Finally! A job!!!!!!!!
Monday, May 29, 2006
On this Memorial Day, I could spend all day directing you to the numerous excellent posts that are out there about honoring this day, or remembering the fallen.....so I have decided to point to just a very few posts/videos that I feel capture the true meaning of this 'holiday'.
I found two posts about fallen soldiers,one that is primarily a pictorial account, and I felt that they both seemed to embody the spirit and meaning of this day.I think sometimes when the fallen are reduced to just 'numbers' it can seem overwhelming, or we lost track of the fact that these are individual lives lost,lives which had a great deal of meaning to family and friends , and the loss leaves an irreplaceable hole for them, and their community.....and,I think, our country at large.
From Argghhh!!!The Home of Two of Jonah's Military Guys comes a several part posting on
"the impact on two families of the death of a soldier". I am putting a link to the third posting
because it has links in it to the first two posts,which I urge you to also read.
Kat at Yikes! emailed me a link to a video
Trish has a thoughtful post Click here: Yahoo! 360° - Trish's Blog - Never Forget.....
and Christopher Michel has an extemely good editorial on Military.com
I especially like his urging to "honor the dead by supporting the living." So, on this Memorial Day, I'm once again going to urge you to check out the links I have to some of the organizations supporting the troops......
Adopt A Platoon
Friday, May 26, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Using music from the Kory Brunson Band http://www.korybrunsonband.com/ (and if you want to download this song for yourself,click on the American flag on their page) and using pictures from many heroes,and letters from a first grade class in MI...I made this video as my small attempt to let the troops know that we say 'Thank You'.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Gee,Kathi(you're probably saying to yourself:) you post beach pics all the time from your Hawaii vacation in 2003......what ELSE did you do in Hawaii?
I think the above pic answers the question,lol!
Besides a gratuitous shot of me involved in one of my favorite pasttimes(eating!) I used this pic because it has my sis and brother-in-law in it....and then I can segue into sending you by their blog again. (smooth,how I did that,huh?:)
Monday, May 22, 2006
Well, I didn't make it to the 142nd New Market Battle Reenactment.
Where 257 Cadets from the
Virginia Military Institute
made the difference between
victory and defeat...
But you can find out more about it here Click here: New Market Home Page
(We've been other years,just had stuff to do on Sat.)While I was surfing the site,I came across something about one of the cadets, which led me to search for the book it inspired
which reminded me that a fellow Soldiers Angel member has ALSO written some books.Her site is here, go check it out!
I also didn't go to the Joint Service Open House at Andrews AFB up the road, but if you like planes, check out this page from their site
Things we DID do this weekend were go to church for Youth Sunday to hear my daughter sing a solo, and she did a wonderful job! and to hear her cousin preach the sermon...he also did a great job! I can't put a link to my church because we don't have a web page, gasp(and the pastor has never responded to my email about that yet!)
and then we all went back to my aunt and uncle's house for a big 'feed',so we had a great time of food and fellowship. (and then waddled home afterwards to watch Detroit beat Cleveland.:)
Speaking of food the Soldiers Angels store now has Girl Scout cookies in that you can ship to a soldier!!!
Why not send a little bit of 'home' to some hungry soldiers?
I have a job interview today, so will update on the results later. Have a great day!
UPDATE Well, I GUESS I will have a job....in a week? They are just waiting for my criminal background check to come back, and she said she'd call me. So I took that to mean I should get the job, but I will not celebrate or confirm until she actually calls,lol.....it's been too much time and I've been disappointed before.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
I am going to mention again 3 different projects that you might be interested in getting involved in. I know....July 4th seems far away, but the troop supporters doing these projects need to have time to review the cards, and get them boxed up with whatever else they are sending.......and mail them by June 16th, to ensure that they arrive in time!
Kat at Yikes! is organizing OPERATION:THANKS FOR FREEDOM
She says: Let's show our troops we love and support them!!!! Let's celebrate freedom and those who protect that freedom for us! For the next several weeks, I will be collecting cards to send to troops stationed in high-combat areas in Iraq. Mail from home helps to keep our troops' morale strong, making a very real difference in their lives! If you wish to participate in the Operation: Thanks for Freedom! Fourth of July card drive, please send cards to the address below:
Operation: Thanks for Freedom!
740 Thompson Lane
Loganville, GA 30052
The cards can be handmade or store-bought... for that matter, they don't even have to be cards; a hand-written or typed letter is just as wonderful! Let's all band together and overwhelm our heroes with support!!!!!
You may also send emails of support and encouragement to the following email address: THANKS_4_FREEDOM@YAHOO.COM . Any e-mail received to this e-mail account will be printed and mailed, together with the all the other cards. If you have any questions about this campaign, please e-mail me at me at the above address.
**ALL CARDS AND EMAILS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2006**
**IMPORTANT NOTE: This is not a "dating service" of any type. Please do not send suggestive or otherwise inappropriate cards or pictures. I will be reading and screening every Card received to ensure that the above guidelines are adhered to (please don't seal the envelopes, by the way)! Any card deemed inappropriate will not be sent! Remember: This is strictly to let the troops know that we love them, we are proud of them and that we HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN them!
I am trying to get together a bunch of cards to send over to Iraq to give to the Redbull soldiers, aka Desert Bulls, that my blog was started in honor of.
These men and women deserve the best support that we can offer them, and I am asking that you will help me to honor them this Independence Day by assisting me in filling care packages to them with cards and letters of support, hope, and thanks. I realize that this doesn't give everyone a lot of time to go out and buy cards or write letters, but it is important enough to me that I know I have to try. If you are willing to help me to honor these men and women please send all cards and letters for them to me so I can pass them on.
The sooner the better! If you are willing and able to help out - please send all cards and letters to me at the following address by June 16th:
PO Box 143
Chilhowee, MO 64733
Friday, May 19, 2006
I'm probably biased in this case also,but I think my youngest sis and the man she's married to are two of the greatest folks I know!
And they are in the process of trying to adopt a baby from China,which seems like something that takes THREE times the amount of time that a pregnancy does! They are blogging their journey(she is,after all, related to me,lol) and if you'd like to check it out
Thursday, May 18, 2006
If you want to see some beautiful pics, go to the Mayo clinic website and check out the pics of the girls since they have been separated in last Friday's surgery.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Having a son who has just started working in the law enforcement field, and with two police officers killed in my state recently
Monday, May 15, 2006
Here's a few pics from the prom. I know I'm biased,lol,but isn't Kyle handsome!!!
His girlfriend goes to a private Catholic high school, and there were only FOUR people in the senior class,according to Kyle! So the prom is really an 'all school dance':)So his girlfriend's younger sis also attended, and the parents were chaperones....a 'family affair'!
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Ok, so I go to the library earlier this week, to make copies of my resume before going to put in some applications.
I was wearing a skirt with a slip underneath,since after the library I was planning on going to a job fair. (which something else came up, so I didn't make it that day, but did go put in an application the next day:)
So while I'm standing in the middle of the library at the copy machine, suddenly I feel a small 'ping!' at my waist, and as I look down in horror, apparently the elastic in my slip snapped and my slip gracefully collapses around my ankles!!!!
Instead of trying to hide discreetly behind the copier to step out of my slip (and what? stuff it in my purse??) without thinking, I loudly exclaim "OH!!" in THE MIDDLE OF THE LIBRARY!So, anyone who wasn't looking at me before, now turns their head!!!! ROFL.
I love my life,it's so.....interesting.
Saturday, May 13, 2006
To all you 'Mom's', I hope you have a great Mother's Day!
And if you get some computer time on that day? Here's a few places you can consider 'surfing' by:
First up, the Maine Troop Greeters are in the News again
Friday, May 12, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Ha! I'm going to be sneaky,lol. If you want to know why the heck I have this picture here, I'm going to send you over to Mail Call again. (I know, another shameless bid to make it look like more folks than me and Mom are clicking on that link!)
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
I know, this is the same thing I have posted on Mail Call! but it's just what I wanted to say today.
I was distressed to read Monday of the deaths of 10 soldiers in Afghanistan in the helicopter crash, and also of the British deaths in a crash. My heart always feels such compassion and concern for the families of those lost.
My friend Missy has a reminder on her 'blast' on Yahoo 360 to remember those families in our prayers.(and if her blast has changed, the link she has is here )
"The Mansions of the Lord"
Words by Randall Wallace
To fallen soldiers let us sing
where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
to the mansions of the Lord
No more bleeding no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
just divine embrace, eternal light
in the mansions of the Lord
Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard tho the angels sleep
All through the ages safely keep the mansions of the Lord
Monday, May 8, 2006
Wanted to say WELCOME HOME! to an awesome group of guys!
Kat has a post up about a welcome home ceremony. AndPaulette has been posting for several days about these guys coming in.(And I should mention here that Kat is already gearing up for another project Click here: Yikes!: OPERATION: THANKS FOR FREEDOM!
May is Military Appreciation Month, and there's a post up about that at AMERICA SUPPORTS YOU.
Friday, May 5, 2006
When we were in Hawaii in 2003 for my brother's wedding, I would wake up early and go have a cup of coffee on the balcony of our hotel and watch the early morning surfers. The memory of those quiet mornings still brings a sense of peace and calmness.
(And then I'd go wake up my kids and say "hey, what are you doing sleeping?!when are you ever going to be in Hawaii again?Get up so you can start enjoying the day!"and they would all groan"MOM!" and throw stuff at me,lol.)
So,anyway,prepatory to giving you places to 'surf' before the weekend,I thought I'd share yet another pic of our trip to 'paradise'.
Via clicking on a link on a comment on a blog that I'd gotten to from another blog(did you follow that?) I found another chaplain Click here: There and back again
and this is not to be confused with another site called 'There and Back Again'
Thursday, May 4, 2006
Oh Heavenly Father, You have made Yourself known to us as a nation by Your mighty works throughout our history.
From the beginning, You have
been with us through many wars and conflicts; Your right
arm has saved us. We have
been amazingly and
Today, we confess our sin
of not responding to Your
right to rule in our lives and our nation. Too often we have
despised and rejected Your will while imposing our own, and we
are now facing the consequences
of our disobedience.
Draw us back to Yourself
that we may return to Your
ways once again.
Without You we can do nothing.
You have promised that if we
honor You, You will once again honor this great nation.
That is our fervent prayer.
For Your honor
and glory we pray,
Monday, May 1, 2006
Check out this link, it's an old post on this guy's blog, but still a riot