When You Miss Them

When You Miss Them

When you miss them, your heart can feel like it will never be the same. When you miss them, you feel that deployment ache, and know that no matter what, a part of that ache will be there until they return home. When you miss them, you have to find ways to make it through, to live your life, even with your hurting heart. As a military spouse, deployments will come. There is nothing we can really do about that. Some deployments will come more often than others, there will definitely be seasons, and you will figure out how to …

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Who are You Rooting for in the MVC Choice Awards?

Excited to have this guest post from PCSGrades!!! Who are You Rooting for in the MVC Choice Awards? I am a bit of a sucker for a contest. My competitive side just can’t stay away from entering the fray. It doesn’t matter if it is a sporting event or an awards show. I am there, front and center, rooting or voting on my favorites.  If it’s a sporting event and my favorite team isn’t playing, I’ll pick a team to root for anyway. Maybe it is the underdog team or the team that has never won the Super Bowl or …

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17 Quotes For This Fourth Of July

17 Quotes For This Fourth Of July

It’s the 4th of July! A time to celebrate America’s freedom. A time for family and friends and BBQs and fireworks. This mid-summer celebration of our country’s birthday also can have a lot of emotion to it. During the 4th of July, we think about our freedoms, where our country has been, and what to look towards in the future. Here are 17 quotes all about the 4th of July and freedom: “Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.”- Abigail Adams “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” – Oscar Wilde “Where liberty …

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When You Don’t Feel Strong Enough For Military Life

I couldn’t believe he was gone. I couldn’t believe this deployment had started. I couldn’t believe I had to go through this again. I certainly didn’t feel strong enough for this. I didn’t feel strong enough for the deployment. I didn’t feel strong enough for military life. And yet, somehow, the days went by. Somehow I made it through that deployment. Somehow I was strong enough to do just that. Through that deployment, and other past deployments, I realized something powerful. Not feeling strong enough to get through something doesn’t mean I am not strong enough to do so. Often …

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Get an Extra Boost this Military Spouse Appreciation Month!

This is a sponsored post by AAFMAA! Charlene G Wilde, Assistant Secretary of AAFMAA As MilSpouses, our lives are truly a combination of adventure, uncertainty, service, sacrifice, and many other things in between. And let’s face it, the truth is sometimes being a military family is downright challenging. Whether it’s working to juggle your kids solo — when just surviving a trip to the grocery store can feel like climbing Mount Everest — to feeling the pressure of having to take care of the household operations while your servicemember is away, there aren’t many dull moments (or any maybe in …

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5 Military Spouse Friends You Need When You First PCS

When I first moved to Fort Campbell, I made friends with someone who grew up in the Clarksville area. While I didn’t go into the PCS with that goal, I just wanted to make friends, I realized how helpful that really was. She told me about a lot of the great places to take kids, where to get a nice meal and other things about the area I might not have been able to figure out on my own, at least not for a while. Most military spouses want to make friends when they PCS, but doing so isn’t always …

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What a Military Spouse Will Never Understand

I have been married to a soldier for almost two decades now. When we met, he was no longer active duty and ended up re-joining the Army after we had been married three years. As much as I can stand by and support him, there are things that I will never understand. There are things that a military spouse can never understand. I will never understand what it is like to say goodbye to my family, small children included, to put on the uniform and put myself in harm’s way. I will never understand what it is like to go …

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9 Reasons Why PCSing Can Be Amazing, in GIFs

Are you moving this summer? Summer is PCS season and so many military families will be going to a new duty station in the next few months. Some military families will be excited to PCS, and others, not as much. PCSing can be such an amazing thing. Moving is a fresh start, and while super stressful, can be an exciting part of military life. When I talk to military spouses who have been doing this forever, they have such a fantastic list of places their family has called home. In case you are feeling down about your future PCS, or …

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When An Introverted Military Spouse Needs To Make Friends

“Why are you so quiet?” I was asked this SO many times as a kid and you know what, I hated it so much. I was so shy, I had social anxiety I am sure, and I was an introvert. And because of that, I struggled a bit. Sure, with my best friends and family I could be super loud. I remember my parents telling me they were going to tape record (yep, 80s kid here) me and give it to my teachers. My shyness was really a struggle. I can remember people asking me questions and being TERRIFIED to …

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How To Celebrate Military Spouses

This is a sponsored post for T-Mobile with Sofluential Media! How To Celebrate Military Spouses Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day! A day to celebrate military spouses and all they do for their service members and military communities. On this day, you might see fun memes, hear about discounts and freebies, and learn how to connect with other military spouses. The question I have to ask myself is, what is a good way to celebrate military spouses? What can communities or businesses do? What can make today a good one for military spouses? Here are some ideas: Offer fun events …

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