• February 25, 2017

Letters From The Homefront

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When strangers call, it’s important to know thy neighbor

Home alone late at night, the doorbell rings. Outside is a strange man in dark clothing.

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Wednesday 03/30/2016
Spring the perfect time for pruning, improving our lives
Posted: March 30, 2016

There is nothing like some unseasonably warm weather to make a community come alive.

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Wednesday 02/24/2016
Spouses rally together to help each other as soldiers deploy
Posted: February 24, 2016

When most people think of Iraq, they think of the war that began in 2003 and the fight against terrorism. However, the U.S. military’s first major conflict with the country started 25 years ago.

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Wednesday 01/27/2016
Resolve to make a difference for others and let 2016 count
Posted: January 27, 2016

As we round out the month of January, how many of you have stuck to those resolutions? How many of you are actually going to the gym, eating healthier and curbing that foul mouth? I usually start the new year off strong, but come mid-month, I’m over whatever I resolved to change and fall back into old habits.

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Wednesday 12/30/2015
Lots of excitement, changes in past year for my military family
Posted: December 30, 2015

There is never a boring year in the life of a military family. While we didn’t move this year, we still lived through excitement and many changes.

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Wednesday 11/25/2015
The perfect gift may not always be the likely choice
Posted: November 25, 2015

Cool, crisp mornings have arrived, and along with that, comes the wonderful aroma of pumpkin and cookies in our homes. Yes, it is that time again, the holidays. With Thanksgiving upon us, there is no doubt that as you head out for pie crusts and stuffing fixings that you are bombarded with holiday décor, gift sets and even the man in the red suit. If you are anything like me, it also means that you have put off thinking of gifts for far too long, and now the fun but anxious task of finding the “perfect gift” for the ones you love has arrived.

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Wednesday 10/28/2015
Care packages offer touch home for soldiers far away
Posted: October 28, 2015

When my soldier is overseas, I send prays of support his way, write him letters, send emails and Skype with him when he’s available. I also like to send him care packages, shipping items he may need, or just a touch of home to keep him connected while so far away.

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Wednesday 09/30/2015
Proud to share military experiences with all spouses on post
Posted: September 30, 2015

Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station was a Navy base where the Hindenburg lighter-than-air-ship was once docked, and subsequently crashed. During the two and a half years we lived on that base, I somehow became president of the Lakehurst Naval Air Stations Officers’ Wives’ Club, as a young Army wife.

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Wednesday 08/12/2015
Decades later, commander's wife's words make sense
Posted: August 12, 2015

Sitting in the Camp Hovey, South Korea, Officer’s Club in the winter of 1994, the commander’s wife told a group of us younger spouses that no matter how many times her husband said his family was his top priority, the Army really came first in his life. She didn’t seem upset about her declaration, just stated it as a matter of fact.

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Wednesday 07/29/2015
Army spouses should band together, regardless of soldier rank
Posted: July 29, 2015

When I was newly married to my soldier in 1991, a spouse warned me to not let the commander’s wife catch me talking with the spouse of an enlisted soldier. Was she serious? Sure, my husband was a young second lieutenant, but I was nervous, naive and looking for new friends. I spoke with almost anyone who would spend time with me.

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Wednesday 06/24/2015
New neighbors: Summer brings return of military moving season
Posted: June 24, 2015

’Tis the season of the moving trucks.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Technology helps Army families keep in touch across the globe
Posted: April 29, 2015

As a military wife of almost 24 years, I still don’t like saying goodbye to the friends I’ve made at each post. My children aren’t fans of this military tradition, either. Our oldest son, James, has lived in nine homes, and has already attended 12 schools. He has made some great friends at each of these military postings, and has had to say goodbye to all of them at some point.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
In preparing to leave Army life, people will be missed most
Posted: March 25, 2015

I have exactly one more week with proof I am a military spouse — they are taking my ID and decals.

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Threats a reminder that sharing information can make one a target
Posted: February 25, 2015

I put a lot out there. Maybe it’s cathartic, or maybe I’m naive, but whatever the reason, anyone who’s read the paper over the past four years could gather a good bit of information about me, just by picking up this column.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
Ready or not, life changing as Army separation date approaches
Posted: January 28, 2015

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 12/31/2014
Welcoming newest members of family as adoptions get finalized
Posted: December 31, 2014

I became an aunt again this month, twice over. What’s crazy though, is really I was already an aunt to my sister’s two youngest children, Stryker and Summer, it just wasn’t on paper yet.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
Survivors of suicide loss can find comfort, inspiration in each other
Posted: November 26, 2014

Friday morning I woke up, watched a little bit of news on TV, cooked some eggs for my husband and he headed off to work and I prepared to enjoy a day off. It was completely normal. Before getting out of bed, I mentally tallied the chores I needed to get done, such as dealing with my expired vehicle inspection tags and taking the dogs to the vet.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Trip to Korea offers role reversal
Posted: October 29, 2014

I shipped out for Korea on a Monday night, expecting to be gone for one week.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
Ants marching through closet
Posted: September 24, 2014

I am not an organized person. Papers litter my desk and though I try to keep order in my pantry, after an exhausted trip to the grocery story, everything gets tossed in wherever it fits.

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
Staying put while friends move on
Posted: June 25, 2014

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

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Wednesday 03/26/2014
Feeling like a newlywed as husband returns from deployment
Posted: March 26, 2014

After nine months and six days of separation, my husband and I are back together. He’s home.

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Learning how to live alone without being scared all the time
Posted: February 26, 2014

Living alone is something that terrified me upon first thought, but eventually became quite comfortable.

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

When you are kidless in the military — by choice or by force — there is still no avoiding children during the holidays. They are everywhere you go. They’re at the mandatory Christmas parties, the PX, command parties and the commissary.

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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

There was nothing that made 8-year-old me much happier than when a new Goosebumps book was published.

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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
Soldiers should be safe at home
Updated: January 21, 2015 - 2:46 pm

I spent two days last week doing team coverage of the trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan.

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Wednesday 07/31/2013
Resiliency binds us together
Posted: July 31, 2013

Resilient — you don’t have to spend a lot of time at Fort Hood or in the Army to hear this buzzword.

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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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