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What I Didn’t Expect After Military Life

No one told me this would happen, but it did. It came out of nowhere and hit me like a ton of bricks. It was a part of post-military life that no one ever really talked about. I never anticipated this. But I suddenly found myself crying, and that’s when I realized what I was battling . . .

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Life’s Latest

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Let’s have a chat! If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, wonder no more. If not and you really don’t care . . . well, that’s okay too. I won’t take offense. I really won’t.

As I look back on the past year and a half of silence, I’m thankful I took the time to relax from the blog. I also had very good reason to. If you want to see my latest video about why I’m glad I took a break, you can check it out on my Facebook page {here}. So, if you’re wondering what has occurred over the past year and a half, read on. . . .

Evan EASed. You read that right. Evan EASed out of the Marine Corps. This is a decision that actually surprised both of us. We both honestly had it in our minds that he would go full career with the Marines. He was already a little over halfway there, so why not? But God had other plans and lead us elsewhere. Continue reading

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.

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The Best Thing That Has Happened This Year

I’ve been quiet.

I’ve been really quiet.

As I reflect on this past year and all that has happened, there has been a multitude of highs and lows. Big things are playing out in our family’s life right now, but the one that has topped the charts was welcoming my husband home from deployment!

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Excellent Tool for Children of United States Marines

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“Mommy, why does daddy have to work for so long? Why can’t he come back?”

A lump caught in my throat as I bit my lip to fight the tears that threatened to spill out. There was no denying it had been a rough day for us. Daddy was already gone for several months, and we were still waiting for the end to be in sight. That day was particularly rough for all of us, and my 3-year old son was just expressing his desire for daddy to return from deployment.

He didn’t understand why daddy had to be gone for so long.

I continued to stroke his hair while his head laid in my lap.

“Daddy just has a very special job, buddy, and he can’t come home until it’s finished. But, I know he thinks about you every single day and he can’t wait to give you a great big bear hug!”

“Yeah,” he smiled. I could still hear the pain in his voice.

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