This week I watched as total strangers lay to rest their fallen solider from a nearby town in our school district. They had a little girl a year older than our son. The soldier was in my brother in law’s unit. It hit way too close to home. The city lined a major highway whenContinue Reading “Strong”

Homefront Military Kids/Special Needs

What I’d Say

There are two reasons for it, I think. Being a parent, you know, quietly, that your family will go on much longer than your own life. And when someone you love is in the military, you tend to think about mortality even more. You have no choice. Life is nothing if not unpredictable, and thereContinue Reading “What I’d Say”


Word Vomit

How many times have you stuck your foot in your mouth when talking to someone? Raising my hand! I seem to get word vomit a lot, of course I never realize I’m throwing up words, until after the fact. I don’t know why, but I always get really nervous when talking to men in uniform.Continue Reading “Word Vomit”


Don’t Expect Them to “Get It”

On March 2, 2003, on his 17th birthday our son enlisted in the Marines Delayed Entry Program without many comments from friends and family.  As the year progressed and he went to monthly recruit events, I got the impression that others thought he had signed up for summer camp or something like that. No oneContinue Reading “Don’t Expect Them to “Get It””