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The Perfect Military Spouse Care Package

Christmas Time is Here!

Everyone is in the giving spirit and trying to think of that wonderful gift to give to that special someone. As a military spouse with a deployed husband, I have found myself thinking long and hard about different things I could send to him for Christmas in a care package.

But Wives of Faith put a new spin on the care package deal. They are hosting a blog carnival for this Christmas season and the topic of the day was:

The Perfect Military Spouse Care Package

When I saw this blog topic, I knew that I wanted to chime in and give my five cents. We are almost done with this deployment and I have some insight on this blog topic, but for Military Spouses with Deployed husbands. Here are my top must haves and I’m sure you’ll get in good if you try these with any other military spouse with a deployed husband:

  • Childcare at least once a month. I can’t count the number of times that I had to call on friends to babysit for me, whether I needed to run an errand, or if I just needed a mommy timeout. I’ve been blessed to have two great friends in particular that I can almost always rely on whenever times get rough in this area.
  • Nice stationary. This is to send love letters to our spouses while they are deployed.
  • A book of stamps to send off the love letter on that nice stationary.
  • A journal. This is to chronicle all of the day to day happenings and things that you want to be sure to tell your spouse about when you see them face to face.
  • Free lawncare for the duration of the deployment! The last thing a military spouse wants to worry about is keeping a manicured lawn that is up to base standards or even to the neighbors’. We have enough stuff to worry about already.
  • An invitation to dinner. It’s not as fun cooking for one. I have often found myself eating cereal or whatever I could get my hands on really quick for dinner. Invite us over to eat your famous lasagna. The company will do us good.
  • A day of pampering. A pedicure, manicure, massage, or whatever! We just want a chance to be able to relax and be carefree without the weight of the world on our shoulders.

So what do you all think about this list?  Did I leave anything out?

Even if you aren’t a military spouse, what would you love to get in a care package for Christmas?

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  • Kim December 31, 2009, 2:08 AM

    if ya lived in SC I'd say come on over for dinner anytime… I love to cook!

  • MeghanM December 23, 2009, 12:51 PM

    What nice ideas!

  • Kathryn December 23, 2009, 12:46 PM

    Great list! Definitely some must-haves!

  • Julie the Army Wife December 23, 2009, 7:18 AM

    It sounds like a great one!

  • Proverbs 27:19 December 22, 2009, 11:21 PM

    Girl you did good, especially on the childcare one. I have three, so you know I appreciate a mommy time out!

    smooches,
    Larie

  • KK December 22, 2009, 10:58 PM

    These are great ideas. I'll have to try some of them on my sweet friends whose spouses are in the military.

  • Julia December 22, 2009, 10:16 PM

    great great ideas! Merry SITS-mas!!!

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