We've just passed the halfway point of Sailor Boy's deployment, yay! We read one of our favourite deployment comfort books which inspired me to make Bella a "Daddy loves you" lunch with a cucumber deployment chain:
A deployment chain is a paper chain that some military families make when their loved one deploys, to count down the days left until homecoming. ♥
When Dad's at Sea, by Mindy Pelton tells the story of a Navy family about to be separated by deployment, and the ways they cope.
Bella's EasyLunchbox is packed with a cucumber chain representing the deployment chain in the book, cheese-filled tortilla secured with a long heart cocktail pick, tomato with anchor pick, cantaloupe balls with hugs & kisses, & a Lunchbox Love note, all to remind her that her Daddy loves her.
Now that we are looking forward to Sailor Boy's homecoming, we've started shopping for welcome home gifts for him. I got us a pair of mugs from Say Please, the folks who make our Lunchbox Love notes - aren't they sweet?
The sproutlets are full of ideas for presents for Daddy - my favourite so far is signing him up to play hockey with his favourite NHL team, the Detroit Red Wings, haha! They're sure he would be great - they're so proud of him :)
Here are Beanstalk & Bella a few years ago, ready for their school's Dress As Your Hero Day. They dressed as their Dad ♥
I'm so proud of them, and their Dad!
By coincidence, today happens to be Military Spouse Appreciation Day!
I've been getting lots of thanks for all I do for my Sailor, and I'd like to say the same to all my fellow spouses, to my parents, and to our extended families and community too, who hold us all up! I couldn't do it alone. Thank you to everyone who supports our military & their families ♥
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