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Top 10 Signs You’re a Complainer (And How to Fix It)

I am not one to join a Quit Complaining campaign. I figure if you aren’t complaining about life just a little, you aren’t paying enough attention. But in military life where so many hold a … [Read more...]

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Ingenius Spouse Moves Family Training Online

Sometimes the best ideas are the ones right in front of you. That's how it was for Brandy Pearson. As a certified Army Family Team Building (AFTB) instructor currently far from a traditional base … [Read more...]

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Create a Lovely Valentine’s Day Care Package for a Friend

No matter how many times I say Valentine’s Day is silly and I plan to ignore it this year because my servicemember isn’t available, a secret part of me is still sad. My husband proposed to me the … [Read more...]

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4 Ways to Help a Hurting Friend

Life – both military and civilian – is full of gotchas. You’re just walking along, minding your own business, when down from the sky falls something horrible. Maybe it’s military related … [Read more...]

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Confession: I Have Autism

We had moved for the fifth time in around six years, and I was floundering, yet again. I had always had trouble making and keeping friends. I tend to say all the wrong things, do the wrong things, and … [Read more...]

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I Admit It: I Was an Ignorant Civilian

It’s no secret that I love the movies. And up until a few weeks ago, on the list of movies I loved was Black Hawk. Down. It was the first time I had watched it as a military spouse with a few … [Read more...]

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15 Simple Things to Do With Your Servicemember

If you’re like me you probably have a bucket list of things you want to do in life. My husband and I first created one of things we want to do together before his first deployment to Iraq. … [Read more...]

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I Was the Back-Up ‘Husband’ at the Birth

It was no surprise when the one night our spouses were out of town, about three hours away, my friend’s precious little girl decided she was ready to enter the world. Immediately. All I know … [Read more...]

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YDU: Not all MilSpouse Groups are the Same

Why can’t I find the same kind of camaraderie in my military Family Readiness Group that I found in the exercise group I joined a few years ago? The people aren’t all that different – most of us … [Read more...]

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4 Freaky Ways To Improve Your FRG

One of the things that always puzzles me about the Family Readiness Group is how well-meaning people get a reputation for being stuck up or cliquish or “wearing their husband’s rank.” I know … [Read more...]

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Video: How to Help Someone With PTSD

I know there is a psychologist in Columbia, S.C. who is very happy I moved to San Antonio earlier this year. This poor guy,  Dr. Nick Lind of Post Trauma Resources, was so sick of talking to me on … [Read more...]

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What Female Vets Turned MilSpouses Want You to Know

Very few other Military Spouses care that I am Veteran. They assume my experiences either have no bearing on their own lives or that my insights are out-dated, no longer true, or are simply too much … [Read more...]

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3 Ways to Recognize Military Family Appreciation Month

“I am going crazy.” Those were the words of my desperate military spouse friend as she surveyed the chaos that is her home during deployment. With three kids between two and 8-years-old and a … [Read more...]

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Why Didn’t You Tell Me I’d Lose the New Wife Glow?

When I was a young shiny spouse I was gung-ho. I had “that” yard of the month. I had “those” kids sporting red, white and blue rompers. I was the first to volunteer to lead anything, and I was … [Read more...]

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How to Survive the Child-Free Military Life

 I know what you’re thinking, mainstream society (and Army Wives) would have you believe such people do not exist. But we do. We are few and far between and you might have to look for us, but … [Read more...]

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Get Over Your Rank Problem Already

It’s no secret there’s a deep division among some spouses in the military. The boundaries are subtle when it comes to the division among the servicemembers -- different pay, different housing ... … [Read more...]

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My First FRG? A Little Intimidating

I confess: my first FRG was a little intimidating.  Last year when I was living with my now-husband, I wasn’t quite comfortable attending various wife functions as “just” a fiancée.  Despite … [Read more...]

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Why We Hate Military Wives

We hate military wives like it is our job. When someone posts about what they struggle with in their military life it is not met with understanding. Instead, commenters come forth with their verbal … [Read more...]