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    What a weekend! I am thrilled to have Hubs home from his year long deployment to the sand-box for so many reasons. This weekend was a quick reminder of one of those reasons: multiple-schedules. There were times over this last year where I simply had to say “I can’t do it” because it would have required splitting my body into two and being at four places at once. It was frustrating because when my children are active they are happy. When they are happy I am happy. But there were times we just couldn’t do it all PERIOD. (And yet we were still happy, well apart from the fact that…

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    What are You doing Memorial Day weekend?

    We just celebrated Military Spouse Day last week and the whole month is military appreciation month and it appropriately ends with the Memorial Day weekend. We should be so thankful as a Nation for those who serve and protect and those who died doing so! I can not imagine the pain of families who have attended a memorial service burying a loved one killed defending them in a time of war or training for such a contingency. How do we recognize this sacrifice and support the survivors of those killed in action? I have some recommendations that may be simple but certainly send the signal that we care! Fly the…

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    Veteran Education and Your “Education Bank Account”

    Did you know you started your “Education Bank Account” when you finished Basic Training? A veteran receives a minimum of two hours of college Phys Ed credit for just completing basic! Nice! I just met with Dr Merodie Hancock, the Vice President/Executive Director of Central Michigan’s Off-Campus Programs who shared some great information about veteran education opportunities! Dr Hancock has extensive experience working with veterans and helping them pursue their educational goals. She commented that her classroom experience with veterans was exciting and that she found them to have numerous strengths including: diversity, a global view and being incredibly informed. That was the start of a great interview and I…

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    Veterans’ Day in the Classroom

    A few weeks ago I ran across the Veterans’ Day Resource for Teachers and it really started me thinking. My husband is in the Army National Guard and we aren’t particularly close to any military installation or any large-military population. I wasn’t sure if they would talk at all about Veterans’ Day in my son’s kindergarten classroom. Yet, it seemed appropriate and relevant to me! So I took the time to send a note to our principal explaining that my family had a history of veterans and that one of her own students’ fathers (my husband!) was serving overseas for our US Army. I included the link to the guide…

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    Sitting Back and Taking a DEEP breath

    Yesterday evening I sat on my front porch and just took the moment in. The kids were on their scooters & bikes playing with neighbors, racing up and down the sidewalk from driveway to driveway. 95% of the time when I am outside with the kids I’m DOING something: reading, outside with the laptop, weeding, sorting through a pile of papers from the kitchen counter, etc etc. But last night I just sat there. My boys are at a good age: 5 and 3. They are mostly independent, but still love to hold my hand. They love to RUN and play, but will still sit on my lap at the…

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    Little Wings

    I put my *kindergartner* on the school bus for the first time Tuesday. He was so very excited! He practically lept onto the bus. He had a new backpack, new lunch-box, and a smile for the new kindergarten day ahead of him. He climbed into the front seat and peered out the window & gave a huge wave as the bus pulled away. Talk about having wings! I know its only kindergarten but there wasn’t an ounce of “I’ll miss you, Mommy” in any of his actions all morning. After he was gone I will admit I was rather sad. I wasn’t one of those push-the-kids-out-the-door-moms. I really thought I…