Military Family Members Left Behind During the Holidays

Written by Blog Editor on . Posted in Movers, moving company

As a follow-up to our blog about things to do to honor your military service member while he or she is gone overseas during the holidays, we wanted to also do a blog about the family members of those serving our country. Unless you have a loved one that has served in the military and gone overseas to a combat zone, then you can’t fully understand what it is like for the family members awaiting their safe return. They miss them every minute of every day. It isn’t something they have to consciously think about because it is a constant ache that they carry with them like a headache that won’t go away.

Whether or not you know how they are feeling, there are still things you can do for them. By stepping up and doing something kind for them, you are also honoring the service member and their service to our country. While they have felt a calling to serve their country, it does not ease the pain of missing their family and worrying about their well-being while they are gone.

So, what can you do? The holidays are an especially emotional time for the loved ones left behind, but they could use any of these suggestions year-round. Some spouses of military members who are left home might feel self-sufficient, not thinking that they need help. However, they might not be used to working and running the household all by themselves. Running kids around, keeping up with the laundry, cooking dinner…it can be a full-time job in and of itself. Yes, there are tons of moms or dads who do it every day while maintaining a full-time job. But, when it isn’t their daily routine, it is difficult. It takes adjustment. It’s hard. Offer to take the kids for the afternoon or bring a meal once in a while.

If the spouse that’s left behind is used to running the household, then in some ways, their daily routine may not change much. They may even be used to juggling a full-time job and being a parent and spouse. But, just not having that extra set of hands, that extra driver, that person to sit next to on the couch at the end of the night when the kids are all asleep can feel lonely and tiring. As one military wife said, “Yes, I can do it. Do I like doing it all by myself? No.” They are a team, and they are temporarily down a team member. Again, you can take them a meal or take the kids for the afternoon.

One thing to remember is that military families are usually very self-sufficient. They know how to make things work when their service member husband or wife is away, so it may look like they don’t need any help. They may not NEED it, but it sure would be a blessing to them! Maybe you could mow the lawn for them once a month or ask if there are any repairs that need to be done around the house. They probably won’t ask which is why you should.

We hope you found that helpful and will choose to reach out to a military family that you know. At Florida Moving Systems we truly respect our service members and their families and would like to thank them for their courage and sacrifices. If you are getting ready for a move, military or otherwise, please give us a call. We are located in Melbourne, FL and move families nationwide. With highly trained movers and state-of-the-art storage facilities, we know we can make your move fantastic! If you are in the Cocoa, Palm Bay, or Viera areas and need qualified movers or a storage facility, please call us today.

Moving During the Winter

Written by Blog Editor on . Posted in moving

While it is probably nobody’s first choice to move during the cold season as opposed to another time of year, it still happens. Sometimes it is due to a job change. Sometimes it is seen as a good time to move because the kids are on a break from school. It gives the family a little time to settle in, and the kids start school when all the other kids are returning from their break. Sometimes your lease is up, and it’s time to move!

What Are HOA's?

HOA’s – Do I Want or Need Them? Should I Avoid Them?

Written by Blog Editor on . Posted in Movers

What are HOA's?

What are HOA’s?

What are HOA’s? Whether you rent your home, are purchasing it, or are in the market to rent or purchase for the first time, you will come across the term “HOA.” The abbreviation stands for Home Owners Association. An HOA usually means that you will have to pay a fee for living there. Yes, even if you own the home. HOA’s cover a variety of costs, but they also come with limitations.

Trains are Still Great Transportation

Written by Blog Editor on . Posted in Transportation

With fast cars, fast planes, and cruises we seem to have forgotten one of the older forms of transportation in our country…the locomotive! We see them or hear their loud horns from a distance, usually assuming they are zooming by carrying big loads across the country, forgetting that they can also be a great mode of transportation for people!

A typical train’s seats are as comfortable as regular plane seats. They aren’t plush like first class, but they do just fine. They have PLENTY of leg room which can be really hard to come by on a plane! They still have drop down trays that come down from the seatback in front of you, just like on a plane. The seats are only two by two, meaning two seats together on each side of the train, so you are never stuck in a middle seat! That is a great bonus. The windows are huge in comparison to airplane windows, so even if you are in the aisle seat instead of the window seat, you still have great views out multiple windows.

Because you aren’t traveling as fast as you do on a plane, it will take longer to reach your destination. So, if you are in a rush, this might not be the best choice for you. The benefits are numerous though. Aside from those already listed above, because of the slower speed and large windows, you get a great view the whole time. Of course, not everything you pass will be pretty, but depending on your travel route, you may really get to enjoy some beautiful views. On an airplane, your only view for most of the flight is clouds and sky.

Another great benefit to train travel is the baggage policy! If you are tired of paying up to fifty dollars just for taking a suitcase on your trip, then you will love this. You are allowed two personal items, up to twenty-five pounds AND two other items, up to fifty pounds FOR FREE! Take that, airplane industry! Even if you need to bring MORE (which is a lot of luggage), you are allowed two more bags, up to fifty pounds each for an additional charge of only twenty dollars each. The airlines can’t come close to touching this baggage policy.

What about food? If you have been on a plane lately, then you know that shorter flights consist only of drink services and a small snack like a LITTLE bag of peanuts or pretzels. Longer flights often offer food to purchase, but oftentimes it is in the form of a box lunch or snack. The days of hot meals are long gone. There are dining cars on trains and depending on the length of the trip, you will have different food options. Even short trips will offer an item like pizza – hot food! Longer trips have full meals. There are still overnight trains with sleeping quarters. If you choose this fun form of travel, the price of your ticket includes meals!

We hope you have enjoyed learning more about what train travel has to offer you and hope you give it a try sometime! If your cross-country travel includes a move, then we hope we will be your local moving company of choice. At Florida Moving Systems, we will meet all your moving and storage needs whether it is a local Melbourne, FL move or cross-country! Please call us today to arrange your move and find out what we can do for you!

Staying Healthy While Traveling

Staying Healthy While Traveling

Written by Blog Editor on . Posted in Movers

Stay Healthy While Traveling

If you ever travel, be it for work or pleasure, you will probably find yourself on a plane at some point in your life.  Yes, there are people who make it through their whole life without ever flying, but that isn’t the norm.  Some of you may find yourselves taking other modes of transportation, such as trains or buses.  And, some of you may find yourself aboard a cruise ship!  In all of these situations, you are surrounded by strangers and their accompanying germs.