If you’ve been on Pinterest for any length of time (or been in a long distance relationship), you’ve probably heard of “open when” letters. They’re letters you pre-write for a particular person for them to open when something special happens or they’re feeling happy/sad/lonely, whatever.
I LOVE them. I think they’re such a fun idea, and they especially appeal to me since I like writing (hence the reason I blog :)) and they’re an inexpensive, meaningful gift idea. I love homemade gifts, and one from the heart like this really appeals to me, especially because it can be enjoyed for a long time.
If you want to make a set, just choose however many you’d like to do (say, 5 or 10… or 24, if you’re really feeling motivated!) and write out the letters however you’d like. You can type them or hand write them if you’d like, or type to get it all formatted, then copy it down in handwriting if you want to make sure it’s perfect (or if you’re okay with stuff being scratched out as you go, that’s fine too!)
Have you ever heard the saying, “a mouth like a sailor”?
Hey guys! This is a guest post from Tatyanna of A Pop of Life on helping the one you love cope with the trauma they encounter as a first responder. This is the first of hopefully several posts on the subject, because it’s an important one to address. If you’re currently in this situation, I hope this helps you!
There is a call of duty that drives the bold and brave to sign up to become first responders. The job requires a dedication to the welfare and safety of members within the community. Individual needs are essentially put on the back burner. This bit of courage sometimes can result in unexpected consequences. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can present itself in the lives of first responders and their families long after the job has finished.
I’m a wife to a career soldier. How does this differ from being a wife to, let’s say, a banker, a businessman, or even a teacher? It means the possibility of post-traumatic stress is very real and probable in my husband’s line of work. He has numerous tours under his belt which increase the likeliness of PTSD becoming a part of our lives. I’ve noticed a good deal of people try to shy away from the topic or even feel embarrassed to admit that it has become an issue within their family. This shouldn’t be the case.
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I know it’s still a smidge early to be talking about Christmas, but I personally start thinking about Christmas way earlier than December. To be honest, since most of my gifts are handmade, I start the planning process around December 26th each year.
But I wanted to help you guys out in case you’re not sure what to get your husband this year. I know gift giving for men can be hard, but I think giving things to a police officer, you have a small advantage because there are certain things you know he’ll love and use regularly.
This past Friday, my most recent contribution to My Joy-Filled Life was published. Yay!
My newest post was inspired by some of my friends and family. I’ve gotten a lot of messages from them asking how they can support their local law enforcement. They’ve said they couldn’t figure out a way to show appreciation that doesn’t come off as bribery, that officers can enjoy without worrying that the treats have been tampered with, and that they could actually get to police officers (since, as you know, they’re constantly on the move.)
I’ll be honest, my heart hasn’t really been into blogging lately. I’m glad I’ve had some posts pre-written for the next few weeks, because I’m just troubled by the current war against police. I know I’ve needed to write something on the topic, but I hadn’t really been able to figure out how.
I actually wrote an entire post that I ended up deleting, because I just didn’t feel up to getting into the politics of the situation. It was written out of anger, outrage, and hurt, and that’s never a good place to write from. Nonetheless, if you’re searching for my opinion on the matter, here it is.
Police officers put their lives on the line every day. They deserve our love and support. They deserve the benefit of the doubt, and the right to being innocent until proven guilty. If they kill a criminal who has put their lives in imminent danger, it’s sad. It’s sad when people die. But the fault lies in those who break the law, not those who swear to uphold it and keep that promise. Those who target police officers are nothing short of terrorists, and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
That’s all I’m going to say on the matter until something moves me otherwise. I think that’s the most loving way I can put that.
Aside from the politics of the situation, the daily life of LEO wives is different. All through his career, you’ve known danger and death were a possibility. Every day, he’s put his life on the line. Now, it’s different. Now, death and danger feel suddenly imminent and not like just a mere possibility.
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I was reading a fellow blogger’s post about the essential elements of a military marriage the other day, and it got me thinking. What are the essential elements of a successful law enforcement marriage? This is an important topic because the divorce rate for those in law enforcement hovers at around 60-75% (source).
That means that of the LEO wives reading this, only a quarter of you will have a successful marriage. Yikes. That’s not something we can ignore. A strong, thriving, healthy marriage is even more important once kids are involved. It means there are more people than just you and your spouse to think about. Protecting your marriage means providing stability and a sense of security for your children.
7/20/16: Wow, this post is popular lately, more than I ever imagined it would be. When I wrote it, the war on cops was just beginning. It was only media bias and undue scrutiny. Now with police officers frequently being targeted specifically to be attacked, I think it’s more necessary than ever.
However, because I wrote it in a different climate, it may come off a little “fluffy” now.
The spirit of it is still accurate, but if I were writing it today, there’d certainly be more to it. I just wanted to address that for new readers. In any case, carry on, and I hope you find the following post uplifting, especially if you’re struggling with the nasty things in the news lately. <3
If you’re looking for a post specifically to help with today’s climate, check out my newer post on the subject.
There’s a lot of bad press about cops lately. Have you noticed? Who am I kidding: of course you have. It’s impossible to miss. There are countless articles that call the police power-hungry, over-militarized, trigger-happy, insensitive, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
If you’re anything like me, they strike a nerve… to say the least. You know your husband, your friends, and your acquaintances who are in law enforcement. You’ve shared dinners with them, they’ve played with your kids, you’ve gotten to know their families. You know how their jobs touch their hearts, even when they have a hard time showing it.