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Going Home?

In God’s infinite kindness, the Army let us know (very early) that we will {ok might, in the army it’s always might} be moving back to Hawaii come May. Being the realist that I am, the excitement will come when I am settling us into and decorating The Island House part deux. Thankfully everyone I know has outwardly expressed the…

the day the cadet’s pancreas broke

2 weeks ago The Cadet {my darling superhero of 4} was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. {ugh} After a couple of weeks of showing some bizarre symptoms (like constant thirst, frequent urination, and rapid weight loss) he ended up in the ICU. I hope and pray that no one reading this ever has to see their child in the ICU.…

quiet spaces

My Soldier has been gone for 3 weeks. I talked to him for the 1st time today. I got to wish him a ‘Happy Veteran’s Day.’ It made my heart happy. I’ve spent 3 weeks not really talking, doing my best impersonation of a recluse. {a recluse with a caffeine addiction and short temper.} In all of my time hiding…

and so it begins

My Soldier left on Monday to start the first of many courses in flight school. So once again he’s gone. And since he is gone, we have resumed a slower pace of life. I make a point to remove all stress-inducers from our life. Keeping busy is not how we thrive when My Soldier is away. Business and I don’t…

on raising army brats

I unashamedly call my 3 children the Army Brats. Largely because that is what they are. Army Brat (or Military Brat) is a term that most people are familiar with. Sadly, in American culture it can have a negative connotation because of it’s association with the the term ‘brat.’ But when I say ‘Army Brat’ it really should be ‘Army…

planning a pcs – packing the luggage

Warning: This Post is Long Very Long But I Am Anxious To Be Done With This Topic and Move Onto Other Items The number of times I have lived out of a suitcase for extended periods of time is a bit ridiculous. It was shockingly commonplace in my life before I got married and long before My Soldier became a…

planning a pcs – the paper trail

We just got back from a whirlwind 4-day weekend in Atlanta. There was an over-abundance of my loud family. It was lovely. Let’s get back to the PCS; shall we? Planning for a PCS is a lot of work. Even more so if you are without your household goods for an extended period of time. Ours was made more complicated…

moose’s moving tips

Actually it’s more like Moose’s packing tips but ‘Moose’s Moving Tips’ has a better ring to it. Moose was the lead packer from the moving company who did our pack out. He was a big, local, North Shore guy and he let me pick his brain for his years of packing wisdom. I’ve combined his tips along with our own…

our new army brat

So it’s been 2.5 months. Yup. I’ve completely ignored the blogosphere for 2.5 months. I’d apologize, but it was necessary. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version… At the end of May we packed up and packed out. We then spent a week-ish in a less-than-4-star Army hotel. On June 2nd we boarded a plane with my super sick 32-week pregnant self…

in limbo

Sorry for the lack of blogging. We packed out last week and this week we are stuck in a hotel. {yay!} Saturday afternoon we fly to Atlanta to stay with my in-laws till our car arrives. If you want some comedy in your life, please try PCSing in your third trimester. It’s a hoot. The hotel we’re staying in has…