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Finding Purpose

As a military spouse, it’s challenging to find purpose in our lives when our lives are constantly changing, right? Corie Weathers has shared a great article on this subject on our website. Check it out here!

Ever have a bad day? Do you tire of the people who tell you to just get over it? Christine Kane shares some thoughtful insight on how to get yourself through it…read more in our blog http://wings4women.org/?p=342

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Life Outside the Gate

What happens when your military kids grow up? Check out this article by a military brat who knows! She writes, “Take heart—it’s not as bad as you think. I’m a military kid but I’m all grown up now. And I survived. So let me change your thinking for a minute…” Go to post at Wings4Women.org

Surviving Military Wife Life

by Melissa Petrone

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When I said, “I do” to my husband and joined the military too (as his spouse), I thought… “I can do this …it won’t be so hard…it will be an adventure!”  After all, I lived on my own for many years, had my career and knew that I was a strong person…This will be easy. Well, I was wrong. On so many levels. Military life and the life of a military spouse is many things but EASY…? No definitely not easy. It is probably one of the most challenging callings I have ever had. Yes…I feel God calls many women (and men) to be a military spouse. I although did not know this at the time when I married my husband. Heck, I was just so happy to finally find a husband…but that is another story.

Let me tell you a little about myself and my family. I am now 42 and living in Fountain, CO. Ft. Carson was our last duty station (and our last deployment) before my husband decided to retire from the US Army after 25 years of service (we have been together for 11 years). We decided to settle in Colorado with our family of 3 children ages 18, 7 and 4, and our dogs.

My journey as an Army wife started in Ft. Belvoir, VA. We were there for about 1 ½ before my very first PCS (Permanent Change of Station) to Baumholder, Germany.  I had no clue how a PCS went but I survived it, and as all military spouse are I became an expert. My first year in Baumholder…well…for a lack of better words…STUNK!! I was homesick, culture shocked, with no friends and my husband was never around. It seemed as soon as our plane landed he was fast at work and I was left to do the rest. I also had my step-son who was nine at the time..for more please visit our new website and blog at wings4women.org

Ugh! Tax time is quickly looming before us. But luckily, as military members and families, we are not left out in the cold to figure it out by ourselves. Military 1 Source and other resources are available to keep you from pulling your hair out! Check out my post on our new website, Wings4Women.org

Cynthia Nimerichter was a Keynote Speaker at our 2010 Colorado Conference. She reminded us all about living graciously and having a delicious life. The following thoughts on 2011 was in her newsletter this month and she has graciously allowed me to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Alane

As 2011 arrives …

I am obsessed with making New Year’s resolutions. There is something about a fresh start, a new beginning, which appeals to me.
And yet I would be embarrassed to tell you how often I fail to keep my promises to myself. In fact, I can only think of a couple of resolutions that I have kept! see more at our new website Wings4Women.org

Be sure to check out our new website/blog for tips on letting go of the Holiday SHOULDs and embrace the joy of the season! Wings4Women.org/blog  Go Now