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Why I Wrote I Move A Lot and That’s Okay

Why I Wrote I Move A Lot and That’s Okay

Military Child Teen Life, Military Spouse Life
Jasmine Smith Photography - Shermaine Perry-Knights - Library You ask, “why did I write this book?” I Move A Lot and That’s Okay is simply the book that I wanted as a kid. Let’s face it, moving is hard to do! Moving is incredibly scary for kids. Relocation is a whirlwind of frustration and activity. There are extreme highs and lows of emotional, social, and physical change. Many kids struggle to leave everything and everyone behind for the journey ahead. Now let's add the pressure of PCSing and “daily military life”. The average military child changes schools nine times between kindergarten and graduation. Books can help! “I Move A Lot and That's Okay” teaches young readers resilience, flexibility and how to navigate emotions. Being a military brat isn’t always easy.…
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Things I Have Learned In Preparing For Military Retirement

Things I Have Learned In Preparing For Military Retirement

Military Spouse Life, Milspouse Conversations
How do you process something for which you have very little context, knowledge, or understanding? I have had to keep asking questions and trying to build on my fund of knowledge, but some days my brain doesn’t want to cooperate. For a little background, The Huz and I have been married for 29 years (in October), and together for 30 years. We met when I was a college senior and he was a high school senior. We married when he was 19, and had our first child when he was 20. He is a Marine Corps brat, and originally attempted to get into the Corps, but had a knee injury when he was in high school and the Corps determined that he was a poor risk, and rejected him. Four…
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Our Love Story

Our Love Story

Military Spouse Love Stories
Our Love Story By Lizann Lightfoot, the Seasoned Spouse My husband and I met at a small community swimming pool. I was the lifeguard, and his family had just moved into the neighborhood. We were both 18 and had just graduated from high school. We connected instantly. Even though I was going away to college in a few months, we soon started dating and promised to make the long-distance thing work. Ha! At the time, we thought long-distance was living a few hours apart, and us being able to visit each other at least once a month. That was before he joined the Marine Corps. We had been dating for less than a year when he decided to enlist to pay for college. He went off to Boot Camp, followed…
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Tips for Managing Menopause as a Military Spouse

Tips for Managing Menopause as a Military Spouse

Military Spouse Life
Six tips to keep in mind as you enter this new chapter—and why you’re more equipped to ace it than you think Sponsored post By Kindra Team From frequent moves to long deployments, being a military spouse comes with a particular set of challenges. But some of the same things that have equipped you to weather the ups and downs of military service—open communication, proactive self-care habits, and a strong community—can help you find your footing through the changes of menopause, too. Here, we’ll touch on six tips to keep you feeling your best. Focus on What You Can Control To combat mood swings—arguably menopause’s most famous and misunderstood pain point—work on optimizing the parts of your routine that you can control, whether that includes maintaining an organized space or…
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All Things PCS – CONUS PCSing from Getting Orders to Arriving

All Things PCS – CONUS PCSing from Getting Orders to Arriving

Conversations, PCSing
Our conversation starter Becca Hyde led us in a discussion about CONUS moves. Let's talk about all things from getting your orders to arriving at your next duty station. The conversation starters will have you cracking up this week. Trust us. You do not want to miss this episode. Sit back and enjoy this episode as the conversation starters get real. Take a listen on our podcast or watch the conversation on our YouTube Channel. https://youtu.be/oJUqetCnO1s What craziness has your packers packed that should've NEVER made it into your packout? The conversation starters talk about a few resources they use to help navigate their move as well as drop a few tips to help you survive. Be sure to join us in our FB group, like and follow us on…
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Bloom Where You Are Planted – 5 Things To Make A New House Feel Like Home

Bloom Where You Are Planted – 5 Things To Make A New House Feel Like Home

Military Spouse Life, PCSing
Bloom where you are planted! This statement rings true for military families. Every 2-3 years we are expected to uproot our families and move to a new place. This is definitely one of the hardest things about military life. It is hard to say “goodbye” to our home we have lived and made memories over the past few years. Seeing the stark white walls of military housing or moving to a new house can often be intimidating. With each PCS there are five things I would recommend doing to make your new house feel like home. Unpack your kitchen! One of the first things I always did was get my kitchen unpacked. I would even be unpacking it while the movers were there unloading the trucks. Everything went into the…
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Milspouse Love Story-Jesse and Rebecca Hyde

Milspouse Love Story-Jesse and Rebecca Hyde

Military Spouse Life, Military Spouse Love Stories
My husband and I met when we were teenagers.  Little did I know this handsome, cocky guy- who started out as "just a friend", would turn out to be my best friend, my mentor, my lover, the father of my children, and definitely my better half.   At 18 years old he joined the Navy and left a small town in Mississippi to move on to bigger and better things. In September of 1998, I joined him in Great Lakes, IL to begin our military journey and never once looked back.  I had no way of knowing what great things this man of mine would accomplish; but I knew I wanted to be by his side while he did it.   I've learned many things from him during our years together: I've learned…
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Intimacy Talk with Courtney Boyer – Relationship Coach & Sexuality Educator

Intimacy Talk with Courtney Boyer – Relationship Coach & Sexuality Educator

Conversations, Military Spouse Life, Milspouse Conversations
Let's get down to it! INTIMACY Many of us think of S E X when we hear the word intimacy. But it's so much more. We had a conversation with Courtney Boyer, owner of Stepping Stones Coaching who breaks it all down for us. https://youtu.be/o0X1qS__IcE A Little about Courtney Courtney earned a B.A. in political studies from Whitworth University. During her senior year, she realized she had a passion for sexual health and education so she went and earned a Masters in Education in Human Sexuality, became a Certified Sexuality Educator, and worked as a sexuality educator in Indianapolis, Indiana. She went back to graduate school and received an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, became a Certified National Counselor, and opened her own mental health and sex therapy practice in Puyallup,…
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Milspouse LOVE STORY-Megan and Sean Slaton

Milspouse LOVE STORY-Megan and Sean Slaton

Military Spouse Life, Military Spouse Love Stories
Our love story starts off pretty typical-we met through a mutual friend. We met in 2013 while he was home on Christmas leave and every time he was home after that we all hung out together. I was with someone else at the time and he had just gone through a break-up. But he was always so sweet and fun so I enjoyed his company. On his Christmas leave in 2015, he came over to hang out with all of us. He told us he was preparing for a deployment a few weeks later. I hugged him tight before he left and he told me to reach out if I needed anything.  By the end of January, my relationship I had been in took its final bow. My ex was…
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Milspouse Love Story -A Knight In Shining Armor

Milspouse Love Story -A Knight In Shining Armor

Military Spouse Life, Military Spouse Love Stories
6 years ago, I was in a broken place until a man who I met when we were 12 years old found me on Facebook. I was his first kiss and after his 13th birthday. I never saw him again. It wasn't until he in boxed me and asked me a couple of questions. I answered him because it’s only a few who would have known this tomboy 🙄. He said to me, "thank you for being so kind to me when we were kids. I have been looking for you for years." I smiled and didn’t take anything out of it. Months down the line he put in my inbox, "I know it’s early but I’m trying to lock it down." I was like, "yeah right." We were both…
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