10 Thoughts That Go Through Your Head During Thanksgiving

10 Thoughts That Go Through Your Head During Thanksgiving

10 Thoughts That Go Through Your Head During Thanksgiving Raise your hand if you are completely ready for Thanksgiving? Well, you better be, the day is coming up very soon. As a parent, you probably have a list of 100 things you have to do before the big day, or maybe, you are keeping things rather simple this year? Either way, Thanksgiving weekend can be interesting. Here are 10 thoughts that might go through your head during Thanksgiving:  “I hope I don’t forget anything!” via GIPHY If you are traveling during Thanksgiving, packing can be stressful! Will you remember everything? What if …

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When You Are Living a Military Life

When You Are Living a Military Life

When You Are Living a Military Life I have lived in a military community ever since I got off the airplane in Germany back in 2006. I have been through seasons of deployment after deployment. I have watched my friends go through this too. I have gone through a few PCS moves myself, I can’t even count how many people I know going through one this year. A military life can be so different than a civilian one. I have learned this over the years, both from personal experience and the experiences of other military spouses I have known. The …

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9 Reasons You Know You Are Married To A Soldier

9 Reasons You Know You Are Married To A Soldier

9 Reasons You Know You Are Married To A Soldier I feel like the Army surrounds me, every day. My husband is now in the Nashville Guard, but we live near Fort Campbell, which is a very Army town. There is no getting away from Army life around here. Whether it is hearing that a friend’s husband is deploying soon, seeing at all the bumper stickers on the cars, or even hearing training on post, even from 15 minutes away. I have been an Army wife for almost 13 years now, longer if you count his IRR time. Being a …

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At the End of the Day, Sometimes You Just Have to Suck it Up

At the End of the Day, Sometimes You Just Have to Suck it Up Deployments are no joke. I hate deployments, and yet I know they are a part of the military life experience. And while there are so many ways to make it through a deployment, sometimes you just have to suck it up and get through the days apart, even if you don’t want to. The biggest thing is making sure you have what you need to get through the deployment. This is going to look different for everyone. Some people love wine, others, not so much. Some …

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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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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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5 Reasons For Military Spouses To Go Back To School

5 Reasons For Military Spouses To Go Back To School

5 Reasons For Military Spouses To Go Back To School Last year, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do in the future. I graduated with my BA in Sociology in 2001 and I never really knew what I was going to do with it. I never did get a “Sociology” job and ended up working in other ways after college. Then I started having children and started to stay home. I have been a work at home mom for years now and while I love what I do (writing) and I love the flexibility of working …

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5 Myths About Military Spouse Friendships

5 Myths About Military Spouse Friendships

5 Myths About Military Spouse Friendships Over the years I have heard from military spouses that they are either afraid to make friends with other military spouses, because of how they assume they will be treated, or have even tried to do so and not been successful at it. That they can’t seem to find their people, or that they keep running into others that don’t seem very friendly or welcoming at all. This sucks. I strongly believe that you need friends to get through this military lifestyle. But I also know that it isn’t always easy to do. I …

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Enough With the Dependa Crap

Enough With the Dependa Crap

Enough With the Dependa Crap I’m over it. I am so tired of the dependa crap. I am tired of people throwing that word around, using it to demean others, using it as a weapon, and hiding behind it as if it makes them better than anyone else. Enough with the talking down to other military spouses because they live their lives differently than you do. Enough with the Facebook group bashing because you think you are right and don’t have room for other opinions. Enough with assuming military spouses are only there to take from an unsuspecting soldier. We as …

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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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