Today was a wonderful day.
My Captain received like TWENTY boxes in the mail today. I guess there is a company in Washington that sends care packages to soldiers/airmen/marines/sailors (woo hoo) that are stationed overseas for the holidays. And boy did they.
Some of the things we received:
+ Trader Joes freeze dried strawberried
+ Trader Joe's chocolate
+ Like 8,000 types of tea, hot chocolate and instant coffee (even Starbucks VIA - score!)
+ An ENTIRE box worth's of candy/gum.
+ Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotions, body sprays, etc
+ Microwavable meals
+ Trail Mix
+ Magazines and books
+ A Barbie ice pack. Yeah, that's mine.... Hey! I'm injured!
... and the list goes on.
I was like a kid in a candy store (almost literally, there was so much candy!), and it was super fun going through this stuff. Then we divvied up the thank you cards, and I got all teary eyed writing mine, just because it was so dang THOUGHTFUL of these people. They don't even KNOW us! I was so moved and touched. This holiday season has been really difficult for me, and I am just so thankful. There I go getting all weepy again.
I've decided to do this when I get back to the States. Perhaps Shane and I will have a new Christmas tradition. I'm going to put feelers out at my mom's church, since they have such a large congregation, and I'm sure they'd love to get in on this.
On a similar note, I also received some personal Christmas cards which also made me cry. I miss my family and so dang much. I will be sure to remember these moments the next time I want to strangle them. See, now I even have proof on the interwebs! :-)