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  • Daddy, the Tearjerker

    By Cynthia Mills - Tuesday October 23, 2012
    Okay, now he did it. Once again, my firefighter went and left the state for a class. It is only four days, for four different months. This shouldn’t be a big deal. For me, it isn’t. But for our youngest daughter, the softest petal in our family...
  • The Little Things

    By Cynthia Mills - Tuesday September 25, 2012
    Why should this homecoming be any different from the end of a normal shift? Really, maybe it shouldn’t have. But we tend to get overly excited about the little things in life and so after only four days of being without our fireman, my girls and I...
  • Losing the Inspirer, Not the Inspiration

    By Cynthia Mills - Monday June 25, 2012
    Millions of events, tiny or catastrophic, occur in a person’s lifetime and lead that person to become who he is. Each one of us is guided, to some extent, by these events. We make choices based on these events. We fight against them. We embrace them. We...
  • The Vigilant Hose Company: A Family Visit

    By Cynthia Mills - Sunday May 20, 2012
    Vacations for us are fun, relaxing, and almost always educational. Maybe we’re a family of nerds or maybe we just value the rich history that our country has to offer. No matter what the reason, we spent Spring break visiting Gettysburg, PA. Of course...
  • Fire Wife Preppers

    By Cynthia Mills - Monday February 6, 2012
    A friend recently sent me a link to the National Geographic channel's Doomsday Preppers series, jokingly asking if we are going to be in it. Nope. Not interested, thanks. I completely understand why these people prep though. Just three decades ago, I...
  • Operation Falling Hippo: A Firefighting Family's Homeschooling Downtime

    By Cynthia Mills - Thursday January 5, 2012
    Ahhh…the joys of teaching my girls at home. There's rarely ever been a dull moment in my life. After all, I came from a family of crazy people (even though I love them dearly, they're all pretty close to an outhouse rat on the sanity scale,) I married...
  • Are We Watching the Movie or Training for Work?

    By Cynthia Mills - Sunday December 18, 2011
      Watching movies with my firefighter is often a test of will for me. I’m not a sappy kind of woman who wants her romance movies, a box of chocolates and a handful of tissues to make it through our couples movie time. I’d take the chocolates...
  • What I Learned from the NFA Last Year

    By Cynthia Mills - Sunday November 27, 2011
    The National Fire Academy week is here again. Already? When my fireman got accepted for the same week as last year, I thought we still had months to worry about the details and figure things out before he left. As time often does, it fast forwarded...
  • A Lesson in Importance from George Washington

    By Cynthia Mills - Tuesday November 8, 2011
    Time is in short supply in our modern world, along with a dwindling supply of money. This is painfully obvious to most people, but what many people seem to ignore is that family time is being eaten away too. There is a simple give and take formula for...
  • A Lesson in Importance from George Washington

    By Cynthia Mills - Monday November 7, 2011
    Time is in short supply in our modern world, along with a dwindling supply of money. This is painfully obvious to most people, but what many people seem to ignore is that family time is being eaten away too. There is a simple give and take formula for...