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Life after War for one War Bride

November 12, 2012


I have been trying to write these words for months. We are four months into our new home and finally unpacked. We are six months into adjusting to life ‘back in the States’ after four years in Germany. We are ten months into adjusting to life as a family after Seth’s fourth deployment. That last […]

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Deployments are a lot like birthing children

October 18, 2012


What the heck is she talking about? Stay with me for a second. (Apologies to my male readers – this may be a little out there for you.) Just think about this for a minute – Isn’t pre-deployment kinda like being pregnant? The day you find out your pregnant, everything changes right? Just like the […]

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At a crossroads

September 19, 2012


I have been spending a lot of time recently thinking about where I want this blog to go. I love that I’ve had the opportunity to know and work with so many amazing folks. Not to mention the community that has been created through common experiences and shared interests. (Which reminds me – don’t forget […]

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War. is a horrible thing.

August 16, 2012


My husband has been home from a 12 month deployment to Afghanistan since January. We’ve had 8 months of reintegration joys, challenges, and adjustment. Living overseas for 4 and a half years, most of the people I interacted with on a daily basis were military families, veterans, or civilians employed by the base (meaning they […]

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Military Spouses: the modern Pioneer Women

May 3, 2012


As we prepare for our move to Texas less than 4 months after the end of a deployment, I find myself reflecting on my relationships here in Germany… The incredible bonds that were forged by flames of adversity caused by so many months with our soldiers away. I would imagine they are much like those […]

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In Love, War, and Social Media

April 18, 2012


From the very moment my husband deployed last year, the online community has encouraged me. And through this encouragement, I found my voice. A voice that although shaky at first, attempted to share through words and pictures what life is like for one military family. A family living at a small duty station in Germany […]

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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

February 9, 2012


a beautiful day for a neighbor… Would you be mine? Could you be mine?… So, let’s make the most of this beautiful day. Since we’re together we might as well say: Could you be mine? Would you be mine? Won’t you be my neighbor? Won’t you please, Won’t you please? Please won’t you be my […]

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Welcome Home Ceremonies: What are they really like?

February 6, 2012


For families reuniting after a long military deployment, a Welcome Home Ceremony is an entire spectrum of emotions. One of my favorite things to do, is take pictures for dear friends of mine to capture some of these moments… Waiting… Anticipation… Excitement to finally see them… Concern about how the children will react… Watching them […]

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Counting the days: helping our military children

February 3, 2012


One of the things that has helped our young children cope with long deployments are marking calendars on the wall. And the best part of making Xs for month after month? is ripping all of those pages down after Daddy is home again… Which means it’s also time to start planning for our next milestone […]

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Military Homecomings, OPSEC, and Blogging Integrity

January 15, 2012


During the past few weeks, I knew my husband would be on the move – but I couldn’t talk about it. Because of OPSEC – Operational Security –  being aware of what you are sharing because it could give away more information than you intended – this is usually related to military or combat operations. This […]

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