Louise Fetigan

Louise Fetigan

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart (GUEST POST)

The guest post this week is from the lovely Sarah who is a fairly new to this thing we call military life, her words made me cry, real tears because I find it hard and I have been through it many times but your very first long deployment, the unknown….it...
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Living in the land of Limbo

Hi, my name is Louise and I am currently living in Limbo, but  I don’t like it and I’m not very good at it. We had a tour start date of 10th Jan, got my head around this then it changed to later in the month. Right now we are in state...
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Pre Deployment getaway and my recommendations for your Little Troopers

When we found out that my husband was going on a long deployment in 2018 I felt like I just wanted to book something and go away and hide from the world for a weekend. I wanted to overdose on my husband We went to the seaside for one night and then the...
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Christmas with the black cloud

30th December and Christmas 2017 is now done, I have even taken the tree down although I am definitely not ready for January to arrive. January = Deployment day We found out in October that my husband was being deployed in January for over six months,...
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I’m right there with you

It really has been a manic 10 days or so but here I am past 8pm sat on my laptop a few days before Christmas (with presents to buy and wrap still!) sitting and reflecting on all of you who I have met this week, your stories are imprinted in my mind and...
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I promise I won’t give up

I have tried so many times to write posts over the last few weeks but just couldn’t find the words, it really has been a strange time for a few reasons but today I decided I wanted to write a thank you to YOU, yes you for reminding ME I can’t...
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We got there……finally!

“You must be so excited to have your husband home, is it just fantastic?” This sentence has been said to me a lot over the last 2 and a half weeks and I feel such pressure to say the right thing, when someone is in front of you asking that...
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Iraq and Afghanistan….you’ve changed me

Over the last few months I have blogged each week about the feelings and emotions of separation, I mentioned in a few posts about how I feel I have been shaped by various deployments and promised to write a post about it. My husband is now home for a...
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A bittersweet homecoming

I don’t really know where to start with this post, it seems so much has happened in a short space of time, it’s taken me a while to process it all and to reach the point where I could share. My husband ended up only being away for two months...
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DING DING All change!!!!!

Some times it really can feel like you are on this separation train and for this week its has been a funny old ride and it is now our time to get off, I haven’t dealt with that very well. So this was meant to be a three month separation for us but...
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Me and my Little Trooper

Monday comes round so quick and I am at the point where I can’t remember how long my husband has been away, the weeks have merged and I am no longer just getting by each week, it is just situation normal for me. That isn’t the case for my...
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Wishing my life away one week at a time

Life is so precious we are all very aware of that and yet here I am wishing mine away day by day, week by week. I have been very guilty of doing that many times in the past too when we have been separated, wishing the weekends to go quickly, hoping the...
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Consumed by responsibility

Another week we can tick off, it does seem to gain some momentum after a month or so and then they do pass by, whatever day he goes away always sticks in my mind and it’s so bizarre that each week on that day I mentally tick it off with a smile...
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Friendships – For a season, a reason and a lifetime

A month in to this separation period and we’ve survived this far! OK so there seems to be bump in the road of some description each week but I am becoming a pro again at dusting myself off and marching on, it’s just remembering how, but it...
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Its never rains but it pours….

I promised to blog an honest account throughout this separation period we are experiencing and I want it to be the good days and the bad days, by doing this I am hoping it will really show anyone from the military community that stumbles across this blog...
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The dust has settled….ish

Here we are two and a bit weeks into a separation period of a few months and we have definitely entered the ‘situation normal’ stage, no longer wearing a sad face every day and all trace that a man….especially a soldier man ever did...
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Readjustment

Now I am not entirely sure if this readjustment phase I wanted to blog about is something other people go through or if it is just something I feel? As I said in my previous post I want to blog throughout this latest deployment and all the thoughts and...
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It never gets any easier

Firstly I feel really bad that the blog has been somewhat neglected! its nearly a whole YEAR since I last wrote a blogpost but the charity work with Little Troopers has been so so busy with the launch of our Little Troopers Treasures app and the Little...
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Overlooked once again…

September already!!!! I really hoped to be writing a blog post about launching the Little Troopers at School project but yet again service children are overlooked, a niche group that is just too small in the grand scheme of things to support, apparently.……………But...
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Little Troopers at School

My daughter became a military child not through her own choice. I am not a military child but I decided to join the British Army as a teenager, my husband was a military child and also decided to join the British Army as a teenager. Our decisions to follow...
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Our first and very special London Marathon runner!

Back in 2015 we got a lovely email from Becky who had won a ballot place in the London Marathon 2016 and she’d chosen Little Troopers as her charity!!! I am always so touched by the support and when people choose to fundraise for Little Troopers...
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We once again conquered Mount Snowdon!!!!!

The charity started 5 years ago with a climb of Mount Snowdon, its become our flagship fundraising event and loved by many and the 2016 Snowdon challenge was being looked forward to by so many. 50+ registered attendees, 13 of them children and a pretty...
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Guest Blog – Huggable Heroes

Happy New Year! Lets start 2016 with a blogpost…. Our last guest blogpost from an unacompanied military family was so popular (read again HERE) I asked Jo a wife of a Royal Marine to write a post about her business Huggable Heroes.Jo attended our...
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Today is the day!!!

2011 seems so long ago now….so much has happened in that space of time. This is a picture of where it all began, me and my much smaller Little Trooper at the summit of Snowdon, my friends and family all rallied round to support the trek I wanted...
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The challenges are always the same

It has been 3 weeks our soldier has been away and it seems so hard…I’m definitely out of practise! I am remembering very clearly that it doesn’t matter where they are the feelings and emotions are exactly the same, ok so this time I...
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We Won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The last 6 weeks or so have been a whirlwind since we got the call telling us we had been nominated and were in the running for the Support to the Armed Forces Award at the 2014 Sun Military Awards or ‘Millies’ as they are known. It was a...
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Hohne, Germany. Same Difference, Chelsea FC and lots of Little Troopers!

It had been a long time in the planning but the time was right to take My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures to Germany, the Brigade had deployed on a nine month tour of Afghanistan and we wanted to put a smile on some little faces. 32 Engineer Regiment were...
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Snowdon Challenge Weekend – April 6th 2013

What a weekend!!!! It was a rocky road getting the challenge ready, with the adverse weather conditions and changing to a Plan B it really was touch and go if it would go ahead at all. There was so much snow on the mountains there was no way we could...
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Little Troopers….very special children

A Little Trooper is a child of a serving British Army soldier, doesn’t matter how old they are they will always be a Little Trooper! Over the last year we have met lots and lots of Little Troopers, in fact we have run events for over 1,000 already...
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