Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Perfect Military Spouse Care Package

Last spring I attended a retreat sponsored by the Army Wife Network. Though I am an Air Force wife, the ladies at Ft. Sill welcomed me with open arms. One intriguing session covered creative care packages for our deployed service members. I considered the options: fiesta in a box complete with mini pinata, chocolate overload, or a birthday party including balloons.

My husband doesn't revel in celebration themes even when he is home. I could imagine his shock if I mailed him a complete Valentine's Day party - for one. But what I noticed was the ladies' excitement at the clever ideas. Women love decorating and color coordinating party favors. So what about care packages for military spouses? These women spare no expense and thought for their husbands yet neglect their own need for relaxation and pampering.

My answer is the Queen of the Homefront Care Package containing all the items a queen needs to revel in her role.

1. Wardrobe: Every Queen needs a sparkling tiara to serve as a reminder of who is in charge while daddy's away.
2. Tea Time: Beautiful tea cup and saucer, tea bags, shortbread cookies or scones add the perfect touch to a moment alone in the kitchen.
3. Royal Correspondence: Ornate stationary for those moments when email just won't do. (Especially when the royal subjects monopolize the computer.)
4. Quiet Moments alone: After an exhausting day meeting the needs of the royal subjects, the queen needs to get away. Lavender aromatherapy and a good Christian fiction novel help her to escape the stresses of managing the realm.

My husband believes that wives carry the more difficult burden in military life. See what other women are saying about Military Spouse Care Packages at Wives of Faith. You might be inspired to bless a military spouse this holiday season.

Blessings to you!

6 comments:

Pattie said...

I love your list!!!

Tara Crooks said...

Thanks for the wonderful comments about AWN! :) I am so glad you attended and had a great time! You are inspiring me to write up a big list of MILITARY SPOUSE care packages!!! Can I run with the idea?

This list ROCKS!!

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

I LOVE this idea. I need to do this...I can think of 5 spouses I could do this for immediately.

Thanks for the idea.

MamaArcher said...

Love it!

Knowing we have a deployment coming up though is it self serving to share this? LOL

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K.M. Weiland said...

That chocolate overload package was what grabbed my attention! Can't go wrong with that! ;)