His name is Luis! Not sure how old he is, but he has a child of his own. Oh, and he’s a soldier.
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:
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.
The amount of time it takes to find copyright free, high quality stock photos is higher than I thought. I’m cheap though, so as long as I don’t have to pay actual currency, I can work through it. The best part about stock photography is that sometimes it’s random as shit and hilariously bizarre. Here are a few of my favorites: