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    Week in Review: July 24 – 30, 2011 (Military News)

    Popular Military Family Articles for the week of July 24 – 30 on MilitaryAvenue.comOne Thousand Posts – Let’s Celebrate It has been an amazing journey at ‘Our Letters to You’, a military family blog. I started writing in 2007 and now just a few short years later our team has written a thousand blog-posts! Blogs full of empowerment, support, education, fun and a bit of ‘been there done that’. One-thousand posts; This calls for a celebration! Which is just what we are going to do. We have some great prizes thanks to some wonderful companies that support our military families. … Debt Ceiling Crisis: How USAA Is Prepared Help Members:  Should the federal…

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    Where’s Your Motivation?

    Meet *C*.  He is my tender hearted, full of hugs, rough and tumble boy!  He worried me when he was a baby.  He couldn’t latch on or get anything from a bottle.  I met with a lactation consultant and I ended up pumping breast milk and then squirting it into his mouth through a tiny tube while he was ‘latched on’.  Now, he is the biggest of all my boys on the growth charts. He didn’t start talking till way after the milestone “should have” been met.  We were instructed to see a speech-therapist who met with us, made note in his records and said in a couple years he may…

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    The Blackberry Patch

    Beautiful Michigan Blackberries!I think He understands and hears my prayers while in the patch. This is a favorite time of the year for me! I enjoy spending time in our wild blackberry patch which is now at its peak! The blackberries were a gift that we found behind our woods the second year we arrived after that last PCS! It was number 18 move and we looked forward to being grounded for a bit and being close to family after 30 years of being “transients”. But … back to the berries! We purchased a house that was placed on a hill overlooking the nearby river valley and deep in a…

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    One Thousand Posts – Let’s Celebrate!

    It has been an amazing journey at ‘Our Letters to You’, a military family blog.  I started writing in 2007 and now just a few short years later our team has written a thousand blog-posts!  Blogs full of empowerment, support, education, fun and a bit of ‘been there done that’. One-thousand posts; This calls for a celebration!… Which is just what we are going to do.  We have some great prizes thanks to some wonderful companies that support our military families. Two $250 Visa Cards from USAA One $100 Gift Card from SearsOne $100 Gift Card from Home DepotA beautiful pendent from USAA.com/Jewelry (valued at over $500)A $50 Visa Card from Dee Ramsay…

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    Ode to the Coffee Bean

    Just the thought of you motivates my legs to bear the full weight of my zombied body at some ungoldy hour as I trudge down the stairs in the morning; Your sweet aroma awakens my senses, helping my eyes to see beyond my nose, aiding my nose to take in the sweet perfume of a fresh new day (I”m sure that is what it is … as opposed to last night’s garbage or yesterday’s dinner dishes); The site of your sweet juice flowing into my favorite mug reminds me that ‘this too shall pass’: the baby will someday sleep through the night, the toddler will soon not be afraid of the monsters in his…

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    Staying Healthy: Get those endorphins going

    Health experts call endorphins “feel-good hormones.”  Endorphins are natural chemicals released by the brain that improve your mood, relive pain, reduce stress, and produce an overall feeling of well being.  They also help you sleep better.  The easiest way to get your body to release endorphins is to exercise.  Even a moderate workout eases tension and improves mental and physical health.  More vigorous exercise really gets those endorphins going.  The positive effect of endorphins can last for several hours, according to some endocrinologists. – Feeling Good – 100 ways to feel better every day Walking the Paul Henry TrailIt can’t be morning. The covers are still so comfy. Ohhh the…

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    Staying Healthy: Get Support

    Caring for an older relative, a Wounded Warrior, your own children or any loved one is emotionally and physically exhausting.  That’s why it is important to seek support for yourself so that you can remain strong for them. Remember that you don’t have to do it alone.  Ask for help from family and friends. Get help from a support group.  Support groups are a place to share stories, feelings and information with others who are going through what you are going through.  Groups like MOPS are perfect for new mothers.  Many churches have support for Cancer Caregivers.  Learn more about  the New Family Caregiver Benefits if you are caring for a Wounded Warrior.  (Caring for Our…

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    Our Monthly Family Newsletter – Join us today!

    Have you subscribed to our monthly Military Family Newsletter?If not, it just got even easier! Just a simple text and you are on your way to Military Support. Empowerment. and so much more. Send a text-message to 22828 with the message ‘Military’ and you are on your way to joining our growing list of military families receiving our very popular newsletter.  We can’t wait to meet you! Of course you can ALWAYS join us without a text!  Click here to become a MilitaryAvenue User today: http://www.militaryavenue.com/Answers/Signup.aspxbyLeanne KocsisonTuesday, July 26, 2011Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to PinterestMilitary Life:MilitaryAvenue.com,newsletter

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    The Man-Bag

    My son has a man-bag. This sends me into fits of hysterics every time I think about it. It all started out with a dad-and-son trip to Sports Clips.  You see, I am frugal.  We do our best to save around here where we can, when we can.  This way I can enjoy some of the ‘finer things in life’ with less guilt. (Like fulfilling my need to close the kitchen and eat out once in awhile.)  As my eight-year old starts to care more and more about ‘style’ my handy-dandy clippers are failing him.  (I’m sure it has everything to do with the clippers and nothing to do with my ability.  Just…

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    Garden Beauty That Came Too Early to the Grounds

    There are flowers in your life that pop up, vibrant, unexpected and spread life from the center to the tips of the pedals.And thenThere are flowers that just should not appear early.  Even though these flowers are yellow, perky, definitely unexpected but rob life from stem to stamen. Broccoli, you are just too early!byDeborahonMonday, July 25, 2011Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to PinterestMilitary Life:Deborah,Flowers,Garden