When You Hate Deployments

When You Hate Deployments

When You Hate Deployments Our first deployment came about nine months after my life as a military spouse first began. This was after spending about 4.5 months apart waiting to join my husband in Germany. He left the following August, and that deployment didn’t end until November of the following year. That was such a long time to be away from my husband. Even now, all these years later, I can’t even believe we got through that. I had a baby during that deployment, a toddler, and lived in Germany, far away from family and what we were used to. …

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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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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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101 Things to Do With Your Kids During a Deployment

101 Things to Do With Your Kids During a Deployment So your spouse just deployed and you and your kids are in for a long journey. You look at how many months you have to get through, and you want to cry. How will you deal with this? How will you be able to stay busy enough to make it through? If you have children, they will keep you busy. But sometimes you might need some ideas. Especially as the deployment goes on. Here are 101 things you can do with your kids during a deployment: 1.  Create a deployment …

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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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For the Military Spouse, When The Deployment Begins

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For the Military Spouse, When The Deployment Begins When the deployment orders come, and the bags start getting packed, we watch, we cry, we understand that this is what they signed up for. To leave, to deploy, to go too far away and do what they are trained to do. When the deployment begins, we start the countdown, we think about the days ahead, we find ways to power through. We look at our children, we know this will be hard for them too, but we power on, we know this is what we have to do. We know that deployments don’t …

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