If you’ve been reading here at all for any length of time, you know that I am proud to be an American.
My brother is in the navy, and here to the left is the warship, F.D. Roosevelt, that he was on a couple of years ago for an 8 month stint. So when it comes to celebrating Memorial Day, you better believe that the massive appreciation of our service men and women isn’t hard for me to muster.
Landon, my brother, along with almost 6000 other sailors, is on another cruise that will last until Christmastime. If you want to read about the launching of that ship, the George H.W. Bush, you can check out a previous post that I wrote HERE.
And I’ve been thinking lately, since I had a pretty enthusiastic response to that post in support of our military, that there has to be something more that we can do for them. So I’ve decided that over the next several months while these people are out on cruise, here at Life for Dessert, we’re going to give them some of the kudos that they deserve.
I’m going to begin a series of posts called “Blogging from the Bush” that will feature a different sailor every couple of weeks. Landon is going to write our first installment here soon (they’ve been docked in England this past weekend enjoying some much deserved liberty free time, so I’ve yet to receive his post.) Every couple of weeks, a different sailor will write a guest post for us on what it’s like living on an aircraft carrier. They’ll tell us a little about who they are and what they do, and give us a glimpse into life at sea on a giant metal labyrinth of a warship.
During the time period between that sailor’s post and the next one, I’ll feature a picture of that sailor and his/her mailing address at the bottom of every single post I write so that you, blogland and readers, can do something to support our military and know exactly who you’re supporting. I’m asking that you make a point to send letters, packages, goodies, and encouragement to each sailor…or at least one of two of them over that period of time. I’ve had loads of people say that they wished they knew what to do to help out, and here’s a way. An added bonus is that you know exactly who you’re sending to. I’m going to ask that you include somewhere in your letter or package that you found out about this sailor from Life for Dessert, so that they know exactly where you came from!
My brother was super pumped about this idea and said he knows that tons of people there will be too. What person doesn’t love getting a care package or encouragement… especially when they’re far from home and loved ones?!
SO will you all join me? I’m not asking for you to do it for each one, although you’d be AMAZING if you did, but would you consider giving it a shot at least a couple of times? Please don’t just read each sailor’s post and think to yourself, “someone else will do this,” and carry on. These people are serving to insure YOUR freedom, and it comes at a cost to them and their families. It’d be especially helpful as well if you can leave a comment on each sailor’s post letting me know that you have sent them something so that we can make sure each person is getting some love.
My family is going to do something for each sailor, and I hope that you will get your whole family involved too! Take your kids to Walmart with you to pick out little treats, have them help you bake goodies to vacuum seal, go to the post office together (I recommend using the priority mail flat rate boxes for mailing) and send some love to our military! A little bit of your time and effort will make a world of a difference to our soldiers serving overseas!
So join in the S.O.S! And Support Our Sailors through “Blogging from the Bush” here on Life for Dessert!
PS. This was purely my idea…there’s nothing behind it but the desire to inform us over here about what they are doing over there and to encourage them as they are far from home and loved ones.