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January 16, 2012

Bridging the Gap Between Military and Civilian Worlds

Posted 13:16PM on January 16 2012 by Wife on the Roller Coaster | User Comments (106) Categories: Wife on the Roller Coaster | Tags: Blue star families, Military life, Military spouse issues, Wife on the roller coaster

The Wife on the Roller Coaster has done it again ... read this account of a lunch date that turned into something much more eye opening!

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August 16, 2011

There’s a Pirate in the Lobby: A Refresher Course in Adaptability

Posted 16:48PM on August 16 2011 by Wife on the Roller Coaster | User Comments (139) Categories: Wife on the Roller Coaster | Tags: Military life, Military spouses, Wife on the roller coaster

Our trusty Wife on the Roller Coaster once again reminds us why being a Military Spouse is an adventure!  Read on ...

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June 20, 2011

The Home Depot "Rolls Up Its Sleeves" and Tackles Vets' Housing Issues

Posted 14:12PM on June 20 2011 by Wife on the Roller Coaster | User Comments (173) Categories: Wife on the Roller Coaster | Tags: Home depot, Housing, Veteran, Veterans housing, Wife on the roller coaster

Our friend and Blue Star Families contributor, Wife on the Roller Coaster, profiles The Home Depot Foundation's housing initiative for our military veterans. 

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March 30, 2011

Living Every Day Like He Deploys Tomorrow

Posted 09:00AM on March 30 2011 by Wife on the Roller Coaster | User Comments (44) Categories: Spouse Issues, Wife on the Roller Coaster | Tags: Deployment, Military spouse, Riding the roller coaster, Wife on the roller coaster

Military spouses have a distorted sense of normalcy. We think it’s normal to speak in acronyms. We think it’s normal to send Christmas cards to friends all over the world. We think it’s normal to pack up and move every two to three years. And sadly, most of us think it’s normal to live without our husbands.

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September 14, 2010

Breaking Up with my Surrogate Spouse

Posted 10:43AM on September 14 2010 by Wife on the Roller Coaster | User Comments (81) Categories: Deployment, Wife on the Roller Coaster | Tags: Deployment, Reintegration, Surrogate spouse, Wife on the roller coaster

My husband is home. The deployment is over, and our family is settling in quite nicely through the post-deployment stage of getting to know each other again. However, there’s another person who is greatly affected by the end of the deployment as well: my surrogate spouse.

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August 10, 2010

Stages of Deployment: What Is Normal?

Posted 14:51PM on August 10 2010 by Wife on the Roller Coaster | User Comments (13) Categories: Spouse Issues, Wife on the Roller Coaster | Tags: Deployment, Military spouse, Wife on the roller coaster

At one point or another, most of us have relied on scientific theories to reassure ourselves that we’re normal. Specifically, stage theories break down events into categories and describe appropriate behaviors for each. These theories exist for most life-changing events: marriage, pregnancy, child development, even grief.

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August 04, 2010

Tick Tock: Ignoring the Deployment Clock

Posted 15:12PM on August 04 2010 by Wife on the Roller Coaster | User Comments (16) Categories: Stephanie Himel-Nelson, Wife on the Roller Coaster | Tags: Deployment, Wife on the roller coaster

by Wife on the Roller Coaster I always wear a watch. And I have an annoying habit of repeatedly consulting it, regardless of whether or not I even need to know what time it is. Sadly, two weeks ago my favorite watch died, and because running errands with my rambunctious 2-year-old is restricted to only those essential to the upkeep of our household, I have yet to replace the battery.

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July 21, 2010

Deployment Vacation

Posted 22:15PM on July 21 2010 by Wife on the Roller Coaster | User Comments (24) Categories: Deployment, Wife on the Roller Coaster | Tags: Deployment, Wife on the roller coaster

by Wife on the Roller Coaster

I looked around my house. Bags packed. Kids anxious. Boarding passes printed. The scene looked entirely too familiar. But this time, it wasn’t preparation for my husband’s departure. It was preparation for mine. I was going on vacation.

Vacations are never easy to organize when you’re married to the military. Last year I altered our travel plans three times to accommodate my husband’s work schedule, until finally I had to book the plane reservations without him so I could squeeze the trip in before my son started school. But this year was different.

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July 07, 2010

The Upside of Deployment

Posted 22:01PM on July 07 2010 by Wife on the Roller Coaster | User Comments (88) Categories: Deployment, Wife on the Roller Coaster | Tags: Deployment, Wife on the roller coaster

Deployments get a bum rap. Military spouses, including myself, share endless stories of loneliness, exhaustion, sadness, and that evil Murphy’s Law that shoulders the blame for leaky faucets and flat tires. I’m not saying that deployments aren’t tough on the loved ones left behind.

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June 23, 2010

Dear Deployment

Posted 22:20PM on June 23 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (154) Categories: Deployment, Wife on the Roller Coaster

I’ve been writing letters to my husband, and I thought it only fair to write a letter to you as well. After all, you are currently the most omnipotent presence in my life. I can’t ignore you.

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