Military families make up less than 1% of the U.S. population, and the challenges they face are unique. Whether you're looking for military family support or simply want to learn more, join Jen as we discuss it all: getting through the separations that go along with training and deployments, moving around the world, seeing the one you love leave for war, raising kids in the military, finding your own place as a military spouse, and strengthening your military marriage.Read More
In the time leading up to my husband’s retirement from the Air Force last year (he’d been in a total of 31 years, and I’d been along for the ride for 29), I did my best to prepare like I do for any major life event. I rotated between devouring the bajillion pamphlets the military dispenses on cheerful topics like why you should sign up for the survivor benefits plan and the eleventy seven steps you need to complete to maybe possibly receive VA benefits, Googled helpful phrases like “what the frick do I do now after being a military spouse for three decades??”, and munched chocolate while staring out the window of ancient base housing and trying to imagine what life would be like after years of living in base housing like this.
Pretty sure that last one was easily as helpful as any other ‘preparation’ I could manage.Read More
Life is a lot different than it was even just a year ago! We're again navigating the unknowns of life after having it defined by the military for so long.
While this site will continue to provide support and encouragement for military spouses, it's time to stretch and grow a little bit...again.
I want to share about what else is important in my life, other things I'm battling through, like reinventing yourself as your children grow up and leave, whether it 'fits' the niche I've carved out in the interwebs space or not. I suspect this change won't be noticeable to folks who arrive here via a popular Pinterest pin (Hiya! Thanks for stopping by) or maybe anyone but me, perhaps.Read More
Many military spouses are faced with the grim reality of the effects of PTSD on their partner and family. Making sure to take care of yourself is important. Get expert tips and further resources.Read More
Military life has a way of throwing curveballs. In the midst of deployments, moves, and everything else, how can you keep moving forward with your own goals as a military spouse?Read More
The first few weeks and months of getting to know each other as mommy and baby can be tricky. You’re not sleeping well, you're figuring out a new rhythm with your new little one, and probably a bit unsure about how to handle life as a new parent. And if you’re breastfeeding, you may feel tied to home and not as if you can venture very far--never mind finding a sitter you can trust! Thankfully, these days there are loads of free resources for new military parents to help ease this transition.Read More
When did we decide we needed to reinvent the wheel and toss aside advice from older military spouses?Read More
For many veterans, the transition from active duty military service to civilian career isn't easy. Find out how one company is making a huge impact by supporting the veterans community with jobs and training.Read More
Male military spouses are often overlooked when it comes to milspouse groups. Let's talk about how to include ALL spouses!Read More
“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.Read More
My faith is the most important part of my life, and I believe it’s what has helped me through the various challenges of military life. I love hearing from other people who share my faith—it strengthens, encourages, and inspires me.
But one thing I realized was that I haven’t ever seen a comprehensive list of faith based milspouse bloggers. So… I polled several of the blogging groups I’m in and am now sharing with you some military spouse bloggers that you really should check out! This is an inclusive list, in hopes of strenghtening your own beliefs.Read More
Military life can be very lonely and this is never more true than when you're facing the holidays with your husband or wife deployed, away for training, or on a remote assignment.Read More