Knee deep into my husbands fourth deployment overseas I am told often by others, “I don’t know how you do it, you’re so strong.”
Fun fact: I’m not strong all the time. Truth is, if it weren’t for the small village I surround myself with I’d be falling apart on a daily basis. It’s only like a once a month basis now.
The state side of deployment is filled with worry, fear, anxiety, and loneliness. Constantly well aware of his safety and my sanity I completely and totally rely on networks of others such as the Military Mama Network, my best friends, and phone calls with family members at least two to three times a day. It absolutely takes an army of supporters to endure deployment at home.
Then I saw an ad come across my screen for “Brave Crates,” a single woman named Becky with a heart of gold who knew exactly what I needed. The reminder that deployment has purpose, it can be what I make it, and that it’s not always about being “strong” but about being intentional.
Many others often ask, “How can I help you as you go through this?” Honestly, a lot of the time I don’t know how to answer that. NOW I DO!
If you know of a spouse who is going through deployment, there is a gift option for you to send her a one time Brave Crate, three months worth, or even six months! Give her the blessing of survival tools, inspiration, goal setting, and motivation to keep her moving forward with purpose and intent. These crates offer tips and ideas and games for her to play with her spouse through video chat or phone calls even! YES!
Please, even if you don’t know a spouse personally I ask that you share this message on your page so that someone somewhere out there who is probably feeling as lonely and isolated as me sometimes sees that there is a huge support out there for her that she can tap into.