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“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea” – Isak Dinesen

Kara’s Favorite Things 2018

I’m not sure anyone is paying attention, but the second Tuesday of every month has been dedicated to a deployment series. Now, I was right on schedule to post my thoughts on Family Separation Allowance (FSA), that little extra added to the paycheck during deployments. But, to my surprise, the post was picked up by…

Serving as a Family in the Season of Giving

There are plenty of things I have mom-guilt over: I’m not volunteering in the classroom this year, it’s been years since I’ve made each kid their annual scrapbook, and our youngest got two cavities because we let him brush his teeth independently (#thirdchild). But one of the things I’m most proud of as a mom…

Family Advent Resource Round-Up

Between constructing gingerbread houses, baking cookies and writing letters to Santa, parents know that the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are usually jam-packed with holiday fun. But if you believe Jesus is the reason for the season, you gotta include some meaningful Advent activities as well. I love planning Christmas events to do with my…

A Thanksgiving Feast for Twelve…or Two

The submarine had been out to sea for about four weeks and was due to return my husband to me just before Thanksgiving. This particular day was extra special to us because he had proposed to me on Thanksgiving two years prior, and we were separated by deployment on turkey day during our first year…

Deployment Series: Friendship

When I mapped out this monthly deployment series, I assigned myself topics to write on in no particular order: Introduction, technology,meal planning, and anxiety. You can imagine my surprise when I turned the calendar to November and saw that friendship was on the agenda. November. When you hear people throwing around that phrase,“Friendsgiving.” I couldn’t…

A Vacation From Our Vacation: A Palm Desert Re-Cap

It’s no secret that we live our everyday lives in sunny San Diego, a vacation destination by all accounts. But, no matter where you call home, a change of scenery once in a while from where you work and do laundry is a must. Even when we were stationed at Pearl Harbor, we island-hopped to…

Hour-by-Hour Halloween Survival Guide for Solo Parents of Littles

If you are a military spouse, the reasons are many why you may find yourself in this predicament: duty, TDY, deployment, a geo-bachelor situation, sea trials, you name it. No matter the reason, one thing is clear. Halloween rests on your shoulders, Mama. This magical holiday of costumes and candy that your kids have been…

Fall Traditions Military Family-style

Did you grow up in a place where autumn meant crisp air, brightly colored leaves and pumpkin patches? Boots, sweaters, football, pot roasts and cider?  Well, chances are, if you married someone in the military, you’ve lived in places where your long-held seasonal traditions don’t exactly match the geographic location or weather. And it can…

Tribute to A Few Good Men (and one in particular)

This week our family is celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday and I wanted to give him a shout out (and embarrass him a little). Once in a while it’s a good idea to acknowledge some of the very best things about the man I share my life with, and remind him that he is much…

Deployment Series: 8 Ways to Combat Anxiety

Here we are in the fourth installment of the monthly deployment series and also the most difficult topic I never wanted to write about. Introduction, technology, and meal planning posts will catch you right up and bring you to today’s topic of anxiety. Blindsided. That’s the absolute truth. A capable, responsible mom of three, 16…