• August 24, 2016

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Sound advice if you’re going to marry a soldier

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.

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Wednesday 07/29/2015
Style changes, but traditions stick around
Posted: July 29, 2015

One of the first military spouse coffees I attended included a class that started with, “I know things are changing in the Army, but not here in the 82nd Airborne.”

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Wednesday 07/15/2015
Challenges of military moves bring strength
Posted: July 15, 2015

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 school. Our life is a perfect study of constant change, and overcoming hurdles great and small.

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Wednesday 06/17/2015
My goodbye to the Great Place, its great people
Posted: June 17, 2015

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Wednesday 06/10/2015
Healthy, realistic relationship with food important
Posted: June 10, 2015

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Wednesday 06/03/2015
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Posted: June 03, 2015

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Wednesday 05/27/2015
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Posted: May 27, 2015

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
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Posted: May 20, 2015

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. 

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Wednesday 05/13/2015
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Wednesday 05/06/2015
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Posted: May 06, 2015

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
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Posted: April 29, 2015

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
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Posted: April 22, 2015

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
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Wednesday 04/08/2015
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Posted: April 08, 2015

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
Military families roll with punches, multiple moves
Posted: April 01, 2015

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Spring break sickness cuts in on family time
Posted: March 25, 2015

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Wednesday 03/11/2015
Long-standing friendships built on funny starts
Posted: March 11, 2015

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
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Posted: March 04, 2015

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
Stay cold, be fit: Temperature may affect weight loss
Posted: February 25, 2015

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Wednesday 02/04/2015
Get out of a rut, add new tasks to lackluster days
Posted: February 04, 2015

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
Boys-will-be-boys notion outdated; emotional support vital for relationship
Posted: January 28, 2015

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
Marriage hard work no matter the time period
Posted: January 21, 2015

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
Comparison game easy to start, hard to end
Posted: January 14, 2015

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
‘Suggestions’ for personal growth in 2015
Posted: January 07, 2015

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Depression, anxiety a reality in military life
Posted: December 17, 2014

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Flu season is here, ready for duty
Posted: December 10, 2014

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
From one holiday to the next — family matters most
Posted: December 03, 2014

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
Meditation is a great way to decompress
Posted: November 26, 2014

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.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Finding right gifts can be challenging, but worthwhile
Posted: November 19, 2014

My husband has never been the easiest guy to find gifts for, but this year it’s even more of a challenge. Because he’s deployed, there are two warring factions going on in my brain.

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