We're only a few month out from our fourth deployment- this one being a year long deployment. And I'm trying to look around for a deployment count down. I've seen a lot of the chain links but I don't like those visually. I do like the tree/leaves idea. I could make a tree trunk poster and put it on the wall and we could add leaves each day with something the kids did that day written on the back. Monthly we could send the leaves to hubby, or save them for the whole year- which is a lot of leaves.
I'm still looking around for more ideas.