Deployment Soundtrack: It's My Life

        It's My Life

          Bon Jovi, 1985

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In one of my blogs, I alluded to conquering a weight issue. And do you know what? I did it! "Please tell me your secret," was what a sweet friend wrote as a comment on a picture of me on Facebook when I finally had the courage to face the "before" and the "after" photos.

Do you want to know my secret? I will tell you. Are you sitting down?

Wait for it ... I put in some hard work.

Deployment Soundtrack: When I See You Smile

When I See You Smile

        Bad English, 1989

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Who's got two two thumbs, misread the race information and missed the five-mile race that she was looking forward to? Yo, this girl!

Deployment Soundtrack: The Climb

         The Climb

        Miley Cyrus, 2009

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Last week, I told you about the first part of our vacation, and now, as Paul Harvey said, "is the rest of the story." After our trip to Colorado, we came home for about 48 hours to regroup, do laundry and repack, and then we were off to the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City. If you have never been, you have to go! We had a blast!

Deployment Soundtrack: Don't Stop Believing 2.0

 Don’t Stop Believin’

            Journey, 1981

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I have 52 weeks to cover. Did you really think that I could go without repeating a song? Just so you know, this song will come up when we have, in my opinion, utterly amazing moments.

Deployment Soundtrack: Vacation


     The Go Go's, 1982

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"Vacation all I ever wanted. Vacation had to get away ..." I have never felt that urge so strongly as I do right now. It is that time of the summer and we are ready for a change of scenery. As I write, we are two days out from heading to Colorado. We will spend a few days there, and when we come back to Kansas, we will spend a few days in Kansas City.

Deployment Soundtrack: Tomorrow She Shines

Tomorrow She Shines

 Another Man Down, 2001

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I am sad and lonely. There. I wrote it and it is out there for you to ponder. It is my firm belief that everyone  goes through emotional cycles during deployment. The cycles may not be the same, and we may not go through them at the same rate. However, we all go through them. So far, my cycles have been the following:

The Deployment Soundtrack: Hanging by a Moment

Hanging by a Moment

            Lifehouse, 2000

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People have said some strange things to me over the 10 years that I have been married to my sweet soldier.

Usually, it comes from a well-meaning civilian friend who asks, "How can you deal with all those deployments?"

He goes. He comes back. He goes and he comes back. It is a strain on him. It is a strain on me. It is a strain on our children.

Deployment Soundtrack: Good Times

         Good Times

            Chic, 1977

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Deployment Soundtrack: Running on Empty

   Running On Empty

    Jackson Browne, 1977

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Deployment Soundtrack: Hold On Loosely

     Hold On Loosely

         .38 Special, 1981

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