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It’s no secret by now that the military has played a HUGE role in my life and the life of my family. From having a plethora of family members who served in the military, to being an active duty spouse for over 7 years, to now living the life of a Veteran wife whose hubby is a full time college student using the GI Bill, the military still touches our lives on a daily basis.
I try to be extra thankful and appreciative of our military, their spouses, and their families. After getting a taste of what they go through my heart just goes out to them. Sometimes, however, it’s easy to forget to show your appreciation to those who are closest and mean the most to you–in this case I realized it had been too long since I had thanked Bob for all he sacrificed and did in service to our country, and reminded him that he is my Hero!
They really just do. 2011 was the hardest year in my life so far and a large part of that had to do with my husband’s deployment to Cuba when Amber was a toddler and Tyler was a baby. Thankfully he came back home safely (above you see us on the night of his return home) and I have experienced every deployment emotion from the sinking crying of saying goodbye, the bleak depression of trudging along through, and the joyful butterflies in the stomach from reuniting after so long apart and being so excited and nervous you wonder if you’ve been married for years because it feels like a first date!
So anytime I get offered the chance to read another military spouses story–especially if it has a unique twist on it–I’m the first to jump in line!
As I mentioned in my Deployment Resources for Kids video, when Bob was deploying last year I was shocked at the complete void of resources for kids whose parents were gone–especially when it came to books!
I was so happy to see our friends at Cooper and Me are helping to solve this problem! Cooper and Me and the Military is about Cooper’s best doggie friend, Trooper. He’s a former military dog who comes to live with two military brats while their parents are deployed. I thought the perspective of two parents being deployed at once was a very interesting one.
The book is fun and was very easy to read aloud. Amber loves it and we’ve been reading it over and over and OVER for bedtime each night! I think we’re both excited to see a military book! This book is great for military kids or non-military families, as it is written from the non-military child’s point of view. It would be great to use for building empathy and understanding-something I think it really needed!
I also loved that there are activities that help children name and process their own feelings about what they’ve read included at the back of the book to help take everything one step further.
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