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Thank Goodness I Answered

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2009 by juliannah

My cellphone rang yesterday and I did not recognize the number. Most of the time I do not answer it. I hate being bothered by salespeople and such. But for some reason I felt compelled to answer the phone. Thank goodness I did because it was LCpl Honda calling from somewhere on the other side of the world. Oh happy day!

He told me he only had 10 minutes to talk and then launched into a myriad of OSPEC rules and how he can’t say much. My replies to all that:



“I know.”

“I won’t.” etc. etc. etc.

My thoughts were let’s just talk here. I have not talked to you for 2 months. Anyway we finally had a real conversation and he is well and happy. Finally got all his financial business taken care of and he was really happy to find out I was successful in acquiring his high school transcripts that he needs for reenlistment. I do not know but I think that is coming up soon.

Anyway the call was a great surprise and he also told me I would get another one real soon. So I’m guessing it will be a very Merry Christmas for this deployed Marine’s mommie!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 10, 2009 by juliannah

It is now snowing on the Box of Chocolates! Interesting little extra from WordPress. We do not see much snow where we live so I will just have to settle for this. Plus no digging out, sliding around or blizzard!

I have really been having a block on what to post about lately. Maybe it is the time of year. I don’t know. I think I need a vacation too so I can just relax and get my mojo back. I did not really have a vacation this year. I had time off but it was not a vacation.

I also have not heard from LCpl Honda for over a month and even though I know he is fine it would be great to hear from him. If you out there LCpl Honda, I love you and miss you!

Cinderella’s wedding shower is this weekend so that should be fun. Can you guess what the theme is? It was supposed to be a surprise but Tango’s sister let it slip to Cinderella. Actually she pretty much figured it out anyway. If you know my daughter then you know why I call her Cinderella.

One last note, we had another heartbreaking family event this week. I do not want to mention it here but please say a prayer for my family. Enough already God.

Sign the Card

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 4, 2009 by juliannah

Here is another great thing we can do for our troops. Fox News Radio has a group holiday card that can be signed by anyone. You have to hurry because in order for it to reach the troops by Christmas it will have to be sent by Monday, Dec 7. You can even add a picture.

Sign the Group Holiday Card here.

5 Ways to Support the Troops During the Holidays

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by juliannah

While I was racking my brain trying to figure out what to send to LCpl Honda in his Christmas Care Package I started doing a little research on the internet. I found many great charities and companies that focus on making Christmas for our deployed service people a happy day.

 If you are wondering, what you can do here is just a few of the ideas that I came across.

1. Send a USO care package to a deployed service member. Operation USO Care Package will send a care package to those either deployed or en route to an overseas deployment.

2. Operation UpLink provides phones cards for deployed military members. Being able to call home is a priceless gift you can give to a military member and their family.

3. Christmas Spirit Foundation donates Christmas trees for military families. What a wonderful gift for the family back home!  Being separated from loved ones during the holidays is stressful to say the least. The Christmas Spirit Foundation provides trees and helps families with one less thing to worry about during the holidays.

4. Donate toys to the Marines Toys for Tots program. This benefits all children whether in the military or not. Besides, Christmas is all about the kids and the Marine Corps has successfully made a wonderful Christmas for kids since 1991.

5. Adopt a Soldier. This is the gift that keeps on giving. You can adopt a military member and help by sending care packages and letters throughout his/her entire deployment.

Whatever you choose to do is up to you but this is just five ways you can help and bring some holiday spirit to those who are making it possible for us to celebrate the holidays in freedom.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 19, 2009 by juliannah

I want to let you know about, a generous company that has been supporting our Nation’s Troops for the past year. They have already donated over 20,000 welcome home banners to military families like ours and they want to continue their support of the military community in the future. They also proudly display welcome home stories and pictures from military families on their website. I believe we should support the companies who support us, which is why I am asking you to help me get the word out about this company. If you or someone you know needs a sign or banner, please tell them to buy from is offering us a special 25% off all of their products through the end of June to help them continue their support of our troops. I hope you will help support this company that has done so much for military families around the country. This is a generic copy of the jumbo card I sent my nephew in the Sand for Christmas last year. It measured 18″ x 24″. CpL Red now (Sgt) loved it! Sshhh. I think LCpl Honda will get one during his upcoming deployment.


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