This year Mother’s Day is May 14th, leaving you just enough time to put together and ship a special care package for a deployed Mother. Here are a few ideas that will brighten up the day for the special woman in your life this Mother’s Day (these ideas work for any female friend, spouse, sister…)
Photos and Mementos:
Homemade from the Heart:
Pampering in a Small Package:
When I asked a few active duty Navy mothers what they enjoyed most in their care packages, what Megan told me really resonated: “We had Mother’s day packages sent to us with a woman's touch in mind. I.e razors, lotion, lip balm, loofah....etc maybe a chocolate bar for those crazy ….days! But when I got mine on deployment I actually cried because for once I could feel like a lady especially after sweating and getting all greasy on the flight deck smelling like jet fuel. It's always nice to feel appreciated out in the middle of the ocean/desert.”
Even if there is not an opportunity to send any of the suggestions above, you can still make a mother (or sister, friend, coworker, Aunt, cousin, etc.) in your life that is deployed this Mother’s Day feel special. I want you to considering taking time to really thank them. This can be in a letter, or email or special note, not only for their service; but for the gift of strength and resiliency that they are giving to their children by example through their hard work and sacrifice.
Please share in the comments what you plan on sending this Mother’s Day. All you deployed mamas- chime in and tell us what you most want this Mother’s Day!
About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (3 years and 1 year), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring.
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