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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 2

Despite the fact that neither one of us were looking for a relationship when we met, within a day of meeting Gregg in person, he and I were talking about marriage. Forget the fact that I was recently separated from my husband of nearly 10 years, forget the fact that it was 3 short months after 9/11 and Gregg was in a Special Forces unit about to deploy, forget the fact that he lived 354 miles away from my house — we KNEW we would be married.

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What Veterans’ Day Means to Me

Posted by Hallee on Nov 11, 2012 in Family, Life

I love this country. It is truly the greatest country on earth, with so much promise and potential. I get annoyed a lot of times at gluttony, greed, laziness, entitlement, etc., and I sometimes forget and let those feelings overshadow the fact that there is so much good here, so much hard work that built this land — that we live in a land that people actually die trying to get to.

I am so proud of the military legacy of my family. I pray that my sons continue it, and continue to fight for and stand for America. Here is my annual “What Veteran’ Day Means to Me” posting of the honor of my family’s service to our country:

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My Real Life ‘Love at First Sight’ Story

Posted by Hallee on Jun 28, 2012 in Holy matrimony, Love, Marriage, Romance

I’m not kidding. I was married, recently separated, and absolutely exhausted. But talking with this beautiful, brilliant man about marriage was the most natural thing in the world. Until that moment in time, I would have said that “love at first sight” was something romance writers like me just used as a plot launch. I would never, ever have believed it to be a real “thing”. But I can tell you in all honesty right now, I fell in love with Gregg the moment we met, and that love has done nothing but multiply over the years.

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A Reminder

Posted by Hallee on Jun 21, 2012 in Life, Love, Marriage

An opportunity for a part time job recently came across my radar. (About which a friend said to me, “Why? Because you aren’t busy enough?) I considered it not because I need a job nor because I’m looking for work. I considered it because it sounded like fun. It would be easy, part time work. The kind of thing that would be a dream to a mom who had kids in school and who didn’t really need to earn a lot of money.

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An Inspiration

Posted by Hallee on Apr 19, 2012 in Love, Marriage, Romance

“You and your husband are such an inspiration to me.”

I said, “Inspiration?”

“Oh yes,” she said. “I just love watching you two. You fill my heart with such love and joy.”

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Cake

Posted by Hallee on Jan 18, 2012 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes

I made this cake for Gregg’s birthday this year. I’d made his traditional Red Velvet Cake in the form of a cake roll for him to take to work with him that day, so I thought I’d change things up a bit. This was an amazing flavor – it tasted just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but in the form of a cake! I did not not take pictures of the process, but it’s very simple.

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Gregg’s Happy Birthday Red Velvet Cake Roll

Posted by Gregg on Dec 16, 2011 in Blog Stuff, Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes

I made this for Gregg’s birthday this year. He took it to work with him, and said it didn’t last six minutes before it was all gone. I know the filling tasted amazing – Gregg said the whole thing was absolutely wonderful.

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Menu Monday 12 DEC 2011 – Gregg’s Birthday Week!

Posted by Hallee on Dec 12, 2011 in Hallee's Galley, menus & menu planning

Here’s the menu for my family for the week of December 12th. As far as desserts go, it’s Gregg’s birthday on Friday, and he has requested a red velvet roll — much like Stacy’s Pumpkin Roll. I will also begin my Christmas Baking.

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Surviving Separation: Dealing With It

Posted by Hallee on Dec 9, 2011 in Family, Life, Marriage, Surviving separation

I’ve been asked by Care.com to contribute to a series about celebrating the holidays as a military family. In Holiday Boot Camp for the Military Spouse, Care.com listed resources for 26 tips for making this holiday special – no matter where your family is stationed.

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A Beautiful Partnership

Posted by Hallee on Dec 2, 2011 in Writing

Gregg and I met through a writers’ group online. We knew each other for several years before we met in person. Though we had no romantic interest or intent in each other prior to our first in-person meeting, within a week we knew we would be married, within three months we were engaged, and we were married six months after our first meeting.

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