Men and Women
To all of you sending your loved ones off to keep
our country safe, my heart goes out to you.
I have 5 sons and there would have been a time
that at this stage of most of their lives, they
could and would have been serving our country by
way of the draft. One of them would like to go
now. He has not finished school, is struggling to
complete his education in an alternative program
and when he is finished he will probably make
that move to military branch of his choice.
One is in college and unfortunately he and his
older brother have asthma and although they are
registered with the selective service, would
probably not be accepted. My youngest is 16 and
still in school. My oldest 4 are volunteer fire
fighters and although they are not to be compared
to those going into the military and leaving this
country to defend it, firefighters put
themselves at risk, like the police, every time
they go to out to do their job.
It is the hardest thing for a mother to do is,
sit and wait to make sure their son or daughter
is going to return unharmed. All we can do is
pray for their safety and that God will watch
over them. This is also true of our brothers,
sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, parents, and
extended family members in these positions. The
closer the family member, the harder it is for
them to leave.
Lets all just say a prayer every night that those
tending to our safety and freedom will be safe,
and every morning that we are able to awake in a
free country while so many are fighting to help
keep it that way.
I'm not sure how often those over seas get mail,
but maybe we could all find a way to post emails
to be sent by their families, or maybe even send
letters to those we know and some we don't know.
I cant imagine being in a foreign country and not
having contact at home. I'm sure with all the new
technology, it is easier than in the past. But
wouldn't it be nice if you have family sent on an
assignment out of this country, and they could
receive numerous letters, poems, words of wisdom
to spend time reading to fill up those long hours
So make sure that you pass their addresses along
to family, friends, neighbors, email buddies,
what about their school teachers, little league
coaches, cub scout leaders, church members,
etc. People who made an impact on their
Ask those writing to include an extra sheet of
paper, and a return addressed stamped envelope
and maybe even a few extra stamps. This would
make it possible to get a reply and help by not
increasing the expenses of our heroes.
not even sure if they can get postage stamps
while in another country or if their airmail is
free to them, but it would be something small to
do for them.
If they can receive packages, send them some nice
writing paper with envelopes and stamps.
Find out what you are allowed to send, then maybe
send some snacks, cookies, sweetened kool-aid to
flavor their water, instant coffee packets,
creamer and sugar packets, tea bags (their
favorite kind/flavor), hot chocolate packages,
chewing gum, tissues or handkerchiefs (if that is
what they prefer), hair scrunchies, disposable
razors, deodorant, batteries for a flashlight, or
maybe a walkman, radio, etc., any personal
items, writing paper, pens, pencils, local news
clippings, magazines, puzzle books, reading
material, small craft kits, yarn with hook and a
pattern to crochet, a scrap book with glue stick
and corners to hold in their pictures, things
they might not have access to, but find out what
is ok to send and how to send it.
Ask them what they need, what they miss, what
they want.Around here, everyone who lives in this
area wants TastyKakes. Now that is a local thing,
out of Pennsylvania, but we do get them in
Delaware and I'm not sure how far they extend
their vending area. Also make sure whatever you
send, it is packaged well and taped well, it has
a long way to go, and probably a rough ride for
If you can't send packages and they are not
allowed to get packages, then go with what fits
Use your computer and send a family news letter.
Give them information on everyone in the family.
Even if it is only a sentence, or just that Tommy
says hello. At least it will help them not to
miss home so much if they see everyone is
thinking of them.
Send some "back in the day" or
"remember when" stories, Funny things
from their lives to make them laugh.
forget to send pictures, especially if they are
young parents with young babies and children or
even if they are grandparents. Children grow up
so fast. And change daily. Take pictures of every
event, or make an event that you can take
pictures of, remember, they are not here to see
the daily growth, the birth of that new baby, the
baby that takes a first step, that report card
due out soon, chaperone that middle school dance,
go on that class trip, see that teen in their
prom outfit, and maybe even miss graduation. So
take plenty of pictures, double prints do not
cost that much.
Send them often, if they get lost in the mail,
you still have a set and the negatives.
Make them not miss being home (even if that is
inevitable), and not become homesick and not miss
those precious moments that only happen once in a
lifetime. If disposable cameras can be sent to
them. Do it! Let them send it back for you to
develop and send copies back to them.
them informed, make sure they know they are not
forgotten. Don't be disappointed if there is a
delay in the mail, it could be they are writing
many, or just that the mail planes don't go out
very often, and that the mail is slow.
Another thing, if they cant get these things,
spend your time waiting by scrap booking some
mementos for them of the things they missed while
they were away. What a wonderful homecoming gift
for them, and a wonderful way for you to get
through the long wait.
Lets all focus on prayer for everyone's safety
and safe return of the away from home. Lets also
focus on doing what we can to make their time
away a little better and easier to bear.
I hope this helps to find ways to get through
these difficult times.
Bless Us All - here and abroad.