What a year! A recap of my 2012

by Jessie K on January 4, 2013

2012 was a huge year for me. I got a new dog, Jake came back from Afghanistan in one piece, I published my second book, my daughter kicks butt in every way, and I am blessed with some of the most amazing and generous blog readers out there. It’s enough to make a girl weep. […]


Hurricane Sandy and Veteran’s Day

by Jessie K on November 9, 2012

The night Hurricane Sandy tore up the East Coast wreaking havoc from North Carolina to New Hampshire, Jake and I attended a talk at Virginia Military Institute here in Lexington, which was unaffected by the storm. The talk was given by a Lieutenant Colonel Jake met during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. His speech […]


Seeking signs I might be pregnant

by Jessie K on August 23, 2012

  I really want to have another baby.  Unfortunately, I was one of those slackers who hemmed and hawed for so long before deciding I wanted to be a parent at all that now I’m afraid I’m too late for a second child. (I should have listened, mom!) And Jake’s deployment to Afghanistan was a […]


The Disciplinarian versus The Coddler

by Jessie K on June 25, 2012

A week or so after Jake got home from Afghanistan, we were having a late lunch at a  restaurant with June.  June was having a…well, I don’t want to call it a temper tantrum, but she was howling plaintively and flinging crackers and ketchup packets off the table. CONTINUE READING HERE!


A soldier’s first dinner home

by Jessie K on April 10, 2012

A year is a long time for a man to go without seeing his baby daughter, but I’m thrilled to share that Jake and June were fast friends after we picked him up from the airport last Sunday night. Okay, maybe not fast friends.  More like, decent buddies.  She was at first a bit skittish […]


He’s back

by Jessie K on April 2, 2012

It’s been a long time coming….Jake is finally home.  And I couldn’t be happier.


She’s here!

by Jessie K on March 30, 2012

Solha has arrived and is safe and sound in the United States!  A long journey has finally come to an end, thanks to the generosity and support of readers.  We could not have done this rescue without you.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, thank you!


Spring downpour

by Jessie K on March 26, 2012

When it rains, it pours.  Isn’t that what they say? The biggest creative undertaking of my life (other than June) publishes next Tuesday.  I’m so nervous and scared and excited I haven’t slept in a month. I finally heard from the people in charge of transporting Solha from Afghanistan to the States. She’s due to […]


The easiest slow cooked chicken recipe ever

by Jessie K on March 23, 2012

I’m patiently waiting to announce the results of my $120 raffle giveaway for all of those who obliged me by pre-ordering my book Rurally Screwed (thank you, everyone, thank you!  It publishes April 3!   Not that I’m digging my nails into my desk in anticipation.  Oh no, not me.  Everything hunky dory here. […]


Slow cooked anxiety

by Jessie K on March 22, 2012

I haven’t heard from Jake in four days.  I don’t know where in the world he is or what he’s doing.  I have no news about Solha.  I have no idea under what conditions she’s kept, who is caring for her, and when she’ll be able to board a flight for the United States.  My […]