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How Cooking with My Grandma Taught Me About Life

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“Well, why don’t you please ask one more question?” The woman snapped sarcastically as I leaned over the mixing bowl interestedly to ask what she was adding to the flour. Blinking back confused tears, I quickly exited. The visitor in my grandmother’s kitchen was unknown to me—an interloper. My Grandma, with her generous, kind ways, […]

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The Challenge of Making New Friends as a Military Spouse

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I stood on tiptoe at the edge of the crowd, craning to see my girls march out with their Irish Dance group at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Ramstein, Germany. My husband had recently deployed, and both of my older kids were at work. As I often do, I stood alone, solo parent style. Suddenly, my […]

Homesickness may take you by surprise as a military spouse.

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“Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.”-Jodi Picoult “Who is that man sitting in the foyer?” I shifted uncomfortably in my seat. Even though I was surrounded by women in the meeting room of the large […]

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Where the Water Meets the Sand [Book Review]

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I was privileged to receive an advance reader’s copy of Where the Water Meets the Sand, a memoir by Tyra Manning. While not specifically a “military spouse” book, I think most military spouses will be able to relate to much of her journey as Tyra faces her worst fear–receiving the news that her young husband […]

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Book Giveaway Winners!

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Thanks to everyone who entered for the opportunity to win a copy of You Are Not Alone. The winners are:  Lauren Green Camisha Ferguson Randy Marshall   You’ve each been sent an email with further details (please check your spam folder if you don’t see it). If you didn’t win, here’s another chance! Check out […]

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How to Be a Good Neighbor in Military Housing

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“It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom.” (Albert Einstein) “Duncan…DUNCAN!”* My neighbor yelled again from her front door. He, blond and small, continued digging at the hole he’d created in their yard and ignored her. “DUNCAN!” Dig, dig, dig. Now he turned his back toward her, and continued pulling at the red […]