• February 1, 2015

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Ready or not, life changing as Army separation date approaches

Change is coming. I can feel its slow approach and there’s nothing I can do about it. My husband is down to less than six months in the Army.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
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Wednesday 10/29/2014
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Wednesday 09/24/2014
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Wednesday 07/30/2014
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Wednesday 06/25/2014
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Posted: June 25, 2014

My husband made the decision to leave the Army. It’s official.

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Wednesday 03/26/2014
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Wednesday 12/25/2013
Dealing with the kid conundrum
Posted: December 25, 2013

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Wednesday 11/27/2013
Puppies steal show at walk
Updated: November 27, 2013 - 6:11 pm

When it comes to suicide, I know I am lucky to say that it hasn’t directly impacted myself or my family. I’ve seen the wake of sadness left behind, and my heart aches when I hear the stories from people who lost a loved one or relative to suicide. I can’t imagine living with so many unanswered questions.

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Wednesday 10/30/2013
Book festival brings reminder of childhood love of Goosebumps
Posted: October 30, 2013

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Wednesday 09/25/2013
Army life often takes romance out of couples’ wedding plans
Posted: September 25, 2013

Nothing kills romance quite like the Army. And I’m not talking about the anniversaries, birthdays and other celebratory moments missed because of training or deployment.

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Wednesday 08/28/2013
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Wednesday 07/31/2013
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Posted: July 31, 2013

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Wednesday 06/26/2013
Stress over deployment leads to physical pain
Posted: June 26, 2013

I’m now one week into my husband’s deployment, and it’s already caused me physical pain — literally.

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Wednesday 05/29/2013
Chores keep us connected
Updated: June 24, 2013 - 11:22 am

As a kid I used to watch as my neighbor Joe would mow his lawn with a shining gold beer can in his hand.

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Wednesday 04/24/2013
Make the most of life
Posted: April 24, 2013

The past week and a half has been one for the books.

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Wednesday 03/27/2013
Reconnecting during trip
Posted: March 27, 2013

I just returned from a six-day vacation and I feel relaxed, refreshed, rejuvenated and any other “re” word you can think of. Mostly importantly, I feel reconnected to my husband.

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Wednesday 01/30/2013
Trip turns tables on spouse
Updated: February 06, 2013 - 2:12 pm

In my house, when someone is preparing for a week in the field, you can guess who it is quite easily — my soldier husband.

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