Military Family

The Naval Postgraduate School campus, Monterey, California

My most popular military life series: The Real Army Wives:

A new one comes out every Monday. I’m telling our story of getting married in the aftermath of 9/11, a high tempo phase for military families constantly sending a service member to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.


We have now been a military family for 15 years. I know. I can’t believe it’s been that long either. It really doesn’t seem possible, seeing as how I’m only 29…wink, wink.

So over that course of time we’ve lived in 6 states and a District, the District of Columbia that is, and Alan has served in Iraq and Afghanistan 3 times. There were whole years that we did not see him.

If you are a military spouse, looking for support or inspiration, I hope you will know this is a safe place to comment and reach out. I have run the gamut of emotions over the years, and I know what it is to be lonely, depressed, running on Zoloft, or just straight up confused or angry. I have been there.

The military life can be a ton of fun too, once you find your people and get a few prayers answered. You are definitely amongst friends here. Feel free to ask me any questions. Or vent. Whatever you need.

I wrote about some of our experiences. I’ve consolidated a few of my articles below about this unique way of life.

About Moving:

The 9th Move: Empty Houses, Bees, and Saying Good-bye

Glitter, Fun Land, and Life in Limbo

The Flight of Four Children

Bad News from the Summer that Just Keeps on Giving

The Just-Moved-In Phase

The People Make the Place

Exploring California in Pictures: Part I


Being a Military Spouse

Celebrating Veteran’s Day as a Military Spouse

When Alan Gets Home from New Jersey Tonight



Dealing with Deployment

A Letter of Hope from 2003

Saying Good-bye

There Was That One Year


Giving Birth While Your Hubby is Away:

When We Met Matthias: Story of a Military Family


How we change:

How I’ve Changed from 12 Years of Being Married to the Military


Military Kids

Military Kids and Moving


TDY Assignments and Long Hours

When Alan Gets Home from New Jersey Tonight


War Letters

A Letter of Hope from 2003


When Someone You Know Becomes a Casualty of War:

What Being a Military Family Means to Me


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