Holidays

Happy New Year!

Good morning, 2019! What?? Did you make it to midnight? Are you getting ready to watch College Football games all day, or is this Day #1 of the “new you?” working towards health goals? You won’t find any restrictive eating over here at our house, but possibly a recommitment to higher fruit and vegetable intake…

Holiday Pesto Bread Recipe

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from years of attending holiday parties, it’s this: finger food sells. If it requires to be scooped onto a plate and eaten with a fork or spoon, the dish is likely to remain on the buffet table while the finger food disappears into the tummies of chatty, mingling party-goers.…

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…

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…

3 Tips for a Festive 4th of July for the Disconnected Military Spouse

Have you recently PCS’d and lack close friendships in a new town? Is your service member deployed or otherwise not with you geographically this 4th of July? Do you feel like everyone has BBQ and fireworks-viewing plans except you? If so, I have some tips for you today that will help you make the most…