Deployment Wall

As hard as adjusting to this deployment has been for the adults, it’s pretty rough on the kids too. I have been trying to find ways to make it easier on the kids. Easier to understand. Easier to cope. Easier to express themselves. Awhile back I found an image on Pinterest and knew immediately that I needed to create a Deployment Wall for my kids!!!
Obviously we needed a way to count down the time until Daddy comes home. I decided on a paper chain that we cut once a week. The idea of having to tend to something every single day was a bit daunting!!! Then the next thing I added was a world map. My kiddos were having trouble visualizing how far away Daddy would be. I used a red sharpie to put a heart around where we live and where Daddy is.
I wanted a spot to put up pictures of Daddy and a place to display any letters that he may send. So I whipped up this framed corkboard. I popped some fabric covered cork into an old picture frame and called it good.
Next to the corkboard I hung a sweet little wood sign that I made, they saying seemed so appropriate. Under the sign is a clock that we have set to “Daddy” time so that we can easily see what time it is for him.
So far we have used this wall several times to celebrate small milestones and calm worries. I apologize for the poor lighting in the photos, the Deployment Wall is located in the hallway next to the kid’s rooms and there is no natural light back there!!!

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Comments

  1. What a beautiful idea Courtney!
    And such a great way for the little ones to aniticipate Dad’s return
    XXX

  2. Such a great idea Courtney! I can’t begin to imagine how hard deployment is on the family but it’s great to see you embracing it and helping the kiddos deal with it. Big hugs!

  3. This is really sweet and very creative! Very thoughtful for your children.

    Nicole

  4. This is great. Can’t even imagine what deployment is like. Maybe some way your kids will feel closer to dad with this wall.

  5. Courtney,

    This is such a fantastic idea!! My heart is breaking for your family cause I know too well how tough deployments can be. I am praying fro you all today. What a great Mom to do this for your little ones! Last time we had a deployment my kids had “Daddy pillows.” It was a picture of them with Daddy on a huggable pillow. We did a lot of traveling during that deployment and those pillows went EVERYWHERE with them.

    Praying for you!
    Heidi

  6. What a special way for your kids to stay connected to their daddy! Praying for his safe return.

  7. What a special way for your kids to stay connected to their daddy! Praying for his safe return!

  8. What a great idea! I shared this on my facebook page. Peace

  9. The paper chain idea is my favorite–genius!

  10. Courtney, My heart felt so sad for you and your family!!! What a great mommy you are and you did a fantastic job!! Blessings and I will keep you and yours in my daily prayers!!!!

  11. Your Deployment Wall is awesome! What I wonderful way for you and children to feel more connected to that special man in your life. BTW, I am truly thankful for his service to our country. ;o)

  12. Wow! What an amazing idea. =)

  13. This is super darling. What a great idea! I’d love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out!
    Melanie
    Reasons To Skip The Housework

  14. Wow! I can’t imagine how tough this would be… what a great idea to help everyone while daddy is away!

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