Dealing With Emergencies While Your Spouse Is Deployed

Among the many situations we are faced with in military life, it’s hard to have an answer or plan for everything. I’m a textbook over-thinker, but even after going over every possible scenario, I’ve been taken by surprise a time or two. Kyle and I have always worked as a team to overcome the obstacles and challenges of a busy schedule, and the common inconveniences that come up. We’ve discussed the possible emergencies we could face, and multiple ways for dealing with them. Continue reading “Dealing With Emergencies While Your Spouse Is Deployed”

All The Things We Forget About Deployment

The ‘D’ word can be a pretty dark subject among many military families, and I can’t say that ours is an exception. Deployment carries so many other things with it: separation, anxiety, loneliness, “danger”, etc. We worry about everything, from staying safe at home alone, to the many thing that could happen to our loved one. Whether it’s 6 months or a year, it’s hard to look past the days, weeks, and months as they build up before our eyes. It’s hard to accept that our lives together are on hold, while our lives as individuals continue on.  Continue reading “All The Things We Forget About Deployment”

How Do You Say Goodbye

Sitting here, 10 feet away from my older brother, I see a different man than I used to. He was always the quiet one, the soft one, the sensitive one. I always felt older.

But now I feel small, and young; like we’re 5 and 9 again and I’m looking to him for guidance. Like we’re lost somewhere in the woods after exploring for hours, and it feels okay because he always gets us back. Everything is okay because he has the answers. Continue reading “How Do You Say Goodbye”

5 Things That Happen When a Family Member Deploys

Deployment is complicated to say the least, and it effects every family in a different way. It’s not just a matter of what happens during and after, but all of the “what ifs” that come along with it. It’s hard not to think of the worst possibilities, so the best we can do is prepare for what to expect. Whether it’s a husband, wife, sister, brother, etc., here are the 5 things that happen when a family member deploys. Continue reading “5 Things That Happen When a Family Member Deploys”

When Your SO Has A Dangerous Job

The military is chalk-full of different job options, also known as MOS’s. The scale pretty much moves from somewhat dangerous, to very dangerous, but almost all of them involve some sort of risk. Even when our significant other is home, the worrying doesn’t stop. We worry when they’re in the field, and we worry when they’re just performing their regular duties. We start to realize, on a much deeper level, the gravity of life and death.  It’s hard to know how to deal with that level of stress, and how to help our loved one get through it as well. Continue reading “When Your SO Has A Dangerous Job”

When Military Life Catches Up

Hello readers! It’s certainly been a while since I’ve reached out to all of you. To those who kept up with me, thank you! I’ve always shared my own military life, but what many people don’t know is that I come from a family of service members. Everyone in my family with the exception of my dad has served/is serving currently. It’s something that I’m immensely proud of, but sometimes it catches up to me. Continue reading “When Military Life Catches Up”

How To Make Your Holiday Cards Memorable During Deployment

The biggest thing on my to-do list this each year (besides getting my gift shopping done early) is to take a Christmas card “photo shoot” with Kyle. I’m happy to announce (atleast for this year), we finally did it! Continue reading “How To Make Your Holiday Cards Memorable During Deployment”

7 Tips For Conquering Reintegration After Deployment

Once a deployment or major separation is coming to a close, we fantasize endlessly about being reunited with our loved one. We think about all the fun things we can do, and all that lost time we have to make up for. Continue reading “7 Tips For Conquering Reintegration After Deployment”

Staying Safe at Home During a Deployment

Let’s face it, there are a million things you can worry about when your significant other is in the military. Among the biggest of those worries: deployment. Continue reading “Staying Safe at Home During a Deployment”

A Deployment Story: The Soldier’s Perspective

As a military lifestyle blogger, I have read and written my fair share of stories from my own perspective, as well as other spouse/girlfriend’s perspectives. I’ve talked about the struggles that I face, from housing challenges to time apart. But I’ve rarely touched upon the struggles that our soldier’s face. Continue reading “A Deployment Story: The Soldier’s Perspective”