Care.Com Interview

Posted by Hallee on Apr 6, 2012 in Family, Life, Marriage, Parenting, Surviving separation

I am so honored to be part of’s interview series for The Month of the Military Child!


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


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Surviving Separation: Believing in an End

Posted by Hallee on Aug 12, 2011 in Christian Faith, Life, Marriage, Surviving separation

Since he’s been there, the United States economy began its decline. Jobs in Gregg’s market have been in serious decline and the 8000 mile separation seemed interminable. A contract end date would approach, no jobs would pop up, so Gregg would be forced to sign another contract and stay a few more months, and it would cycle all over again.

Johnathan turned three in May. As I post this, it’s August 12th, and we finally see an end.


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My Limit

Posted by Hallee on Jun 22, 2011 in Life, Surviving separation

After the repairman left, I was making lunch for my kids. As I was slicing bread, I was thinking of all of the things that could be wrong with my hand – staph infection, spider bite – and thinking about dealing with the floor and the dishwasher and the cupboard and my hands started shaking and a panic feeling started welling up inside of me.


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Surviving Separation: Accepting Help

Posted by Hallee on May 12, 2011 in Marriage, Surviving separation

I’m not a handy woman. I can work things that don’t require a lot of mechanical know-how. For instance, I can use a level and a measuring tape to map out a series of wall hangings that will be evenly spaced and properly hanged; however, that’s just math. I’m good with math. What I can’t do is use a drill, a chain saw, or any of the other multiple power tools and mechanical items in my husband’s workshop.


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Spring Has Sprung!

Posted by Hallee on Mar 22, 2011 in Life, Love, Marriage, Surviving separation

Well, actually it officially sprang Sunday, but this was the first available date for this post.

I love every season as it approaches. I enjoy snow and winter, I enjoy heat and summer, I enjoy harvesting my garden and autumn…so WHY am I so excited about spring this year?


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Surviving Separation: Abiding

Posted by Hallee on Mar 10, 2011 in Christian Faith, Family, Holy matrimony, Love, Marriage, Surviving separation

My dad said that in his career he saw a pattern. The spouse leaves, and the spouse left behind creates a whole new life. Part of it is a defense against loneliness. Part of it is a way to make time go by faster. But, new jobs, new hobbies, new schedules open the door to new friends, new intimate circles, and more often than people will admit, new lovers or friends of the opposite sex. This creates a whole new life of which the absent spouse is not a part, and when he or she returns, isn’t necessarily welcome.


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Surviving Separation: 6 Days From Today

Posted by Hallee on Jan 4, 2011 in Holy matrimony, Life, Love, Marriage, Romance, Surviving separation

This is a picture Gregg took a couple of months ago from a hotel patio in Kuwait. A week ago, he received instructions to attend a week-long class there again. He said to me, “It would be cool if you could come.”


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Surviving Separation: Dealing with It

Posted by Hallee on Dec 8, 2010 in Life, Love, Marriage, Surviving separation

This is part eight in a series about surviving separation from your spouse. Read all posts in this series.


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Surviving Separation: The Written Word

Posted by Hallee on Oct 5, 2010 in Love, Marriage, Romance, Surviving separation

This is part seven in a series about surviving separation from your spouse. Read all posts in this series. Gregg and I have been married for over eight years. We didn’t live together until our first anniversary. Three months after we married, he deployed to Afghanistan. A couple of years later, he changed his military […]

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