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Telling the stories of military families...one spouse at at time. Military families make up less than 1% of the U.S. population, and the challenges they face are unique. Whether you're looking for military family support or simply want to learn more, join host Jen McDonald as we discuss it all: getting through the separations that go along with training and deployments, moving around the world, seeing the one you love leave for war, raising kids in the military, finding your own place as a military spouse, and strengthening your military marriage. A military spouse of nearly three decades herself and the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, Jen doesn't shy away from the hard topics, while providing a practical, humorous look at military life. Military life can be hard, but it’s also amazing in so many ways. We're only stronger together. Tune in each week to hear a new personal journey.

Telling the stories of military families...one spouse at at time. Military families make up less than 1% of the U.S. population, and the challenges they face are unique. Whether you're looking for military family support or simply want to learn more, join host Jen McDonald as we discuss it all: getting through the separations that go along with training and deployments, moving around the world, seeing the one you love leave for war, raising kids in the military, finding your own place as a military spouse, and strengthening your military marriage. A military spouse of nearly three decades herself and the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, Jen doesn't shy away from the hard topics, while providing a practical, humorous look at military life. Military life can be hard, but it’s also amazing in so many ways. We're only stronger together. Tune in each week to hear a new personal journey.
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Telling the stories of military families...one spouse at at time. Military families make up less than 1% of the U.S. population, and the challenges they face are unique. Whether you're looking for military family support or simply want to learn more, join host Jen McDonald as we discuss it all: getting through the separations that go along with training and deployments, moving around the world, seeing the one you love leave for war, raising kids in the military, finding your own place as a military spouse, and strengthening your military marriage. A military spouse of nearly three decades herself and the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, Jen doesn't shy away from the hard topics, while providing a practical, humorous look at military life. Military life can be hard, but it’s also amazing in so many ways. We're only stronger together. Tune in each week to hear a new personal journey.

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Episodes

Self-Care and Wellness for Military Spouses - Episode 28

6/13/2019
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As military women and wives, our own health can sometimes take the back burner, especially in light of other pressing issues, like an impending PCS or deployment. This is your reminder that you're important, too! Join Jen as she talks to Ashley Gammon about giving ourselves permission to take time to refuel, ask for help, and find ways to incorporate self care, even if you're a busy mom with lots of little ones. Ashley has a background in health and is a certified personal trainer, MUTU...

Duration:00:52:19

The Importance of Military Spouse Friendships - Episode 27

5/30/2019
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This week, we’re talking about the importance of military friendships! If you don’t know Stacy Taylor, then hang on, because you’ll grow to love her! You may be familiar with this longtime Army spouse and her family from hearing the viral story of how the military spouse community rallied around and helped throw her Marine Corps son’s wedding at Fort Hood after he was displaced by Hurricane Florence in 2018. Stacy talks about the importance of friendships and faith through her years of...

Duration:00:30:23

Connecting with Your Faith Community - Episode 26

5/16/2019
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What role does faith play in your life as a military spouse? Are you tired of “church shopping” every time you move? This week, Jen's talking to Rebecca Alwine, Army spouse, mom of three, and freelance writer. They discuss finding your "tribe" and how important a faith community can be in your marriage and personal life. We touch on mentoring and being a mentor to someone else, as well as how your faith can uphold you through the hard seasons. Find out more about Rebecca and the resources...

Duration:00:28:18

Listener Q & A - Episode 25

5/9/2019
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We're celebrating episode 25--woohoo! Jen's answering listener questions about all sorts of topics--life after the military, dealing with a spouse's PTSD, infertility as a military spouse, homeschooling as a military family, and even what hair products she uses and how she likes the "Gigi life." Listener Questions: What scared you most about your husband’s military retirement? What do you miss most about military life? How do I keep my spouse involved in decisions when he’s...

Duration:00:34:27

Walking with Young Children Through a Parent's Deployment - Episode 24

4/16/2019
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For young children with a military parent, deployment can be a confusing and scary time. The more resources you have to help them, the better! This week, Jen's talking to children's book author and Air Force spouse, Renee Walker, who initially wrote and illustrated her picture book, My Letter to Daddy, in order to help her own children cope with their father's deployment. Since then, she has shared the project to encourage other families going through a deployment. By using the voice of a...

Duration:00:36:19

Helping Your Military Child Thrive - Episode 23

4/4/2019
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For parents of military kids, it can be difficult to know how to help our children cope with the stresses of military life: constant changes, moves, deployments, and separations from one or even both parents. So much advice is geared towards younger children, but how to help an older child or young adult who's struggling? This week, Jen's talking to Judy Davis of DASIUM and the Mighty Parenting podcast, who's sharing advice for helping military kids thrive in life. With help for parents...

Duration:00:44:37

When Your Child Joins the Military - Episode 22

3/28/2019
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If you have a family member serving in the military and especially if your own child has decided to choose a life of military service, this episode is for you. Elaine Brye, author of the book Be Safe, Love Mom, shares her hard won wisdom and experience with other military families on this episode. She’s an “Army brat” turned military wife and the mom of four active duty members—one each in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. She’s been through 14 deployments with her children and...

Duration:00:35:25

Tips for a Healthy Military Marriage- Episode 21

3/21/2019
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This week, we're talking about military marriage! Keeping your marriage healthy is a challenge. Add in the stresses of military life, and it can be even more difficult! Whether you're a newlywed or have been married a long time, it's always a good time to work on your relationship. While my only "expertise" is 30+ years of marriage, I'm sharing a few tips I've learned. We'll talk about some practical tips for appreciating each other, communicating, and staying connected through...

Duration:00:21:20

Finding Community as a Military Spouse - Episode 20

3/14/2019
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With all the changes, moves, and challenges that go along with military life, it can be difficult to settle in and find your people. On this episode, Jen's talking to Claire Wood about finding community, what to do when you just can't seem to make friends, and so much more. We discuss her book, Mission Ready Marriage, as well as her work with Milspo Gurus and using the Enneagram of personality to learn to better deal with all relationships in your life! Claire has so much warmth and...

Duration:00:46:08

Keeping Your Military Marriage Strong During Deployment - Episode 19

2/7/2019
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Keeping the lines of communication open during marriage can be challenging. Add in deployment, and it gets even trickier! This week, Jen's talking with Lizann Lightfoot, whose family has been through seven deployments. Lizann, also known as the Seasoned Spouse, offers helpful tips for managing expectations, creative ideas for staying connected during time apart from your service member, and helpful resources to support you as a military spouse during deployment. As she reminds us, there is...

Duration:00:36:49

Help! My Spouse Is Deploying and I Just Moved Here - Episode 18

1/24/2019
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What do you do when your only "emergency contact" in a new area is the Realtor who helped you find your rental? Yikes! Finding community as a military spouse can be one of the most difficult aspects of this life, especially when you've just moved and your spouse promptly leaves for deployment or training. But we know it's important to have connections to make it! If you're there or facing this situation, listen in as Jen shares some tips from listeners and her own experience with moving and...

Duration:00:20:32

When Military Life Scares You - Episode 17

12/20/2018
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Have the realities of life as a military spouse ever...scared you? Whether it's starting over in a different country or simply the overwhelm at all the details and the strange little world that is military life, you're not alone. On this episode, Courtney Woodruff joins Jen for an honest talk about learning to give up control over her life to God, working through marriage difficulties, living overseas, and coming to terms--and peace--as a military spouse. If you're struggling, this episode...

Duration:00:45:59

Making Peace with Military Life - Episode 16

12/13/2018
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If you've ever felt the pull of "military spouse denial," as guest Lindsay Swoboda so aptly words it, you'll relate to this episode! Maybe you've been there, too? It's that mindset of refusing to believe that military life will define you, change your life, or otherwise affect you. Lindsay's been there/done that! She talks about how back-to-back overseas moves, deployments, and the birth of her daughter all slowed her down and taught her some important life lessons. Currently stationed in...

Duration:00:49:37

Where We've Been, What's Coming, and Special Offer for Military Parents! - Episode 15

12/6/2018
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What an amazing season it's been so far! It's hard to believe that the Milspouse Matters podcast is already coming up to episode #15. I'm so thankful for all the wonderful military spouses who've come on the show so far this season to talk about all the different aspects of military life. On this episode, we're taking a quick moment to talk about where we've been, what's coming in the next season, and a special offer for military families to help their kids settle into school after a...

Duration:00:07:14

Military Family Holiday Memories and Crossover with the Dear MilFamily Podcast! - Episode 14

11/19/2018
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So excited to share this special holiday episode with you! Are you torn between traveling to see your extended family and staying put to create your own holiday memories? Alone over the holidays due to deployment or just moved and don't know a soul? This week, Jen is teaming up with Sheena Arting of the Dear MilFamily Podcast on a crossover between their shows. They've been there and they're talking about it! Consider this your virtual hug across the miles from fellow military...

Duration:00:45:52

Tips for Overseas Living...and There's Life After the Military! - Episode 13

11/15/2018
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Travel and overseas life as a military family? We're talking about it in this episode! Jen starts off with some tips for overseas moves from her own family's four overseas assignments. Then, she's talking to Angie Drake, who shares about her family's unique moves to South America (twice!), and how she's taken those experiences to start her own sustainable travel consulting business, Not Your Average American, since her husband's recent military retirement. As she says, "itchy feet need...

Duration:01:10:22

Embrace Your Strength as a Military Spouse - Episode 12

11/1/2018
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Who were you before life told you who you had to be? The answer to that could be interesting! Join Jen for this informative, fun, and inspiration-filled episode with Kellie Artis, COO for MILLIE and co-founder of Milspo Gurus. Kellie has been a military spouse for over 10 years and in that time has supported her husband and family through 4 combat deployments and tackled multiple moves. She now uses that knowledge to help ease the stress of PCS for other military families. Hear about some...

Duration:01:10:23

On a Mission to Highlight the Stories of Military Women - Episode 11

10/25/2018
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Air Force veteran and military spouse Amanda Huffman is joining Jen this week to talk about her time as a service member, her decision to "trade in combat boots for a diaper bag," her series featuring women service members and veterans, and her upcoming podcast about women in the military! Amanda, who writes the Airman to Mom blog, shares about her year-long deployment to Afghanistan, how her dual military couple family decided it was time for her to leave active duty so she could raise...

Duration:00:36:05

Staying Positive When Military Life Keeps You Guessing - Episode 10

10/18/2018
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What do you do when you're not sure where you'll be living a month from now? You face it head on, that's what! Since she's already moved 6 times in the 4 years of her husband's Marine Corps career, you could say Danielle Keech is something of an expert on short-notice PCS moves! On this episode, we talk about the perspective she's already gained as a new military spouse, military spouse employment issues and difficulties keeping a career afloat with the constant changes inherent in...

Duration:00:54:31

The Story Behind Milspouse Matters - Episode 9

10/11/2018
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In this episode, we're turning the tables and Jen McDonald is being interviewed! Find out more about Jen's story as a military spouse of three decades, which led to her writing a book for other spouses and starting the Milspouse Matters podcast. Lana Simmons, cohost of the Reinventing Midlife podcast, puts Jen on the hot seat. We'll talk about feeling like a fish out of water as a new military spouse, adapting to the quirks of military culture, all the moves, living overseas, raising...

Duration:00:53:36