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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!

The College Spouse: Have school, need funds!

Paying for college can seem overwhelming. I have been asked many times how to get started with the process of paying for college.

There are many financial assistance programs out there: scholarships, state & federal grants, paid internships and low-interest student loans. In many cases, students qualify for a financial aid package that includes a mix of these options. Here is the scoop on the resources I used and how difficult or easy they were to access.

Pink slips are coming

Last year Congress announced that the military budget was going to be slashed. And it was. Almost instantly, military families could physically see where the cuts were made.

In Hawaii, the Child Development Center stopped offering hourly care to certain age groups. Respite care for families in the Exceptional Family Member Program was limited. The arts and crafts center on our base was shuttered. Permanently.

Now, those budget cuts may alter the course of our lives.

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!

The College Spouse:Education the key to preparing for the unknown

Normally I try to be upbeat here, but things have happened in the last few weeks that have made me even more thankful that I am earning a degree. Five friends (well, three friends and two acquaintances) have recently experienced some personal setbacks in their life.  Only one of those women has a degree and a career to fall back on and rebuild their life. The other three women have no clue what they are going to do.

Battle-Worn Spouses

After more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan it is common to meet women whose spouses who have deployed two, three even four or more times.

My own husband has 42 months of combined service down range. Deployments are so common in our house that news of an impending trip has lost its sting.

I no longer fear or loathe deployments. Instead, I pray they don’t fall during my Girl Scout troop’s annual camping trip because that, my friend, is a hard event to find a babysitter for.

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.

The College Spouse: FINALS!

I swear, I feel like I have senioritis! This is my last week for this quarter and I am ready for it to be over! Tonight was the last night for one of my classes, so that leaves one to go. This week is not going by fast enough at all.

A private moment, a public search

Sometimes outsiders do get it.

I’ve often lamented that the general public just doesn’t understand military life. They don’t understand the pressures of deployment. They don’t comprehend that our entire lives revolve around the military’s needs. They don’t realize that the most important days of our lives, births, weddings and even funerals can be overshadowed and altered by the military’s plans for our soldier husbands.

This photographer gets it.

Deployment Soundtrack: Vacation

          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.

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