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  1. When You’re Alone for the Holidays

    Being away from family and friends during the holidays can be disheartening. Whether it’s too far to go home, too expensive, or your spouse doesn’t have time off. Last minute changes can happen at any time and throw all plans out the window. If you find yourself stuck at home,...
  2. Creative Ways to Countdown a Deployment

    I don’t know about you but I love countdowns. When my husband is deployed I have my own personal countdowns. I countdown to when I think he might get home, even though I know it will change. I countdown to when a book I want to read is going to...
  3. Staying Connected During the Holidays

    As the holidays approach many of our military families will be spending them apart, some for the first time.  While deployments inherently have an enormous amount of challenges the holidays can be even more stressful.  Here are six ways families can connect when separated during the holidays. Skype If your...
  4. 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Deployment

    My husband just returned from his second deployment as a Soldier; it was his third total, since he did one as a Marine prior to a stint as a civilian which led to the Army.  It was my first.  As the year progressed, I realized how many things I wished...
  5. What to wear to Homecoming

    The deployment is almost over. You may have a homecoming date. You may even have a time which will of course change several times I am sure. But what in the world are you suppose to wear? You might be feeling pressure to dress a certain way or spend a...
  6. Ask Cindy: Kids Activities for a Deployment

    Go ahead and Ask Cindy your question now! Ask Cindy! Dear Rachel, I was amazed when I read your letter – 17 years and this is the first long deployment?  Your family has been very lucky!  That’s amazing, especially for life in the navy where sea duty orders are frequent,...
  7. Care Packages, Part 2: How to Send Them

    Now that we’ve covered What To Send in a Care Package in Part 1, today in Part 2 we explain HOW to send it. Without a doubt the best way to go is USPS. They have priority flat-rate boxes (pictured) made specifically for those who are sending mail to APOs...
  8. 10 Books for Children Who Have a Deployed Parent

    Deployment takes a toll on children often in completely different ways than adults. Most of the time, young children are unable to verbalize how they feel. They may act out, have nightmares, lose interest in things they loved, become picky with foods, have a hard time sleeping – all of...
  9. Helping kids though a deployment

    One of the hardest things about getting through a deployment with kids is knowing how hard it can be for them. They might not totally understand what is going on or they might have a very difficult time missing one of their parents through a long time of being apart....
  10. Are FRGs worth your time?

    In the Army we have what are called FRGs. They stand for “Family Readiness Group” and are usually made up of the spouses from the same Company that your soldier is apart of. Sometimes they have FRGs at the unit level. When you first move to a new place, you...