Finding Peace in Troubling Times

I laced up my boots and straightened my starched uniform every morning as I left for work before the sun rose above the horizon. I was a Soldier and a combat veteran. Strong. Confident. Competent. But I packed a MESSY secret deep in my cargo pockets. I couldn’t shake the thought of a black sedan […]

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What’s Your Inside Story?

My husband was recently home on a twenty day break in the middle of his twelve month Army deployment. It was a bittersweet time. We desperately wanted to enjoy each other’s company, but the black cloud of his impending return to Kuwait was never fully out of sight. It was a feat of sheer willpower […]

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With Reckless Abandon…

Recently I was tempted to settle for less than what’s best. In the days before I welcomed my husband home for a mid-tour break from his current deployment, I consciously curbed my enthusiasm by focusing on the temporary nature of his visit. Even though I haven’t laid eyes on his sweet face undistorted by video […]

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Family is…

I wasn’t going to write about this today. I have several other posts lined up and ready to go. Yay me! I was planning on using one of those to get me through this crazy week. But Suzie Eller’s prompt for this week’s #livefree link up “Family is…?” kept ringing in my ears as I […]

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Weary Warrior

If you have come expecting a good message today, I hope you won’t feel cheated by this. The beginnings of countless potential blog posts clutter my desktop, but I haven’t been able to finish a single one. So, rather than rush through something that has the possibility to be good if given the right attention, […]

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Finding Control in Chaos

Every couple of years the Army awards a contact to a moving company that will come and pack up all our worldly possessions and move them to the next place we will call home. As with many business transactions, the winner is usually the lowest bidder. We have been overwhelmingly fortunate with the majority of our […]

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