10th Anniversary Spotlight: Showered Mom Jenni W.

Jenni Westbrook's Operation Shower baby

2016 Operation Shower Mom

When and where was your Operation Shower experience?

We were showered at the Shine Bright Like A Diamond shower in Boston, MA in June 2016.

How old is your Operation Shower baby now?

Our son is 10 months old now!

Were you separated from your partner during your pregnancy or early months of your baby’s life?

Yes, my husband was deployed for a couple of months during my pregnancy.

How many children do you have?

We have one child.

Jenni Westbrook and her Operation Shower baby

Are you or your partner active duty?

Yes, my husband is active duty.

What is/was the most challenging part of being a military family?

Fulfilling all of the home/family responsibilities while he is away is the most challenging. Even the little tasks are more daunting without him.

What is the most rewarding part of being a military family?

The endless opportunities we have had access to (travel, relationships, experiences) because of our frequent moves are actually a very rewarding part of being a military family.

What is your favorite memory of your Operation Shower experience?

The little details are what made such an impact on me. The smiling staff and volunteers, the beautiful decorations, the surprise-reveal for some of the gifts; these made the event feel like a glamorous gala! Everything was so well-executed!

Jenni Westbrook's husband and sonWhat did Operation Shower mean to you when you were pregnant or a new mom?

While I certainly did not marry into the military for the benefits or the recognition, it meant so much that the Operation Shower team took the time to show us that our sacrifices are seen and appreciated. It was a joy to have this organization treat us with such honor and recognize us for the things we do that are usually unseen.

If you could offer some words of encouragement to other military moms, what would it be?

You will do so much better than you think you will. Whether it’s parenting, a deployment, a big move, etc., give yourself some credit and know that you’re some of the toughest of the tough!

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