Spotlight on: A Military Mom.

Did you know today is National Military Spouse Appreciation Day? Then of course… this Sunday is Mothers’ Day.  Somehow these two holidays create a perfect intersection for the most influential women in my life: military moms.

military spouse appreciation

Military moms move around the United States at a speed illegal on most major highways. One year here. Two years there— three if you’re really lucky. The U.S. Army doesn’t give much weight to 4th grade best friends or high school graduation years or your favorite OBGYN or your next door neighbor. They deal in Duty, Honor, Country… and orders.

My mother, Laura Sholar Carlton, the oldest daughter of a North Carolina family with its own military roots, handled the hustle with grace, humor and humility. She was a military spouse. A military mom. 27 years in th U.S. military, and believe you me, she earned her stripes. She defended and supported a man in uniform. She raised children, created a delicious nightly meals, provided countless hours of family therapy. It was no small calling.

And like so many other military moms, she prevailed. She taught the power of rearranging furniture to make a new house look like home. She proved that simmered onions and garlic make any new house smell like home. She consoled when I cried about leaving. She comforted, or more precisely, offered Ben & Jerry’s ice cream when things got really bad. She insisted that tears are a gift, and that moving can feel like death, and that God can give new life in any new place—and He always, always did.

But more than that, God offered me the best kind of mom there is: a military mom.


love you mom. 


Author: Claire

Hi I'm Claire. I am a freelance writer, Vizlsa lover, and avid runner who lives in Nashville, TN. Nice to meet you.

8 thoughts

  1. to Julie: what you modeled for me that year was pure “life-style Christ following”. How GRATEFUL I am that our paths crossed that year.

  2. ok,,,I am JUST seeing this….I saw the picture on fb…but didn’t take the time to read the article. Your dad kept asking me if I had read it…..yet. Now, words fail me. YOU are the one with words, Skibici Ann. Looking back, I love how God used the difficulties of being a military family to mold and shape us into better reflections of HIM. Well, that’s the hope, anyway. And you kept us on our toes, Claire, with all your ideas, ventures, and opportunities. Love you DEARLY.

  3. One of the best days of my life is when I saw your Mom hop out of that van at Leavenworth and greet me as my new neighbor. I loved her immediately and was in awe of her ability to multitask and be witty at the same time. I always felt cheated we were only neighbors for one year. I still have much to learn from your precious mother. A more Godly woman you would be hard pressed to find.

  4. How thankful I am that God found me worthy to have someone as wonderful as she as my wife….You are amazing – every day I know how blessed I am…

  5. You have an AWESOME Mom! And, all of us as a nation should be so very thankful for military dads, moms, sons and daughters…Thank you Bee and Laura; Eric and Leigh for your sacrifice and your life of serving others!!!!

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