Who are we and why are we doing this?
My name is Brandi, my husband and I have over 27 years of military experience combined in the U.S. Air Force. We have both been on deployments (never together) and know what it is like to sacrifice time away from our families, miss holidays and other important occasions due to the priority of the mission. It is part of our lives and we have come to understand that we have to make sacrifices for the mission so we “suck it up” just like the majority of military members.
We made the decision to start this cookie adventure in our lives because we remember what it was like being deployed overseas. I remember being one of the fortunate ones who received some type of mail almost every single day from my family and friends. I remember my military friends giving me a hard time because they couldn’t believe people wanted to send me things that often (they were haters). My mom would send me the local newspaper (back when newspapers were popular) on a weekly basis. The paper was from our small town where the most striking crime of the day was a neighbor’s dog barking too much. While it was not that exciting to read, it was still nice to have something from home. One of my most memorable pieces of mail is when my sister would send me a letter about once a week with a funny story of something that her 6 year old son would say. Kids always say the funniest thing and she would capture it in writing and send it off to me to keep me laughing. When I would get mail from anyone, I was so grateful. I was grateful that someone cared enough to send me a gift (even if it was just a letter or card). I looked forward to the mail every single day. My military friends looked forward to the mail when I would receive a large box because they knew I would share the contents with them. With this being said, my husband and I thought how great it would be if we could be a part of the sending end rather than the receiving end. I love to bake cakes and cupcakes but the thought of icing smeared on a box lid accompanied by cake crumbs didn’t sound appealing. Therefore, the cookie idea was born. We are happy to give to our brothers and sisters in arms overseas as they are making sacrifices thousands of miles away from their families and friends in exchange for keeping us safe. It’s not always an easy task but someone has to do it and we are proud to be a part of the small percentage who serve and proud to be supporters as well.
This organization cannot be possible without the creativity and talents of some tremendous people. We owe a huge thanks to our board members: Jennifer, Hayley and Devon who have assisted in everything from baking, media designing, content editing and at times being a referee for our business disagreements. Family is such a huge and important part of my life. I owe my husband the biggest thanks I can ever give. He has always supported any new idea I have ever had (there are too many to count) and stuck with me no matter what. I could not imagine a better partner to go through life with than him. My sister Jackie and her husband have always been great at giving advice as well as helping with anything we might ask. Although my brother Randy has almost always lived outside of the state I reside in for my entire life, he has become a great mentor and life coach for both my husband and I. My other older brother, Tim, has shown great support to me my entire life only by doing what brothers do best...picking on me. Thanks Tim! My mom has also been a huge supporter of most everything I do in life. If it weren't for her brutal honesty and still attempting to parent me, even if I'm over 40, I would not be who I am today. In her defense, I do still call her when Google isn't giving me the answer on the best way to retrieve a strand of dropped spaghetti from between the cabinet and stove. As for my dad, I jokingly asked him if he would give me a million dollars for Combat Cookies start up cash. He replied, "Well, how about if you give me a million and a half then I'll give you a million?" Needless to say, I have yet to receive a million dollars from him. I would also like to thank our neighbors, Tony and Tammy who have become a part of our family. They constantly watch over our home and family when we are away due to our military obligations. Every person who has had a hand in this organization are true Patriots and we appreciate every move you make to support our mission for the troops. Thank you everyone!