Learning to F.L.Y. 

One of the key concepts that I try to impress upon my pilots' wives is that it is essential for you to learn to F.L.Y.--to first love yourself--if you are going to be married to a traveling man. If you haven't read this piece (or you just need a reminder), I encourage you wholeheartedly to [...]

Dear Aviation Husband, Five Things I Need From You

Dear Aviation Husband, First and foremost, I want you to know something infinitely important--something which I know I do not tell you nearly enough--I am so very proud of you.  When I see you button up that crisp white shirt, slip on your epaulettes, and pin those wings to your chest, my heart swells with [...]

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; [...]

Incurable Disease

"Hello. My name is Angelia. I am a pilot's wife." Sometimes when I announce that particular life fact, it feels like I'm revealing some deep, dark secret to a sympathetic support group beneath the cold, unfeeling fluorescents of some damp basement room. Or like I've been diagnosed with an incurable illness. Because that's how people [...]

Perfect Chaos

Can I tell you a frank secret? Because you are, after all, my people... I got up this morning and he was gone. I reached for him, but he wasn't there, and my heart did a sad little flip. Sooooo I checked my messages to cheer me up. Big mistake. The first one I received this [...]

Welcome Aboard: Beauty From Ashes

Here's something I never, ever, ever (times infinity) imagined myself saying: To all the brand new members of our #thepilotwifelife aviation family, numbers 601 through 11,145, welcome aboard!  Just...wow.  I am so glad you are here! To say that I am humbled beyond measure would be putting it mildly. You, my amazing aviation friends, are quite [...]