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  1. Why You Need a “Deployment BFF”

    Deployment is hard, there is no getting around it.  Whether it is your first time around or your fifth, having your spouse gone for months at a time is just no fun.  Having a great support system is one of the best things you can do to help you through...
  2. Why you should blog during a deployment

    If you have ever thought about starting a blog, a deployment might be a good time to start. I started my first Army wife blog during my husband’s second deployment. We were in Germany and I really wanted to share some of what I had been through. I figured there...
  3. Making the Best of a Duty Station You Didn’t Want.

    Two years ago, I waited with breathless anticipation for where my husband would get his first official station from the Army. Six years before in the Marines, he’d been stationed at Camp Pendleton and I moved there, then he got out of active duty and we moved home. There was no choice...
  4. Dealing with Military Disappointment

    My husband re-joined the Army in late 2005 after being out for about 8 years. During that time he met me, we got married and had our first little boy. So when he joined he did not have to repeat basic and got to pick where he wanted to be...
  5. Should You Move Home for a Deployment?

    When deployment orders come down for your soldier, it can be pretty emotional. You have a lot to do to get ready for them to leave. One decision you might have to make is if you plan to stay at your duty station for the deployment or if you plan...
  6. Benefits of a Deployment

    When I hear the word deployment I think about loneliness, saying goodbye, war and missing the person I love. When it comes time to get ready for a deployment, I want to find ways to make it more tolerable. One way to do that is to look at all the...
  7. Short Separations: How to Cope

    Military life prepares most of us for long term separations. They aren’t easy, they aren’t something to look forward to, but it’s a fact of life for us. At some point, your spouse will spend a long time away from you and your family. What many of us don’t realize...
  8. 5 Tips on Preparing Your Home for a PCS

    PCS or permanent change of station. For the vast majority of military families, this happens at least once in an enlistment. For career military it happens more often. Besides a deployment, this is one of the biggest changes in a military families life. It means often moving across the country...
  9. Best Duty Stations

    There are many different types of places a Military member could get stationed. My husband is in the Army. We have been stationed at three different Army posts. During the last seven years I have met many people who have been stationed at many of the other Army posts throughout...
  10. Making Family Memories before a deployment

    When a deployment is on the horizon, a Military family starts to think about how to prepare before they leave. There is an urgency in wanting to make family memories together before the deployment begins. What are some good ways to make some family memories before a deployment? 1) Pictures are always...