The Coach Bag and French Tip Clique: Welcome to Army Wife-dom

I had a moment at a recent Hail and Farewell. I had been pretty poopyfaced about the immanence of Deployment #2, and since our hail fell on my birthday I was especially irritated. I hadn't really talked to anyone about how I was feeling, it was a lot of holding back tears, so breaching the topic just wasn't something I wanted to tackle yet. ...more

Deployment and the kids

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How do I do it?

With a deployed husband, an infant, a toddler, and two needy dogs, I get asked all of the time, "How do you it?" I usually shrug and say, "Coffee in the morning; wine in the evening." Seriously.  And sometimes my beverage choices are reversed (or doubled), depending on the day. ;)...more

Getting Acquainted with the Elephant in the Room: How I’m Going to Survive Deployment

Origionally posted on thegypsywife.comAll of us military spouses go through it. We all dread it. It never gets any easier. But it’s still our reality. Deployment sucks, but we each have to find our own way to get through it.I found out my husband was scheduled for a second deployment with in weeks of his return from his first to Afghanistan. Military life is a constant cycle like that. Just when you finish one monumental task it’s on to the next one....more

Surviving Deployments with Some Sanity Left

We did manage to make it through the store without me having a similar meltdown. I was concerned they might find both of us in frozen foods, on the floor, sobbing and throwing things — but we survived. Of course, when it was time to leave it had started pouring down buckets again and by the time I had the squirming snotty midget in his car seat, and had loaded the groceries, I was looking like a drenched rat in squishy Birkenstocks. – Me, Circa 2009...more

When He Leaves

My husband and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary together, barely. He was out of town for a week and when he mentioned his anniversary, the guys got together and got him home the evening of our anniversary, just in time to have dinner together. Thanks guys! ...more

This Christmas Eve

On this Christmas Eve, I wish a Merry Christmas to our troops around the world.  Thank you for your service and sacrifice....more
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Rivers of Love

Today's post is a guest post from Patty G.  Other than editing and spelling corrections, all words are her own.  I hope you enjoy it!  Love, Jerri...more

The Dark Knight and PTSD

I had a date with Bruce Wayne. The husband and I finally had a chance to see The Dark Knight Rises. Our anticipation for this film had been high for quite some time, but due to the Aurora shootings, we hadn't felt comfortable seeing it. The day had come and we were ready. Tickets were purchased, seats were taken, and previews were discussed and rated. As the movie starts, so does our excitement. Then it happened; I heard a baby cry....more
Thank you so much for writing this. I've worked with the Wounded Warriors program before and ...more

Letters from Team 19: Strength, Fear and Phone Calls

Being strong during a deployment means lots of things.People may think we just have to be strong to get through 6 months, or 9 months or 12 months apart.People may think we have to be strong to meet all the day to day challenges of life with out our other half by our side for such long periods of time.Maybe they think we have to be strong to say Goodbye.And it's true, we need a lot of strength for those things.But sometimes we need the most strength just to get through a phone call with our soldier....more