If you've been through a military move, or PCS (Permanent Change of Station), you've been there. If you've recently moved, you're right in the middle of it.
The flurry, stress, and excitement of sorting and getting ready for the move, the goodbyes, packing up your entire house, traveling to a new duty station, and helping kids cope through the changes is now mostly behind you.
This is usually the point that is the hardest for me after a move--that point when everything settles down. I don't belong anywhere, don't really know anyone yet beyond a casual hello to a neighbor as I walk to my car, just don't quite fit yet. Read more
“Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.”-Jodi Picoult Read more
As far as household items go, I tend to overestimate the amount of 'stuff' I need for daily life---stuff that ends up hindering, rather than helping.
One unforeseen benefit that has come from moving so often is that I've had to learn to deny my natural hoarding tendencies. Read more
As a child, it didn’t occur to me that roses pushing through the cracked, dry soil might somehow be incongruous. I never thought then about what difficult work it was to sustain such beauty in the midst of our austere surroundings. We moved houses several times in my childhood, but the yard and flowers were priorities that were dealt with soon after getting settled into the new place. Read more
One thing about living in military housing is that it can be a challenge to make the space your *own*. There are definite limits on what you're allowed to do, and of course each house is so different, it's nearly impossible to attempt the same thing twice. But working within those parameters, you really can make even base housing a home. Read more