How My Husband Surprised Me With News of His Next Duty Station

OCONUS PCS, Germany, Military Life, Moving

Valentine’s day started with a few comfortable clichés. We exchanged cards and chocolate, and I made heart-shaped pancakes with strawberries for breakfast. My husband and I had originally planned to order take out to eat alone together after the boys had gone to bed that night, but when my sister-in-law generously offered to hang out with them […]

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Green Army Men Valentine’s Day Cards

How to Make Green Army Men Valentine's Day Cards

Lately, when I find my eldest son getting into mischief struggling with boredom, I’ve been calling in the troops. Isn’t it funny how, sometimes, the simplest, least expensive toys are the ones that end up capturing young children’s imaginations and fleeting attention spans, and hold onto them the longest? My big boy got his first pack […]

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Survive the Season

Survive the Season, Motherhood, Family

This post was written as a journal-entry of sorts shortly after the birth of our second son.  I’m sharing it, now, as I still find the message relevant to my experience of motherhood. Hanging on the wall above my computer – among the jumble of inspirational quotes, photographs of my husband and our babies, and images […]

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When Home is Not a Place

Before moving away to college, I’d only known two houses as home, and they sat just across town from one another. Eighteen years surrounded by familiar faces, places and the handful of friends I’d made when I was still in diapers. My husband, on the other hand, spent most of his childhood moving from one […]

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Why I Blog

“What is it?” Harry asked shakily. “This? It is called a Pensieve,” said Dumbledore. “I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind.” “Er,” said Harry, who couldn’t truthfully say that he had ever felt anything of the sort. “At […]

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For The Mom Who Is Discouraged By Art and Craft Projects

Life, like finger painting, is messy business. We learn as we go – from the experiences we have, the knowledge we choose to retain or dismiss, and the mistakes we make along the way. Over time, we figure out how to dip our fingers in the paint without getting it all over our clothes; glide […]

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