The Invisible Challenges of Deployment for Military Families

By Lizann Lightfoot Deployments are difficult for everyone. It doesn’t matter how long they are, where they are, or what branch they are with. Every deployment brings its own set of challenges. For the service member who deploys, those challenges are often tangible–physical discomfort, the danger of combat, stress, lack of sleep, and the loneliness […]

What’s it like to be a mom deployed overseas?

What’s it like to be a mom deployed overseas?

This week’s guest is sharing here experience of being a mom deployed overseas. Cynthia left for a deployment when her daughter was a year old. Hear about her experience of leaving her daughter behind and serving her country overseas. The most common phrase I heard right before I left for my first deployment was “I […]

3 Things Women Can’t Live Without After Leaving the Military

3 Things Women Can’t Live Without After Leaving the Military

As I sit here amongst boxes filled with our belongings, I try to find the ability to unwind from all the chaos that comes with moving across the country. You might think I’d be used to moving. But every time we move life is different. I have begun to realize the importance of certain items […]

Motherhood Wasn’t What I Expected

Motherhood Wasn’t What I Expected

My journey from military to motherhood didn’t go quite like I expected. Go and have children they said… You can stay at home with the kids and life will be easy… So…I took the bait, but they were wrong. So very wrong. Before I left the military behind to become a stay at home mom […]

Making Friends While Moving Around the Country

So how do you do it? How do you continue making friends while moving around the country every couple of years? Along with being a wife and mom and I am also a military spouse. My husband is in the Air Force and after serving in the Air Force alongside my husband I chose to […]

Military Spouse Perspective Shift

Military Spouse Perspective Shift

When I was in the military I was part of the military spouse community. I enjoyed spending time with my friends who were military spouses, but I didn’t quite understand what they were going. Then I left the military and my military spouse perspective shifted.  The military spouse community is a pretty unique group. They […]

Is there a Balance In Motherhood?

Is there a Balance In Motherhood?

Motherhood requires a lot of yourself. You give everything you have and some days that doesn’t even seem to be enough. Is there a balance in motherhood?   When I was in the Air Force I always expected the hardest life experience I would have would be deploying to Afghanistan as part of a Provincial […]

It is Important for Moms to know Self-Defense

A couple of weeks ago the moms group I’m a part of (Mothers of Preschoolers) had a guest speaker who taught us about self-defense. At first it seemed like an odd topic. Why would you need to know self-defense? Isn’t karate more of a sport than something practical. Apparently not. The speaker informed the audience […]