We Serve Too! Changes Ownership, Welcome ;SB Gems Publishing!

February 19, 2014

I would like to introduce you to the new owner of We Serve Too! Sandra Bramble has opened SB-Gems Publishing and has the know-how and the connections to take these great books to the next level.  Paula and I are proud and pleased to hand the reins over to her.

Seasons come and go in life and this one has now turned toward retirement for Paula and I , allowing something new to stand instead. This buyout has been of Gods hand, and we stand amazed at the perfection of a plan that began years ago at the yellow ribbon event, when we met Sandra for the first time. Sandra has the heart it will take for the Military, as she has spent her life in the trenches with Military Families. She knows the ins and outs of social networking that Paula and I could never wrap our heads around, but that are essential in today’s marketplace. Best of all ,Sandra loves the books, and sees the worth and purpose behind them as they encourage Military children to embrace the honor due them, as they serve beside their parents, enduring long separations as their parents defend our nation.

Sandra, we salute you in this new endeavor, and if you are a friend of ours from over the years, we encourage you to support and encourage Sandra just as you have done so many times for us. We will be staying available for SB-Gems Publishing in any way we can, so this is not goodbye, just a welcome and positive change for us all.

Off we go, a new adventure!!

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November: Month of the Military Family Sale!! $5.00 Books,75% off!!!

October 31, 2013
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$5 Books in November! 75% Discount!
 
Don’t miss this deal! It starts tomorrow!
 
To celebrate Month of the Military Family, Paula and I are offering $5 books  in November (and through Christmas.) This is a 75% discount and we’ve never offered it before and may never again!!
 
Don’t miss this opportunity to get the entire 4-book series, You can get this deal two ways:
1.)Order through our website www.weservetoo.com (and Complete Book), a free dog tag is included in the 5.00 price
Or
2.)Order through our Amazon Storefront here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html?ie=UTF8&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&me=A58WUWLMWJ8OP  and get the books where you may be eligible to use your free shipping option.
 A Big thank you to all our Military Families, we honor your sacrifices made for all of us!

Are Children’s Picture Books Relevant in the E-book Era?

October 27, 2013

Well, I have try and write again about why those old fashioned cardboard and paper books still hold a fascination for me. Maybe I am as old fashioned as they are, but there are things to be said for old things :) .

I know that the kids love Kindle and I-pad and I- phone and I -don’t know what else, and that the book industry is finding itself with lots of former bookstores sporting signs that say ” building for lease”. That said, I think that children’s books that are dog eared, with a n errant crayon mark or two and a page folded over are still something special.

Taking a child up on your knee on a snowy day, snuggling close and slowly talking about the picture of the snowman and discussing the possibility of actually pulling on boots and mittens later and making one, just seems to be better on something not emanating artificial light.

I am not against the new, just against the take over, and the possible loss of the old completely. I know that kids now have an ever widening availability of good things to read, and that there are many reasons that the new is winning out, like the characters can spin and move and even be part of a game as you read a story.I pretty sure if I was a child I would think that was pretty cool too.

I like the fact that my drawings leave something to the imagination of a child, and that it can’t come off the page making a noise except that which a child might make himself. I also like that the parent of a young child has no choice but to be involved in the reading, since now even the smallest child can make the new one work all by himself.

I like it that the pictures are quiet, if something needs a bit of time to ponder, or a question comes into a little mind and everything can so easily stop and wait until and answer can be thought out.

Well, Paula and I have some great hardback , full color children’s books. These come complete with a dog tag if bought from our website. For the month of November, the month of the Military Family, our We Serve Too! hardback books, normally 14.95 books will be for sale for only 5.00 each! If you want a great book, or maybe the whole series at that price, come and visit us here at https://www.weservetoo.com/ . I will write again before then to give you all the details!child reading weservetoo! OWAH

We Serve Too! What are these books really about?

October 3, 2013

What are the We Serve Too! series of books really about?  Shannon, a young Military wife and mother, spoke our exact mission and desire as we started out on this journey nearly 10 years ago. She talks about the way children react to the books and how being with other Military children gets them talking .

Thank you Shannon, for sharing the way our books impacted you, and sharing that Little Patriots Embraced was there to help as you dealt with two young sons needing encouragement while their Dad was away from home. That you used the prayer for Daddy as you Skyped as a family, touches our hearts in a special way .

I am posting the video here, it is really what our books are about:

These books are about family, about loving and missing and joyful reunion. They are about talking with children, and parents having a chance to learn that they are allowed to express feelings too, you don’t have to be strong every minute.  These books are about children learning to cope with life, in a positive way, and feeling honor and courage in being a child who’s parents serve this country. Alot to ask of a children’s picture book, but we are thrilled that that, and more, is what our books are about.

 

Reunion,the Single Parent, and the Daddy Box.

January 26, 2013

Soon our family will be welcoming home our soldier and we are so excited! He will be living and working close enough to be present for holidays, birthdays and just weekends with the We Serve Too! kids. This is new to all of us and we can’t wait! As a mother, grandmother, and someone who has worked closely with kids all my life, I have been contemplating a few things about this . I believe that We Serve Too! A Child’s Reunion Book is a great way for kids to talk through a reintegration no matter if the family is intact, divorced or supported by grandparents or other caretakers.

If you are a single parent returning from deployment , or the caretaker of children while someone has been away, here are  three  things that might be a little helpful to remember:

1.Kids are creatures of habit (actually we all are ) and what they are used to is not always easy to undo. In our Reunion book we address this, in showing that feelings get complicated . Not expecting things to go smoothly will avoid lots of hurt feelings.

2. Homecoming is wonderful…sometimes. Everyone has had lots of time to think about how great this is going to be!  No one has thought about what it will be like when a child wants to go home to the parent they have been living with when you have them for the weekend , what it will feel like when the child rejects gifts or planned activities that have been lovingly offered, or on the child’s side,what it will feel like to be disciplined by this parent they have waited so long for.

3. Take it slow. Get to know each other again. Find things that you share in common. Let kids know that though they are used to life one way, life has changed course …for the better! Let them know that you understand they miss Mommy , but you love them and you are there, they will see Mommy in a day or two (or whatever the arrangement is). Be confident, friendly and not overly empathetic. When kids know you are acting in their best interest, they begin to feel safe and accept the new arrangements. Finding things to do, like getting kids engaged in helping you make dinner, washing the car together, reading a story, will help calm the feelings and build bonds between you.

Here is one word of caution, don’t be intimidated. Don’t let kids cry and get when they want…this will create a mess beyond your imagination and honestly makes kids feel insecure and scared. They need to know that a mature adult is caring for them and they are not in charge. It is hard sometimes  being a parent who has been away, it creates undue guilt at times. If you want to read more about this, look at our free parent guide on our reunion book here:https://www.weservetoo.com/Discussion_Guides.html

As the grandma, I want to help my son as he comes back, gets an apartment , and begins to enjoy his beautiful We Serve Too! kids!

I came up with the idea of a “Daddy Box”. This  box has a few things he may not think about or know about yet: the special soap that little girl needs, the laundry soap for said little girl who is allergic to other kinds, children’s Tylenol, children’s cold medicine, a box of band aids , neosporin for any little cuts that happen, a toothbrush and favorite toothpaste for each kid, children’s shampoo. You could add maybe a few favorite foods that kids are used to, night lights, or toys that are familiar and may need to be found in both homes. If you have a young lady nearing teen years,  who will be with Dad, make sure that you provide things in case changes of life occur on his watch. I bet you could think of some other things, if you do, please let me know since I only have two more weeks to get it ready!

If you are a parent coming home, Welcome Back, and thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Reunion and a New Year coming

January 5, 2013

Hi, I have not written anything all the Christmas season and into the first 5 days of the new year. There is a reason for that, I have been busy soaking up the joys and blessings of our first Christmas with our soldier son for quite some time.

This year, he was here , being Daddy to the We Serve Too! kids and enjoying his brothers and sister. We had a beautiful day and overnight in a downtown hotel and a wonderful meal that made us all full for many hours later.

We had so many things to be thankful for. My husband had come through a rough operation and subsequent life threatening blood clot to the lung, and that fact that we were all sitting together over dinner, all in only two weeks,  by the grace of God, made it seem as if our days were gold.

I watched soldier son, play with his kids, open a lovely painting done by his daughter to hang in his apartment that will finally be in the same state we live in! ( I had to show it off below).  After two tours in Iraq and recently a year in Afghanistan, this was a reunion we had waited for a long time.

There  will be a shift in how we live soon, the New Year coming will bring him home in ways we have not enjoyed for years. He will have more time and visits with the kids and there will be joys and struggles ahead as they learn what it means to turn reunion into regular life.

As I watched the days slip by quickly, this time, not a year but only a matter of weeks will pass until he flies back home, and I  know that this will be a new chapter for him and for us all. This Christmas will be a lovely memory of candlelight, tiny colored lights on the tree, laughter and conversations, and love we had being all together.

I know that many of you will be starting a deployment, or welcoming a reunion. Whatever the New Year brings , may you have the strength and courage to face it square and count the joys that come each day. If you need some help to explain deployment or reunion to little ones this year, please read our free discussion guides on our website https://www.weservetoo.com/Discussion_Guides.html, our books and resources are there for you, and if they help, we have done what we set out to do.

May this New Year bring you blessings ,

Kathleen and Paula

 

 

Why Are Books Effective For Reaching the Heart Of a Child? Book Giveaway!!(yes, free books!)

November 27, 2012
http://www.faithdeployed.com/2012/11/why-are-books-effective-for-reaching-the-heart-of-a-child-plus-give-away/
Join our conversation about books and children with our friends at Faith Deployed (this is a great blog for Military Families). You can enter the giveaway by leaving a comment at the end of the blog on Faith Deployed.
The blog is discussing how a hard back children’s book is a special gift to a child, and why we felt we needed to print our books that way, though it is more expensive and difficult than paperback or e-books.  The contest will award 10 We Serve Too! books and 1 Grand Prize of all our books (all 4 full color hardback books, each with a dogtag, the Military ABC, and our Afghanistan booklet) !!! We can’t wait to read your comments!
A big thank you to Jocelyn Green of Faith Deployed for featuring our books!

New Book in the series, We Serve Too!

October 20, 2012

As a Military Family, have you ever had to pack up and move to a new location, that thing that the Military calls PCS (Permanent Change of Station)? Are you a civilian who has ever had to move?

The We Serve Too!™ Kids are moving!  And dear Little Daisy, that sweet Golden Retriever, knows a secret,–a secret that will help ease anxiety and bring comfort to little ones and families anticipating a move.   Little Daisy’s Worst/Best Day, the 4th book in the award-winning We Serve Too!™  series, warmly and tenderly explores the topic of relocation and moving  —an experience common to Military and civilian families alike!

This book is a great addition to our series, rounding out all the major issues that kids face as a proud member of the Military Family. These four books, help parents, teachers, counselors friends and family , discuss openly the fears, the joys and the changes that come with deployment, reunion, waiting for a homecoming and now moving to a new location!

This book features the We Serve Too! kids, navigating the emotions of leaving the known and going positively into the unknown. The focus of the story, is an acknowledgment of the losses, and the forward look to the things that make life an adventure and joys of new experiences. It also focus ‘s on the ways we can stay connected with those we love.

This page takes you to our store page https://www.weservetoo.com/bookstore_.html. If you scroll to the bottom, you can peek inside each of the We Serve Too! books, including Little Daisy!

Paula and I are really excited about this book. It is fun, touching and a great way to prepare kids for your next move. If you get one, please let us know what you think, we would love to hear from you!

 

We Serve Too! Wins Mom’s Choice Award!

April 5, 2012

Well, Paula and I are excited and honored that We Serve Too! has won the Mom’s Choice Award in the category of a Children’s Picture Book Series!  The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children and families. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Thank you Mom’s Choice Award!

Some of the distinguished panel members who evaluate products  include : Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten time Emmy winner and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow, Julie Aigner-Clark, creator of Baby Einstein and The safe Side Project, Jodee Blanco, New York Times best selling author, Priscilla Dunstan creator of the Dunstan Baby Language, and Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute, Dr. Letticia Wright D.C. , host of the Wright Place TV Show and Catherine Whitcher M.ED , special needs expert and founder of Precision Education Inc.  You can imagine , we are pleased that We Serve Too! has been found worthy of an award!

Of course, the judges that love our books best are the ones with cookie crumbs around the mouth, camo overalls, and lots of energy! To them we say thank you, and may our books bring honor and courage to each Military Kid!

We have to add a  photo or two here of the actual stickers and award paper that came to us in the mail…of course we know that the best award of all ,is that of a little one saying to a parent “ please read me We Serve Too! again!

Reunions are Joy and Adjustment…our free guide to download

January 23, 2012

Devon Edick's dad salutes the flag

 

After noting that most of our sales lately at We Serve too! are the reunion book, we say Welcome Home to those who have been serving in Iraq and other places in the world!

We are thankful for your safe return and your family has waited patiently and long for this day. We know things that are good do not necessarily mean that they are easy, so we are offering you the link to our reunion book parent guide. Even if you do not purchase the book, the guide is yours to use as you see fit. You can download it and perhaps at the very least know that you are not alone, that the things you are going through are common to many Military Families. Children love our colorful hardback books that come with a dog tag that says” I will be strong and courageous“, a fitting sentiment for those strong Military Kids!

This link http://weservetoo.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Reunion-Parent-Guide-letter-size.pdf will take you to the pdf, for coping with reunion. Again, Welcome home, thank you for all you do for our nation; for the protections, sacrifices and hard work.  We pray you will now find joy in your Homecoming!