Tips for Military Families – Tip #110

Make A Book – Tip #110

Keep all the emails (yours, theirs, anyone else’s), letters, picutres, etc. and make it into a book of your time apart (make sure before your family member leaves, that you ask them to keep all of their mail, pictures, cards, etc. that they recieve too).  Once you are back you can put them in order and it is a good way of looking at the things that happened, changes that took place and the hurdles you overcame, funny moments, etc.  It will also give you some direction when trying to fill in ‘the gaps’ and find out about all the things that happened while they were away.  My son did a book at school (thank-you Mme Samia) that inspired this tip.  Each Monday he would write a sentence or two about the best thing that happened over the weekend for the entire year.  It ended up to be a great overview of his life for the year and the things that he enjoyed the most that we did as a family.

Our book “While You Were Away – Family Deployment Journal” will do the same thing.  It has certificates, awards, incident reports, journal starters, places for pictures etc.  The reason we created it is so that when your family returns you are able to use this journal to begin the process of filling in the gaps and blanks and getting to know each other again.  It is something that will be easy to read and go through together or by yourselves.  If it isn’t affordable for you, just get a plain pad or book and include ticket stubs, photos, drawings, notes about funny or inspring events, entries about struggles or frustrations, etc.

Journal Starters:

* Today was hard because…

* We missed you because…

* The funniest thing happened…

* Life without you today was…

* You will be so glad that you missed…

For more information about our tips, books and resources go to:  http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

To submit a tip of your own, write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org

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