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Monthly Archives: December, 2013

Last Year’s Me Is Just Fine For This Year, Too

I’m not making a New Year’s Resolution. I never keep up my end of the bargain and I fail miserably at keeping whatever half-cocked goal I came up with. Last … Continue reading

December 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Holiday Traditions

Perhaps you and your family have been moved around a lot the last couple years. Maybe this year, being no exception, you are spending the holidays in a new house … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Holiday Crime Prevention

The Holiday Season is not only about giving, but stealing as well.  Approximately $1.3 billion of personal items, such as CDs, laptops, GPS systems, loose change, cell phones, DVD players, … Continue reading

December 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hagel: And the Cuts are Just Beginning

Good ol’ Chuck didn’t even let the ink dry on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which so cleanly and effectively stripped veterans, wounded warriors, retirees, active duty and surviving spouses … Continue reading

December 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

An Open Letter to Simon Property Group,, and Fashion Valley Mall

An Open Letter to Simon Property Group,, and Fashion Valley Mall: “Would it be OK if I hold your daughter in my arms?” was a question that will forever … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 5 Comments

Strength in Numbers: Military Families Unite

When I had my first child, my husband and I barely had two pennies to pinch together. My husband’s chief and his wife brought us a gift of baby clothes … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 3 Comments

Stirring the Hornet’s Nest

It seems like yesterday when my husband told me that Mike and Carlos Boettcher, famous father/son correspondents for ABCNews, were embedded with their unit in Afghanistan. These national reporters were … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Congress’ Christmas Message to the Troops

Christmas for the Troops came early this year. Congress decided it needed to show the entire military family exactly how much they appreciate the sacrifice, dedication, honor and commitment that … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · 141 Comments

Stabbed in the Back

Just a few weeks ago, my children and I had the opportunity to present at a press conference with Senator Patty Murray (WA).  The purpose was to publicly support and … Continue reading

December 13, 2013 · 5 Comments

Special Needs Is Not a Quirky Behavior,

It’s a strange phenomenon.  As soon as they hear your child has special needs, some well-meaning person showers you with comments like, “maybe he will grow out of it!” or … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · 2 Comments