Even though we were stationed in a foreign country, adding another child to our family went more smoothly than expected. I am so thankful for the military families who helped make it possible!
Originally posted on October 30, 2020. Written by Lizann Lightfoot. Edited for updated content by Mary Lane Montoya on March 14, 2022. Military spouses spend lots of time separated from each other because of deployments, training, and schools. Why would a military spouse ever volunteer to stay behind and remain separated from their service member […]
By Lizann Lightfoot Romantic real-life military love stories that are better than a movie. Forget Dear John. And Top Gun. And Pearl Harbor. . . they’re cute. Some of the most romantic military love stories come from real life. Reading books and love letters from war-torn couples might be the sappiest thing you can do […]
Only one month into our previous deployment, my husband’s ship spent a few days in port. Everyone reveled in the availability of wi-fi for Skype, Facetime, sending photos, and ordering flowers. For a few days, we stayed home and spent hours each day on video calls. The kids and I watched and waved to my […]
Editor’s note: Originally written in 2016! “Hi, Granny,” my daughter said in a mournful voice. “I’m feeling sick again.” From the other room, I listened while my mother consoled my daughter and gave her some of the same medical advice I had already told her. After a few moments my daughter brightened up. “Thanks Granny!” […]
Every military spouse struggles with the challenges of military life. We all face deployments, moves, unexpected changes, and time apart from our spouse. Yet some spouses seem to handle the military life roller coaster with calm strength that carries them through the toughest challenges. What is their secret? How do they juggle kids, a job, […]
Deployment is hard on a military family. It doesn’t matter how many kids you have or how many hours you work each week, every spouse carries the burden of stress and single-handedly taking care of every family issue that occurs during deployment. Thankfully, a military spouse doesn’t have to do it alone. There are many services […]
Any service member who is a parent struggles to balance their responsibilities to the military and to their family. This challenge is especially difficult for single parents who serve. Currently, there are thousands of single parents in the military; in fact, single parents make up 7.8% of the overall military population. The percentage varies for […]