Reseting our surroundings and our habits in this season of deployment is the perfect way to reclaim our space and develop new rhythms. While the “missing” never stops, we can improve our space and ourselves to find joy in the new squeaky clean atmosphere!Read More
This month your Brave Crate includes tools and treats that you can use to connect with yourself, connect with your spouse and connect with friends Our hope is that it inspires you this month to prioritize and find joy in the connections that make life (even deployment life) beautiful.
In 2017, Britni created OakTree Network, a website and android app, during her spouse's deployment. Oaktree Network is THE gig network for the military spouse community. Mobile reputation allows easy connection with "mil-neighbors" with each PCS. Read More
If you've got secret deployment-dreams of starting your entrepreneur journey keep reading to be inspired by Britni's story!
Author, Blogger, Song Writer & Deployment ROCK STAR Courtney Frey shares her secrets to deployment success. “Writing for me is just like feeling and breathing ... it has its own life. And, deployments can also be both inspiring and really just plain hard. I listen to myself and follow the path my heart takes.”Read More
I’ve become a little more selfish. I say “no” to guests during R&R, and do my best to lovingly explain why. So, if you’re wondering whether you can come visit us for the few days that my husband is home during his next deployment, the answer is “NO… I love you, but no”. Here’s why…
One of the absolute best tools that my husband and I have found for our marriage has been identifying and studying each other's Love Languages. There are endless ways to fill your spouse’s “love tank” once you know how they best receive love- and deployment can be just one more opportunity to get creative!
Here’s what you should consider including in your husband’s care package, based on his Love Language:
On the home-side of deployment, we are often tricked into believing that more communication is always better communication. The reality is that less communication with real intention is actually the way to go. 100% of the time! If you’ve ever felt tied to your phone, addicted to Skype or terrified of missing a text message during deployment, here are a few ways that you can disconnect (and still maintain your sanity!)Read More
Whether you’re waiting 4 months, or 6, or 12, or 24- deployments feel like an eternity. Often, for me, the countdown to homecoming (or even the countdown to R&R) felt more torturous than exciting. Focusing solely on the homecoming WILL make you crazy.
We can’t stop thinking about it- and thinking about it makes us crazy- so… what’s the solution?Read More
ou. Are. Doing. Everything.
Let that sink in for a minute. There used to be two people making this place run, and now there’s you… with the same number of rooms to keep tidy, the same number of cars to keep running, and the same number of kids (or dogs, or plants) to keep alive. And- honestly- probably with a few extras (who knew the lawn needed to be mowed every week!?)
I was terrified when we got here...
When my husband was "voluntold" that he would be doing a stint as a recruiter, we were lucky enough to select the location where we would spend the next 3 years of our lives- in the military this is a ONE TIME opportunity. We spent hours weighing the options, imagining our lives in every town and city we could think of in the U.S. For a number of reasons we chose Philadelphia.