27 of the Best Military Spouse Holiday Blog Posts

 

I personally love this time of the year when all the fall and winter holidays are upon us.  Over the summer, I recently moved from a house to an apartment to be closer to my wife base. I don’t really have as much space as I use to in the house. As I moved, I had  to get rid of many of my outside holiday decorations. Of course I still have like two boxes of Christmas decorations! This season I kind of feel out of place and don’t exactly know how I will celebrate the holidays.

I have traveled across many different Military Spouse Blogs to bring you this awesome listing of advice about the holidays. I can’t believe the holiday season is upon us already. This is a great time of the year to make memories. Sometimes it can be difficult if you recently just PCS’s somewhere new or if you spouse is deployed or if you have no idea where to start or if you really don’t care about the holidays. I wanted to bring you a special holiday blog listing no matter your circumstance.

 

Important Things to Keep In Mind during the Holiday Season:

Deadlines for Delivering Holiday Care Packages to Your Servicemembers

3 Ways to Embrace the Holidays with your Military Spouse

How to Make Your Holiday Budget Work for You

6 ways to have the best military holiday season ever

 

Halloween:

4 Reasons Why Trick or Treating on Base Is the Best

Improve Trick-Or-Treating for MilKids With One Trick

13 Reasons Halloween Is Actually The BEST

October and Autumn Celebrations

 

Thanksgiving:

New Milspouse’s Guide To Making The Thanksgiving Turkey

Celebrate Thanksgiving Miles From “Home”

Military Family Tips to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving When they are Deployed

 

Christmas:

22 Amazing Milspouse-Owned Etsy Shops For Your Holiday Shopping

The Making of a Military Holiday

3 Most Important Tips for Military Families Struggling During the Holidays

How To Cope When Your Spouse Works During The Holidays

18 Military-Themed Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Gift Ideas for your Deployed Loved One

 

New Year’s:

6 Resolutions for the Milspouse

Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

31 Perfect Military Spouse New Year’s Resolutions

New Year Promises for the Military Spouse

 

Not Feeling the Holidays:

10 Ways Military Spouses can face the Holidays alone during Deployment

Military Life: Celebrating the Holidays Alone

Hate Halloween? Here’s What to Do Instead

To The Military Spouse who feels alone this Holiday Season

How to Handle Holiday Separations

 

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The Big Boo-tastic List of Halloween Themed Care Packages

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The weather is changing, fall is here and pumpkin spice lattes are here at long last. Halloween is fast approaching, check out this big boo-tastic list of Halloween themed care packages. Care packages can help you feel connect to your spouse when they are away especially during the holidays. Look for the Halloween deal and get to packing and making those Halloween care packages!

1. “Classic Halloween – We Miss you”

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2.  “We Only have EYES for You!”

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3.  “Zombie Crossing – Missing you and Stay Safe”

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4. “Happy Halloween Pumpkin!”

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5. “I am Batty Over You… I miss you Boo”

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6. “Jack Skellington – The Nightmare Before Christmas Theme”

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7. “We’re going Batty without You!”

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8. “Trick or  Treat! Happy Halloween”

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9. “Boo, Trick or Treat!”

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10.” Zombie Outbreak – Stay Safe Out There”

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11. “Happy Halloween Boo!”

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12. “To Some Boo-itful Ghouls”

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14 Fabulous Fall Themed Care Packages

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Fall is here today. It’s September 22, 2017 its officially fall! Now you can start creating those crafty fall care packages. If you spouse significant other is deployed they will probably be miss all the comforters of home, especially during fall when football is getting back into full swing, the weather is cooling off and all the fun holidays are coming up. I am excited for fall and hope you are inspired.

Send a care package to your spouse and give them a taste of home even if they are far from home.

Also, this is a great time of the year to reach out to other solider who might not have a family or not support from home. There are wonderful out reach groups like Operation Gratitude or Homefront Hugs USA where you can volunteer to assemble care packages. You can also donate items to help create care packages to our troops. Consider participating in letter writing to deployed troops, veterans or wounded warriors.

The little reminders of home can lift your soldiers spirits.

Check this fabulous fall list of care packages to get your creative side flowing. Also, at the bottom see some suggestions to send your spouse or significant other during fall.

1. I’m still falling for you after all this time

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2. Fall Is Here

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3. Football is here

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4. It’s Fall Y’all get a little country

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5. ‘Owl’ miss you!

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6. Happy Fall yummy snacks

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7. Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice that’s what Fall is made of

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8. I’m Nuts about you

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9. September – Happy Fall Baby

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10. ‘Owl’ love you

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11. I’d fall for you every time

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12. I miss you! Happy Fall!

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13. I hunted down everything that makes me think of you

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14. Can’t wait to fall back in you arms

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Fall Themed items for Care Packages:

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Hurry up and Wait and What it Really Means

Hurry up and Wait and What it Really Means

In the late 1940’s the Military began using “hurry and wait” a saying  that officially became one of many unofficial motto’s still practiced today. What does hurry up and wait really mean? The idea of hurry up and wait is to be ready on time without compliant or worry and be ready to what for the next thing. However, like that country song from Alabama goes “I rush and rush until life’s no fun.” Military personnel and spouses alike can be rushing and rushing until life is no fun because they are caught between being there or here and doing this or that. I think you have to find a balance between waiting and being ready especially when your spouse is in the military.

“We need to chill out and trust that everything will work out how it is supposed to. Freaking out about it won’t make it come any faster and will only stress your family out.”

My wife is hurrying up and waiting to reenlist in the military and I am excited and happy for her to start again. I have noticed ever since I met my wife she always love the Army. I could tell over time civilian life was tough for her. After a few years of marriage and taking a good hard look at what we both want out of life reenlisting in the military is the best choice for our family.

However, it’s a process – your spouse waits to meet with a recruiter, your spouse finally sees the recruiter, your spouse talks to the recruiter, then your spouse’s goes back later, your spouse goes home fills out paper work, and then goes back again. Sometimes the holidays or a sick day or a leave come in between being able to sign up and reenlist in the military as I am finding out. My wife is hurrying up to wait.

This whole hurry up and wait game can sometimes be frustrating. It seems like nothing is ever really set in stone. Not to mention when your spouse begins talking to the recruiter midway to the end where you can enlist, it can feel like you are playing telephone and nothing that was said at first is what actually happens at the end. Which is okay because based on different thing rank, skills, education, and open positions your spouses is narrowed down. My wife has helped to  understand there is a process in the military and each process as many different outcomes.

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My advice is be flexible, patient and understanding.  Your spouse is in the same situation you are in when it comes to hurrying up and waiting. I have create a quick list to help and remind you of what to when the whole “hurry and wait” gets overwhelming.

  1. Have plans instead of expectations – Plan for the future rather than have a strong believe that something will happen. Plans help you readjust when things don’t go as planned. Expectations can lead you to disappoint and up set because your beliefs can be crush when things don’t happen the way you want.
  2. Be ready for various outcomes – Next once you have your plan set plan some more for different  scenarios that could happen. This builds flexible into your thinking and without creating disappointment. Also, thinking about different outcomes allows you to openly your mind to new possibilities rather than only hoping for one outcome that might not happen.
  3. Work on what you can control – Focus on your daily life and routines like work, school, or taking care of yourself and home instead of worrying about the unknown. No matter what there will always be times you  are waiting for the next thing. It better to live in the now and do better where you can.

Whether your hurrying up and waiting for your spouse to join the military, come back from training or a deployment, waiting for a promotion, to move to the next city, or to raise your child you are always hurrying up to wait. It’s just what it is. Hurry up and wait! Now that your spouse in the military get used to this type of philosophy.

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The Best Military Deployment Music Playlist Ever

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Music is exactly what you need when you are missing your other half. Music can help heal the soul and make you feel whole. I remember all thru my early twenty’s  I was always creating playlists and making CD’s for me to listen in my car. I created music playlist for when I went to the gym, for when I felt sad or happy, or for when I wanted to go out and party. There are so many benefits from listing to music like being able to sleep better, relieve stress, ease physical pain, and music makes you happy!

“Music seems to play an important part in the lives of most people. In the realm of a relationship, it is a key ingredient in any romantic night. Music is powerful in that it can take you back in time to specific moments.” – Tips for Married Couples Dealing With Deployment

As a military spouse now I realized music can help me when cope with military life while my wife is away at training or deployed. I can make playlists and download them on my wife’s phone and we can connect thru music. Sometime we get busy in life and forget about all the little things that help make our world turns. If you are far away you can tell your significant other or spouse to listen to a song. Music is a wonderful way to express how you feel and share what you are feeling.

Here are some great songs to listen to when you are needing extra love.

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Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

Earned it (Fifty Shades of Grey) – The Weeknd

Whatever, Whenever by Shakira

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Love me like you do – Ellie Goulding

Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day

Far Away – Nickelback

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Summertime Sadness – Lana del Rey

Meet In The Middle– Diamond Rio

Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

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All of Me – John Legend

I miss you – Incubus

I would walk 500 miles – The Proclaimers

Wait For You – Elliott Yamin  

No Air – Jordin Sparks ft. Chris Brown

Remember, no training or deployment is forever it’s only a temporary part of you significant others or spouses job. Keep your head up and stay positive. Make playlists to help you on days when its hard for you.

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If you need some more music inspiration check out these other playlists created by other military spouses:

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What is favorite song when you spouse is deployed? Leave a comment and share your favorite song!

National Military Appreciation Month: Everything you Need to Know

National Military Appreciation Month in May was designated by Congress to give Americans time to reflected back on and show our thanks  for those who serve, served or gave their lives for this great country we call the United States of American. I am very proud of my wife who served in the Army for 5 years. She continues to serve in the State Military of California alongside the National Guard.

Looking back on military history allows new generation’s time to learn about what happened and time to prepare for the future. Our world is every changing and getting smaller and smaller by the year. It is up to us to remember our history, to remember our victories as well as our failures to keep America great and free.

National Military Appreciation Month: May 2017 Days to keep in mind

Loyalty Day May 1st, 2017

“We humbly thank our brave service members and veterans who have worn our Nation’s uniform ‑‑ from the American Revolution to the present day.  Their unwavering loyalty and fidelity has made the world a safer, more free, and more just place.” – President Donald J. Trump

Public Service Recognition Week: May 7 – May 13, 2017

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER)and its member organizations to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.

VE Day May 8th, 2017

Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day, VE Day or simply V Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany‘s unconditional surrender of its armed forces.[3] It thus marked the end of World War II in Europe.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day May 12th,2017

Military Spouse Day or Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day in the United States. Many United States citizens take this day to acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses of their Armed Forces. Each year, the US President normally commemorates this day with a ceremonial speech and proclamation.

Armed Forces Day  May 20th, 2017

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

Memorial Day  May 29th, 2017

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers

Ways you can participate in National Military Appreciation Month

There are many ways you can participate in National Military Appreciation Month. Here are 10 ways to support our military and veterans:

  1. Display the American Flag on your home or business.
  2. Engage in social media to highlight military and veterans.
  3. Send a care package to a soldier through USO.
  4. Donate to “The Wounded Warrior Project” and support the thousands of wounded warriors and their families.
  5. Encourage elected officials at all levels to recognize our military and veterans.
  6. As a business, when offering military discounts, include all who serve and have served or hire a veteran.
  7. Like National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) on Facebook.
  8. When you see a person in military uniform, shake their hand and thank them for their service.
  9. Volunteer or visit your local VA Hospital to honor veterans from past conflicts.
  10. May is also American Military History Month learn something new.

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20 Free Android Apps Every Milspouse Needs

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I have complied a list of 20 free apps every Milspouse needs. I have provided a link and short description for each app. I am sure any one of these apps will help make your life a little bit easier.

Download 1 or all 20! All apps are free. Check them out and share!

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1) MyMilitaryLife

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Military spouses, do you have questions about moving? Do you
want to know what a DITY move is and is it right for you? Are you readjusting
to family life after a deployment? Find out what others are doing to make it
easier. Are you new to military life and trying to understand the difference
between a PCS and a PCM? Use our list of acronyms to decode the terms. MyMilitaryLife
was created by the National Military Family Association to help spouses
navigate the many adventures of military life. Answers to real-life questions
in the palm of your hand.

2) Military Vacation Planner

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Military Vacation Planner is the number one app to find savings
while on vacation for the Military! Backed by powerful geo-location technology,
the app quickly locks in on your location and displays the nearest discounts.
MVP is great for active duty, reserves, retired, former veteran’s, gold star
family members and anyone who has relation to the United States Military. If
you are looking to find out what restaurants, kayaking company, bike rentals,
tour companies and more offer a Military discount then this application is for
you!

3) MyBaseGuide

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MyBaseGuide provides essential information to all service
members and families about their installation. Newcomers can find out about
check-in procedures, registration, base regulations, maps, and the history of
the base’s commands, and units, including a telephone directory of frequently called
phone numbers. You will also find a wealth of information regarding housing,
employment, education and schools, health care and dental services, as well as
community activities and recreation.

4) Exchange EXTRA

 

“Serving The Best Customers in the World” for over 119 years
(1895 – present). The Shop My Exchange app not only supports active-duty
service members, but also military retirees and families! The Shop My Exchange
app offers products in every category and the same national brand merchandise
found in brick-and-mortar stores. The Shop My Exchange’s app assortment is
updated continually, offering convenience for those who don’t live near a
military installation. App shoppers pay no sales tax and enjoy free delivery
when using a Military Star Card or when their online purchases total $49 or
more.

Finance

5) Military Pay by Military.com

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Military.com and Navy Federal Credit Union partnered to bring you
a free mobile app that provides you with updated military pay rate information
including current BAH, BAS and special duty pay! Stay informed on changes to
your future pay or retirement with the latest benefit and pay chart news. Make
sure your finances are in order with our pay posting calendar. Getting
promoted? PCS or deployment coming? Find out your new pay with this free and
easy-to-use app.

 

6) Hip2Save

TheFREE Hip2Save App allows you to easily access all the latest in-store deals,
online bargains, freebies, coupons and more that are posted on Hip2Save.com.
Save money and time while on the go!

7) SCOUT Military Discounts

SCOUT the most comprehensive military discount app with
hundreds of thousands of discounts and savings. It is designed to have every
military discount at your fingertips. It also provides useful features such as
USO locations, charities that help the military community, Veterans Day
freebies and much more. Please add any military discounts you know about today
so they can be verified and shared with the SCOUT community. Not in the
military? You can still use this app to add military discounts you come across
for your friends and family in the military. We’re constantly improving the
app. Thank you for your support as we continue to grow our database of savings!

Family

8) ArmyTimes

 

Get the latest independent news affecting your career in the U.S.
Army, Guard or Reserve, with the Army Times for Android app. The app is free to
download and the Home section is available to all users. Subscribers get full
access to this app, desktop and mobile websites and e-newspaper. After
downloading the app, tap on the key icon to start your subscription, or you can
also sign in to the app using your existing Army Times account.

9) Sesame for Military Families

The Sesame Street for Military Families app puts all of
Sesame’s bilingual (English & Spanish) resources for military families
right in your pocket! Now you can use your mobile device to access engaging
videos, articles, storybooks, parent guides, and more to help you support your preschool
and school-aged children as they encounter transitions common to military
families.

10) 23snaps – Family Photo Album

Save and privately share all of your special family moments in
a beautiful online journal. 23snaps is the free, private family photo album
that allows parents to save and share photos, videos, and stories of their
child’s precious moments, and share them with a closed network of family and
close friends – anywhere in the world. Don’t worry if your family members don’t
have an Android phone – they can follow your updates on other smartphones,
online and by email!

11) US Military Rank Quiz

 

Work on improving your knowledge of US military rank. This quiz will help you learn to identify each rank through all five branches of the US military. Don’t make a fool of
yourself by calling a General a Captain because you did recognize their
insignia on their uniform. Whether you are in the military, planning to join the
military, have family in the military, or are just interesting in improving
your knowledge, US military rank quiz is a great app to have on your phone. US
Military Rank Quiz contains every officer, enlisted, and warrant officer rank
from Army, Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Great for all ages.
Learn information about the ranks as you play. Keep Score on how well you know
your US military ranks.

12) Army Emergency Relief

 

Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private non-profit that
provides emergency financial assistance to Soldiers and their Families. AER
also provides scholarships to the Spouses and Children of Soldiers. This app
provides basic information about AER, explains the assistance and scholarship
application processes, as well as help in locating the nearest AER office.
Funded primarily through donations by Soldiers, AER is truly “Soldiers Helping
Soldiers.”

13) Military Quotes

 

This application is dedicated to the men and women who serve their countries with pride and dedication. We greatly appreciate the life we can pursue and the freedoms provided by their sacrifice.

All branches of the military are represented. Includes quotes about war, courage, integrity, dedication, hard work, fear, sacrifice, heroes, and leadership. I’ve also mixed in some humorous quotes to mix things up.

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14) Virtual Hope Box

 

The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed
for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to
treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping,
relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. Patients and providers can work
together to personalize the VHB content on the patient’s own smartphone
according to the patient’s specific needs. The patient can then use the VHB
away from clinic, continuing to add or change content as needed.

15) Inspirational Wallpaper

 

What inspires you? The inspirational backgrounds in this app
feature quotes that will brighten your day and inspire you on your journey
through life! Each quote is paired with a beautiful, fun or interesting
background image – you’ll find hand-sketched drawings, happy colors, and nature
images of the forest, ocean, mountains, and more. You will recognize some of
the quotes as tried-and-true favorites, while others will be new seeds of
wisdom and inspiration that you can carry with you wherever you go!

16) Life Reboot – Fight Depression

In this fast moving world sometimes we forget ourselves and
loose track. At this time we need something to rejuvenate our life or in
computing terms reboot our lives. Life reboot has been developed to initiate
this new part of you which will make you feel good about yourself and help in
rebuilding your life. This app is also useful for those who are fighting with
depression. Sometimes we just need a good joke or a motivational quote to lift
us up. Life reboot has been designed by taking guidance from various therapists
and psychological counselors. This app is designed not as a substitute to
therapy but a support to the treatment for a person who is not actually
struggling but trying to find a way out.

Weddings

17) Military Wedding Planner

The Military Wedding Planner App contains everything you need to
plan the Military wedding of your dreams in one mobile wedding app! The
Military Wedding Planner contains in app and online resources for: checklists,
registry, and Military guidelines and etiquette and advice from wedding
professionals, highly touted vendor recommendations, bridal craft tutorials,
wholesale décor, seating charts and so much more.

 

18) LadyMarry Wedding Planner

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LadyMarry Wedding Planner is the perfect wedding free app for
on-the-go wedding planning. Powered by the millions of brides and grooms,
LadyMarry helps you plan out a dream wedding in a fast and collaborative way –
from monthly wedding checklist to hands-on tips to day-of timeline, like a
professional wedding planner.

19) Gay Wedding Confidential

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Welcome to the official mobile app for Gay Wedding Confidential.
This app is a joint development of EDGE Media Network and 14 Stories; it
contains all the information you need to know about planning your gay wedding,
including some neat interactive features.

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*Remember you can Always down load my app for FREE!

Lesbian Army Wife

Lesbian Army Wife was created for spouses of actively-serving Army and Military personnel. Our hope and desire is to provide support, education, and resources, for lesbian couples and families and similarly-identified (LGBT) military families.

 

Here are a few more apps I liked as well.

Home2You – Your Defense

Home2You keeps your family connected during time apart. The
count-down, count-up, and time-zone tracking features are ideal for military
families separated due to operational service, and for families experiencing
time apart due to work and other factors. The pass code feature ensures your
countdown and private videos and photos are always secure.

 

Military Soulmate Voices $1.99

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Military life is never easy. The Soldier is usually away taking care of government business and the ‘soul mates’ are left to take care of the home front. The strong ‘voices’ of the soul mates sends a clear message to all who will listen, “Soldier, we are here for you, we are your support, we LOVE and miss you dearly!”. This mobile app combines poems and love sonnets from wives, fiances and girlfriends to their soldier. Whether together for a long marriage or short get acquainted time, the pain of separation is real. Also included are pages and pages of support site links, calendar for your countdown homecoming, videos of some GREAT homecomings, pictures of those special moments and more. This mobile app will keep you close to your loved one through the eyes of those whom have been there before.

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