As a military wife there are NO words to describe the pride I have for my husband and the other military members, guys and gals alike.
There's this immense sense of love and respect for these amazing people who go out there everyday and put their lives at risk for us, for this country, for our children. So when I sit back and think about our troops, it's with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.
This morning I want to shift our attention to them and if you're a military wife, mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son or friend, or just know someone serving right now, I want you to take a minute and thank them for everything they've done for us. Even if you're a lurker, come on out and leave a little comment for the troops.
I'm starting this post with a video of a marine in Iraq, singing "The Dance" by Garth Brooks. It gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes, beautifully sang.
And another amazing one by the same Marine..."Tonight I want to cry"
I can't listen to these songs without my mind being filled with images of the soldiers in Iraq fighting every day, constantly in dangerous situations but still keeping the spirits high and having fun. So I'm going to share a few videos with you, I've cried but I've laughed so hard with some of these. These poor guys are so stressed and bored at times, that they have to do things to keep their mind on happy thoughts.
Marines get bored at work and do the Cha, Cha LOL The funniest part to me is watching the bosses come in and then join in the fun LOL
Dancing before a mission LOL
Marine Thriller Dance LOL
Soldiers dancing to "Move It"
Combat dancing in Baghdad LOL
It just makes me love them more and personally want to reach out and hug them all. But it also makes me sad knowing that another Christmas is upon us and a lot of these soldiers will be spending it overseas away from their families. I've been through that before and it's heartbreaking when your loved one is not home for Christmas, so with that said, I thought I would leave some links for you on ways to spread the cheer and support the troops.
If you're thinking of doing care packages:
The items on the list below have been specifically requested by the troops.
- phone cards (#1 most requested item; so they can phone their loved ones)
- VISA and M/C gift cards (#2 most requested item; gives them maximum flexibility
- personal hygiene items (American made for safety of course)
- wet wipes, individually wrapped in foil packs (not gel bottles)
- body wipes in plastic pull-out canisters
- disposable razors – men's and women's
- chap sticks
- foot powder
- and the like
- iTunes cards
- Magazines (clean content)
- books (clean content)
- fun posters and calendars for dressing the place up
- AA batteries
- AAA batteries
- movie DVD's (clean content)
- music CDs (clean content)
- iPODs (empty)
- small earphones
- 1 GB and 2 GB USB memory sticks (external hard drives) (blank)
- beef jerky and sticks
- peanuts and nuts in cans with lids
- tins and packets of flavored coffee and cappuccino
- breath mints
I already have a whole unit to send packages too and I can't wait to do my part this holiday season :)