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    Military Life: The 7 Top Tips for Surviving The Rollercoaster Ride

    Sometimes the reality of our lives as a military family resembles a not so fun rollercoaster ride. Emotionally I feel like I’m a teenager in the midst of puberty, and physically I can’t plan anything beyond today because things in my military life keep changing. Ahhh but such is the life of this Army wife. And I know I’m not the only one. This week I watched (and helped) my neighbor prepare for her soldiers homecoming. The highs and lows she is going through is insane. A couple from our old unit is feeling much the same as they prepare for another deployment themselves. And for us, the only way to describe the stomach dropping feeling I get when my…

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    Military Life: The Countdown to Deployment (Part 2)

    Direction Moment:  Sometimes getting lost is the only way to get motivated. It’s interesting, this week I found myself feeling out of sorts. We are about 10 days into NTC, and I find that I’m feeling a bit lost.  I’m not really sure what is the best use of my time or the direction I’m going, and definitely unsettled where I am. Work was productive, heck I’ve even launched a new product this week  but it felt awkward. Home life felt like I was just going through the motions and no I’m done. I don’t have the motivation to work out or do anything productive. I found myself feeling lost and wanting my life –our life- back.…

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    Military Life: A Military Man’s Promise

    So often the life of a military spouse is filled with tears.  Tears of joy, tears of longing, tears of goodbye.  The tears can be happy or sad or even a mixture of both.  This poem has been titled a few different ways and has circulated around our community but the original author gave me permission to share it because it depicts this military life we lead. This life is not for the faint of heart, and every military spouse can relate to it in some way.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did (though I did go through a tissue or 2!)     Military Life: A Military Man’s Promise Megan Williams© 2011, all rights…

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    Military Life: It’s Different Than Expected

    Yesterday for the first time in a long time I actually decided to sit outside and relax.  Even my neighbor was shocked that we both had an hour to just be amidst the craziness that is our military life.  You see this life as a military spouse doesn’t leave much room for “relaxing”.  It seems that there is always some event, meeting, volunteer opportunity or ceremony to go to. Not to mention all the other things we have to do just to keep the household functioning with the changing schedules, training missions and deployment cycles. The face that we both were able to chill out at the same time was monumental, our schedules…

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    Military Life: Bittersweet extremes

    Have you ever had a day when over and over you are made aware of something you hadn’t really focused on previously? Somehow it just keeps showing up.  You see pictures, maybe the subject keeps popping up in conversation.  And it’s always in the strangest context. Well, yesterday was one of those days for me. From the moment I woke up and began my morning routine, the reality of my military life and the life of every other military spouse was, as they say, “in my face“. It started out with the sound of reveille at 0630 signaling a new day, followed closely by the shouting of a neighbor hustling her teen out the door to catch…

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    Military Life: The Silent Ranks…

    Thankyou for all you do for your spouse and our country In honor of military spouse appreciation day, I had to share this poem as a tribute to all the military spouses that give so much each and every day. THE SILENT RANKS – Tribute to the Military Wife . . .Unknown Author I wear no uniforms, no blues or army greens. But I am in the military in the ranks rarely seen. I have no rank upon my shoulders, salutes I do not give. But the military world is the place where I live. I’m not in the chain of command, orders I do not get. But my husband is…