There are many difficult things about being a military spouse. Giving birth or managing postpartum time while the boat is out to sea, can be a very difficult and stressful time. We had just confirmed my fourth pregnancy when my spouse said “I don’t think I will be here for the birth.” While he was […]Continue reading "How to Prepare to Have a Baby While Your Sailor is Deployed"
Let me start by saying, I think we’re all just doing our darndest to survive 2020 right now! This year has certainly not been a cake walk…and on top of everything going on, you’ve got your loved one set to deploy soon. Military spouses are some of the most resilient and adaptable people I have […]Continue reading "5 Ways to Survive Your First Deployment"
As submariner spouses, we know that deployment not only means the absence of our spouse – it also means the absence of regular communication. Unlike other branches of the military, during deployment submariners don’t have access to common forms of connecting with loved ones (ie: phone calls, social media, video chat, snail mail, etc). Sure, […]Continue reading "Ideas For Your Sailor: Four Ways to Share Their Love While Deployed"
Submarine life is full of constant change and in a world now with COVID, quarantines and “clean piers,” it seems that everything has been flipped upside down. Whether this is your first deployment or sixth deployment, port calls are no longer what they once were. Recently my husband was deployed for six months during the […]Continue reading "“Can You Hear Me Now?” Your Guide to Navigating Port Calls"
When your spouse is in the military, it is a unique experience that their job has such a substantial impact on your life. As military families, we understand this job is more than a paycheck. Whether we like it or not, the job dictates how we live our life. When we can see each other, […]Continue reading "How to Support Your Spouse (And Yourself) Through a Department Head Tour"
There are so many wonderful things about the submarine community. One thing I cherish most is meeting a diverse group of people living this same life. We all have one thing in common- we love a submariner. We are fortunate to meet amazing spouses who give great advice. The mentorship I have received from other […]Continue reading "44 Spouses Share Their Best Deployment Advice"
My husband and I had been married for 10 months when our first move was scheduled, so I was very new to this lifestyle. A seasoned spouse, also one of our editors, told me she was happy to help me with my first pack out since my husband would be working. With a confused look, […]Continue reading "How to Prepare Your House for Pack Out"
So, you got orders to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY)! When we made this move the boat was making a change of homeport for over a year there. Moving to Maine in December was not ideal, but the restaurants and amazing summers completely made up for it. When you receive orders to PNSY it’s incredibly confusing […]Continue reading "Ultimate Guide to Portsmouth, NH"
My husband was deployed when we received orders for a change of homeport. This was the first permanent change of station (PCS) I ever booked. Thankfully I had all my ducks in a row to be able to do it myself, but I was still a bit overwhelmed with the process. There are many websites that have checklists and information provided to help you in this tedious process.Continue reading "How to Book a PCS"