A Letter…To My Amazing Military Children


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A Letter…

To My Amazing Military Children,

 

I know this journey we’ve shared together hasn’t always been easy on you. As Military Children, you have endured and overcome a lot but you have come through it healthy and whole and for that I am grateful.

 

Missing your Dad has always been the most difficult part of our military life. We knew it was hard on him to miss special moments and memories but it hasn’t been any easier on you guys. You missed out on the advice he could have given, the support you longed for and even the hug you may have needed at just that moment – just from him. Thank you so much for making the most of the moments we did have. The video chats, phone calls, texts and family vacations. Those memories will be something we all treasure forever.

 

Then came the moving. We have lived in nearly 7 different homes in as many years and I know our moving from place to place so often had an impact on the friendships you made and lost as well as your own self confidence. It is never easy always being the new kid. Add to that trying to get used to a new city and a new home I know it was a lot. I am so proud of each of your for always giving it your all. Making new friends, exploring your new city and being willing to learn along the way.

 

After Daddy’s deployment we had many moments of adjustment. He had been gone for so long and we had found our own routines. Out of necessity we learned our surroundings, found familiar activities and even tried to make new friends. I was so amazed at how you each did your very best to make him a part of your daily lives. Sharing your new found routines, inviting him to your activities, introducing him to your friends and remembering even though he hadn’t been there it wasn’t because he didn’t want to be.

 

Now that Daddy has retired, we are finding our way back to ‘us‘ as a family. We are settled in a place we love calling home and we have a pattern that fits us all as a whole. I know that part of why we have made it through this military life is because of the strength we all found in living it. Maintaining consistency in our lives has not always been easy but thanks to our on post lives and the resources they have always offered no matter where we were some things didn’t need to be hard.

 

At each station we were able to know we could always count on the commissary to help us make whatever house we were assigned to a home, we always made it priority to find the local library to find the comfort we love in books and even the different activities and programs offered helped us realize that as long as we were together we could call anyplace our place.

 

Each of you have become stronger children, stronger family members and stronger people because of your Military Life experiences. I can’t wait to see where your own lives take you because I know that military kids are definitely military strong and that  brand of strength is one that will take you far.

 

-Mom

 

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Being the mother of Military Children can be a difficult and at times heart-breaking role. You have to have the strength to bring them through situations that you yourself may be having  hard time understanding. With companies like Procter and Gamble and their amazing products available at every Commissary we are able to make our assigned housing feel a bit more like a home and believe me, that is a big deal.

 

There have been so many times that making a quick stop at the base Commissary to pick up familiar products has given us that sense of home. I am a person who is very big on scents and textures so one of the first things I did when we arrived at a new house was to wash all our linen, towels and clothes in some of our favorite products like Gain, Downy, and Dreft for my babies. The smell of freshly washed bedding just made wherever we were feel more like ours then just a place we were staying.

 

Besides making our house become a home, I am always faced with the worry of whether my kids will make new friends, fit in and find activities that keep them not only busy but healthy. Thanks to programs like ProCamp that stress can be lifted from mine and the hearts of military families all over.

 

ProCamp is a program that offers youth camps in basketball, baseball, soccer and football- they even offer the opportunity to play with an NFL Player, a once in a lifetime chance for any child. Helping children to stay active, stay fit and stay social is so important and ProCamp does just that, for me that is something I can truly appreciate.

 

Between now and April 8th, simply by purchasing P&G Brands at your Commissary, you can help bring a ProCamp to your base! How wonderful it can be to know that by making purchases of some of your favorite products you can help bring the opportunity for healthy activity and once in a lifetime moments to the children in your military community? Pretty amazing I think!

 

So go on, get shopping and let’s get those military children active…!

 

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44 thoughts on “A Letter…To My Amazing Military Children

  • Tiffany

    What a beautiful letter and your kids sound amazing. It takes a lot of strength to be a military family we really appreciate everything you have to go through. #Lifewithboys #mondayformoms
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    • MrsTee Post author

      It isn’t the most publicized side of Military Life but it isn’t the easiest either. Thankfully mine have adjusted very well. Thank you so much and thanks for coming by Patrice!

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thank You for acknowledging it Crystal. So happy to connect with someone new 🙂 thanks for being a part of The Mommy Monday Blog Hop!!

  • K. Elizaebth

    Such a sweet letter to your kids. I come from a family where a lot of my family is in the military and it's hard not worrying about them when they're deployed overseas or not being able to see them because they're stationed far away. I can't even begin to imagine how their spouses and kids feel or adapt. But I am forever grateful to all men and women who bravely decide to join the service and protect our country.

    I think ProCamps will be great a way to help the kids connect and find new friends. Plus, they'll cherish the memory of being mentored/playing with a pro-athlete for life!
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    • MrsTee Post author

      Thank you so much! The worry is never easy but staying busy definitely helps a lot for the spouse and the children. You\’re right, ProCamps would be a great way to help kids connect and make new friends…keeping them busy and happy until that parent returns home safely.

    • MrsTee Post author

      Hi Karen. Thank you for your encouragement and support. It is truly programs like this that help take away some of the stress of the life we live.

  • mariet@practicingnormal.com

    We forget that behind everyone giving up their lives to serve is a family making huge adjustments. Your kids are blessed to have such a wonderful, balanced mom to fill the role of both parents when dad is not home. Thank you for the reminder.

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    • MrsTee Post author

      Yes, the family left behind is not always the focus but it can be a difficulty adjustment especially for the children. Thank YOU for coming by and giving support through your comment…

  • Megan

    Great post! Being a military child is tough, and not everyone really understands the "military lifestyle". I am military, as are my brothers. My brother's children have adapted so well, and they wouldn't have the moves, etc any other way. Such strong kids!

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thanks Megan!! It can be very hard to understand from the other side but military kids definitely have a resiliency like no other 🙂 I know your you and brother\’s family are so proud as you should be!!

  • lifeofatravelingnavywife

    This is wonderful. My husband's daughters have been without him for six years. He gets out in May and we'll be moving to be with them. I will be showing the older ones your letter. I think it will resonate with them. I'm not their mom, but I adore those girls and I think it will be good for them to know they are not alone in this.
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    • MrsTee Post author

      Thank you so much! Wow…I hope it brings them a bit of support and encouragement. They are definitely Not Alone!

    • MrsTee Post author

      It was definitely a learning experience Nina but it really showed us how strong we could be together. Programs like ProCamp can definitely help make it easier on many Military Families…thank you for coming by 🙂

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thank You Justine!! Yes spreading the word about how easy it is to bring such a great opportunity to our bases is so important. Thanks to you and thank you to your sister and her family as well!

  • nathanaclay

    Powerful post! I do not come from a military family, but I had friends who did. It can be challenging, but with the right perspective it can also offer opportunities! I imagine they learn how to meet new circumstances head on and flow with change, qualities other kids can really struggle with. I am very glad that your family is now "whole" though! I can't imagine raising kids without my husband there too. It must have taken great strength and endurance.
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    • MrsTee Post author

      Thank You!! You’re right it can be but the opportunities are tremendous. Things my children would have never experienced were made possible because of our military life. I’m glad too…and grateful. Thanks so much for coming by today!

  • julieiscocoandcocoa

    What a beautiful letter to your kids! I can only imagine what it would be like to be a full time military family (my husband served in the National Guard). And ProCamp sounds like an amazing program!

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thank you Julie. It wasn’t always easy but the experience was amazing. The programs and resources like ProCamp helped so much!!

  • Emily

    This is so sweet! You and your family have been so strong! Thank you for enduring all of this, you, your children and your Husband are heroes! I am happy you have settled down now and you can find a new normal for your family.
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    • MrsTee Post author

      Thank you Emily. It’s amazing the things you can make it through even when you don’t think you’re strong enough…thank you! Yes, we are loving living a ‘normal’ life 😀

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