While my husband has been in Ranger School, I have had the amazing opportunity to meet so many strong women. We have bonded over so much these past few weeks, and I am so thankful to have these ladies by my side through all of this.
I have gotten a lot of praise and attention for the things I have been doing for my husband. But the thing is, I do almost everything either with, or in coordination with, these ladies. We all help each other come up with ideas and create things together. I don’t deserve all of this attention. These amazing girls do. It is true that I LOVE being creative and making things, and Zac being in Ranger School is a great excuse for me to do all of these things. But I would not have been able to do all I have done without the help and support of these awesome women.
And even more than that, these ladies have made the BEST care packages ever!
But don’t take my word for it, check them out!
Roxanne made a Parks and Recreation themed care package for her husband. Watching the show is something that helped get her and her husband through the long distance part of their relationship and the both love it a lot. I spent the entire time she was making her box, cracking up at her clever execution of hilarious moments from the show. I loved it so much, I actually went home and started watching Parks, just so I could laugh about it some more. She also did something I would have never thought to do. Instead of gluing paper to her box, she used printed contact paper. Because it is basically a large sticker, she could cut it to the exact size and stick it on. Such a good idea. Props girl!
Karen did a love letter themed care package. Her and I actually made ours together a couple weeks ago, and she went through a few awesome ideas before landing on this super cute one. I love how she made an entire flap into an envelope. She also included a few “Happy Birthday” touches so she could wish her man well on his big day, even though she couldn’t be there. Her package is so romantic and personal to her and her “honey bunny”. She was very proud of herself, as she should be. It turned out amazing!
Kelly used what she called a “Freedom Theme”. She used very patriotic prints of paper to decorate her box. It looked great before she even started putting personal touches onto it. But her idea to personalize it is what truly made it awesome. She printed pictures of places her and her husband want to travel to when he completes Ranger School and a few pictures of the two of them on previous vacations. Such a sweet idea that will surely give her husband an added boost of motivation! Sara made an adorable, personal box for her super lucky boyfriend. She included a small calendar with a heart on the date of his graduation (fingers crossed). This is such a cute way to help him keep his eyes on the prize. She also included a To-Do List for after he graduates. I adore the idea of giving the guys something to look forward to. And of course he covered her box in adorable pictures of the two of them, (and one of her with her new car!) He is definitely going to love opening this care package!Because she is so amazing and thoughtful, Joy made not one, but two care packages! The first package is for her husband. For this package she went with a simple but very elegant theme. She used adorable scrapbook paper coupled with pictures and memories that her and her husband hold dear, to make her care package extra special. And as an added touch, she included homemade cookies. It doesn’t get any better than that!
She made a second box for a close friend of her and her husband, who is also in Ranger School. I find it so amazing that she took the time to make him a care package as well. As Karen always says, the army is a family and they’re all “ours”! She used military themed paper and motivational sayings to decorate this package. Although it is simple, it will mean the world to a guy who probably isn’t expecting one!
I am so glad I got to witness all of the love that went into these boxes. So much time and effort was spent on boxes that will be ripped open and thrown away in only 15 minutes. The support these women have for their Rangers is simply beautiful and I consider myself lucky to get to see it first hand almost everyday.
So thank you for all of the compliments and praise for the things I do for Zac. It really does mean a lot to me that people notice all that I do. But keep in mind that there are so many amazing wives and girlfriends who do above and beyond for their men each and everyday. I have learned so much from their shared experiences and stories. I would be completely lost without them. These ladies have become my family and deserve all the praise and attention in the world because they have changed my life for the better. And they have done it with strength and grace. I am so thankful for each and every one of them!
**All the pictures in this post were taken by maker of each box.