Posts by Jenny Felsen

The Value of Volunteering

by:  Leah Love Two and a half years ago, I realized that I really needed to find something to do. It’s not that I didn’t have things to do- I had a 4 year old and almost 3 year old at the time- but I needed to find something to do for me. With two…

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Home for Thanksgiving

Like most military families, every year, for almost 20 years (wow, that’s a lot when you type it out!), we’ve handled the holidays largely dependent on where in the world we’re stationed and those dreaded yearlong deployments. It’s usually a mixture of traveling, staying home and hosting, or staying home just as a family. This…

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National Family Caregiver Month

In recognition of November as National Family Caregiver Month, Blue Star Families and the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network embrace the the artwork of collaboration in service of military and veteran caregivers across the the nation. With supportive and collaborative leadership, Kathy Roth Douquet and Dr. Lynda Davis encourage their teams to serve the caregiver…

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Don’t Just Survive Military Life, Embrace It

Here I am, a seasoned military spouse currently living through another deployment—one with less than a year of dwell time—and I’m preaching embracing the military life rather than simply surviving it. You’re probably thinking I’ve been at it so long I’ve lost my marbles and don’t know what I’m talking about anymore (and, yes, some…

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12 Tips for Taking Your Kids to the Theater (From a Pro)

By Shana Bestock,  Artistic and Education Director at Seattle Public Theater   So, you want to spend “quality time” with your kids? Why not take them to the theater? Theater offers a unique opportunity for connection and conversation, especially with tweens and teens. Theater can be both fabulous entertainment and meaningful art. Enjoying theater with…

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Blue Star Museums 2016 Recap

Like the Olympics in Rio, the Blue Star Museum Program set records this summer too! 2,052 museums participated, more than any prior season. 18 signature museum events took place from Alaska to Florida, from Tacoma to Texas, helping families connect and create special memories. Blue Star Families dressed up like baseball players in Washington, DC…

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5 Tips to Start a Military Spouse Book Club

by: Erica Glass, BSF Chapter Director I think it’s pretty amazing when I see Mil Spouses connecting on a social level. People who would have never met, from different backgrounds, all getting together because they enjoy a specific hobby. Here at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) Alaska I see Mil Spouses connecting through hiking clubs, cross…

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American Military Partner Association Gala

Each year, AMPA hosts an inspiring and all-inclusive gala in Washington, D.C. to share significant legislative milestones and other successes in the LGBT military community. BSF served as a Community Sponsor for the West Coast Gala.

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