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If You Are Feeling Lonely This Christmas

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It was Christmastime.

My parents and I were getting ready to walk into a magical, olden-time Christmas village. I was pushing my stroller, with our infant son snuggled up inside. It was cold and snowy – the perfect time to visit the Christmas village. This was a tradition. We loved always coming here, and I was excited to be joining my family for the tradition again!

I pulled out my camera and was ready to start snapping pictures when a bright red, “no card in camera,” message blinked back at me.

Tears welled up in my eyes and a heavy cloud filled my chest. With a lump in my throat and trying to keep my tears at bay, I said out loud, “The camera card is not in my camera.”

“It’s okay, Lydia. You can use my camera,” my dad replied.

Rationality left me, and I lost it. Tears erupted down my cheeks, as a panicked feeling overtook me. Continue reading

What You Need to Know Before Interacting with New Military Wives

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She probably thinks she’s hot stuff, marrying a little higher up. Why is she in charge of caring for the company wives? She has no idea what it’s like. This is her first deployment, for pete’s sake!

Two things. There were TWO things I knew about this wife: she was newly married and her husband was an officer who had been in for almost 20 years.

Before even meeting her, I made the assumption that she was snotty and was going to lord her new position over us. Continue reading

How To Stay Safe When Your Military Spouse Is Away

How safe are you really being?

What are you doing to make sure you are staying safe while your spouse is gone?

As the wife of a Marine, I constantly hear “OPSEC, remember OPSEC!” If you’re unfamiliar with military terms, OPSEC means Operational Security. OPSEC is the term for keeping classified deployment and training information a secret, such as dates and specific locations.

Okay, I’ve got OPSEC down. Seems pretty easy.  But, what about my own personal security (PERSEC) when my husband is gone, either for training or deployment?

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The Cross Country Move (to California)

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Warning! Long post alert!

I figured it was about time I told you all about our California move. It was exciting, entertaining, stressful, and interesting. I think that covers all the adjective bases . . . maybe.

So, we started our journey by first heading to Virginia to visit my husband’s sister and her family. She also had a baby girl a little less than two months after Evelyn was born. This is their first child, and she is absolutely adorable!

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A bonus to meeting our niece was that Evan’s parents were there as well. The kids loved seeing Continue reading

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