8 Pregnancies 2 live Birth
family life, milspouse

Pregnant 8 times with 2 Live Births

Earlier this week I wrote a quick post to share my gratitude for TriCare.  In that article I briefly mentioned the trials that I’ve gone through while pregnant.  It’s so important for those who’re ready to speak about their difficulties in pregnancy to do so.  When I started down this path not many people spoke about their losses and it’s…

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What I learned as an FRG Leader
family life, FRG, milspouse

What I Learned as an FRG Leader

The position of FRG Leader doesn’t come naturally to everyone.  It’s a tough job that takes thick skin and a genuine drive to do good for other military families.  When I first became the FRG Leader I did a ton of research on things I could do to benefit the unit.  I learned so much more about myself along the…

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family life, milspouse

The Gilbert Family: Fourth of July 2018 Edition

We had an absolute blast on the Fourth of July this year.  We decided not to over plan this year and I’m so happy that we did.  There was no way in 100+ degree heat, 6 months pregnant, with a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old was down for an adventure. Red, White, and Boom McKinney Fourth of July Parade We started the…

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milspouse

A Salute to the Stars and Bars this Independence Day

Independence Day means so many different things to different people.  For some it’s another 4 day weekend, for others it’s BBQ time and for a few it stands for freedom, life and liberty. My view of Independence Day has evolved as I’ve gotten older.  The 4th of July has always been a time for tanning, eating hot dogs, listening to…

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Personally Procured Move
milspouse, PCS

Interested in a Personally Procured Move?

Now that you know the basics of how a standard move works, it’s time to learn about performing a personally procured move. What’s a Personally Procured Move? These used to be called DITY moves, short for Do IT Yourself.  In a personally procured move, it’s your job to pack, load, transport and unload all of your belongings. Why Choose a…

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milspouse, PCS

How Does a Military Standard Move Work?

Once you (or your spouse) have received PCS orders you must decide between a personally procured move or a standard move. What is a Standard Move? During a standard move, the government sends a moving company to your home to pack up all of your belongings.  They will be responsible for loading all of your boxes onto a truck and…

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milspouse, PCS

Personally Procured Move, Partially Personally Procured Move, or Standard Move

So you’ve finally received orders.  After the jumps for joy (or tears of denial) you have a big decision to make.  Will you do a personally procured move, a partially personally procured move, or a standard move? What is a Standard Move? A standard move is the easiest way to move.  The government does everything.  Through the Defense Personal Property…

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milspouse, PCS

What is Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

The military loves its acronyms.  It’s no wonder why.  Many times the titles of facilities, benefits, and programs are often incredibly wordy and sometimes don’t really make sense.  If you ask many newer or younger military personnel or their family members what many acronyms stand for, they wouldn’t be able to tell you.  BAH is no different.  The basic allowance…

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milspouse, PCS, Uncategorized

You Can Help New Milspouses Research Their Next Duty Station!

What is the first thing you do when you/your spouse gets orders?  RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!!  I’m always looking at how far the BAH goes, what neighborhoods are the nicest, where the best schools are, what has the easiest commute, etc.  Wouldn’t it be great if there was one place to visit that would give you all that information or at…

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milspouse

Why Choose the YMCA?!

I don’t know a single person who hasn’t heard of the YMCA.  Unfortunately, I also only know a handful of people who actually use it.  Which is a shame.  Whether you are military or a civilian, the YMCA is a fantastic resource for your mental, physical, and (if you so choose) spiritual well-being. The History of The YMCA The YMCA…

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