A Culture of Our Own

19 Nov

Think about it a minute, is the military a culture? Why?

My immediate reaction was yes. However, I didn’t immediately think of a 100 reasons why. I said yes, but why did I say yes? I looked up the definition of culture and chose what seemed to be the most commonly accepted and most fitting in my opinion. Culture is the totality of what a group of people think, how they behave, and what they produce that is passed on to future generations (Jervis, 2006). Now think of our military life and I’m sure you can think of those 100 reasons why! Continue reading


Close, but not “Too” close

15 Nov

I hear it from just about every spouse I meet, so I wonder if this is a common mentality. If so, what about military life creates this way of thinking? “When we retire or get out, we are moving back home but not too close to family.” Funny thing is, I say the same thing! I love my family to death, but something about not living near them for 20 years just kinda makes us want to maintain a certain level of space. Continue reading

Homecoming Haze

5 Nov

Pretty sure we all encounter this phase, but the length and severity vary between us all. My husband arrived home August 26th and today is November 5th. Thankfully not everything in my life was lost in my homecoming haze. My kiddos were fed, bathed, and clothed. I won’t say our clothes always made it to their perspective closets or drawers. The living room chair served as a fabulous “family closet” for a bit. But heck it didn’t kill us and there was plenty of seating space on the couch. Continue reading

Sisters on Every Continent

22 Aug

I smile when I read “sisters  on every continent” because I know this simple statement is true for so many of us! Our friendships are often more than just a friend. We celebrate holidays, birthdays, welcome home parties, deployment blues, births, loses, PCS goodbyes, and so many more events of a military life. These connections and bonding create a relationship deeper than a best friend. These events in our lives create sisters we can depend on no matter how far we move, no matter how long its been since our last conversation, and no matter what is happening in our life! Continue reading

No Place Like Home

7 Aug

We do our best to make a trip home in between each PCS and for any big events. This summer my hubby has been deployed, so I decided to venture home. The traveling went well and the trip was wonderful. However, there are always challenges to visiting back home. Continue reading

Our Fallen Hereos

23 Jun

Lance Cpl. Jason Hill, 20                                     Lance Cpl. Sean M.N. O’Connor, 22

Lance Cpl. Joshua B McDaniels, 21                 Capt. Michael W Newton, 30

Pfc. Matthew J. England, 22                               Cpl. Matthew T. Richard, 21

Spc. Emiio J. Campo Jr., 20                                Spc. Michael B. Cook Jr., 27

Spc. Christopher B. Fishbeck, 24                      Spc. Robert P. Hartwich, 20

Pfc. Michael C. Olivieri, 26                                  Cpl. William J Woltowicz, 23

Have you ever heard the names of these men before today? You likely would have if you listened to the news, “5 soldiers are confirmed dead in Southern Afghanistan, making this the deadliest month since Operation Enduring Freedom began.” Sadly too many Americans provide more attention to who Ashley voted out of the Bachelorette than those who lost their lives protecting our freedom. Continue reading

I remember when…

13 Jun

I’m sure we all have memories from childhood, but can you think of the ones that really stand out? That something you and your family always did, a smell that instantly makes you think of home, or a place that always reminds you of family and friends. Part of me is a little sad my kiddos aren’t near our “family home” and therefore won’t be raised with many of the same memories my husband and I have from growing up. However, isn’t each family made to make their own memories? Continue reading