Six Reasons to Celebrate not Celebrating (on Valentine’s Day)

If you are married to aviation...errr...I mean someone in aviation (is there a difference?) you know that it definitely affects many every aspect of your daily lifestyle. From where you live (about a zillion miles from anyone you actually know) to your newfound ability to single-handedly deal with the venomous snake curled up on your [...]

Marriage Revolution Resolutions

The old has passed and the new has come. On the eve of the dawn of a new year there lingers the delicious aroma of wonder and possibility. It feels like, if even for a moment, anything is possible. For a frozen second in time, the stars will align and all of our wildest dreams [...]

[Not] Home for the Holidays 

Every year it's the same. Aviation families all around the world hold their collective breaths waiting for that moment that makes or breaks us. It's the moment when we find out if he, our beloved pilot, will be home with his own family for Christmas...or making sure other people get to be with theirs. The release [...]

The Line Around the Christmas Tree

We have always allowed our children to place the ornaments on the Christmas tree. It is a special time when we talk about each ornament and the memories that it represents. There’s the sand- and seashell-filled bulb from our amazing trip to San Diego; the yellow lab puppy for the year we got our dog, Belle; the [...]

Thank God for the Day I Died

It was November 24th, 2000—just another Thanksgiving morning. It was also the day I died. But wait, let’s backtrack a bit. Two months earlier I was just living my life, doing whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, with whomever I wanted. I was 24, single(ish) with suitors out the wazoo, making really good money, and the owner of my very own [...]

(Updated!) Unique Gift Ideas for Your Pilot

I am going to tell you a little secret—I am the world's worst gift picker! No, seriously, I mean it! Shhhhhh. My pilot? Now he has a real talent in this particular area. He never fails to come up with something that is so spectacularly thoughtful, unique, or heartfelt that it makes me melt and turn into a mushy, [...]

Unapologetically

Hey lady, you suck at being a wife and mom. Yeah, you. You are a terrible mom. You should be ashamed of yourself as a human being. CPS should take your kids from you. Your husband should divorce you. I hope you die. You don't deserve kids. You are a loser, a worthless piece of.... Except you are not; [...]