West Point Really Works!

This weekend I was reunited with my daughter Bethany after dropping her off at West Point six weeks ago. She had just finished a long summer of grueling basic training known as “Beast Barracks.” Communication during this time period consisted of four phone calls (most very short) and old-fashioned letters. My post T-6 Days explains…

Contrasts: Lady Victory

This gilded bronze statue of a winged Lady Victory stands atop the First Division Monument in Washington, D.C. President Calvin Coolidge dedicated the monument in 1924 to commemorate First Division members who gave their lives in World War I. It has since been updated to include the names of all First Division members from World…

T-6 Days

T-6 days until I drop daughter number three off at West Point. I keep looking at her when she thinks I’m not looking trying to memorize her face, the casual way she relaxes on our couch, her infectious laugh as she watches a funny Vine video on her phone. We try not to talk about…

Adventures in Military Housing

For much of my husband’s Army career we opted to stay in government quarters because of the family friendly environment it provided for our kids to grow up in and also because it was less expensive. We loved not having to pay heating or electric bills and if anything broke, we just put in a…

Honor Flight Network

Yesterday after dropping my daughter off at the airport, my husband and I were walking out and noticed a big commotion. Two long lines of sign holding, American flag waving people had gathered and were beginning to cheer.   This large crowd of well wishers had turned out to pay their respects to WWII and…

My kids are brats!

Army brats, that is. Georgia, Hawaii, Virginia, Kansas, and New York are the states they have lived in. Some they’ve lived in twice. The girls have spent a lot of time throughout their childhoods being “the new kid.” They’ve waved their father off on deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq four times since 9/11. Worrying about…