There’s countless holiday traditions that families enjoy together, but perhaps none as creative (or adorable) as Elf on a Shelf. Recently, Elf on the Shelf has been gaining popularity as a new tradition in many more homes. According to tradition, this mischievous elf comes out every year before Christmas and checks in on little children [...]
Suddenly, I transform into a woman I hardly know who frets and throws tantrums over dresses that “are all bunchy in all the wrong places.” I fall into the traps of I-have-nothing-to-wear and I-look-awful-in-everything-I-put-on. It is important to remember that your welcome will be a great one, no matter what you wear. Your service member [...]
Congratulations on your nuptials and welcome to the military family! As a military spouse we are a pretty elite club. I was very intimidated when I first became a military spouse, having very little previous experience with the military. The first thing I found out about the military is that it comes with a lot, [...]
It can be very daunting as a military spouse, all of the abbreviations and terminology looks like a whole other language. Military abbreviations and terminology pop up frequently and quickly once you marry a service member. Although the Department of Defense has a searchable online dictionary, it’s good to get a brief overview of some of [...]
During deployment it’s important for families to use both old and new methods to maintain connections with military members. To ease the transition, families should have a communication strategy prior to deployment.
Marriage is a challenge—a beautiful, intimate union, yes, but a challenge nonetheless. For a military couple, marriage not only entails the typical chore quarrel, parenting squabble and financial feud, but also a whole separate realm of anxiety, fear, and loneliness. The military may try to compensate with bonus pay and the occasional leave, but good [...]