The holidays can be stressful for anyone, but they are probably more stressful for a mom. And they are most stressful for a military spouse mom of several young children going through a deployment. (That would be me right now). But this year, I am surprisingly not stressed. We’re still celebrating everything, but I am making sure to keep it easy and simple so the kids and I can all enjoy each other, instead of walking around like little snowballs of stress and anxiety. The key to making it through a deployment holiday is to… Read Article →
Here’s how our military family got a free Christmas tree during deployment I didn’t want to celebrate Christmas without a Christmas tree. But this year, I didn’t buy a tree. It was mainly because my husband was deployed. But also because… our base offered free Christmas trees to hundreds of military families! We typically buy a large, real tree, then enjoy decorating it and smelling the fresh evergreen scent in the weeks leading up to Christmas. But last year, our family trip to the tree farm was a huge comedy of errors. This year, with… Read Article →
Bikes: Some military families can’t afford to give their child a new bike for Christmas. But with help from the USO’s “That’s my Ride” Program, you can! Volunteers assemble thousands of bikes to give to needy families.