Friday, September 9, 2011

Little Things

Little Things

Do you ever stop to think about the little things we should be thankful for?

I am just as guilty as the next person to get caught up in the hustle bustle of life and complain about little things, big things, just thing when it doesn't go the way I want it to be.

However, there are many others WAY worse off than we are. We are blessed. Blessed beyond words to explain.

Things I am thankful for:

  • Living in a country that I have freedoms that we often take for granted. I can go to church freely and worship God.
  • I was able to take a hot shower this morning (running water is such a wonderful thing to have!)
  • Schools my kids can attend
  • That I often feel overweight (odd yes but obviously that means I am getting more than enough to eat - so I am blessed)
  • I like my job - that I have a job
  • I have the most wonderful friends!
  • I still have both my parents and I enjoy talking with them.
  • I still have 3 out of 4 grandparents in my life
  • I have a great relationship with my sister even though we live thousands of miles a part.
  • That it takes me hours to clean my house - blessed to have a nice home.
  • Thankful even when I am at the pump. I have transportation, nice transportation even if it does cost us over $500 a month in gas. Glad I can pay to put the gas in the vehicles.
  • Thankful that I can argue, bicker, and make up with my hubby. I had a friend from school that lost her husband abruptly and without notice this summer, I am sure she would give anything to have the opportunity to have the good moments and the bickering with him.
  • Thankful my life is so busy and full that sometimes I just don't know how I am going to do it all.
What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Support Our Troops

Do you Support Our Troops?

My husband served in the Army for 8 years and had multiple deployments and it always meant so much when he received a package from home.

Some of the soldiers don't have anyone to send them items they need and some families just can't afford to ship stuff as often as is needed.

My kids awesome school district is having Operation Caregiver. They are collecting donations and money (loose change too!) to send supplies to our troops that are still serving overseas.

We still have thousands of military members serving in hostile areas and if we can do something as little as sending them a care package to make their day I think we should give it all we can!

This is what it can look like when you are deployed to a war zone.

My husband's actual sleeping quarters after they stopped and set up base.

Want to take a guess? Burning the poo! Yep they didn't have toilets like we have. I was told to be so grateful when you go flush each time.

Can you do without your coffee or latte once? You could take that money to donate a tube of toothpaste or toothbrush.

Shipment of packages when my hubby was in Iraq.

They still have to maintain standards.

One of my recent coupon purchases. I was able to get all of these products under $2.00 and I am donating these to the kids' school to be shipped to our soldiers.

What can you do?

Please feel free to donate. You can ship it here, find an organization in your areas to donate to for the soldiers, take a small step that will mean so much to others!

If you are in Southern Arizona please feel free to contact me and I can meet you to get the donations or you can drop them off at the front office of any school in the Vail School District.

Items needed for Operation Caregiver

  • Letters of Encouragement
  • Homemade or Store-bought cookies in crush proof box
  • Powdered Drink Mix
  • Hard Candy (no chocolate)
  • Gold Bond or generic equivalent (not baby powder)
  • Shave Creme (no aerosols)
  • Razors
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Dental Floss: Picks only
  • Neosporin or other antibiotic cream
  • Band aids
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Puzzle Books
  • Snacks
  • Energy Bars
  • Jerky
  • Socks (white crew)
  • Sun block
  • Chap stick
  • Insect Repellent (no aerosols)
  • Baby wipes
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, hot sauce)
  • Magazines, card, or games
  • Small beanie babies, toys (to give to local children)
Let us not forget our troops! They are still serving, fighting to protect our freedoms and liberties that so many people often forget and take for granted!

The 10 year anniversary is coming up of 9/11 - this day changed so many of our lives forever. Let's do a small act of kindness and provide some necessities to our military troops!