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What I've Learned

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 7:06pm 1 Comment

I had never lived more than two hours from my childhood home when my husband went back on Active Duty.  We packed ourselves and our six-week old in the minivan and headed to Florida.  I was sad, nervous, excited, scared and had no idea what military life was going to hold for us.  I wish I could go back now and better prepare myself for what lay ahead.

I’d prepare myself for the little things you need to know about military life.  Like you must take dollar bills to the commissary. …


Yours Mine Ours?

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 3:16pm 5 Comments

I came across a website the other day run by a military spouse the sole purpose of which is to make fun of other military spouses. The website had pictures of bumper stickers and other memorabilia with slogans like, “I’m an Army Wife.  What’s Your Super Power?” and “Retired Marine Wife” followed by scathing comments from posters, many of them other military spouses.

The offending bumper stickers and coffee mugs seemed fairly innocuous to me, and at first, I was surprised at the…


Best Bets for Spring

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 5:53pm 0 Comments

It’s almost April, and the month that came in like a lion is about to go out like, well…a lion.  Nevertheless, it is springtime here in the nation’s capital, and it’s time to get out and enjoy what the area has to offer.  Even if we are still bundled up in our winter parkas.  Here are my picks for spring for grown-ups and families alike:


The cherry trees that line the Tidal Basin were a gift from the People of Japan as symbol of friendship to the USA…


Hello Goodbye

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 9:37pm 2 Comments

It’s almost springtime, and military families everywhere are bracing themselves for PCS season.  This time of year always make me think of moving stickers, TLFs, and another round of hails and farewells.  During my time as a military spouse, I could never decide which was harder: the hello or the goodbye.

PCS season means, of course, that there are painful goodbyes with close friends. It can be particularly hard on children. I remember as we left our last duty station, the kids sobbed…


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At 9:13am on October 14, 2012, Monica Park said…

Great writing Nancy! You have captured what so many military spouses feel! Well done!

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