The life journey of author, mother and US Army Veteran, Dacia M Arnold "Sounds interesting!"
What's In A Name?
hated my name growing up.
Like most kids with unique names, I tried my best to anticipate the substitute teacher’s grimace and squint as the trigger to give her the answer to such a mind boggling question... “How do you pronounc...
Kid Number 1
served in the US Army for about ten years in some capacity. This included three separate contractual commitments. I never though too much about what I would do if I ever left and was convinced I would be a combat boot mom. I was pretty good at playing Army an...
Kid Number 2
My 50 Hour Labor Story
lright so it was technically 49 hours and ten minutes until she made her appearance. .
My little miss is my second child. I had my heart set on a natural unmedicated birth following the traumatic entrance of my son. I shared my plan with all the ladies a...
Where It All Started
was born December 6th 1984 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Fayetteville sits just outside of Fort Bragg Army Post and is the home of over 25,000 soldiers and their families. As I explain in later chapters about my own birthing experience in a military hospit...
n 1989 I moved to a small town north of Indianapolis called Shelbyville. We had a little white house with a full front porch and a porch swing. My dad took on a recruiting job in the small town when I was just starting school. My mother was pregnant with my ba...
Bombs in the Air: A Thanksgiving Story
deployed to The Green Zone during a cease-fire. I worked in the emergency room of Ibn Sina Hospital, famously known as Baghdad ER. After a month of living with a thin cloud of fleeting safety over our heads, we did not expect Thanksgiving Day 2007 would be th...
You Lost Me
ou planted me on this earth with a man you praised
I was fed, swaddled, and sometimes safe.
When the heat was off, I got cold and sick.
You almost lost me then.
I grew up worshiping a man never present
I looked for lo...