Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.
She's written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas.
She's pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.
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5 Most Romantic Places to Spend Christmas
There’s just something about Christmas and romance, isn’t there? You’d think I’d have more to say about Valentine’s day but for me, I just love the idea of Christmas. Maybe because it symbolizes home and family and what’s more integral to romance than that, right?
I was also born and raised in Maine so for me, Christmas means snow. Despite having spent the better part of the last twenty years in Texas, it still doesn’t feel quite like Christmas without snow.
So what are my top Christmas locations?
Before we had kids, my other half and I used to enjoy skiing (maybe someday). We spent one Christmas at a ski lodge in Maine and there was just something magical about the way the Christmas lights sparkled off the snow.
I love being outside in winter (in small doses, of course) and there’s something about being outside in the woods after the snow has fallen. It’s quiet and muffled and the only sound you can hear is the crunch of your boots on the snow. It’s beautiful hiking through the woods to find that perfect tree.
When my husband and I were stationed in Germany, there was this little village called Rottenberg ob de Tauber. It’s streets are lined with shops and there’s the hot wine and of course, bratwurst. It was absolutely beautiful at night.
Grandma & Grampa’s
There is something highly romantic about letting grammy and grampy take over and spoil the kids for a while. I think it lets you and your partner go back, even if its only for a few stolen moments or hours, to remember what is like to be a couple instead of just parents.
After all that, I don’t think there’s anything that beats being a home for Christmas. No traveling, no crowds, no carting kids and pets across the country. Just waking up in the morning, hearing your kids giggling and whispering as they dig into their stockings. There’s nothing better than snuggling up on your own sofa and enjoying the day.
All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left - and she doesn't know if she can love him anymore.
But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what's coming for them. It's going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart.
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