Milly Magpie

mumblings of a military magpie

  • Headed to the Tongeren Antique Market? Make sure you catch a Kringloop!

    Headed to the antique market in Tongeren, Belgium? Listed below are addresses for awesome thrift shops or Kringloops right across the border in the Netherlands. I became a Kringloop addict after visiting a friend who was stationed in the Netherlands. I love thrift shops, but I really love Kringloops. On my last trip to Tongeren,… Continue reading

  • The power of hello.

    June 2002. I was a week past my due date, and the heat of a hot and humid Georgia summer was wearing me down to a sweaty and irritable mess. My husband was already at our new duty station in Columbia, South Carolina, and I was back in Columbus, Georgia with my parents. I had… Continue reading

  • On Memorial Day and every day.

    Eleanor Roosevelt knew war intimately. She walked upon the bloated, unburied bodies of soldiers slaughtered in World War I. She flew in uninsulated military aircraft through combat airspace to Guam, the Philippines and 13 other islands to visit American troops. She walked hundreds of miles in hospital corridors, worked in emergency rooms and ate with… Continue reading

  • Don’t forget the fancy glasses.

    My friends dropped me off after a happy hour that became a happy evening. I plopped down on a lawn chair in my parents’ backyard and took in the peaceful lull of a summer night. After graduating from Kansas State University I was back in Georgia living with my parents and working two jobs while… Continue reading

  • Hello motherhood, goodbye heart.

    On the day I became a mother I lost my heart. It was placed in the care of a fussy pink bundle of joy with reddish hair and soon to be bright blue eyes. Before Ellie C. made her grand entrance two weeks early on a cold February night in Fairbanks, Alaska I thought I… Continue reading

  • To my fellow military spouses, thank you.

    Military Spouse Appreciation Day is May 8th, and this Army spouse is thankful. Not necessarily for the day, but for the incredible women and men it honors. Thank you seems puny compared to the love, patience and guidance my fellow sisters (and brothers) have shown me over the years, but I have always believed a heartfelt… Continue reading

  • My Army family.

    Last week a squirming toddler with a shy, sweet smile reminded me of the power of my extended Army family. Childcare had fallen through, and Lorelei was hanging with the big girls at a monthly board meeting. It was more of a bored meeting for little Miss L, and I could see her mom’s frustration… Continue reading

  • What is home?

    It is almost time for the migration of moving trucks to descend upon military installations around the globe. Every summer, like clockwork, they roll into neighborhoods, load up the worldly possessions of military families, and leave behind a wake of broken hearts in the process. Watching the packers wrap heirlooms at warp speed, and hearing… Continue reading

  • The soundtrack of my Army life.

    Music has the power to help you remember or make you forget. A dear friend recently wrote a blog inspired by a song I posted on Facebook. I called “Rivers and Roads” the perfect Army family anthem, and it reminded me how much I relate music to my life. I began to wonder what the… Continue reading

  • I heart Bayern.

    I love Germany. And, I really love Bayern (Bavaria). There is something indescribable about the beautifully quaint land I have been lucky to call home for the past few years. Whether you have visited for a day or stayed for years, Bayern gets into your blood and settles in your bones. Below are 50 things… Continue reading

About Me

I’m momma to two college students who have improved my sarcasm and my Spotify. I’m an Army brat who is well traveled but geographically challenged. I believe wanderlust is real, kindness matters and age is relative.