The Deployment ABCs is a 26-week series where I cover every deployment-related topic, from care packages to homecomings to OPSEC. Tips, tricks and maybe a resource or two to help military spouses navigate their way through the craziness that is a deployment. If there’s a topic you’d like for me to cover or are interested in adding your own thoughts to, send me an email and we’ll chat!
I know. This is my second Deployment ABCs post in as many days. The lack of internet at our house is really messing with my posting schedule so things are still a bit funky. But this post is all about the best part of a deployment: homecoming! After months and months of waiting, homecoming day is the light at the end of the tunnel, so naturally I couldn’t wait to post about this topic until next week!
While all homecomings are great for the very fact that the deployment is over, a little preparation can go a long way towards making your homecoming perfect.
Homecoming must-have #1: Your sign
Military spouses have gotten super creative with their homecoming sign ideas and I love it! Before A comes home, I spend weeks putting together the perfect sign. Something cute and witty that hopefully makes him smile.
Homecoming must-have #2: Comfortable clothes and shoes
Homecomings involve a lot of standing. And they may also involve some brisk walking/jogging and a little jumping. All of those factors makes comfortable clothing and shoes a must-have. I’m all for looking cute, but I know that I want to feel comfortable so wearing something way outside my normal clothing choices isn’t a good idea.
Homecoming must-have #3: Patience
If all military homecomings are anything like mine, there’s a lot of “hurry up and wait” associated with them. And that’s even before you factor in flight and date changes. It’s so hard to have waited 6 months and then be told you need to wait another 8 hours, but it will all be worth it.
Homecoming must-have #4: Camera
One of my biggest regrets is that we don’t have any really good photos from either of A’s homecomings. Yes, cell phones have come a long way, but there’s something to be said for good quality photographs of such an important moment. I would highly suggest investing in a photographer coming to your homecoming or asking a friend to lend you their skills.
Homecoming must-have #5: Cheerleaders
No, not actual cheerleaders, although if that’s your jam, go for it. I think homecomings are much more festive when there’s a big crowd waiting to get your service member. Have everyone bring pom poms or their own signs and get ready for a lot of hugging. Plus, having some extra people around may calm your nerves a little bit and distract you while you wait.
What would you add to my homecoming must-haves?