The Good, the Bad, the Same: Viewpoint from a Veteran Military Spouse

One of the greatest things about being a military spouse writer is the people I've come to know, whether in real life or only online. Christina is one of those people, and she is a gem! 

After she reviewed my book, we stayed in touch and I asked her to write a guest post for my blog when I found out she's not only a military spouse, but also a Veteran herself. I've had several milspouse friends who were also either active duty or veterans, and I think their perspective is absolutely invaluable. I think you'll enjoy her take on military life, and even learn something. 

Thank you Christina, for sharing your heart with us!

Searching for Beauty: Lessons Learned from Visiting the Anne Frank House

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” -Anne Frank

When we were stationed in Germany, we took the opportunity to visit Amsterdam in nearby Holland and visit the Anne Frank house. The tour was somber and the visitors hushed as we climbed the steep, narrow stairs to the hiding place where the Frank family, Jewish citizens in danger of being sent to the concentration camps, had hidden during World War II.

When You First Get Orders to PCS Overseas

Moving overseas for the first time is equal parts exciting and terrifying. If you find your military family the happy recipients of an overseas assignment, then I have a special treat for you! I'm so thrilled to be collaborating with Lizann Lightfoot of The Seasoned Spouse blog.

Today, she's sharing with us a few tips for when you first get those overseas orders. I'm all about practical, so read on as you begin making your overseas to-do lists!

The Military Didn't Issue a Spouse: Balancing Volunteering with Your Regular Life

Whether you’re a new or veteran spouse, you may feel pressure to be involved. Understand that if someone is telling you that you’re required to volunteer, they’re simply wrong. Whatever you choose to do is just that...your choice!

If you opt to volunteer and help out military families, more power to you! If you don’t find yourself with the time right now, that is okay, too. Those of us who have been around the block a time or six completely understand: life is all about seasons. 

Election Year Homeschool Ideas

Let’s face it, learning about government and politics can sometimes be a yawn-worthy prospect. However, with this year's especially contentious presidential race, it can be tempting to stay out of politics entirely. 

Still, it's important to educate our kids about the process! Learning about elections, our country’s political process, and past presidents can be fun and engaging, regardless of the candidates.

Learning to Let Go as a Parent

I've heard them called the Blurry Years--those years when you have several young children, say below the age of 5. Those years when you live for nap time and forget to eat. 

In that era when we had four kids aged seven and under, I often found myself on the receiving end of brilliant comments such as, “Enjoy them while they’re little!” and, “They grow up too quickly!”

I remember thinking, Uh-huh, sure. I’d just like to take a shower without someone pounding on the bathroom door! 

Why Saying Yes to Your Child Is as Important as Saying No

For many parents, no can become a default. Without thought, the answer to any request outside the normal routine is no.

No, you cannot go to your friend’s house, stay up past your bedtime to finish that chapter, or have cake for dinner.

I get it—parents become weary of the constant questions and no is easy, comfortable, and…safe. They worry that “giving in” too often will harm their child or lead to self indulgence. But are you finding yourself in a constant negative state with your children?