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Last week I met a young woman who is currently dating a Fort Hood soldier. After talking with her briefly, I had flashbacks of myself from over two decades ago. As I drove home, though, I wondered what advice I would give my girlfriend-self, before marrying my soldier husband.

To say that living the military life can be challenging would be huge understatement. My husband and I just celebrated our 24th anniversary, in our 14th address. We have three boys, two with disabilities. Our oldest son will be a senior in high school this year, spending the year in his 12th…

The other day I brought my younger son and his friend to the Club Hood swimming pool. As I was setting up my “lounging station,” I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation between two youngish moms with their kids in tow.

Well, it’s swimsuit season again — a yearly ritual that brings dread to many a woman’s heart, including mine. With swimsuits comes worry over one’s weight, and since nearly two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, this is becoming a very big deal, no pun intended.

The other day on the way home from walking my son to school, I stopped at Bronco Youth Center to watch a group of soldiers doing physical training. They were playing flag football and clearly having a blast. 

Now that we have actual orders and a rental house nailed down, it looks like this Fort Eustis, Va., move is really going to happen. I’ve been thinking about the things I’ll miss about Fort Hood and Central Texas, and the things I won’t. Keep in mind that being assigned here was not what I’d …

Although we do not officially have orders in hand, all signs point to us moving this summer to Fort Eustis, Va. We are looking forward to this for many reasons: My husband is from that area and his mother still lives there, as well as his brother and his wife. Another plus is that we obvious…

If you see me walking around with a silly grin on my face, it might be because my husband is coming home for his two weeks of R&R very soon. That is the halfway point, also known as “Rest and Relaxation,” and is the Army’s way of making year-long deployments somewhat bearable.

To no one’s surprise, the most famous groundhog in the United States — Punxsutawney Phil — prognosticated six more weeks of winter this week. (Which, for us in Central Texas, basically means six more weeks of chilly days interspersed with spates of freakishly warm ones). But I digress.

One of the toughest challenges about being human is to learn to stop comparing oneself to others. It’s been said many times — this is a swift and efficient train to “destination unhappiness.”

If there is any doubt that depression and anxiety can sneak up on a gal, my friend Nancy would tell you it certainly can. She is an Army spouse as well as a veteran, and has three busy, active children. This lady has always seemed to have energy galore and an ever-present can-do attitude. So…

With Thanksgiving already a memory and the holiday rush in full swing, I find myself scrambling to catch up. I wish I were one of those people who could embrace the season effortlessly, as many of my friends do. One glance at Facebook — showing people’s lavishly decorated trees and homes — a…

I just finished a fascinating book about meditation. Oh I know what you’re probably thinking — meditation is “out there” and a little hippy-dippy. People who practice mediation bathe themselves in Patchouli oil, sport dreadlocks and spend the majority of their time contemplating their navels.

Everyone can name a chore that fills them with dread and for me, that chore is grocery shopping. There is something about the process that makes me want to volunteer for a root canal instead, or even endure several hours of watching golf on television. Yes, it’s that bad. I try to analyze my…

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