I have been a military spouse blogger for eleven years now. During all this time I have connected with so many other bloggers out there. Some of them are other Army wives, and others are from other branches. Some have had similar experiences to me, and others have had very different ones.
Over the years, I have learned from them as I have gone down my own military spouse road. They offer some pretty amazing advice and can help you through anything military life throws at you. From an extra-long deployment to a PCS to a place you never wanted to go.
If you have just started a deployment, you might not know what to do or even where to go for advice. The good news is that there are a lot of places you can go to find what you need. You have your FRG, although the FRG doesn’t always work out for everyone. You also have your friends who have gone through a deployment too. But sometimes all of their spouses are home as you try to make sense of yours being away.
The next place to look is online. The internet is filled with websites, blogs, and videos all about deployment. I asked some of my military spouse blogger friends about their top posts on deployments:
I hope that you can find the advice you need for your own deployment through the words of these amazing writers and bloggers:
T. T. Robinson tells the story of her husband deploying, the father of her children, in the midst of a hurricane with More Than a Hundred Sleeps: A Father Deploys. If you have ever started a deployment with children, you should be able to relate to how hard it can be for a father to say goodbye.
Jen from Jen McDonald has the post, 15 Bible Verses for Military Spouses Facing Deployment or Separation. This post gives us Bible verses to think and reflect on during time away from our spouse. Whether you are religious or not, these verses can bring some comfort to you.
Amanda from Airman to Mom has a post, 31 Days of Deployment Stories. She is sharing deployment stories to help encourage and inspire you through your own deployments. Hearing stories from others is one of the best ways to remember that you are truly not alone in what you are going through.
NextGenMilspouse gives us a post, Why I Don’t ‘Just Move Home’ During a Deployment. This post is the guest contributor Kimmie Fink’s response to people, including her own husband, who tell her to “just move home” during a deployment. While moving home is a personal decision, most spouses do decide to stay for a variety of reasons.
Amber, from Airing My Laundry, gives us her own reasons for not moving home in Why I Didn’t “Go Home” When My Husband Deployed. From liking her own things to not wanting her kids to leave their schools, there are a lot of good reasons to stay.
Lizann from The Seasoned Spouse, talks about Things I DIDN’T Do This Deployment in her post. From decorating care packages to not making a homecoming sign. Sometimes it feels like we have to do all the things in order to be a real military spouse, but that simply isn’t true.
Make sure to visit some of my own deployment resources as well. From my deployment posts to my Facebook group. You can also sign up for my mailing list to receive a Free Guide for The First 30 Days of a Deployment.
Remember, you are not in this alone, and there are a lot of people out there that want to help you get through your deployment too.