I have a very personal connection to the military – my cousin and her husband are both active duty members of the military. For her, it means her husband spends months at a time away from her two children. At a recent wedding, she said that they’d planned a trip to Vegas for a year – and it still had to be delayed because of her husband’s last minute orders. And at some time in the not to distant future, it means that my cousin will leave her husband on daddy duty with her two and five-year-old sons while she goes on training in another state for several months.
Which is why I was glad to take part in the #RealityMomsGIVE Military Moms Salute this year.
As a former resident of Philly, #RealityMoms founder Joey Fortman has been involved with The Tuckerton Seaport for years. When given the chance to give back, both Tuckerton and Joey stepped up, last year having the first Military Mom Salute just before Mother’s Day.
But of course, never one to shy away from community giving (despite a recent move to California), Joey jumped at the chance to give back again this year, making the #MilitaryMomSalute (hopefully) an annual tradition. On September 23rd, the #RealityMoms team sprinkled some military families with a little #RealityMoms love. Sponsors Joovy, Viking Toys, Corolle Dolls, Tervis and (of course) the Seaport Stitchers Quilt Guild provided a delightful assortment of gifts for the soon-to-be and new mothers. Tuckerton provided a lovely luncheon while #RealityMoms provided a little hands-on care for their children (it was a BIG sacrifice…but we were willing to take it).
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