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Encouragement for military spouses. 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 spouse 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.

Encouragement for military spouses. 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 spouse 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.

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Encouragement for military spouses. 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 spouse 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.

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English

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Episodes

Support for Military Homeschoolers - Ep. 89

9/28/2022
Let's talk about homeschooling in the military, as well as a brand-new podcast created to support military homeschooling families! Since all my kids are now grown, one thing you might not know about me is that we were a homeschooling family for a couple of decades and loved that time with our four kids. I was also the managing editor for a large homeschooling magazine for a couple of years! On this episode, I'm talking to Crystal Niehoff, the host of the Military Homeschool podcast. And...

Duration:00:42:00

Let's Talk About Military Marriage - Ep. 88

9/14/2022
A military marriage is not the same as a civilian marriage, and conventional wisdom doesn’t always apply. From advice like you have to have a weekly date night to you must communicate about everything, how does this work in keeping your military marriage strong? It just doesn’t apply if you're apart a lot or have recently moved and don't have resources like childcare. I'm sharing some tips from our 34 years of marriage. While we’re not perfect (no one is!), we’ve learned a few things and...

Duration:00:20:18

Answering Listener Questions & New Season! - Ep. 87

8/24/2022
Welcome back to a new season! On this episode, I'm answering listener questions and talking about what's coming. Some topics we cover: See this episode's show notes and all resources mentioned. Thanks to CodeWizardsHQ for sponsoring this episode. Give your child programming knowledge, skills, and the confidence to thrive in a digital world through fun and effective live, online coding classes. For kids ages 8-18, you’ll find beginning basics to their innovative internship program. Visit...

Duration:00:27:37

A Military Spouse Overseas - Ep. 86

6/22/2022
On this episode, I'm talking to Julie Tully, the author of the upcoming book, Dispatches from the Cowgirl: Through the Looking Glass with a Navy Diplomat's Wife. Julie is the spouse of a Foreign Area Officer and has spent the last 18 years living overseas in different countries in Africa and Europe. In fact, Julie recorded this episode from Italy, right smack in the middle of a PCS move! She’s a cowgirl-turned-nomadic Navy spouse and she writes about life, culture, and the places where...

Duration:00:40:01

Support for Seasoned Military Spouses with Pride & Grit - Ep. 85

6/7/2022
On this episode, I'm talking to Jen Pasquale from Pride & Grit. Jen is a 15-year active-duty Army spouse, mom of two, and champion for seasoned military spouses. In 2018, Jen founded Pride & Grit as a support community, resource hub, and as of 2021, host of an annual personal development retreat for seasoned military spouses. As a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Jen also offers identity coaching using the CliftonStrengths assessment. As a coach, Jen helps spouses develop pride in their...

Duration:00:47:51

Shine Sis: Helping You Find Purpose in the Milspouse Journey - Ep. 84

5/25/2022
This week, I’m talking to Mary Monrose and Candus Griffin, military spouses, mothers, and hosts of the Shine Sis podcast. I first connected with them on Instagram, where I saw their posts and loved the positive message they were sharing. When I realized they were also military spouses, I knew we had to talk! About Shine Sis: It’s hard trying to find your purpose in life, especially when you are consumed with always putting your family first. Join Military spouses Candus Griffin and Mary...

Duration:00:38:29

Moving with a Baby - Ep. 83

5/10/2022
Whether you're moving stateside or overseas, making a move with a new baby can be a challenge. Get some tips from experienced military spouses! I was asked about this on social media, and here are some of my tips along with input from other military spouses. We talk about: Flying with a babyTips for cross-country travel See my extensive list of resources for moving with military kids, including babies! Find the complete show notes for this episode. Milspouse Matters on InstagramChristian...

Duration:00:17:41

Comparisons & Admitting You Need Help - Ep. 82

4/26/2022
Here’s the second installment of the study of my book, You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, that we’ve been doing in the Christian Military Spouse Facebook group. As mentioned on the last episode, I decided to share the audio from my talks there on the podcast, and this is the week 2 study covering readings 5-7. If you’d like to join in the ongoing book study and discussion, join us in the Christian Military Spouses Facebook group! (link below) Don’t have...

Duration:00:23:20

Giving Up Control in Military Life - Ep. 81

3/15/2022
In the Christian Military Spouses group, we’ve been doing a book study of my book, You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouses, and I’ve been talking via video each week there. I'm sharing the audio from those talks over the coming weeks. This is the week 1 study, going over Days 1-4 in the book. (Note: If you’d like to join in the ongoing book study and discussion, join us here: Christian Military Spouses Facebook group.) Don’t have the book? Get the new, updated...

Duration:00:26:26

Facing a Sudden Deployment - Ep. 80

3/1/2022
Whether you’re a new or longtime military spouse, a sudden deployment can throw you into a tailspin. If you’re facing an unexpected deployment of your spouse, this episode is for you. We’re talking about ways to cope, how to connect with others (even if you don’t think you need to), some conventional wisdom that may or may not apply to you, permission to handle deployment in a way that works best for you, and tons of resources for you as a military spouse, your kids, and even your extended...

Duration:00:25:21

Advocating for EFMP Families & Military Kids in Special Education- Ep. 79

2/15/2022
Guest Jennifer Barnhill shares the vision behind Partners in Promise, the challenges and barriers EFMP (Exceptional Family Member Program) families face, especially as pertains to special education for military children, the results of their 2021 survey findings, and what Partners in PROMISE does to advocate for military families. They offer so many resources, including checklists, videos, a podcast, ways to get involved, and so much more. Thank you, Jennifer, for allowing us to see a tiny...

Duration:00:49:26

Setting Goals When Military Life Is Uncertain- Ep. 78

2/1/2022
It’s a new year, and by now many of us have already given up on those New Year’s resolutions! And you tell yourself, why even bother setting goals when you’ve just moved, are about to move, or find yourself in the middle of a deployment or some other change? Is it even worth setting personal goals for yourself when the demands of the military always take precedence? But wait a minute! Your goals and dreams are still worth chasing, military spouse. So let’s talk about some ways to be kind to...

Duration:00:20:32

Support for Submarine Spouses - Ep. 77

1/18/2022
I’ve had a lot of requests for more Navy spouse interviews, so I’m happy to bring to you my talk with Chelsea Davis from The Submerged Life! I first discovered the Submerged Life through their funny memes on Instagram and knew I had to reach out to these great ladies. Chelsea Davis, Meagan Guise, and Kaileigh Lear are Navy spouses and founders of the blog "The Submerged Life." As newly-christened submarine spouses, it didn’t take them long to realize the resources they needed weren’t as...

Duration:00:50:47

Military Life and the Holidays - Ep. 76

12/9/2021
Are you torn between traveling to see your extended family and staying put to create your own holiday memories? Are you spending the holidays without your spouse due to deployment, training, or a remote assignment? Have you just moved and don't know a soul and are missing all your family and friends? Let’s talk about it! On this episode, I discuss your first holiday season as a military spouse, managing expectations, the pull of “going home” and the importance of creating your own...

Duration:00:25:35

Fostering and Adoption as a Military Family - Ep. 75

11/23/2021
November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and this week’s guest is sharing why military families can make amazing foster and adoptive families. In the U.S., nearly half a million children are in the foster care system on any given day. While those numbers are staggering, there’s much that we can do to help, whether it’s becoming a foster or adoptive family ourselves or supporting those who do. Does it seem like fostering and adoption wouldn’t work for a military family? If you've ever...

Duration:00:44:01

A Missionary Heart for the Military - Ep. 74

11/17/2021
This week, I'm talking to Air Force spouse and missionary Megan Brown! Megan B. Brown is a seasoned military spouse and military missionary. She is the Military Liaison for the Speak Up Conference Global Missions Military Scholarship and the 2019-Armed Forces Insurance Robins AFB Military Spouse of the Year. She is passionate about military mission work and teaching and preaching about Jesus in and out of the local church. Her Bible study, Summoned: Answering a Call to the Impossible,...

Duration:00:45:25

How to Thrive During Deployment - Ep. 73

11/3/2021
On this episode, I’m talking to Becky Hoy, who is a U.S. Army military spouse of 10 years and the Founder of Brave Crate- the deployment countdown box for military spouses, and co-host of PILLAR- the digital retreat for deployment countdowns. She shares about both those ventures, and talks about how she learned to make the most of the time apart from her husband vs. just wishing for it to be over. Be prepared to get a brand new perspective and encouragement for the difficulties of...

Duration:00:47:21

Military Spouse Friendships - Ep. 72

10/28/2021
Welcome to this short bonus episode! I hear from a lot of you about the topic of friendship, and I know how difficult it can be to find friends as a military spouse. It’s not easy to roll into a new location and not know a soul. On this short episode, I’m sharing some thoughts about how to be a friend, how to find friends, and the friends every military spouse needs, along with reading a brief excerpt from my book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse. See...

Duration:00:09:29

Support for National Guard Spouses - Ep. 71

10/26/2021
This episode of the Milspouse Matters podcast is sponsored by SpouseLink, which was created in 2012 by AAFMA, the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association. The goal of Spouselink is to support, inform, and inspire military spouses. Learn more at Spouselink.org. We’ve had a lot of requests for a National Guard spouse to come on the podcast, so this is the episode for you! First, I’m sharing some ideas from National Guard spouses from my Facebook group for ways to connect with other...

Duration:00:38:01

Coping with Grief and Loss - Ep. 70

10/19/2021
This episode of the Milspouse Matters podcast is sponsored by SpouseLink, which was created in 2012 by AAFMA, the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association. The goal of Spouselink is to support, inform, and inspire military spouses. Learn more at Spouselink.org. The guest for this episode is the amazing and insightful Trevor Romain, who you may remember from episode 63 when we talked about his work with military kids. While we were speaking on that episode, we briefly touched on the...

Duration:00:58:45