Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day - Frugal Friday Care Packages

To all my fellow military spouses...
Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!
Thank you for your countless sacrifices and lonely, sleepless nights.

"There have been so many sacrifices made that can never fully be acknowledged, never even fully known. So many families separated for multiple tours of duty, so many moments missed - birthdays, anniversaries - minute milestones that make up a family's history." - Anderson Cooper on the war on terror.

Rejoice in the LORD
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance." ~James 1:2-3

When you feel like all your strength is gone, remember
"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect." ~Psalm 18:32

When you feel you cannot go on, remember
"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak." ~Isaiah 40:29

When fear overwhelmes you, remember
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~Joshua 1:9

When thoughts balloon in your head and cause your heart to tremble, rember
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 4:6-7 

Care packages boost the morale of any soldier, but they can get pricey.  Here are some ways to cut some costs and still put a smile on your soldiers face.
*Send homemade cards, artwork, decorations, and crafts - your soldier will love them more than store-bought varieties anyway! 
*Depending on where you live, Military Flat Rate APO/FPO Boxes can save you money, especially if the box is light.  You can order them on the USPS website
*Dehydrate your own fruits, veggies, and jerky.  They make great snacks and are much cheaper than the store-bought variety. 
*Recycle newspapers and magazines - your soldier will never know nor care that they are getting them a few weeks late.  Many people are willing to donate these after they are done using them.
*Involve your community.  I think you'd be surprised how many schools and organizations (Boy Scouts, sports teams, etc.) are willing to sponsor a soldier.  Don't feel like you need to support your soldier all by yourself! 

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