Deployment

Deployment Series: Motherhood

We’re rolling along in the monthly deployment series on the blog, and we’re tackling motherhood today. The rest of the series can be found here if you’d like to get caught up: Introduction, technology, meal planning, anxiety, and friendship. Living the military lifestyle calls for a whole lot of solo parenting, and let’s be honest,…

MilSpouse Support for I/A Deployments

Warning: Super-specific post ahead. This post is meant as a resource page for any military spouse facing deployment in an Individual Augmentee (I/A) situation. This information will likely also pertain to those who have service members on an unaccompanied tour. If none of this applies to you, please skip this week’s post and hang on…

Brave Crate: A Military Spouse’s Ace in the Hole

A few years ago, my husband and I decided to start Crossfit together. It was a noble idea, us working out together, trading high-fives following box jumps and pull-ups. It didn’t take long, however, for him to realize that we could buy similar equipment and set up a home gym in our garage instead of…

Deployment Series: Friendship

When I mapped out this monthly deployment series, I assigned myself topics to write on in no particular order: Introduction, technology,meal planning, and anxiety. You can imagine my surprise when I turned the calendar to November and saw that friendship was on the agenda. November. When you hear people throwing around that phrase,“Friendsgiving.” I couldn’t…

Hour-by-Hour Halloween Survival Guide for Solo Parents of Littles

If you are a military spouse, the reasons are many why you may find yourself in this predicament: duty, TDY, deployment, a geo-bachelor situation, sea trials, you name it. No matter the reason, one thing is clear. Halloween rests on your shoulders, Mama. This magical holiday of costumes and candy that your kids have been…

Deployment Series: 8 Ways to Combat Anxiety

Here we are in the fourth installment of the monthly deployment series and also the most difficult topic I never wanted to write about. Introduction, technology, and meal planning posts will catch you right up and bring you to today’s topic of anxiety. Blindsided. That’s the absolute truth. A capable, responsible mom of three, 16…

Deployment Series: Meal Planning (Take It Down a Notch)

Cereal for dinner? Ice cream for breakfast? You’ve no doubt heard the jokes and seen the memes about how military moms let it all go during deployment. There is some absolute truth to the jokes for sure, but did you know there is actually a way to feed your kids mostly healthy meals for months…

Deployment Series: I Love Technology

No, I’m not talking about the song from Kip and Lafawnduh’s wedding at the end of Napoleon Dynamite, I’m talking about the miracle of communication through technology during military deployments in this second installment of the monthly Deployment Series. If you missed the series intro, check it out here. Oh yeah, military spouses LOVE us…

Is Deployment A Badge of Honor?

You knew this was coming. No self-respecting military spouse blogger would omit deployment, the granddaddy of all military life topics. Dun, Dun, Duuuun!!! (dramatic sound effect) After all, for military spouses, isn’t deployment where the majority of our badges of honor are hard-won? I say yes and no. I realize deployment lengths can vary greatly,…