When Moving, Make the Right Decisions

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When Moving, Make the Right Decisions – Buy, sell, rent and rent out your home Finding your next dream home Whether or not you are headed to a dream list assignment, choosing the best housing option for your family will have a profound impact on your experience living at your duty station. Service members and […]

So You’ve Got Orders to Okinawa…

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It’s about that time of year. Service members are receiving orders for the upcoming PCS season and Okinawa, Japan seems to be a hot spot. I have received an influx of messages asking for advice from those who’ve obtained orders. I won’t ever forget my dramatic reaction to the news that we’d be moving to […]

Everyone I Know is Leaving…

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The dreaded fifth season, the one that only military folks encounter, is in the air: PCS season. It usually comes at the same time as summer, with a short spike in December, and lasts a couple short months. However, during this time everything changes and everyone leaves. Everyone I know is leaving me. Okay, that […]

Buying a Home: A Military Wife’s Guide

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It never seems to be the right time to buy a home if you are a military family. There are too many “what ifs” in terms of the length of your investment. What if you PCS next summer? What if you can’t rent it out when you do eventually move? What if you don’t get […]

$25 Visa Gift Card giveaway from CableMover!

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  Enter for a chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card sponsored by CableMover! With PCS season right around the corner, CableMover helps you sort out the hassles of moving by providing all-in-one services such as: Finding the best moving rates from top companies Transferring your cable, internet, and phone services Submitting your change of address Enter […]

A New Home: Are You Settled?

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I don’t know about you, but in our time with the Coast Guard we have moved quite a few times. Each move took us to a new town and a new state. It is a common misconception that because military families move so much, they don’t need time to settle in to a new place. […]

On Base or Off: What to Consider Before Deciding Where to Live

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My husband and I have never lived on base. A few of the bases we were stationed at didn’t have housing available for us. Even when we did have the possibility, living on base is not something that either of us ever had the desire to pursue. The reason is because even though we are […]

Relocation Assistance

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In a couple of months my husband and I will be saying goodbye to Twentynine Palms and hello to his new orders. Even though this move will happen in the later portion of the year, the OCD freak that I am is already freaking out. My mind is racing 100 mph with questions, ideas, thoughts […]

The First Move

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My husband and I just completed our first PCS (Permanent Change of Station) together, across the country from our home state. I’ve never lived more than 5 hours away from home and no further than a three state span of my entire extended family. Being completely honest, I’m not the most flexible when it comes […]

Is the Grass Really Greener When it’s Yours?

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How different is that grass really, on the other side? The side that settles down, buys a house, stays in one place. Is it greener when you own instead of rent? Does it make you feel different about your town, your state, when you stay in one place? In the last nine years I have […]

The Unexpected Changes

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One of the many differences between the civilian lifestyle and the military lifestyle is that things will change from one minute to the next and we, the families, have to take things as they are without trying to “fix them”. Whether it is from your spouse getting orders to report to Japan unaccompanied for two […]

It’s Their Move Too!

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During transfer time there are so many things to focus on; some things tend to get pushed aside. One of these things can, unfortunately, end up being our pets. This is rarely done on purpose, but in the chaos it can be easy to forget that it is their move too. Just like people, pets […]

Packing Up With a Newborn

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The day before I hit 20 weeks in my pregnancy we found out that my husband had been accepted into flight school. Our excitement was mixed with uncertainty; we had no idea when his class dates would be. What if they sent us when I was hugely pregnant? What about when I was due, and […]

When Friends Become Family

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Sometime this spring or early summer we will be packing up our belongings and PCSing {Permanent Change of Station} to somewhere new. We’re not exactly sure where, but we know it is happening.  As time winds down at our current duty station I cannot help but reflect on what has happened during our time here. […]

Home?

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Home? Home is where your heart is? Home is where you’re stationed? Home is not where you live, but where they understand you? Home is a shelter from the storms? Giving that we are a military family and move constantly, my home is my family. I can honestly say that no one place I have […]

Planning Not to Plan

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By nature I am a planner. I like to make lists and have dates for events on my calendar months in advance. In reality I am a control freak. I like to be in control of what I am doing, where I am going and when I will be going. The Navy and a control […]

Transitions

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“Just Pedialite for the boys,” I remind him as he gets their cups ready. “And where is the Pedialite?” he asks. “In the medicine cabinet,” I answer quickly cleaning up another bout of sickness from one of the boys. “And which cabinet is that?” he asks looking completely confused in the kitchen. “The cabinet with […]

Pregnant while PCSing?

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As you may or may not know, my husband and I found out we are expecting our first little bundle of joy a mere 4 days ago! We couldn’t be any more excited or happy if we tried! We only started trying at the beginning of last month so it was pretty unexpected. Well, we […]

A PCS Success?

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Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and aren’t sure where you are? You’re totally dazed and confused. You shake your head and look around at your surroundings and try to figure out if you’re dreaming? I did that last night. I woke up, completely unsure of where I was! I […]

Out of the Moving Box: Episode 9

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