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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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. As it gets closer, “sub-worries” pop up, like what if my car doesn’t start one morning? Or what if the washer breaks? The answer to most of these is that you learn, or you call someone.
But one thing that few of us really understand the gravity of until it’s here, is being alone. And with that comes safety concerns, from someone breaking in, to slipping and falling. As much as our loved one will constantly worry about this, we have to be the ones that take precautionary steps towards ensuring that we stay as safe as possible.
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”
As the holiday season is approaching, we are reminded of the many soldiers who are overseas and won’t see their families until next year, or longer. We must remember to thank them for the time they have given up to serve and protect, but we must also remember those who are serving in a different way. Continue reading “When “Home For The Holidays” Isn’t an Option”
Separation in the military happens more often than we’d like, and is not always due to deployment. Whether your loved one is leaving for BMT, MOS School, deployment, or training, one thing that helps you keep your mind off of it is planning some fun activities. Continue reading “How To Make The Most Out Of Those Pre-Deployment Days”
More often than we would like, part of being in a military relationship involves being separated for long periods of time. But there are many fun ways to make it easier on both of you. Continue reading “Staying Connected While Miles Apart”