THe Harting Family

THe Harting Family

Friday, April 22, 2011

Milspouse Friday Fill In #38

Please stop by Wife of a Sailor She started all this a long time ago so stop by to say hello!!

1. How many pets do you have? And what type? submitted by Life and Times of a Displaced Jersey Girl

We have a cat we got in Japan about 13 years ago and a dog we got in Spain about 10 years ago. Yes our pets are world travelers. I love them dearly and they are members of our family.

2. What are your favorite projects to do while hubby is away? submitted by my-inspired-nest

I am our family readiness advisor so I spend a lot of time with the wives (no men as we are an infantry battalion, not leaving them out)...just to see how they are doing and handling the deployment. We have a very young population and for most of them it is their first deployment.

3. What are the must-haves in your deployment care packages? submitted by Christine’s Little Blog

Notes and pictures, I don't send a lot of stuff he can't carry around. Honestly mostly baby wipes and chapstick. You would be surprised how much they get from Americans that care about what they are doing, it's overwhelming and they are very grateful for all the love they have coming their way.

4. If you could star in any TV show, which would it be? submitted by Just a Girl

Hmmm...right now Coming what I would do to have my hubs coming home right now!

5. What was the biggest hurdle that you faced during your/your significant other’s first deployment? submitted by The Pavlik Perspective

The lack of communication. In the early days of Iraq no coms where the rule of the day, it could be months. I think we have gotten spoiled by the coms but I have been reminded on my hubs last two deployments (this one included) to Afghanistan that coms again are very sparce. I think it's become more of the rule again not to hear once they get to their final destinatiion. But I always tell younger wives that no news is good news.


Nicole Marie said...

I almost said Coming Home. But I am so mad at that show. I have yet to see a Marine on that show, to surprise his family.

Hope your husband comes home soon :)

USMCWIFE said...

Hi Nicole,
Thanks for the comment, I am not a huge fan of the show because I think it glosses over the struggles that happen after homecoming leaving a lot of people thinking how easy and wonderful it is. Ive only watched it once and it was a Marine Pilot bringing home a flag to a fallen Airmens family.
I wish I could say my hubs would be home soon but he just left...;(

Rita said...

Thanks for letting me know not to send stuff they have to carry around. :) Usually I send snacks and food, baby wipes, razors, hygiene items, magazines, etc. I've been tempted to send other stuff, but it's good to know not to send stuff they have to tote around.

USMCWIFE said...

Rita, it depends what they are doing, my hubs is with an infantry rifle company so he has to be mobile 99% of the time. So just find out what the individuals situation is and go from there. Some guys come and go off the FOB a lot and have places to store and lock food so that would be a completely different situation.
Thanks for the comment!

Meadowlark said...

I still cannot watch "Coming Home" without choking up. It's been over 16 years and the strong emotions pop right back up like it was yesterday.

I do wish they'd have more enlisted guys... I suppose it's easier to arrange these things as an "O". : (