What's a tip for celebrating a holiday or milestone with your kids when your partner isn't able to be there?
There is no doubt that celebrating a holiday, birthday, or other milestone while your spouse is deployed is incredibly hard for everyone. When it is possible, and the internet cooperates, I try to make sure that my husband can join in the celebration via the webcam. It helps him to see what is going on and allows our children to share their excitement with daddy too. I also make sure to pick up an extra gift that is especially from daddy. Nothing fancy, just a little something from daddy. Example: For my daughter's dance recital that my husband could not be at, I had a special doll dressed like a ballerina that was just from daddy. That little extra was just what she needed. We also try to have cards ready for birthdays and such before my husband deploys so that I can give those to the kids.