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    Earth Moving Moments

    In order to get from here to there…. People Professionals Plans and Plants In order to meet and greet people life requires one to step out from themselves. Out of the house you go! Step into life, and when it greets you back: smile. It’s a good thing. One walks around with history, purpose and pride. Your history is where you have been… as you go forward. Can’t change it, it is there like a shadow or like a mantle. As long as the sun is going to shine on a new day, you have your history and heritage to walk with you. Now, step up to someone and welcome…

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    Veterans Day 2013 Meals, Deals & Support

    Veterans Day 2013 is less then a month away and it is time to acknowledge the companies that will take the time to appreciate our deserving US Veterans. National Meals, Deals and Support: Many of these Restaurants and Businesses are Franchises and Participation may vary.  Be sure to call ahead to insure they are participating. Applebees (meal) on Monday, November 11th during business hours will give Veterans and Active Duty service members a signature entrée.  (Participating locations only, identification required – see their website for list of supporting documents) Bar Louie (meal) is offering a lunch or dinner on Louie for all Veterans & Active Duty on Monday, November 11th.  (Up…

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    Month of the Military Child

    Some articles related to our military children you might find of interest: Military Children Express Sacrifices Through Art, Writing Military Child Month Salutes Children’s Contributions Learning to Save is Key to Financial Responsibility Children Need Routine Environment During Moves, Official Says Helping Children Solve Problems Find more in our Reading Room We are sharing a “Resource of a Day” related to our youngest military-heroes, our military children, on our Facebook page throughout the month of April: http://www.facebook.com/MilitaryAvenue  (Just a few examples:  MilitaryKidsConnect, Military Youth on the Move, The National Military Family Association toolkit.) Find more resources on our ‘Ways to Support Military Children‘ board and lots of great images of…

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    Going to Bat for the Bullied

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  A great time to educate yourself, empower yourself, think about how to handle future bully problems in your own children’s lives. Stopbullying.gov is a great resource, as is StompOutBullying.org.  I’ve written about my own experience with bullying once before and I stand by my thoughts, “Bullying and our Military Children“. But amidst all these awareness programs an article caught my eye :Dad Takes on School That Suspended His Son for Being a ‘Bully’A normal first assumption is why would Dad be upset with the school for punishing his son, the bully?  Why would his dad be upset that his own kid was throwing punches, kicking…

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    Have you Heard about Blue Star Museums?

    Blue Star Museums Kicks Off on Memorial Day! What does that mean to you, a member of the military community? If you are an active duty, National Guard or Reserve member or family member, you have access to more than 1,600 museums this summer for free! Right, we agree, what a great program. This is the third year for this program and it started with 900 museums and is growing each year as the Arts open their doors wide open to the military community. FREE entertainment for your family on a crazy summer schedule! Maybe you just PCS’d into a new area and need something for the family to do. …

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    Supporting your Military Child

    There is no doubt about it. Military children are strong, resilient, and adaptable.  But it can be a very stressful lifestyle and when there are resources that can help transitions, PCSs or deployments just a little easier it is important to share them.  Here are 10 of our favorite resources out there for your family.  Military Family Support is what we are about! 5 great resources for your military child going through deployment: ‘We can be together when we are apart’: Some easy ways for babies and toddlers to stay connected from Zero to Three when a loved one is deployedIdeas for Children While your Loved One is Deployed: Here are some ways author…

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    Craft Stick Fun

    A simple art project.  Simple smiles.  Simply fun! As my boys are getting older projects at school have grown more and more complex.  In the process I have picked up a few art-project supplies kept tucked away for a rainy day.  Popsicle sticks were needed for a diorama of Iceland.  Pipe cleaners were needed for a science experiment involving borax.  Markers are kept out of reach of a toddler.  Glue, scissors and paper all quickly rounded up.  All this is the the perfect making for a morning of fun. My friend, *L*, 4 years old, checked out a book from the library last week, “Craft Stick Mania”.   Today we set ourselves up at…

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    Month of the Military Child – How Do You Influence Your Military Child/Grandchild?

    I had a lesson taught by a small loving act during this Month of the Military Child. A package arrived in the mail from @MilAve_Leanne and when I opened it, I was humbled by what I saw.  The art work was a future Monet or Picasso and the words were clearly a Robert Ludlum or Tom Clancy to be.  “I will catch a fast leprechaun on a St Patricks Day.  My grandpa and I will fly a fast jet.  We will swoop it up with a net.  The leprechaun will shout Woo hoo.  Grandpa. the leprechaun I will enjoy the ride.” A school project during the St Patrick’s Day timeframe…

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    Just Wait, military spouse suicide

    Spouses looking out for other spouses, Her War, Her Voice! has teamed up with Not Alone to combat military spouse suicide rates and to ensure there is a safe haven for quality help. Melissa and Christina of ‘Her War, Her Voice!’ continue groundbreaking holistic military spouse retreats, as well as Just Wait, a place where military spouses can empower, encourage, and inspire each other through their art and their stories. Who do you turn to when you need help?  Make a plan because when you hit that pit – and I know that pit, I don’t know many milspouses that don’t – you need a plan already in place.  We are military-spouses and…

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    Halloween on a Budget

    Autumn has begun and with that come thoughts of beautiful shades of leaves, pumpkins, apple picking and more.  Many families begin to decorate their home with the season’s decor.  It is so much fun to walk the aisles of our local Target or eXchange to see the latest Halloween decorations; lighted jack-o’-lanterns,  black cats, funny graveyard markers, skeleton-bones and zombies everywhere.  It is fun to look at but a family on a budget needs to do more looking then putting in their cart! How do you save this time of year?  I have a few suggestions.  To start with, I love the change of season.  I love to decorate the house as we…