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Category Archives: Life After The Uniform

On Our Own

My family has now been living on Civvie Street for three years. In some ways, it feels like longer, and in others, we still feel very connected to our military past. We had a discussion recently about how we would have most likely moved this past summer, which means that we’ve gone through one full...
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Re-adjusting to extended family

When my husband first decided to retire from the military, we were living in southern Alberta. We naturally assumed that we would settle in the Calgary area – after all, that seems to be the economic “promised land” these days – surely that would be where he’d find a job. But then, almost by accident,...
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Going Nowhere Fast

Since my husband retired from the military last August, I’ve noticed a strange thing that is NOT happening in our house this year. Usually at this point--the one-year mark in a posting--we would start speculating where we would be going next. We’d examine the possibilities, scope out houses on the MLS and weigh the pros and...
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Coping with my recently retired spouse

One of the unexpected side effects of my husband retiring from the military is that … well … how should I say this…he never leaves. Which seems like a strange thing to complain about…and I’m not really complaining so much as …well…forget it, I’m complaining. But not because I don’t enjoy his company …I’ve just...
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Looking on The Bright Side …

One of the most surprising realizations I’ve had in the six months since our departure from military life, is that military families really have it pretty good. Now, before you get all upset, I realize that deployments are hard. And moving is hard. And living in a PMQ can be terrible. But just hear me...
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