I'm a day or so late for this but I just had to join in. My friend over at Goodnight Moon
created this Deployment Button for all those that have survived one or more deployments or are currently going through one
As a deployment survivor I def wanted to link up and join in in telling the blog world how I kicked this deployments a$$!!!
This last deployment was def better than our first. Our first deployment was 9 months long and took place a month after we were married. There were many fights, tears, harsh words, hurt feelings and periods of no talking during that deployment. This deployment however we were determined to have a different experience. We hashed out all the problems faced during the first deployment, talked over any issues we had and agreed to always be honest and communicate our true feelings during this deployment. And we accomplished all that we set out to do. We rarely fought, if we felt a fight coming on we calmly got off the phone and talked to each other the next day. I save a ton of money and paid off a ton of debt, I fixed up everything around the house that needed to be taken care of, and I tried my best to be a supportive wife. This was also my first deployment away from my family and I bided my time with lots of girls nights and glasses of wine. I can honestly say that the next deployment I am not afraid of. I now know what to expect and I know that we can kick any deployments a$$. The hubs and I grew very close during this past deployment and are in even a better place in our relationship than from before he left. Don't get me wrong, the deployment sucked at times but overall it made me appreciate the life the hubs and I have and made me so very thankful for my husband and all that he does!
So I can without a doubt say I am a proud deployment survivor!!