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…

Love and Loss… and Love Again!

One of my favorite quotes about parenting has always been: “Children are preprogrammed for abandonment.” I have no idea where I read this, but I have always tried to keep this in the forefront of my mind while raising my four daughters. Someday they are going to leave. Things will change. The idyllic, carefree days…

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…