Father's Day from Afar

Father's Day is this Sunday - talk about creating a void for our family going through our first deployment. I'm sure the void will be felt all across the globe on the 15th.

I fortunately have stayed on top of this one (I'm not on top of much lately). Hubby's care-package is in the mail & he should be receiving it any day now. I hope it oozes with love! (As opposed to oozing with sticky-melted chocolate!)

I'm not great at 'themes', maybe with some practice I will get there... but for now the theme is simply: "From Us" :)

From Us

  1. A letter from our oldest, 14;
  2. Some pictures from our 3 and 5 year older from their "Write from the Heart" books;
  3. My 5 year old made a 'dot to dot' for Dad. I'm not sure it actually makes a picture - but he sure enjoyed doing it and that is what counts!;
  4. A copy of my 5 year-old's preschool "report card";
  5. Diego stickers. The 3 year old insisted on buying Diego stickers for Dad. Logical. So I put a little note on them that maybe he could attach them to the envelopes of letters he sends us;
  6. The 'regular items': Our church bulletin, town newsletter and the daily-papers from our "Uncle John" calendar. I send them to him every week just to give him a little touch of home;
  7. Some new stationary (post-card sized paper in a rainbow of colors with envelopes). It was a huge pack and I split it in two. I sent half to Hubby and kept the other half for us to send him letters;
  8. "42 Lunch Notes" - These are great. I picked it up on a whim and crossed out the "Lunch" part of the title and hand-wrote "Deployment". The notes are smaller then a postcard. Hubby can write a quick note for the boys and include them in envelopes mailed home. Sometimes it is hard to come up with words to write to the kids and these have a smaller writing space but I'm sure they will be a keep sake to the boys;
  9. COOKIES! He said they are getting cookies out the ying-yang. BUT we made some anyway because his children helped make them :);
  10. Beef Jerky - Hubby's favorite snack. I'm just glad he can eat them without me having to smell his breath! [Hey sometimes we have to find the small blessings of these deployments ;)];
  11. Some extra-dark Dove chocolates. I'm sure they are going to be melted to smithereens by the time he gets them - but it is the thought that counts sometimes right!

So that sums of his 'Father's Day Care Package'. I hope he loves it! Because we sure do love him. I realize I am going to need to find more care-package ideas as we deeper and deeper into this deployment, or he will get really tired of melted chocolate and beef jerky :). Here are some other deployment-care packages that I intend to use in the future:

If you have another resource for deployment care-packages I'd love to hear about it! Just drop us a comment.

- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com


  1. How wonderful to get something in the mail... email is wonderful... but physical mail goes beyond that. I know those purchases were hand picked and cookies personally tasted by the boys...
    Wow... we all miss your hubby.
    Thanks for taking care of him!

  2. As the receiver of some "care packages" in the past I know they are welcomed and sooo appreciated. They bring a bit of home to the deployed location and help ease the loneliness as well! The item list and resources Leanne listed are great!


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