Posted by: Jacqui Murray | February 11, 2013

Valentine Greeting to Your Soldier

Looking for the perfect Valentine gift for your warrior? Check out Bake Me a Wish. It’s the only company I know that will deliver to bases overseas.I shipped to my son in the Middle East and it arrived safely, fresh, and tasty!

Here’s their Valentine collection:

cakes for soldiers

They take 10-14 days to arrive, with no guarantee on that date, so I’m posting this too late for Valentine’s Day (it’s in my cue for next year!).

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular  Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, an ISTE article reviewer, a weekly contributor to Write Anything and mother of a Naval Officer and an Army grunt. Currently, she’s seeking representation for a military thriller that she just finished. Any ideas? Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.



  1. Found out last week that my 16yr. old son wants to attend the Naval Academy. He is home educated and his academics are ahead of what is required. Next year he will start Arabic for a certificate through Univ. of Western Florida…sheerly for the competitive edge he wants to create.He will also be taking online college English, Lit, A.P. Chemistry, Calculus, Spanish 4 and American History his Junior year. However, his competitive sports are not that strong. He is on a climbing team, intramural swim team, runs 5ks and 10ks and is a part of the local running club. He volunteers at church regularly, volunteers at the YMCA and is moving into a leadership position at church soon. Last summer he attended the Shelton Leadership Challenge and this summer he will be attending the STEM program at the academy (hopefully) along with their summer swim clinic (just to get on campus and get exposure to life there) and next year hopes to attend the summer session at the academy and a National Outdoor Leadership School trip. But, it just doesn’t seem like enough when I read the story of your daughter and everything she did. Because we home educate it is more difficult to be in a leadership position or be captain of a football team. Academically I think we are good but all I can think about is competitive sports and the lack of a letter in JV or Varsity sports. What are your thoughts? I would really appreciate any suggestions you have. We are all enjoying pouring over your book and the journey you and your daughter took together. I am interested in your opinion.

    Thank you,

    • If he meets the minimum standards, and fills out all the paperwork, he’s got a better than average chance. It’s surprising how many don’t do that. Your son is doing a lot right–taking the hardest classes available at his school, pushing himself, doing more than he probably has time for and doing it well, getting involved in academic/physical/spiritual activities, not just trying to get a high GPA and SAT score. The interest in Arabic is commendable. He will stand out for that. Admissions loves candidates who offer unusual skills, talents.

      He’s to be congratulated for all that he has done to date. It’s not easy pushing oneself on all fronts rather than resting or going to parties or saying ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’. He competes physically (the Navy loves swimming!) so I wouldn’t worry too much about that. Definitely attend Summer Seminar next year. Those who do get to kick start the application. I’m sure he already has a B&G officer to guide him? That’s critical.

      One other point: Leadership doesn’t have to mean of a sports team. Have him be involved in running clubs at school, starting up activities, debating, presenting to the local City Council. Speaking skills are important for Naval officers and are highly-sought after in successful candidates. Make sure he has some good examples of how he has succeeded in that area.

      One last area that is important that you won’t find in USNA application materials is that the candidate should be able to demonstrate that s/he can do more than there is time for. I remember my daughter had to wrap up her IB program two weeks early, take all her finals early, and get excused from several year-end events so that she could attend NASS. But, she never considered it was ‘impossible’. That word doesn’t exist in the Naval lexicon. Have your son excise it from his, also.

      I wish you both the best of luck. It’s challenging to be the mom of an applicant–I know for a fact. You work and worry along with your child. Please stay in touch so I can applaud him when he succeeds!

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