Review of “Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert”

One of the best ways to learn about other cultures is to live among the people. That’s just what Dr. Erica Eliott did and she recounts that experience in her memoir Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert: My Life Among the Navajo People. She paints very vivid images of what life was like as

7 Gifts Military Spouses Really Want for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches and spouses scramble for those perfect gifts, I thought I would offer a few ideas about what military spouses often desire in terms of gifts. 1-A Planned Vacation. This may seem silly to our civilian counterparts because it’s a normalcy in pre-military life. However, military families aren’t always able to plan

How to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

‘Tis the season for thankfulness and gratitude. It sounds like a simple concept, but tell that to someone who has fallen on hard times, lost a loved one, is battling cancer, struggling through infertility, and the list goes on. It’s not always easy to see the positive and bright side of things when you are

Review of “Happily Joint: The Secret to Relationship Resiliency”

Synopsis With over twenty years of marital experience, Kenneth and Maxine Reyes share valuable insight on making a marriage strong and resilient. They have both served in the United States military and know first-hand the unique challenges that military life can place on a marriage and how to overcome them.  In this workbook, they share

What Defines Love in the Military World?

How does military love differ from relationships in civilian life? Some would say military love can be “fast and furious,” “delicate and timely,” or maybe “cherished and limited.” In the military lifestyle, we know that things can change in a moments notice, so showing love to each other is extremely important and timely. For my

Lucky Bamboo & A Military Marriage

Lucky Bamboo represents luck, strength, love, and prosperity.  It is typically given as a gift and can last for a long time if properly cared for.  In comparison, marriages too can be long-lasting if the proper care and attention are given. Marriages are not easy, but military marriages have to survive extreme pressures consistently.  Distance,

The Power of a Photo: Infertility from a Male Perspective

**Guest Post by Chris G.** Everyone around us was getting pregnant. They were the ones who weren’t trying and who didn’t even want to have a child. They were the ones doing everything “wrong” and still got pregnant. The news of those close to us being pregnant were greeted with the fake “Congratulations, I’m so

WOW: Women on Writing’s Blog Book Tour Review of “Catch a Dream”

I am honored to review my 3rd book this year from WOW: Women on Writing’s Blog Book tour.  Author Wendy Brown-Baez stopped by the blog earlier in the week to discuss the healing power of writing.  Her book, To Catch a Dream, was a true journey of faith, healing, and exploration for her. Disclaimers: This

The Male Military Spouse Perspective

Last Fall, I was honored to meet a male military spouse at Military One Click’s MilSpouse Fest. Due to the voice of male military spouses being one that is rarely heard, I humbly asked if he would be willing to allow me to interview him for the blog and share his story.  He politely agreed