Post # 1
I’ve been going through DH’s journals from his first few deployments in order to type up each entry and have a soft copy backup, and man, it’s definitely making me cry! But I seriously feel blessed to have these actual written mementos from this period in our lives. Talk about a window into the past! =)
I got curious though and wanted to know how many of you still actually write out letters (either mailing them or saving them ’til the end of the deployment or separation) to your SO, and do your SOs do the same? For this sea duty and all the deployments that come with it, he’ll be keeping a journal like he used to and I’ll send daily emails. How about you?
Post # 3
We wrote a ton of letters when Darling Husband was in basic but not since. We still have all of them. It’s really sweet to go back and read them.
Post # 4
I sent letters daily while he was at OCS, but not since. Deployments/training for us have always meant reliable internet access, so we did email and FB and skype instead. Not as romantic as a physical letter, but far more practical.
Post # 5
we’re long distance, so we’re always separated, but the only time we wrote letters was when he was deployed. even then, it wasn’t very frequent. he had internet access through almost his entire deployment, so we did a lot of fb/google chatting, e-mail & texting. we wrote letters maybe once or twice a month. we still have all our e-mails and cards/letters. it’s kinda cool to go back and read through them. we’re always like, “let’s see what we were talking about at this time last year (or 2 years ago)”
Post # 6
He wrote me once AND he gave it to me in person! bahaha before it was phone calls when he could and then Skype…thank God for Skype
Post # 7
I wrote to him every day of bootcamp… I got probably 30 or so letters back from him, too. But from now on we will probably have pretty consistent internet access, so it’s not as practical. But I’ll probably write more if we have to go through anything like that again!
Post # 8
I wrote 2 or 3 letters a week. sent a care package every 2 weeks and filled it with pictures of random things like – sunsets that made me think of him. Silly things our dog would be doing, goofy nieces and nephews. If I traveled, I sent him postcards and gathered treats from the area. My fiance is not currently deployed and we are living together – but we have several friends deployed right now. I still make sure every month I send a letter or post card to each of them. I just think it means more to have it in writing. My man, he has every card, letter and postcard I sent. I have the couple he sent back – but mostly, his replies are in email and I have a special folder saved of those.
Post # 9
His first deployment I wrote a letter every night I went to bed; he’d write about 2 a week. On later deployments I’d write about 1 or 2 a week. We were fortunate in that we got to email every day though.
We each have all the letters, cards, post cards we’ve ever exchanged. I’d love to do something creative with them, a scrapbook or something, but haven’t quite thought of what yet!