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Over the years military life has changed. From the way you PCS to how TRICARE works. But one thing that always seems to be true is that service members will get deployed.
While things are different than they were back when my husband re-joined the military in 2005, military spouses are still saying goodbye to their loved ones for deployments, and other times apart. Military spouses are still having to live without their partner for months at a time. Military spouses are still having to figure out how to get through deployments.
Sometimes, hearing a good quote or truth about military life can be just what you need to get through a difficult deployment day.
Here are 18 quotes that can do just that. I hope that they help you get through the next day, next week, or even month of your deployment. I hope that you can remember them during your more difficult days, and be inspired.
Deployments are not easy, and we could use all the help we military spouse can get to get through them.
The end of a deployment is a good time to try something new. A new hobby, a new habit, or a new way of doing something. Mix it up a bit, that will help the time go by a bit faster.
Sometimes you have to take your current struggle one day at a time. Other times you have to take it an hour at a time.
The best types of friends are those who let you vent about deployments, bring you boxes when you PCS, and help you laugh about life as a military spouse.
You will find that the first and last month of the deployment are the hardest. Do what you can to make it through the deployment days and homecoming will be your reward.
Whenever I feel like I can’t accomplish something, I think about how I solo parented three children, for nine months, and only lost my mind, 55.5 times.
Military spouses are strong not because we are made of something else. We are strong because we have to be. Because history wanted us to fill this role and we decided we could do it.
We wait, we love, we hope, we pray…until they are back in our arms again.
Take your deployment one week at a time…one day at a time…one hour at a time.
You might go a few weeks feeling like you got this and then hit a period of time when you feel like you can’t. The important thing is to “just keep swimming.”
Don’t base the status of your life on a bad deployment day. Those days come and then they go. They do not last forever!
When time stands still, think of something to focus on. Go for a walk, dive into a book, or call a friend. You got this!!!
Use a deployment for a time to explore. Get out and do something you and your kids have never done before. Don’t be afraid to make memories. Don’t be afraid to have fun just because one parent is away.
Solo parenting got you down? Pick your cure: 1) A tub of ice cream, 2) a glass of wine, 3) a binge-worthy Netflix show, 4) all of the thee above x 2.
Not all military children handle a deployment in the same way. You know your child, do what is best for them.
The pre-deployment period is going to be stressful…make time for one another, be understanding, and try not to worry too much about the future.
Roses are red, violets are blue, deployments suck, that much is true.
Don’t ever think you have to be the “perfect” military spouse. Be you. Life is easier that way.
If you have just started a deployment and feel a bit lost, remember you are not the only one going through this. So many other military spouses have done the same.