Living on or near a military base is a cool experience. No, seriously! It’s not something that everyone gets to do. And as military spouses, it’s also something we can easily take for granted. Statues, historic markers — they’re there, they’re always there, and they’re always something different, blah blah. Some of the richest, most […]
By Team MSF Ah, Halloween… the season of frights and giggles, princesses and pirates, candy and costumes. The trees change (or they don’t, depending on where you’re stationed), you snuggle up to watch the Peanuts Gang look for the Great Pumpkin, and you grapple with a perennial problem: what the kids are going to wear […]
We’re busy. Life moves on. People fall in and out of your life. You fall in and out of people’s lives. But if it’s important to you to keep in touch, there are so many tools at your fingertips to make it happen.
“Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait too long to join your husband over in Germany.” That’s what the Army recruiter told me as my husband was signing up for the Army in 2005. I was 26 years old and we had been married for three years. A few weeks later I was dropping him […]
Even if your military family has PCSed several times, when you get orders overseas, things will be different. How different? Let me explain. 1. You need a passport… or two. When a service member gets PCS orders overseas, the military will pay for and process passports for the entire family. This is called a no-fee […]
My family was stationed in Hawaii from 2016 – 2018. We thought we had a solid three years to enjoy the beautiful island. But, the Navy had other plans. We had a quick 18 months instead. No worries. We rolled with it. However, that unexpected, fast move plays a little into tip #4. We still […]
When PCSing, most military families prefer to hand-carry their most precious items. Even if military movers pack up the rest of the house, families will carefully load heirloom items into their vehicle to drive them to the next duty station. That is generally the safest way to guarantee that your treasures will arrive in one […]
The scariest part of moving isn’t packing up all of your worldly belongings; it is being the new kid again. So how can we make at least one part of the unknown easier? We can start by getting to know the new town.