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Fitness and Choices

You have the perfect plan in place and the house is full of healthy foods. You are READY to rock this new fitness and weight loss. You get after it. Week one is hard, but you do it. Week two? The kids have practice every day this week. There are two basketball games....

It Can Be Hard To Set Smart Goals

Did you set a big goal this New Years? You were going to get it done in 2018. How many times in the past have you set a huge goal such as to lose 50 pounds or exercise 5 days a week, only to fall off the wagon a few weeks (or usually days) later? Why did you fail? A...

Mind Over Matter!

Mind over matter!  I find myself clinging to that mantra a lot as a FireWife.  Especially with the history my firefighter husband and I endured.  The past can never truly be buried deep enough.  It always seems to nudge it's way through my thoughts as I go about my...

Wait, you BOTH work shift work?

A little over 2 years ago, I got this crazy idea to apply for a different type of job than I had previously been working.  For years, I worked at the local community hospital as an ED nurse on an "as needed" basis.  As our children got a little older, I started...

Laundry Basket Fortress

It's a never ending cycle. Wash. Dry. Throw it in a basket. Maybe take it upstairs. If you're lucky you have a main floor laundry. Sometimes you have to scramble 2 minutes before needing to leave to find the matching sock for the three year old and oh wait..the baby...
Positive Coping Mechanisms After Critical Incident

Positive Coping Mechanisms After Critical Incident

Our firefighters head off to work every single day knowing that they may face an incident that shakes them. Sometimes that incident can replay over and over in their heads causing prolonged trauma. What most people and even Fire Families don’t realize is that...
Dear Uninformed Taxpayer

Dear Uninformed Taxpayer

 If you are on Facebook and in the firelife, you’ve probably seen the post from a guy in Vegas that went on a rant about the taxes he pays and what he thinks firefighters do on shift. It was a poor choice of his to make that little rant public. He ticked off...

Wildland Firefighter Girlfriend Help

I know I have been a slacker in sharing questions and answers. I think I have become too accustomed to answering quickly to so many. Today when I got this plea, it hit me that I needed to share it with others. So I am…with her permission even though I’m...
Help for Emma

Help for Emma

Today I had a firewife contact me about a family in need and I definitely want to get the word out for them. Emma is the daughter of a Fort Worth Firefighter. She is 3 years old and has cerebral palsy. She was just approved for a risky, yet life-changing spinal...
Triggered Memories

Triggered Memories

A couple of weeks ago one of our members posted a picture. An amazing picture of her young son standing out by the road, saluting the procession for Firefighter Jordan Dingess. It hit me. Hit me hard. I couldn’t stop tearing up and crying. Texting with Beth,...