep them busy.
Moving all the time can play havoc on your career. Finding the right professional home is hard. In fact, it often feels helpless and hopeless.
Every time I drive off post and through the Rancier gate, I notice the traffic fatality counter. I notice the number. And when I see the counter restart, my heart breaks.
The last week of June was an emotional week for me, and I started pondering the myriad of emotions I had felt.
Last month, I had the pleasure of listening to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football coach, Pete Fredenburg, speak. What an awesome human. What a great speaker. What an inspiring leader.
During my time as a military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald, I often had the opportunity to speak to Gen. Robert M. Shoemaker — quite often, in fact.
I had the honor of having two sit-down, face-to-face interviews with retired Gen. Robert M. Shoemaker.
The Texas days are hitting well into the 90’s. Moving trucks are lining the streets. Crates are being opened and cardboard boxes fill the driveways. Items you just don’t want to move with are being purged. Yes, PCS (permanent change of station) season is upon us.
This past week, I had a consultation for a sleep study. While in the doctor’s office, she asked me what I think about before I fall asleep. I answered without missing a beat – everything. My mind races. I think about my work, husband, kids, friends, future, parents, siblings, and to-do lists…
Summer is almost here. And that fact got me thinking about health and wellness.
Recently, I heard an Army leader say, “we are the largest family in America.” Another said, “it’s a privilege to get to do this — to serve.”
Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid and, as it has done since 1943, the City of Killeen proclaimed the day “Bob Gray Day.”
“Bloom where you are planted.”
As I type this, I’m sitting on the floor of my bedroom eating a yogurt, feeling like I already have one foot out the door of the house we’ve lived in for the past two years.
Anytime I have to write about the death of a soldier or a veteran who is prominent in the community, it reminds me that we never know what tomorrow may bring.
Awhile back, I wrote a column about the challenges I faced making friends as a stay-at-home mom and military spouse, living off-post in a town where I knew no one.
In my everyday life, personal space is rarely an issue.
CAMP MURRAY, Wash. — I’m a brand new mom. A mom who hasn’t spent more than a cat-nap’s time away from my baby girl since I had her a short two months ago. Until today.
When my husband transitioned out of the Army several weeks ago, it took me a minute to realize; “Wait a minute, he’s going to be home now — All. The. Time.”
Before I had my son, I envisioned things most expectant parents probably imagine — trips to the park, playdates and lots of time spent with family and friends. Unfortunately, living as a military family hasn’t always allowed us to realize these hopes.
I’m sure if you’ve spent more than a minute in the Army you’ve heard the saying, “If it’s not raining, we’re not training.”
As my husband and I prepare to leave the area, well past our “expiration date,” I decided that my last column would be an excerpt from my farewell reception speech.
Most days I enjoy scrolling through my Facebook feed, because somewhere buried within the political posts from far left and far right — and everything in between — is usually buried a gem of a meme.
Selling a house you made into a home is an emotional process.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s easy to get caught up in glitter and rose petals, or perhaps in lamentations about being single.
I spent time with my daughter and her family recently and, as she prepares to leave her 20’s behind, I marvel at the woman, mother and wife she has become.