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We’ve adopted! — and other things

His name is Luis!  Not sure how old he is, but he has a child of his own.  Oh, and he’s a soldier.

Soldier cat deserves a cheezeburger.

So, no, we didn’t adopt a child nor did we adopt another pet.  Through the Adopt A US Soldier program, we were matched up with Luis.  I don’t know how much detail I should give, but the above picture is not of him.  Let’s just make that clear.  Any additional information I may or may not have is really not for discussion.  It makes me sad that on the AAUSS site they have to reinforce this idea over and over.  Also that this is not a dating site.  I mean, really?  Really, people?  I get it, but people have enough shit to worry about, wherever they’re stationed.  They don’t need a stateside stalker.

It may not seem a lot to some, but letters are so important, even in these times of instant information and communication.  Letters take the time and effort to say that you’re really thinking about someone.  I thought about this and realized that the servicemen and women that are in these far flung corners of the world could be my children.  Both because I’m so decrepitly old and also because so many soldiers are so excruciatingly young.  We are sending letters each week and I’m going to send a care package soon; I need more details about his preferences before I spend money on things that he’ll hate.  I don’t think it will matter that much, because even if my guy doesn’t like the stuff, surely someone else will.  But I adopted Luis and I want to get things for him, not for “any soldier”.  Any suggestions would be appreciated, there are lots of things that have been suggested to me that I haven’t even thought of.

Speaking of care packages, I got gifts for Chinese New Year (why yes, it was many months ago, that’s not the point) that I haven’t even posted about.  The Awesome Xingible over at Special Thanks sent me and my kiddos some awesome gifts.  In true shithead fashion, I ate everything and used everything and took very few pictures.  Here’s all the goodies:

They weren’t my favorite, but I still ate the whole bag.

 

I drank all the tea, but I did have one picture!

 

To balance the teh tarik. All eaten.

 

Josh got a bottle similar to these.  I’m too lazy to go downstairs to take a picture.  That second moss green seems a bit off.

 

My favorite! Fish for fish!

Robin got some awesome gel pens which she uses to make super fun pictures.  I don’t have any pictures of them because I’m a horrible parent.  Other things I got: embroidery thread, turmeric for my sleep, bullion, also got a *signed* copy of Eva Goes Solo so how awesome is that?!

So much stuff, all of it amazing.  Thank you, Xingible!  You really are the best and I’m very, very lucky.  Now off to video games and naps and such.  Priorities.

5 comments

  1. OMG YOU CHANGED YOUR BLOG LAYOUT!! I am curious, the ladies even got swim caps on.

    I *think* soldiers probably like junk-ish food. Kinda like, those nutritious sweeeeet choco bars, some chips and such. It seem to me that they keep to a clean and quick diet in order to stay fit and save the time for rest and training and all.

    It is really sad to see that war are still going on. I am sure Luis is comforted to know that a family cares genuinely for him!

  2. It was a random stock photo I found that was just the right amount of creepy/wtf/funny/bizarre. I’m going to get some stuff together for my guy soon, I don’t know where in the world he is, but he’s not home so that’s what matters. Even if it’s not “war” we have so many soldiers deployed. And whether it’s called an “incident”, a “conflict”, or “overseas contingency operation”, it’s still a bad situation where lives are on the line. We really do care and I love that I can integrate it into school. We’re trying to find more letter writing opportunities but it’s difficult because there are so many weirdos out there. I need the kids to be safe, you know?

  3. Hope it all turns out good!!! This adopt a soldier movement really looks amazing. It is sure nice for them to receive something from their home country and know that they are not alone.

  4. I did this when I was in elementary school during Operation Desert Shield, so I definitely wanted to keep the tradition going. The sad thing is that we have to keep this tradition going.

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