When Lane arrived to this unit, they were already overseas so he signs in, kisses us goodbye, jumps on a plane, meets up with his guys in the Middle East. I tell him this isn’t my favorite way to do a deployment, new and alone and not quite sure how I’m going to make it through, who’s going to be … [Read more...] about When Broken Is Strong: The Military Wives Who Rise Up Anyway
We say goodbye, my military man goes and does his military thing, my heart aches, my body aches, my girls ache. He comes back home, we’re on a walk around the neighborhood hand in hand, watching our little girls race ahead of us and back again. A neighbor passes us in the car, slows down … [Read more...] about Keep Not Quitting: On Hard Things, Perseverance, and Making it Through Together
I’ve been paying attention to my reactions to this reverse ripple effect of Coronavirus as the rings get closer and closer in, as we feel it impact our own lives and our own loved ones. I’ve been paying attention to my anxiety and fear as it ebbs and flows, the decisions we’ve had to make as a human … [Read more...] about When Courage Needs to be Loud: On Military Wives, a Worldwide Pandemic, and Gritty Love
It’s a Thursday, dinnertime. We’ve made the food, fed the children, and the house has dissolved into utter chaos. The older two girls are playing actual tag around my kitchen island, and Mae, who feels feelings and feels them big, is still upset that she didn’t get to eat goldfish for … [Read more...] about Military Marriage and Holding onto Love for the Long-haul.
It’s Day Three after Lane got back home from his deployment, early morning, he’s in the middle of remembering where things were and how things belong as he looks around the countertop for the creamer and only finds milk. “Milk? You just put milk in your coffee now?” “Yeah, babe.” And then, … [Read more...] about Let’s go: The Courage to Keep Going When Life Is Hard
Sunday morning, I wake up with a sore throat and the three girls do the same. Canceled plans for the day turn into canceled plans for the week as all four of us are the sickest we’ve ever been over the longest amount of time. Tuesday evening of that week, girls in bed, Lane and I are on the couch … [Read more...] about On empathy, marriage, and when real love feels real hard