There is no doubt about it, deployments suck. They are rough on everyone and can really test your emotional strength. I will say though, technology now makes it more manageable and helps combat that feeling of loneliness. Access to mail has definitely made things easier. I get to have fun putting together themed boxes and Rob gets a little bit of home in each one.
I had put together a box for Rob and then made the mistake of looking on Pinterst. My box was plain and sad in comparison so I knew I had to step up my game! Luckily, Target had some cute stuff in their $1 section for 50% off which helped me come up with the theme for box #1, missing Daddy.