A few years back my husband deployed as part of a security detail for a humanitarian mission the Navy was on. It was unlike any deployment he had previously been on. He was on a ship moving all over the place all the time and communication was not nearly as consistent as other deployments. I suppose the lack of communication really played into me wanting to make the care packages he received extra special.
Most of you have probably either done or heard of the "Open when..." letters. If you haven't heard of them, they're pretty great. You choose a special day (anniversary, birthday, ect.) or situations (feeling down, missing me, need encouragement) and write a letter, buy a card, or maybe a little package to go with that situation.
I decided it would be fun to take the "Open when..." idea to the next level and have it kickstart a scavenger hunt for him. Since he was on a ship in the ocean, naturally I thought of pirates. It took quite a bit of planning but I think it turned out fantastic.
I decided my plain old skates needed a make over. So, I hit the internet for some DIYs on glittering shoes because skates are basically just that but with wheels. I tried a little from one tutorial then a little from another to achieve the look I wanted.
I've heard all the derogatory remarks about military spouses, "dependapotamus", "She has no aspirations of her own, that's why she advertises she is a military spouse", "You carry an ACU purse? Why not just wear his uniform?" Yes, someone actually said last one that to me.
What really gets me is when someone makes fun of a spouse simply because they have an Army/Navy/Marine/Air Force spouse shirt, bumper sticker, etc. Seriously people? Would someone get a hard time for having a "Soccer Mom/ Dad", sticker or shirt? How about one of those "My kid made the Honor roll" stickers. No, because we like to show off our pride for the people we love, there is no shame in that. At least there shouldn't be.
We are labeled as not having a life of our own. Being lazy, piggybacking on our spouse's glory, or wearing our spouse's rank (I realize that this does happen but in my experience, the majority of spouses are extremely level headed and don't care in the least about rank). The hatred and stereotypes just go on and on. It's really quite sad. The worst part is that generally, it comes from within the military community! We should be supporting each other, not tearing each other down.
My life as a crafty housewife
I am a wife, mother, entrepreneur, and lover of all things crafty. This blog will include tutorials on some of my favorite crafts as well as my thought's on subjects that are important to me. I by no means claim to be an expert on any subject, just a creative girl who likes to DIY.