I have been asked by many of my readers to start an advice column. So here goes…… Each month I will post your questions here along with my response. Please send all questions to [email protected], along with your name and branch of service. I hope that this will help most of my readers as well as new readers that come along!
Lisa G. (Army): My husband is being deployed in two weeks. Do you have any ideas as to what I can do to make the time go by faster?
Lisa, have you thought about taking up a hobby? As corny as it sounds, when my husband left for a deployment I started scrapbooking. This gave me something to look forward to as well as keep my mind off of the situation for a while. You can either involve yourself in things that remind you of your husband, like making care packages, scrapbooking or keep a journal about his deployment or you can do things to keep your mind off of it such as joining a gym or taking up a cooking class.
Good luck to you and your family, you are both in my prayers.
Paul P. (Army): My wife is in the Army and will be coming home in two weeks from a 15 month deployment. I would like to plan something special for her, any thoughts?
Paul, it is so sweet that you want to do something special for her. Remember that this should be something special for the both of you. I always think that a homecoming should be just that. The last thing a soldier wants when they return home is to be bombarded with tons of people. As my husband has told me, when they get home, they want to relax and enjoy their home they have been away from so long. A nice quiet dinner for the two of you is a nice way to start off the evening. Then perhaps cuddling and watching a movie. This is just what my husband and I do when we need to unwind.
Stay in touch and let me know how the special evening goes!
Johanna M. (Marines): I was wondering if there were any good books for first time deployments and military life?
Johanna, I have many favorite books that I have read throughout the years. Each book touches base on different topics, but all have helped me in some way to cope with the stresses of military life. I also have a monthly book review as well as reading recommendations at the end of most of my articles. Hope these help!
Let me know how you like them and good luck to you!
Married to the Military: A Survival Guide for Military Wives, Girlfriends, and Women in Uniform
by Meredith Leyva
The Homefront Club:
The Hardheaded Woman’s Guide to Raising a Military Family
by Jacey Eckhart
Going Overboard : The Misadventures of a Military Wife
by Sarah Smiley
Separated By Duty, United In Love: A Guide To Long Distance Relationships for Military Couples by Shellie Vandevoorde
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