Chicken Soup for the Military Wife's Soul: 101 Stories to Touch the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit

Chicken Soup for the Military Wife's Soul: 101 Stories to Touch the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit


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ISBN-13: 9781623610289
Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 551,322
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


Santa Barbara, California

Date of Birth:

August 19, 1944

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas


B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973

Read an Excerpt

The Commissary Roadblock

Time is a dressmaker specialized in alterations.

-Faith Baldwin

It was just another harried Wednesday afternoon trip to the commissary. My husband was off teaching young men to fly. My daughters went about their daily activities knowing I would return to them at the appointed time, bearing among other things, their favorite fruit snacks,frozen pizza, and all the little extras that never had to be written down on a grocery list. My grocery list, by the way, was in my 16-month-old daughter's mouth, and I was lamenting the fact that the next four aisles of needed items would have to come from memory.

I was turning onto the hygiene/baby aisle while extracting the last of my list out of my daughter's mouth when I nearly ran over an old man. He clearly had no appreciation for the fact that I had forty-five minutes left to finish the grocery shopping, pick up my four-year-old from tumbling class, and get to school, where my twelve-year- old and her carpool mates would be waiting.

The man was standing in front of the soap selection, staring blankly as if he'd never had to choose a bar of soap in his life. I was ready to bark an order at him when I realized there was a tear on his face. Instantly, this grocery aisle roadblock transformed into a human.

“Can I help you find something?” I asked. He hesitated, and then told me he was looking for soap.

“Any one in particular?” I continued.

“Well, I'm trying to find my wife's brand of soap.”I was about to loan him my cell phone so he could call her when

he said, “She died a year ago, and I just want to smell her again.”

Chills ran down my spine. I don't think the 22,000-pound mother of all bombs could have had the same impact. As tears welled up in my eyes, my half-eaten grocery list didn't seem so important. Neither did fruit snacks or frozen pizza. I spent the remainder of my time in the commissary that day listening to a man tell the story of how important his wife was to him—and how she took care of their children while he fought for our country.

My life was forever changed that day. Sometimes the monotony of laundry, housecleaning, grocery shopping and taxi driving leave military wives feeling empty—the kind of emptiness that is rarely fulfilled when our husbands don't want to or can't talk about work. We need to be reminded, at times, of the important role we fill for our family and for our country. Every time

my husband comes home too late or leaves before the crack of dawn, I try to remember the sense of importance I felt in the commissary.

Even a retired, decorated World War II pilot who served in missions to protect Americans needed the protection of the woman who served him at home.

Paige Swiney

¬2005. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Military Wife's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Charles Preston and Cindy Pedersen. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street,
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

1 Red, White and Blue

The Commissary Roadblock Paige Anderson Swiney 2

God Bless America… and Remember Italy, Too! Stacy Smith Kirchheiner 4

A Quiet Road Sara Rosett 7

The Call Home C. Boggs 10

Pregnancy Michele Putman 12

My Nurse Angel Lisa Cobb 14

The Calm During the Storm Kathy Oberhaus 17

Miracle Wallet Lisa Cobb 19

A Soldier, Someone's Child Elizabeth Martin, R.N. 22

All in a Day's Work Liz Rae 26

2 I Miss You So

A Navy Wife's Prayer Sue Groseclose-Combs 30

Picture the Waiting Candace Carteen 31

Letters of Hope Shelley McEwan 36

A Chain of Love Tammy C. Logan 39

Deployed Naomi Stanton 41

Silent Survivors of the Vietnam War Sally B. Griffis 44

The Phone Call Jodie Smith 47

Hello, Beautiful Jane Garvey 50

Free Mail Jill Cottrell 52

Mercy Evangeline Dionisio as told to Shelly Mecum 55

Navy Pilot's Wife Sarah Monagle 58

The Unseen Veteran Amanda Legg 61

3 Raising Military Brats

The Cost of War in Cheerios Mary C. Chace 64

Can't Let Go Julie Angelo 67

Strains of Freedom Tracey L. Sherman 69

In the Arms of a Soldier Mary D. Jackson 73

Hi Daddy Jessica Blankenbecler 76

Doubting Thomas Leah Tucker 80

My House Is a War Zone Melissa M. Baumann 84

Baby's First Words Sarah Monagle 88

All in a Day's Duty Tracey L. Sherman 90

War Is Not a Game Michael J. Jett 93

Daddy's Angels Tammy Ross 97

You Are on Speaker Phone Angela Keane 99

4 Holidays-Military Style

Red, White and Blue Christmas Roxanne Chase 102

Our Matchbox Christmas Alice Smith 103

Spouse of a Soldier Denise J. Hunnell 108

Angels Shop at Wal-Mart Jilleen Kesler 110

A Military Family Terry Hurley 112

A Simple Act of Kindness Jennifer Minor 114

An Extra Chair Susanna H. Bartee 116

Christmas-Military-Family Style Marjorie H. Lewis 118

The 25 Days of Christmas Chanda Stelter 121

5 Honey, We've Got Orders

Keep the House Jennifer Oscar 124

Honorable Gift Marilyn Pate 127

Part of the Navy Means Saying Good-Bye Sarah Smiley 131

Discomboobled Military Mate Jan Hornung 135

The Difference a Year Makes Megan Armstrong 138

Saying Good-Bye Kelli Kirwan 140

The Line Ends Back There Bill Blankfield, Col, USAF (Ret.) 143

Our National Anthem Gail Gross 146

My Home Benjamin Pigsley 148

The Angel Book Dianne Collier 150

6 No Life Like It

The Difference Col. Steven A. Arrington 154

Wow Amy Hollingsworth 157

The Delivery of Finding Strength Kimberly L. Shaffer 160

Operation Enduring Freedom Heidi Boortz 163

Hair Humor Laura C. Fitch 166

Footsteps at the Door Gwen C. Rollings 169

Only Joking Vicki A Vadala-Cummings 172

Thank You Kristin Spurlock 175

The Cookie Lady Linda Voile 177

The Honeymoon Is Over Gary Luerding 179

It'll Be Okay Tom Phillips 183

7 United We Stand

Sacrifices Amy J. Fetzer 186

Dreams and Doubts Sophia Shell, as told to Cindy Shell Pedersen 189

Bluegrass Parkway Kim Riley 193

Terrorist Brownies Amie Clark 197

Destination: Military Wife Bethany Watkins 200

Newfound Heroes Carol Howard 204

The Angel at the Olive Garden Diane L. Flowers 207

You Didn't Tell Me Donna Porter 209

Hooah Theresa Doss 211

8 An Officer at the Door

His Name Was John Mary Catherine Carwile 216

Anticipation Judith Hodge Andrews Dennis as told to Marjorie Kramer 219

Accepting the Folded Flag Saundra L. Butts 223

A Widow's Salvation Lora Vivas 226

A Little Thing Jodi Chappel 230

Somebody Knew Gene Sara Rosett 233

The Christmas Tree Joanne Danna 236

A Bittersweet Photograph Amy Naegeli 239

A Family Like No Other Ann Hail Norris 242

War-A Widow's Weeds, a Widow's Words Patricia Barbee 246

I'll Be There with You Tracy Atkins 250

9 Beyond the Call of Duty

Happiness Was Born a Twin Mary E. Dess 252

Combat Boots to Keds Debbie Koharik 256

Welcome Home! DeEtta Woffinden Anderson as told to Dahlynn McKowen 261

A Colorful Experience Nancy Hall 264

Patriotic Women Bake Cookies Denise J. Hunnell 267

Something to Be Proud Of Joyce Stark 270

The Wedding Krystee Kott 273

Angel in the Air Ramiah Johnson 277

It Took a War Jan Hornung 279

10 Living Your Dream

Change of Perspective Sonja R. Ragaller 282

Identity: A Time of Transition Twink DeWitt 284

If I Return Sharon C. Stephens Trippe 288

Lollipops Diane Proulx 290

Military Family Shawni Sticca 293

Mail Call-God's Provision for Intimacy Martha Pope Gorris 297

Grandma's Wisdom Rachel E. Twenter 301

A Trip to Washington, D.C. Abigail L. Hammond 303

Standing Tall Margaret Buchwald 305

Who Is Jack Canfield? 309

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 310

Who Is Cindy Pedersen? 311

Who Is Charles Preston? 312

Contributors 313

Permissions 324

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Chicken Soup for the Military Wife's Soul 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Mrs.Reyes More than 1 year ago
I've always liked the Chicken Soup serious anyway, Its nice to see that someone took the heart felt time to want to compile a book for us!!! As we can have a tendancy to be in the silent rankings,this book helps us share EVERYTHING, including how much the we do sacrifice our loved ones,support him/her so they can continue to be there for our country. It isn't just about 'free' medical care,'free' housing and PX. Oh! How the 'outside' world so thinks we get.. *smirk* If they really only lived our shoes for 1 day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently went through my first deployment with my husband, and another Navy Wife recommended the book since she was currently reading it. Once I started reading I could not put it down. Really made the whole deployment worth it when reading about people who have gone through and currently going through the same thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book for Christmas and love it. My husband is currently deployed on an 18 month deployment (we are 1/3 done) and it is nice to know that I am not the only one who has the problems or fears that I do. It is a real tear jerker especially when your soldier is away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband who is active duty Navy bought this book for me. I couldn't put it down and was disappointed to find that I reached the end of it. The stories within tell timeless tales of courage, honor and commitment from the heros that keep this side of the world working while our spouses work on the other side.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not been able to put this book down! I am fresh into the military lifestyle and 2,000 miles away from what I used to call home. My husband is an active duty Marine, and will deploy in February. This book has given me reassurance that there are thousands of women just like myself, having what seems to be the hardest job of the military: a military WIFE. I highly recommend this book to ANY military spouse! -A Proud USMC Wife!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book recently and can't put it down. My husband is a Marine and is about to deploy to Iraq for the first time and this has really helped and gave me ideas on how to deal and help him deal. Thanks for the great book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book the day it arrived. I am a Marine wife and read the whole book in 2 days. I couldn't put it down. Keep some tissue next to you! This is a wonderful book and its so nice to see a Chicken Soup book just for the military wives.
donttalktofreaks on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I recommend this book for any military, military spouses, or just military family members. Heartwarming stories.
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I simply love the Chicken Soup series of books. They are worth every moment spent reading each page. I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score," another great book, which takes an eye opening look at forgiveness. Given the chance, it will change your life. It did that for me.
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I gave this as a present to my friend who is married to a man that is in the army. She loved it.
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ALR More than 1 year ago
This book will tug at your heart strings. It gave me some insight to being a Military Wife.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As you can tell from previous postings, this book is amazing. I cried after the first story and just knew I had to keep reading! What an encouraging, touching book! It really emphasizes the importance of military wives and all they sacrifice while their men are away. LOVED it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am the wife of a US NAVY Sailor. I love this book because I can relate to so many of the stories and so many of them have helped me through difficult times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am currently going through my first deployment while my husband is serving in Afghanistan. This book really helped me to realize that we are not alone and that there are thousands of others in the same shoes as us.