Big Christmas Cards and Banners for your Military Love

December 14, 2009

1422No matter if it is your husband, son , or the kids want to get in on a giant card for Daddy, this company is wonderful! They have offered free banners for quite some time now, and we have had the joy of placing the huge banner over our garage to welcome home our soldier!
While Justin was in Iraq, we sent him the giant card (it is really big!) It comes in a big box to send it in ,and we had everyone from family and friends to former coaches and teachers sign it. It was fun to send it as a Christmas card!
To all Military Families who have a loved one away from home, here is a way to put a smile on their face, or to welcome them home!

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The Rewrite of the Song!

December 9, 2009

After my complaint about the song I wrote of in the last post, my friend and business partner Paula did a re-write.
I often am amazed by her talent to take the written word and transform it. There is no wonder that children love the rhymes in our books! I don’t know if the teacher will make the changes, but I posted them. I love the way Paula takes my anger and actually does something positive with it! Here are the new lyrics:
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Bring Him Warmth, Santa

Dear Santa, I need to change my Christmas list
There’s one big thing I missed
My Daddy serves his country far away from here
And I know, Santa, I asked for a Barbie doll
And a brand new soccer ball
But I’d trade it all, for just one gift this year…

Bring him warmth, Santa, bring him love from Mom and me
Let him wake up Christmas morning, and find all countries free
You can join with us and pray, and bring some comfort in your sleigh
So he won’t spend Christmas all alone
Bring love from home

And Santa, here’s a picture that I drew
Of him in his dress blues
Give him a country that remembers him there
That honors his sacrifice, honors him good
And I was hopin’ you could
remind America to keep him in prayer.

Bring him love Santa, bring him victory and speed
Let us wake up Christmas morning, and find we’re still free.
Can you help us stand tall as he answers his call?
So he won’t spend Christmas all alone
Bring love from home

Bring warmth from home.
Bring hugs from home.
Bring love from home.

Speaking of Freedom…

November 22, 2009

Deleated Post

November 12, 2009

If you came here to see the post of the little girl who reacted to her Dad coming back from Afghanistan, I have to say I’m sorry. It was a great clip, and truly showed the heart of children, who miss a beloved parent. In following the links at the end of the video, I discovered that they go to some that are not in keeping with wholesome family viewing. That is the reason for the deletion.

A Video For Veterans Day

November 5, 2009

The Ones Who Keep Us Safe

The Ones Who Keep Us Safe from U.S. Army on Vimeo.

Veterans Day is Wednesday November 11th. This video is great for parents and children to watch together. Talk to your children about the sacrifices that are made on the behalf of all of us.

I was talking with my son earlier today. He said that he feels that it is fine if the American people are oblivious to the work our Military does…that the people going to work, raising the kids and washing the car, with no thought or regard for those fighting far from home, is exactly what soldiers do. They protect , so we don’t have to think about it. I love it that he feels that. I do not agree. I think that we lose a part of ourselves when we live oblivious to those who sacrifice every day for us. We are protected, because they are willing to give all they have.

Thank you, all veterans, active duty, reserves, National Guard, Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Families! We give a special salute to all the children, who serve as they wait, we hope you remember them as well.

Please appreciate and thank our warriors, thier families, and remember that you can live as you do, only because they care.

Christmas German Style…In November

October 17, 2009

In our second book We Serve Too! 2 A Child’s Reunion Book, there is a scene where the family is cutting a Christmas tree , and it isn’t even cold! This came from a real life experience in our family as my son was deployed to Iraq one October and we scurried to make sure that he did not miss the family Christmas. We found that Christmas in October was different but good!

This year we will have a new experience. Justin is leaving for a three year stint in Germany. He has to go in early December. He will actually be home for Thanksgiving! I am planning ( thanks to Paula for the idea) to do a German Christmas for the family before he goes. I am in the mode of researching the traditions German Christmas celebrations.  My partner Paula is of German heritage and my daughters new boyfriend is German, so I have plenty of expert advice. I’ll keep you up on the things we decide to do.

The purpose of this is not only to make sure that the holidays are enjoyed together, but also to help my grandchildren learn something about where their daddy is going. Helping children to learn about the places a parent may be going, opens up new connections. I know that as we work to make these connections,  bonds become stronger and relationships closer.

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Gute Nacht
goot-eh nakht
Good Night

We Serve Too! Military ABC's Coloring Book!!

October 8, 2009

Our newest fun resource for kids is about to be unveiled! We have created a way for kids to learn the Military Phonetic Alphabet… fun for parents and kids to do together!

The We Serve Too characters, help you learn , and have lots of laughs along the way. Include kids in all things Military, as they speak in ways the military does. (I know this is useful as my Army son read to me his recent  flight itinerary that way…good thing I had researched these letters!)

You never know, maybe new recruits would like this easy way to learn it too!

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In another blog I’ll share a taste of what is in the coloring book, also , I’ll be letting you know when it is out. As of now, it goes to the printer tomorrow!

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Foxtrot Uniform November!

That’s and Order!

Military Children …Serve Too!

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This photo of this sweet child has been making the rounds of the military blogs. I decided to put it up too, because it speaks of the hearts of children who are waiting  for a beloved parent to return. This little one could not bear to part with her Daddy as he left for Iraq,  and would not let go. No one had the heart to lead her away as he lined up in formation. Four-year-old Paige Bennethum stayed by his side.

She is one of many children we love and serve with our books in the We Serve Too! series. It is this picture that tugs at our hearts and why we work to make the best possible resources for Military Families. We feel the pain and the honor, the purpose and the sacrifice of our country’s children.

There area many little ones making this very sacrifice today. We hope that in some small way, we have helped their brave parents comfort and explain deployment and reunion, and that we add to the resiliency of these Families. God Bless them all.

It's not a Deployment? Hmmm….

September 18, 2009

Well, I just got off the phone with our son who has orders to go to Germany in December. As we are talking about his visit at the end of this week, he mentions that this time is not considered a deployment. He also said that they would give him a chance to come home one more time before he leaves..for three years.

This is very nice of them, of course. We will happily have him home as much as we can get him! During his time in Germany, it is likely he will be deployed for some time  to Afghnistan. But, this is not a deployment. It feels like one. Of course I am happy that he will not be in the line of fire, at least for awhile!

For his children, and for us, who are here at home, the result is a deployment. He is there and we are here, packing boxes and writing e-mails. This is part of the army life, and we are a Military Family.

I am only griping a little. Honest.

Tribute to our Troops

September 12, 2009

This was posted by blue star families, it is a very moving tribute to the men and women who daily give so much to all of us.

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