Blue Star Families

Missed Moments

One lesson I’ve learned in my eight year marriage to the military is to use a pencil when marking dates on the calendar. Plans change too frequently to use permanent ink. Nothing is permanent in the military. But unfortunately, there are some occasions that can’t be erased from the calendar, events that can’t be postponed […] Read more…

Double Duty Deployment Parenting

For those of my new followers who don’t know, I’m a columnist for Blue Star Families, a fantastic organization for military families.  And if I can squeeze in a plug for them, they are currently conducting their Military Family Lifestyle Survey.  Let your military voice be heard.  Please take 15 minutes out of your day to complete […] Read more…

Adapting Behavior During Deployment

My latest Blue Star Families post… Adapting Behavior During Deployment Everyone in our house has a unique role, and with each role comes expected behaviors. My husband is the Man of the House, acting as our resident fix-it man, lawn doctor, and master of Wii. I am the Domestic Engineer. I take command of child […] Read more…

Interview With a Military Brat

April is the Month of the Military Child, and I wanted to find a way to show my children that the sacrifices they make on a daily basis during their father’s current deployment don’t pass unnoticed. I’m well aware of how my husband’s deployment is affecting me, but it’s easy to forget that my children […] Read more…

The Conspicuous Absence of Presence

The roller coaster has begun. The deployment, still in its infancy, is gradually sinking in. Sometimes I feel like my husband is simply on routine travel, and he’ll walk through that door any day with a bag full of dirty laundry and homecoming presents for the kids. But deep down I know it’s different this […] Read more…

I’m a Blue Star Families Columnist!

I’m thrilled to share with you that I’ve somehow convinced Blue Star Families to let me join their team as a columnist.  (To learn more about Blue Star Families, you can read my interview with the Membership Director or visit their website directly.)  I’ll be writing a weekly column about the ups and downs of […] Read more…

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