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Spouses learn through laughter on Pendleton

By Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Daiz | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | April 25, 2013

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(Left to right) Tara Yarte, Danni Maxwell and Sonnia Endora laugh together before the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. The tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military wives.

(Left to right) Tara Yarte, Danni Maxwell and Sonnia Endora laugh together before the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. The tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military wives. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Kristine Schellhaas speaks about the major events, good and bad, that have affected her life as a military spouse during the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. The Live, Laugh and Learn tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military wives.

Kristine Schellhaas speaks about the major events, good and bad, that have affected her life as a military spouse during the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. The Live, Laugh and Learn tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military wives. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Ellie Kay speaks to military spouses about motivation during the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. The tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military wives. Kay has been a military spouse for 25 years, is a mother seven and is the author of 15 books, including “The Sixty Minute Money Workout,” “Living Rich for Less” and “Heroes at Home.”

Ellie Kay speaks to military spouses about motivation during the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. The tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military wives. Kay has been a military spouse for 25 years, is a mother seven and is the author of 15 books, including “The Sixty Minute Money Workout,” “Living Rich for Less” and “Heroes at Home.” (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Krystle Kendall smiles at a pun made by Mollie Gross during the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. Gross is a Marine Corps wife, author, comedienne and motivational speaker. The Live, Laugh and Learn tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military spouses.

Krystle Kendall smiles at a pun made by Mollie Gross during the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. Gross is a Marine Corps wife, author, comedienne and motivational speaker. The Live, Laugh and Learn tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military spouses. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Ellie Kay gave a motivational presentation and signed copies of her books during the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. The tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military wives. Kay has been a military spouse for 25 years, is a mother seven and is the author of 15 books, including “The Sixty Minute Money Workout,” “Living Rich for Less” and “Heroes at Home.”

Ellie Kay gave a motivational presentation and signed copies of her books during the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. The tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military wives. Kay has been a military spouse for 25 years, is a mother seven and is the author of 15 books, including “The Sixty Minute Money Workout,” “Living Rich for Less” and “Heroes at Home.” (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Kristine Schellhaas, left, presents Emily Sollars, right, with a gift basket from the raffle during the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. The tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military wives. Schellhaas is the 2013 Camp Pendleton Military Spouse of the Year, founder of USMC Life and co-host of Semper Feisty Radio.

Kristine Schellhaas, left, presents Emily Sollars, right, with a gift basket from the raffle during the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. The tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military wives. Schellhaas is the 2013 Camp Pendleton Military Spouse of the Year, founder of USMC Life and co-host of Semper Feisty Radio. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Amber Cousino won a rice cooker during the raffle at the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. The  tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet and greet events for military wives.

Amber Cousino won a rice cooker during the raffle at the Live, Laugh and Learn event at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19. The tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet and greet events for military wives. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Melissa Davis, left, Mollie Gross, center left, Abby Smith, center right, and Brianna Caskey, right, hold Gross’ novel, “Confessions of a Military Wife,” during the Live, Laugh and Learn book signing event at the Pacific Views Marine Corps Exchange here April 19. Gross is a wife, author, comedienne and motivational speaker. The Live, Laugh and Learn tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military wives.

Melissa Davis, left, Mollie Gross, center left, Abby Smith, center right, and Brianna Caskey, right, hold Gross’ novel, “Confessions of a Military Wife,” during the Live, Laugh and Learn book signing event at the Pacific Views Marine Corps Exchange here April 19. Gross is a wife, author, comedienne and motivational speaker. The Live, Laugh and Learn tour features motivational presentations, book signing and author meet-and-greet events for military wives. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Military wives sat in white beach chairs watching the sun set over the Pacific as the Live, Laugh and Learn tour kicked off at the Del Mar Beach Resort here April 19.

The Live, Laugh and Learn featured a book signing with two authors, motivational presentations and a comedy skit designed for military spouses.

“We want to bring hope, love and perspective to our fellow military spouses,” said Kristine Schellhaas, 2013 Camp Pendleton Military Spouse of the Year and co-host of Semper Feisty Radio.

“I had interviewed some of the authors from (Bonnie Amos') reading list on my radio show, Semper Feisty, and I thought ‘What a better way to bring these ladies to the spouses than to have an event on the base,” said Schellhaas, who is also the founder of USMC Life.

The night started with laughter as Mollie Gross, who is a military spouse, comedian and author, entertained the audience with what she calls “military wife humor.”

Traci Kessell has been a military spouse for four years and said she first heard Gross’ stand up when she was a newly-wed.

“She’s been really inspiring,” said Kessell. “She really helped me to get a better perspective of the military lifestyle.”

Schellhaas said it’s important to have a good sense of humor when it comes to frequent relocations and long separations due to deployments.

“The most important thing to bring home from this is perspective,” Schellhaas said.  “We can get lost in our emotions and feelings.”

Schellhaas shared a recording of a news cast that featured her husband in a firefight in 2003.

“It brought tears to my eyes,” said Kessell.

Ellie Kay, military spouse, mother of seven and author of 15 books, shared some pointers on how to keep a positive attitude and remain strong for your family.

“I just want them to know that what they do matters and is important,” Kay said.

After laughter and tears, the wives met with the guest speakers to have their books signed and to talk about their personal experiences as military spouses.

“I love the conversations,” Schellhaas said. “I love hearing about their pregnancies, their families and how they got married. Everyone’s lives are so different, yet we all share something in common; the military.”

For more information on Kay and for a list of her books, visit elleikay.com. To learn more on Gross, her comedy and book, visit molliegross.com.

Contact Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz at sarah.wolff@usmc.mil.
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  • Cindy 348 days ago
    I love USMC Life: www.usmclife.com for those of you who haven't been to it, it's life changing!

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