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Milspouse Matters is the podcast dedicated to encouraging military spouses!

I'm your host, Jen McDonald, and I was a military spouse for 30 years until my husband’s retirement. We lived all around the world, raised four kids, and dealt with all the challenges and adventures of military life, just like you! I’m also the author of two books for military spouses. Over the years, I came to believe that we military spouses are tough, but we're only stronger together. Whether you’re a new or more seasoned spouse…Whatever life is throwing your way? Let’s talk about it!

Milspouse Matters Jen McDonald

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Milspouse Matters is the podcast dedicated to encouraging military spouses!

I'm your host, Jen McDonald, and I was a military spouse for 30 years until my husband’s retirement. We lived all around the world, raised four kids, and dealt with all the challenges and adventures of military life, just like you! I’m also the author of two books for military spouses. Over the years, I came to believe that we military spouses are tough, but we're only stronger together. Whether you’re a new or more seasoned spouse…Whatever life is throwing your way? Let’s talk about it!

    Best of: Preparing for Deployment and Reintegration - Ep. 107

    Best of: Preparing for Deployment and Reintegration - Ep. 107

    On this episode, I'm discussing the issues that spring up with deployment and reintegration with guest Terri Laurent, a seasoned military spouse who’s sharing a ton of wisdom.
    This episode is a "best of" from waaaay back on Episode 34. 
    Have you dealt with the emotional build up leading up to deployment? Have you wondered why the service member’s homecoming isn’t like what you see on TV or the movies? Maybe you’re struggling, and you think you’re the only one.
    We talk about preparing your heart and marriage for deployment and reintegration, that time period after the service member returns home from a long separation/deployment. 
    This is part two of our talk–listen to part one on Episode 31, all about mentoring.
    Mentioned in this episode: 
    The 5 Love Languages Military Edition Terri’s blog: Even the Birds Believe and business website, First Light Photography
    Podcast episodes on deployment - https://jen-mcdonald.com/podcategory/deployment/

    Blog posts about deployment - https://jen-mcdonald.com/category/deployment/ 

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    Connect:
    Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd
    Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources 
    PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS 
    Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog 
    Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads 
    Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks 
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    • 35 min
    Help Your Marriage Thrive During Deployment and Military Separations - Ep. 106

    Help Your Marriage Thrive During Deployment and Military Separations - Ep. 106

    Can you actually strengthen your marriage through a military deployment or separation? I believe, yes, you can! With mindfulness and intention.  
    First, I'm sharing some tips from my experiences, then we’ll be hearing from other military spouses who’ve weathered deployments and separations.
    Mentioned in this episode: 
    Jen's book launch team - https://jen-mcdonald.com/books/new-book/

    Podcast episodes on deployment - https://jen-mcdonald.com/podcategory/deployment/

    Blog posts about deployment - https://jen-mcdonald.com/category/deployment/ 
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    Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources 
    PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS 
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    • 18 min
    Navigating Military Life with Humor - Ep. 105

    Navigating Military Life with Humor - Ep. 105

    Life as a military spouse is an intricate dance of challenges and uncertainties, along with so many adventures. On this “best of” episode, we revisit one of my favorite interviews. I’m talking to author Lisa Molinari about her military spouse journey, and how she’s found solace and strength through humor and processing life through writing. 
    Lisa refers to herself as a “garden variety military spouse” (which you might disagree with after you listen to her story!). She's never been nominated for Military Spouse of the Year, but her journey is a story of resilience that will resonate with you. Throughout her decades of military life, Lisa learned to find humor in hard and even absurd circumstances. Rather than succumbing to the challenges that come with this lifestyle, she's chosen to seek out the silver lining and share her experiences through laughter.
    In my conversation with Lisa, she recounted instances where humor became a lifeline during her military spouse journey. With stories from “Pork Chop Envy” to unforeseen deployment hiccups, Lisa reminds us that these crazy things we go through will become the best stories one day!
    Connect with Lisa: Facebook I Instagram I Twitter I Pinterest Get Lisa's book, The Meat and Potatoes of Life: My True Lit Com Lisa's website:  The Meat and Potatoes of Life This episode's sponsors: 
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    Connect:
    This episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMep105 
    Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd
    Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources 
    PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS
    Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog 
    Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads 
    Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks 
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    Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB  
    *some affiliate links

    • 45 min
    Best of: Pro Tips for Your PCS Move - Ep. 104

    Best of: Pro Tips for Your PCS Move - Ep. 104

    It's PCS move season and it's the perfect time to share some helpful resources for your military family. 

    Military life usually comes with a guarantee of change, and one of the most inevitable changes is moving. Whether you're a seasoned military family or embarking on your first Permanent Change of Station (PCS), my goal is to provide you with a wealth of information and actionable advice! With personal experience from living in 24 houses, going through 13 PCS moves, with 4 overseas tours in there, all while towing along 4 kids and a dog, I share some of my own tips along with insights gathered from fellow military spouses and listeners on this Best Of episode.  Here's to making your moving journey a little smoother and perhaps even injecting some laughter along the way!

    ***Find all resources mentioned (and more!) in this exhaustive PCS resource page: https://bit.ly/MMPCS
    See this episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMep104
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    Connect:
    Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd
    Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources 
    PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS
    Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog 
    Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads 
    Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks 
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    Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube
    Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseF

    • 45 min
    Moving with a Baby: Tips from Experienced Military Spouses - Ep. 103

    Moving with a Baby: Tips from Experienced Military Spouses - Ep. 103

    On this Best Of episode, we're bringing back some tips for making a move with a baby, all from experienced military spouses!
    Whether you're relocating stateside or embarking on an overseas adventure, moving with a baby as a military family can be quite a challenge. The logistics of travel, the emotional adjustments, and the added responsibilities of caring for a little one can make the process overwhelming.
    To help you navigate this exciting yet demanding journey, we've gathered tips from military spouses who've been through it! From flying with a baby to preparing mentally, my hope is that these insights will help you approach your move with confidence and grace.
    See this episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMEp103
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    Mentioned in this episode: 
    Military Kids' Resources: https://jen-mcdonald.com/resources/military-kids-resources/
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    Connect:
    Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd
    Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources 
    PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS
    Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog 
    Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads 
    Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks 
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    • 17 min
    Best of: When Your Child Joins the Military - Ep. 102

    Best of: When Your Child Joins the Military - Ep. 102

    On this "Best of" episode, join me and guest Elaine Brye as we delve into the unique challenges faced by parents with children serving in the military. We explore strategies, resources, and personal stories that provide support and guidance to parents on this extraordinary journey. Discover a community that understands what it's like to have a child in the armed forces.
    Elaine Brye, author of the book Be Safe, Love Mom, shares her hard won wisdom and experience with other military families. 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 more than 15 deployments with her children and understands the pride, worry, and fear that are the life of a military parent.
    Elaine talks about what’s helped her get through the hard times as a military mom, tips for better communication between in-laws, as well as encouragement and practical ideas for parents whose child is deployed.
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    Connect with Elaine: Be Safe Love Mom- The Sisterhood of Military Moms, Facebook
    This episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMEp102
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    Connect:
    Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd
    Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources 
    PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS
    Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog 
    Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads 
    Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks 
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

MomLifeMilitaryWife ,

THANK YOU!

I know I have said it before - but I will say it again. THANK YOU. Thank you for creating a safe space for military spouses to come, listen, and learn.
When I was put into this life I was lost and needed someone who knew. I found your podcast and listened to every episode.
I took notes, followed people you interviewed, got resources, and most importantly your book.

When my husband left for BMT, I used your book to help me get through it. I also felt so much more prepared with our move and experience at the new base because of what your podcast taught me.

I became a key spouse because of your words & got key spouse of the year because I listened to you “get involved!”

I have had the BEST two years as a milspouse & I am so excited for more

Thang8787 ,

Loosing my mind

This podcast is exactly what I needed. I thought I was loosing my mind when I woke up one day almost 16 years into being a Navy wife and felt I just couldn’t do the military thing anymore, it’s exhausting. The show has so much helpful info and encouragement. Thank you

Ashley** ,

Every MilSpouse Should Listen

Literally they should send us the link to this podcast the day our solider enlists! It is the pick me up and you’re not alone that you need!!

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