The End of a Deployment is A Good Time to Try Something New

The End of a Deployment is A Good Time to Try Something New So you are at the 8-month mark, finally! You have weeks to go, you are counting down the days in your head (not online of course, OPSEC and all,) and you are not quite sure you are really at this place. How did you make it this far? One day at a time? Somehow you are at the end of the deployment. And now things are dragging again. Time is moving at a snail’s pace. So close, yet so far. What can you do about that? Why not …

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What To Do When There is a Natural Disaster and Your Spouse is Deployed

What To Do When There is a Natural Disaster and Your Spouse is Deployed

What To Do When There is a Natural Disaster and Your Spouse is Deployed I have been through my share of earthquakes growing up in California. Fortunately, I was never in any danger from any of them. After moving to the south, I have been through my fair share of tornado warnings, and fortunately, none of them have come too close to our house. The biggest issue we have dealt with when it came to weather when my husband was deployed was losing power during a storm, for about 37 hours. While we didn’t have any real damage, and USAA replaced …

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When They Miss Stuff

When They Miss Stuff

When They Miss Stuff Your service member doesn’t have to be deployed to miss stuff. This can happen at any time. Maybe they have a school to go to, maybe they have extra training to attend, maybe they have a 24 hours CQ. As military spouses, we get used to this…sort of. We know they can’t be there for everything, we even know that had they not joined the military, their civilian careers could keep them from missing things too. If we are a national guard or reserves spouse, we already know that from experience. Still… When they miss stuff, …

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6 Tips For Surviving a Long Distance Relationship That Seems Like it Will Last Forever

6 Tips For Surviving a Long Distance Relationship That Seems Like it Will Last Forever If you have ever been in a long distance relationship, you know how hard they can be. All you want is to live in the same area as your loved one but for whatever reason, you can’t. Maybe your boyfriend goes to college across the country from where you went to college, maybe you met someone from another state on your last vacation, or maybe you are dating or married to a service member whose military service takes them away from you. Whatever the reason …

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When Your Spouse Deploys

When Your Spouse Deploys

When Your Spouse Deploys When you are married to a soldier, you know the time will come; you know that they will eventually deploy. If they haven’t yet, you know they will and while you might know this is all coming, hearing those words are never easy. They come home from work one day, walk in the door, and by the look on their face, you know what they are going to say. There have been rumors, the other military spouses talk. You knew a deployment might happen, but you hoped they wouldn’t leave until next year. When your kids were …

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Welcome Them Home

Welcome Them Home

Welcome Them Home I’m so excited to be on the blog today you guys! Julie offered to let me use her platform to share with you about my non-profit because we both believe that you guys would totally be into it because THIS IS FOR YOU! Here goes… My name is Bethany Cox and I am the founder of the non-profit Welcome Them Home. I wrote a little about it on our website but I thought I ould share that here with you as well. Welcome Them Home is simple. It is a network of photographers who donate their time …

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Sometimes They Miss So Much

Sometimes They Miss So Much

Sometimes They Miss So Much This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Holt’s Cigar Company via SoFluential Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When my husband joined the military, we already had children. A little boy. One of the reasons I went back and forth on it for so long was that I knew that when my husband joined the military, it would mean he would miss some of my son’s life. And that we would not be able to pick and choose what we would miss and what he would be home for. In the last …

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Just Keep Swimming Military Spouse, Just Keep Swimming

reminding yourself to keep going, that you can get through this will go a long way in helping you do just that. 

Just Keep Swimming Military Spouse, Just Keep Swimming I was on my high school swim team, all four years. I had a love/hate relationship with it. For most of my high school years, practice was at 5:45 in the mornings. Diving into the pool that early in the morning was so tough most days. And then there was the workout. We practiced for over an hour. Lap after lap after lap. Often we would be required to do 20 laps at a time. As anyone who works out on a regular basis knows, you have to figure out how to …

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6 Tips for Solo Parenting With Anxiety

Solo Parenting With Anxiety

6 Tips for Solo Parenting With Anxiety I hate solo parenting. I hate being the only parent in the house. I love having my husband there. Yes, I love having someone else that can help with the kids, but I also like having that other person to bounce ideas off of or to work through problems with. When he is gone, solo parenting gets to me. My anxiety goes up, and that makes solo parenting even harder than it could be. Over the years, I have found ways to make this part of military life easier for myself. I have …

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What To Do When You Are Having A Bad Deployment Day

What To Do When You Are Having A Bad Deployment Day

What To Do When You Are Having A Bad Deployment Day There was so much to do that day, and my patience was running thin. He had been gone for a few months now, so most days were better than they had been. Still, I felt on edge and on the verge of tears. I send one kid off to school, took one to hourly care, and took my baby home to get some work done. A few hours later, I was picking up my middle son at hourly. I knew I had to get home and wait for my …

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