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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...
9/11 Memories

9/11 Memories

September 11, 2001 was, and I am stealing a quote from Franklin Roosevelt “A day that will live in infamy”. Thirteen years later we take time to remember what happened, the sacrifice that was made, and the aftermath that is still afflicting so many people today. The...
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,...
Dealing with tragedy within the fire community

Dealing with tragedy within the fire community

I follow the links, I read the articles, and I acknowledge the news when tragedy strikes. I want to know if anyone survived, I want to know how many died, I want to know if they survived for a bit and then died. I have normal human curiosity. What I don’t want to do...
Honoring a Hero: Part 4

Honoring a Hero: Part 4

If you haven’t read the other posts in the Beth’s Honoring a Hero series or need to catch up, please go to Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Not only am I wordy… but I am a big talker.  Sometimes to my own detriment. On the three hour drive up to the...
Honoring a Hero:  Part 3

Honoring a Hero: Part 3

If you have not read the first two installments of Honoring a Hero please read Part 1 and Part 2 of Beth’s story first.  If you know me, then you know that I am very verbose and words rarely fail me.  As I have sat staring at this blank screen for the last...