Welcome Home, Hero. Rest in Peace.

This was not the first military funeral I had attended.  It was the first time I'd been to any funeral that took place 76 years after the deceased had died.  This young man, a kid the same age as my third of five children, has finally made it home to be put to rest with…

The Doctor is In

I've known him all my life. And after my dad, he's the "adult male" that I would turn to for car maintenance advice, a kind word, a belly laugh in the form of some hilarious anecdote that had  happened that week. Uncle Tracy has been a comfortable constant in my life no matter where the…

Did I Do Too Much for Them?

As mothers, we second guess ourselves and the choices we make all of the time. Since these children don't come with owner's manuals or anything remotely close to that, we sort of "wing it" and combine our gut instincts with the way that we were brought up and what we admired from parental examples we…

28 Days and a Wake Up!

We are SHORT TIMERS!Most of you who didn't grow up in a military background probably don't understand that. So, I'll explain.We are 29 days away from leaving Egypt. I've got all our appliances and furniture sold and I'm in the middle of packing up the stuff we're taking with us and getting rid of the…

Self-Confident or Narcissist?

I LIKE ME! Actually, I LOVE ME! No, really. I do. I can honestly look at myself in the mirror and say, "Hey, you good-lookin' specimen. If I could have an out-of-body-experience, I'd totally do you....TWICE!" And then I accidentally drop the towel and think about how long it's been since I've done crunches. But…

Alphabet Soup

I've mentioned before that I'm a military BRAT. Growing up around the Army, acronyms were just the norm for us. While most kids on a playground can tell you about ABC-gum and understand what "You'd better XYZPDQ" means, BRATs are familiar with so much more, usually even before the third grade. Also, our  parents when…

We’re Having a Party Today

I have decided to throw a party today...just for my kids. I believe that they deserve it.  I know you think I'm nuts, right?  "All the complaining about them driving you insane as to how bored they are, even on their way home from the beach! Your kids don't deserve a party!" Au contraire, mon…