Deployed troops share their Christmas stockings with children. Operation Give, a troop-support group, sent more than 20,000 stockings to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of its annual Operation Christmas Stocking collection. (Source)
"All the miles that separate disappear now when I’m dreaming of your face.
I’m here without you baby, but you’re still on my lonely mind. I think about you baby, and I dream about you all the time. I’m here without you baby, but you’re still with me in my dreams. And tonight it’s only you and me, yeah.”
What I have with him is worth it. It is worth every lonely night, every tear I cry from missing him, and the pain I feel from not having him close. It is worth it because he is my one and only. When I picture myself years from now, I see only him. No matter how painful the distance can be, not having him in my life would be worse.
So, we all know when our servicemembers are gone, sometimes the date they are supposed to return seems really far away. I know we always do a “countdown” or “countup” during deployments. I just wanted to share some ideas of things we’ve done (or that friends of mine have done), and hope everyone else will jump in and share some of their own ideas.
I usually buy all of the kids their own calander and they get to pick out stickers as well. We put a big circle around the day dad is supposed to come home. Each night before going to bed, my kids place a sticker over the day that just passed. As the calander gets filled with stickers, they have a visual of how much time has passed and how much closer we are to “circle day”.
We’ve made paper chains out of construction paper with the number of links equaling the number of days he’s supposed to be gone. It starts off really long, but each night we pull off a link. It gets exciting watching it get shorter and shorter, coming closer to the time he’s coming home. I’ve had friends do this in reverse as well— add links as time goes on.
A friend of mine cut out a huge tree trunk out of poster board and taped it to the hallway wall. Every night before bed, my friend and her son would cut out a paper leaf and write something exciting they did that day, or a message for her husband, or something they were thankful for or something they were feeling. The leaf would get taped to the tree trunk. It was exciting watching the tree expand with leaves, and at the end of deployment, her husband was able to read all of the messages, thoughts and feelings.
My husband left a message on the answering machine for our son telling him he loves him, be good, and good night. we listen to that and tell daddy good night. Then I read our son his most reasent letter to him (my husband sends two letters one to me and one to our son). Then he curls up in daddys throw blanket and goes sleeps. I also keep a journal of how i feel and exciting things our son does.
This is kind of an online scrapbook as well as an encouragement page and hopefully a somewhat informational page.
I will be the first person to admit that I don't know anything about the Army. I don't know what it's like to be an Army wife, but I do know what it's like to be an Army girlfriend and fiancée. I am not a know-it-all and will not pretend to know it all, but I am learning. I hope to post things on here as I learn them and if anyone ends up following this page, I hope you can learn with me. :)
My love is deployed right now and as deployment continues to get longer and harder, I seem to find myself looking more and more for support and inspiration to deal with everything.
I look for quotes, videos, songs, pictures, etc. each day to help myself stay strong and just realized it would be a good idea to post them all in one place so I can come back and look if I'm having a bad night, and so other people can look if they want/need to.
I'm making this blog for me, but I'd love to share it with you... Feel free to follow, reblog things, ask questions, submit things, etc.
This blog was made 09.09.11 - please bear with me while I get it up and running!