• The Velveteen Mothers

    May 11, 2023 by

    Mother’s Day always finds us in the final throes of the school year, sprinting towards the finish line. We have dragged ourselves out of bed for nine months, made 857 school lunches and hustled from piano to soccer to band to tennis to whatever. And WE ARE TIRED. My kid’s shoes have a hole in… Read more

  • USS Deployment and my lessons learned

    February 7, 2023 by

    We knew the deployment was coming. We hauled our boat, USS Deployment, from the back of the garage where it had rested for a few years. Day after day we prepared, traded and packaged our responsibilities so we could be properly organized for the hour of departure. “Do you remember how to row?” my husband asked,… Read more

  • Respecting Military Families on Social Media

    April 5, 2022 by

    TO MY NON-MILITARY FRIENDS: Do you know what a CACO is? [Kay-co] My guess is no. It stands for Casualty Assistance Calls Officer. You know them from films as the impeccably dressed men in uniforms who arrive on the doorsteps of WWII widows to announce the news of the deceased (think “Saving Private Ryan”). We,… Read more

  • Wanted: COVID-19 Life Coach. Because I am tired.

    January 20, 2022 by

    Dear Applicant, I am a woman in my 40s, raising multiple children and FEELING EXHAUSTED (and a bit sarcastic). We are approaching our third spring in Pandemic-Land and I simply cannot make another decision about this darn coronavirus. A COVID-19 Life Coach would help me sort through information and make solid decisions about my parenting… Read more

  • It’s a Merry Messy Christmas

    December 22, 2021 by

    I’m a lover of paper magazines, especially in November and December. Not the online versions, but the hard copy delights that bring joy to my mailbox. They are Instagram in my hands as I scrutinize every page and decorated table- the white tablecloths, the garlands perfectly winding through the centerpieces, the gold lined napkins perfectly… Read more

  • Celebrating Military Kids and Leaving the Stereotypes Behind

    April 8, 2021 by

    Each year, April is acknowledged as the Month of the Military Child and my heart immediately opens wide to celebrate this amazing segment of our population. Statistics say that almost one million kids live within the military community and their resiliency and perseverance inspire me. But I didn’t always feel that way. As I’ve mentioned… Read more

  • Hey America, can we take a deep breath?

    October 24, 2020 by

    Hey friends. Can we talk for a minute? I’ve debated for weeks about whether this topic is worth approaching because I am a peacemaker who hates confrontation…but I think it is time for a frank conversation. Can you keep an open mind and not burn down my house after you read it? Thanks. (If you… Read more

  • Quirky Military Homes and the Reasons I Love Them

    January 29, 2020 by

    My family has moved many times in the last twenty years, in the country and out, from base to base to base. There is an unbeatable camaraderie among military families, for a plethora of reasons, but I find the laughter (and frustration) over our homes to be a special connection. Living transitory lives in different… Read more

  • A Letter To My Younger Self: A Navy Wife’s Reflection

    September 16, 2019 by

    Twenty years ago I sat in a stadium watching my future husband receive his commissioning in the US Navy. With a stack of blissful hopes and dreams we jumped into the military life and flew into the unknown. For that hometown 20-something girl, every single thing was an unknown. Dropped into a completely new world,… Read more

  • Living the Messy Life

    September 5, 2019 by

    People say the kitchen is the lifeblood of a house. It’s where family and friends congregate and eat; it’s where parties linger, conversations flow and occasions are celebrated. I spend a significant portion of my day standing in my kitchen, which usually doubles as a home office because Mama needs a command center! As a… Read more

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