Blog Posts in "Guest Bloggers"

Military life: Honorable, exciting, ever-changing. Burdensome, terrifying, exhausting. Those are just some of the words that come to mind when you think about the emotions a MilSpouse or servicemember may experience during a military career. Military families are constantly on the move and deal with pressures that are seldom spoken about or addressed. Years spent away from loved ones, sleepless nights on the frontlines of war, and unforgettable images of poverty, death, and despair can take a toll on anyone’s mental health. And guess what? This is completely normal. The problem with mental he... read more

MilSpouses know that there's nothing quite like the long-awaited homecoming that occurs after a loved one returns from deployment. Reuniting after having been a part for so long can mean that you're flooded with feelings of excitement, anxiety, impatience, joy, and everything in between. Whether you've been through four deployments or are experiencing your first, long distance love isn't easy. As much as you want your spouse back home with you, returning to normal life takes time, patience, and understanding from both parties. Although there's no right way to plan a homecoming, you can make t... read more

The Best and Worst of Hill Air Force Base We never wanted or expected to live in Utah. It was a culture shock, but we made the best of it, as military families have to do. We lived there for four years. My husband deployed a few months after we arrived. On our anniversary. I spent the first winter of my life alone with four kids. Our cat died and the basement flooded while he was deployed. The Best of Hill AFB Outdoors Activities We’re not so much into winter, but I hear the skiing is wonderful. I did like how sunny winters are and it doesn’t feel very cold. We enjoyed hiking, fishing, and ca... read more

I'm wiped out this week. I think I do too much and then when I get sick, I still do too much and do not recover as quickly (i.e. immediately) as I would like. My kids are driving me crazy with their constant need for food, attention and air. I've almost hit "googling mental health clinics in my area" status. I have talked to other moms at the gym this week and I feel that alot of us are in the same boat. Summer camps are winding down, back to school shopping posters are bombarding us, and soon, I will be gently scrolling through everybody's "BACK TO SCHOOL PHOTO 2017-18" on Facebook. But this... read more

Ah, the joys of back-to-school chaos. The simplicity of summer has come to an end and the hustle and bustle of a brand-new school year has set in. As much as the promise of a new teacher and classroom full of potential friends excites our kids, it can also cause them a lot of anxiety. Let’s be honest, back-to-school season can cause military moms a lot of anxiety, too. Whether you and your family relocated to a new base or your kids are just trying to get back into the swing of things, back-to-school madness can put a lot of pressure on military families. Here are tips to make the beginning o... read more