Nov 16, 2011 • By

The sacrifices of a military family

Wendy Limauge grew up listening to her father’s stories about fighting on the front line in World War II.

She remembers taking her big brother to an airport hangar when he was deployed to Vietnam.

Her husband, Greg, spent months on end inside a submarine when he was in the Navy.

And two of her three boys went off to boot camp together.

She knows the sacrifices military families make.

“Men and women in the military are not only working to keep our country free, they are giving up their own freedoms—like where they’re going to live, what hours they’re going to work, if they’re going to be home for their child’s birthday party,” explained Limauge.

Limauge, also known as “Sweetie,” is a full-time blogger. She and her husband, who is now retired from the Navy, run the Sweeties Brand of websites including Sweeties Sweeps, Sweeties Freebies and Sweeties Reviews.

Unlike military wives today, Limauge was not able to exchanges emails or videoconference with Greg when he was away. Communication was pretty much non-existent, she recalled.

Over a six-month period, he was only allowed to send a few, short notes home. They had about a 140-character limit, the length of a modern-day tweet on Twitter.

“There was practically no contact,” Limauge said. “I was just on my own raising three young sons. I never got to take a break.”

Military families sure could use a break, or at least some cheer. That is why Limauge is encouraging her blog readers to participate in the “Cheer” postcard campaign from Cheerios.

Just cut out the cheer postcard on the front of participating Cheerios cereals, write a few words of encouragement and mail it. The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) will deliver your postcard to a military family. Plus, Cheerios will donate $1 to the USO for every postcard received by the end of November – the total maximum donation could reach $250,000.

Limauge is hoping to organize her own campaign for military families, “Sweetie Gives Back.” She has not worked out the details just yet, but she told us her blogs will have the information when she does.

“I think the public that hasn’t had military experience doesn’t really understand,” Limauge reflected. “You hear the word ‘sacrifice’ all the time, but what does that mean to the average person? You don’t really know unless you’ve lived that life.”

Editor’s note: Visit to learn more about the “Cheer” campaign and go to to find out how the USO supports military families.