• October 28, 2016

Holding Down The Homefront

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Like autumn, seasons of life are always changing

Autumn has always been a time of change, bringing with it a feeling of fleeting beauty and transience. As I settle firmly into adulthood in my thirties, I have often found this pattern of evolving change to be true of life, as well.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
Texas transplant comes to grips with autumn in Lone Star state
Posted: September 28, 2016

Autumn, the season of pumpkins, turkeys and Halloween candy galore, has always been my favorite time of the year. This is probably because some of my best memories are tied into this season — raking leaves with my family as a kid, visiting apple orchards and decorating the house for Halloween.

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Wednesday 08/31/2016
For some military spouses, making friends isn’t always easy
Posted: August 31, 2016

I remember my first day of kindergarten.

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Wednesday 06/29/2016
Making time for self-care is imperative for a balanced life
Posted: June 29, 2016

Today, like many days, has been way too long AND too short. My back hurts from lifting a heavy toddler all day, I feel like I didn’t get enough accomplished and I’m tired. I want chocolate and a hot bath, but fear drowning when I pass out from exhaustion.

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Farewell, Fort Hood, until we meet again
Posted: June 29, 2016

I’m writing this column from the office of our new home up in Kansas. After months of planning, we finally moved from Fort Hood!

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Wednesday 06/01/2016
Never forget those who gave so much for us
Posted: June 01, 2016

I’m writing this column on a very reflective Memorial Day.

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Wednesday 05/25/2016
Taking it in stride: Dealing with non-military family woes
Posted: May 25, 2016

While preparing for an upcoming trip home — just me and my little one — I have been making a mental list of all the things that I will need to bring with us. You know the list: Clothes, toys, snacks, everyday parts of our life that will be packed up and dragged along for yet another “adventure.”

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Wednesday 05/18/2016
Learning to deal with rumors and the telephone
Posted: May 18, 2016

I only wish this childhood rhyme were true: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

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Wednesday 05/04/2016
Sometimes all you need is a life of your own
Posted: May 04, 2016

When I was a newlywed 25 years ago, a lady in my garden club gave me some advice for being married to my soldier. She told me to make sure I had a life of my own, so that I had something to fall back on when my husband wasn’t around. She advised me to have a couple hobbies that I could do on my own, finish school and maybe have a career. Out of all the advice I received as a young newlywed, hers has stuck with me most through the years.

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