As many know, my hub’s job takes him away for months on end. These deployments were just part of our life until we found out we were expecting our first child. All of the sudden a choice we had made for our lives, was never going to be his choice. It was something he would grow up having to deal with, and learn to understand.
My hubs loves his job, but every time he goes away a little part of my heart would break. And through the months the phone calls and emails would help to heal that break until he returned safely in my arms again. With our Squish, it wouldn’t be that simple. How does a little child learn to understand that when a parent leaves (for the day, night, week, or months) it isn’t because they don’t want to be with them. And it isn’t because they don’t love them, although many children can worry about just those two things.
This is our second deployment with Squishy here. The first time the hubs left when Squish was 5 months, and returned when he was 9 months. This time he left shortly after his 1st birthday. We video taped Daddy reading books, we look at pictures a lot, we let Squish push the buttons (usually hanging up on Daddy) when he calls. We try very hard to do many things to make sure Squishy understands that just because Daddy isn’t here, it doesn’t make him love him any less.
When I came across Starrytime Keepsakes and Blanket Full of Love by Kim Freeman, I knew I had to have this story. This book is personalized for your child, and tells the story of a blanket that symbolizes a parent’s love. This blanket, like the parent’s love, goes everywhere with the child. It helps them to understand that no matter where they are, or how old they are, that love will always be there. Kim wrote this book for her daughter, and then designed a book to be personalized so that every child could read about how they would always be loved.
Your sweetness reminds us every day what is truly important in life. I hope this book always reminds you of our love.
Love and Squishes,
Mama and Daddy
“And if your blanket shrinks or fades, or rips or falls apart, Kellan, you know that does not change the love that is in my heart.”
This story is absolutely beautiful, and the illustrations by Val Lawton are just perfect! It is a book I know we will treasure for a long time. It is my hope that this will help my baby to understand that Daddy and I both love him no matter where we are, or how old he is. I look forward to seeing my Hubs read it to Squish when he comes home.
Whether you are a family like mine who has a parent who is gone for long periods of time or not, this is the perfect story for all families. You can even personalize the back cover to include your child’s name.
On the Squishy rating scale, this starrytime book receives an
(this is not a normal Squishy rating, but this is just that special of a book.)
(Disclaimer: While I did receive a copy of Blanket Full of Love to review, no monetary compensation was given for this review. This is 100% my honest opinion, and may differ from yours.)
Kim, the author of Blanket Full of Love has very generously offered to give a personalized book to one lucky reader. (You can use it for your own child, or as a present for someone who may really need and enjoy this story.)
How to win:
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This Giveaway ends 9/24 at 9pm PST. Random.Org will draw one lucky winner. That winner will be notified via email, and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.