I do plan on sending lots of care packages. I never deployed, but was in the Reserves for eight years and mail call was definitely the best part of the day during basic training and schools.
My brother just came back from his second tour in Iraq last February and my stepdad is supposed to go sometime in 2007. Unfortunately, I didn't live close enough to be there when my brother left and came home so sending hubby off was definitely a new experience. In a way, I think that was the hardest part. I feel a little better know, but it's still pretty lonely around the house. I have the dogs to keep my company and my best friend from high school invited up to her house for the Xmas weekend.