Did you know I still have most of my letters from my deployment?
If you have been subscribed to my email list (click here if you want to join) or read the blog for very long you probably know I have the digital emails I sent home and am creating them into a book. But that isn’t wanted I’m talking about.
Handwritten letters or cards from family, friends, and even people I don’t even know. I found them tucked away in a box while searching for something else. And when I found them I stopped and took the time to read them. After that, all I could do was say thank you. Thank you to everyone who sent me an email, a letter, a card, a care package. Prayed for me, thought about me and now to those who follow me on my journey today.
When I started my blog I started to share the struggles I faced when I left the military to stay at home while also sharing a few of my deployment stories. And blogging has been an adventure and a journey I’m glad I started. It wasn’t quite what I expected, but in a way, it is even better, even if it is a lot harder than I thought.
And as I thought about these letters that I still have today, I wondered if people thought they couldn’t do anything to encourage someone serving overseas. So, I thought I would share what some of them say because it isn’t anything drastic or crazy. But I still hold on to them today. Shall we take a look together?
Letters from family and friends:
We are thinking about you and praying for you! I hope time flies by and you are home with Michael soon.
Thank you for your service! We sincerely appreciate the sever sacrifice you are making and can only imagine the hardship you endure. We will hold you close in prayers and pray for your safe return home.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you and thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Thank you for your emails. I love hearing what you are doing. I miss you. And I’ll envy you when the pomegranates are ripe.
My Bible Study group and church are praying for you and your team. We love your updates…We love you.
I hope you are doing well in Afghanistan. I must say that the tone of your update emails is always upbeat and you seem to be really excited about the job you are doing…Take care. I’ll look forward to seeing you home safe and sound.
Just making some wishes that you were here or at least with Michael. Praying things are going wonderfully. We are so proud of you and miss you lots. We love your updates, take care sweet girl.
I hope this finds you well in Afghanistan. I think about you often and you are in my prayers.
Miles may keep us separated, but love keeps us close at heart.
We wanted to send you another care package. Hope you enjoy it. We went to Buchan Hollow Nut in LeGrand to get you some nuts and the lady who served us donated another package of nuts. She appreciated your service, we do too…God bless you and all those who stand beside you.
We have enjoyed your emails and pics. Sending a book and a few munchies. Hope all is well.
We wanted to send you a care package…We are proud of you and will keep you in our prayers.
I think that surprised me the most when I was overseas was how many people ended up being connected to my story. I received so many care packages and emails full of encouragement. I’m using this blog post as a way to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who supported me or any service member serving overseas. The things you do to help us know we have not been forgotten and means more than you ever know!
And to honor those who are serving I’m kicking off a 31 Day Series in October sharing deployment stories and experience. I have interviews with people who have served overseas (military and civilian) and I also have included the stories of a handful of military spouses. Their sacrifice is means so much.