13 Inspiring Scriptures for Police Officers and Their Families

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When my husband was in the academy, he struggled a lot.  Even though he had always wanted to be a police officer, it was tough.  He had moments of doubt in his own abilities, and he had moments where he had to ask God whether he really was where he was supposed to be.

To encourage him, I bought him a small set of scriptures (similar to this) and highlighted any that I thought would help him with a blue highlighter.  I figured he could read them at the academy, then when he had his own car he could easily store them away since they were so compact.

It surprised me that there were so many verses that seemed to apply directly to law enforcement, and as I went through the pages and searched for them, I found more and more.  This project was inspiring for me, and has been helpful for him.

Surviving a 24: 6 Tips to Get Through your Husband’s 24 Hour Shift

My husband is the hardest worker I know. I don’t anyone else who is as diligent, thorough, and hard-working as him. He works hard at home with the kids and on many odd projects, but he also works incredibly hard at work.
 
For the last three years, he has worked at the fire department – and his shifts are 24 hours long.
 
Yes, twenty-four.

3 Ways To Develop Positive Body Image In Children: Guest Post

Becoming a mom has had a big impact on my New Year’s resolutions this year.

For one thing, I’ve never had a fitness/weight loss resolution before, but you know how it is post-pregnancy.  I just want things to fit properly again!

For another, because I have this particular resolution, it makes me think about the example I’m setting for my little guy.

The Book You Need To Read If You Struggle With Angry Parenting

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I’ll admit: this is going to be a hard post for me to write.  That’s because there’s going to be a lot of open acknowledgment of many, many of my shortcomings.  But I hope in doing so, I can help anyone else who’s dealing with the same thing.

I’ve struggled with anger for as long as I can remember.  Even as a kid, I had a short fuse and little patience for crap.  I’m dreading the day I have a child as stubborn as myself and my parents can laugh at the karma.

What’s Happening in 2017 at Love and Blues?

Hey guys! Happy New Year!

I’m beyond excited for 2017, and I hope you are, too.  I have high hopes that this is going to be my best year ever – and I’m not saying that facetiously at all.  2016 was erm, questionable, as was the end of 2015, and I’m feeling like all the hard work we’ve put in is going to finally start paying off.

Before the New Year, I wrote out my three big goals, I made a vision board, and I celebrated like no other (besides being in bed by about 10 – because let’s be real, midnight isn’t happening anymore.)

3 Ways To Be Your Husband’s Girlfriend Again

As a wife, it’s likely you wear a lot of hats.  For instance, here are a few of the roles I play at home:

  • Maid
  • Accountant
  • Chef
  • Receptionist
  • Childcare specialist
  • Secretary
  • Legal assistant
  • Lunch-maker

And there’s definitely more that I just can’t think of right now.  Of course, there’s one role I need to focus on a little more – and that is, being my husband’s girlfriend again.  I know that sounds silly – I mean, we’re married.  I’ll never just be his girlfriend.

PTSD In First Responders: The First 4 Steps To Take

Hey guys!  This is a guest post from Tatyanna of A Pop of Life on helping the one you love cope with the trauma they encounter as a first responder.  This is the first of hopefully several posts on the subject, because it’s an important one to address.  If you’re currently in this situation, I hope this helps you!

There is a call of duty that drives the bold and brave to sign up to become first responders. The job requires a dedication to the welfare and safety of members within the community. Individual needs are essentially put on the back burner. This bit of courage sometimes can result in unexpected consequences.  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can present itself in the lives of first responders and their families long after the job has finished.

I’m a wife to a career soldier. How does this differ from being a wife to, let’s say, a banker, a businessman, or even a teacher? It means the possibility of post-traumatic stress is very real and probable in my husband’s line of work.  He has numerous tours under his belt which increase the likeliness of PTSD becoming a part of our lives. I’ve noticed a good deal of people try to shy away from the topic or even feel embarrassed to admit that it has become an issue within their family. This shouldn’t be the case.

The Father Who Tries is Good Enough

I’ve written posts before about law enforcement fathers (like the one I wrote about a super short paternity leave, for instance).  Law enforcement life makes a lot of things more difficult (or just different from the norm), and parenthood is one thing that’s tremendously affected, for several reasons.

Could You Save A Down Payment with Uber In One Year?

Hey guys! So, a few weeks ago I wrote a guest post for And The Kitchen Sink on driving for Uber, and I wanted to share.

My husband tried it a few weeks ago to help with our budget a little, and despite the fact he’s been heard saying he would never use/drive for Uber (never say never!), it was actually a pretty awesome gig!

He hasn’t done it much recently, just because of time constraints.  Time and money seem to always be the issue, don’t they?  Plus, it’s hard to keep the car immaculate when we only have one car and a toddler. Just sayin’.

He still plans to do it occasionally (especially because we want to keep our Verizon discount), but also because it’s a great, easy way to make a little extra cash.

Anyway, the article I wrote is about whether or not you could use Uber to save a $10,000 down payment in one year.  I was curious if you’d be able to make enough extra income with the app to do so… and the short version is, I think you definitely could.

5 Must-Read Books for Police Wives (Plus An Update!)

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Since I’ve been feverishly working on writing my book (possibly a good choice of words, since I’m writing this with a stuffy nose and a fever right now ;)), I’ve been thinking about books for police wives… and man, there are some fantastic ones out there!

I wanted to showcase them all in a post for a few reasons:

  1. Seriously, they look incredible, and they deserve to be showcased.
  2. I hope one day my book will make it onto one of these lists – I guess I can start with adding it to my own when the time comes 🙂

Which reminds me: You all deserve an update!