New booklet on Afghanistan, from We Serve Too!

October 15, 2010

Paula and I have been working on a new series of coloring booklets for kids, to help them understand something about where deployed parents may be going. The series starts with Afghanistan and Iraq. There are other booklets to come showcasing other places like Germany, Japan and Korea. The name of the series? We Serve Too! Around the World, of course!

Our Afghanistan coloring booklet,is going to  press ,and will be available soon! These  can be used at FRG meetings, pre-deployment activities, or just to help kids explore and talk about where their parent is going. They can be used in school activities to help kids understand a culture other than their own. These booklets are unique, they also touch on why our Military is there and what their parents may be doing while deployed. Some things the booklets touch on: housing, language, food (a recipe is included in each one) , things kids do there, animals and some basic history of the region.

Here is a sample of We Serve Too! Around the World: Afghanistan!

Get out your crayons, and watch for our announcement of finished booklets! To order We Serve Too! books and resources go to

Birthdays…while parents are away

October 8, 2010

My grandson just turned 6. His daddy, who is far away in Germany, asked me to find the perfect gift. You know how that is, the parent is far from home and wants the gift to be spectacular, since they are missing all the festivities. There is something about it too, that we think we have to make up for the lost time with something memorable.

I noticed when I got to the store that most of the toys I saw would last about 5 minutes. Our boy is like his dad used to be, full of energy and likely to toss something just to see what happens when it hits. I think that most boys fit this description. Toy manufacturers also know and it too and it seems they create toys that will require you to replace it with another one, the very day of the birthday party!
As I crusied the aisles of Target, I finally came to the conclusion that the child would have to get something real.

The end result of all this,was a real two man tent (29.95) and a canteen (5.95), along with a set of tupperware containers to make collections in (3.95) (you know, rocks, cool other stuff and with a few holes in the top …bugs!) So for about 40.00, (the cost of any of the plastic breakables) my grandson got a gift that could be used for years and would make a fine thing to sleep in when Dad gets home!

Our grandson was thrilled with the tent which was set up in our living room. He and his sister slept in it. Now I have to figure out what wonderful gift from Daddy my granddaughter will get for her birthday!