Monday, May 29, 2006

May 29,2006 Memorial Day

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 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 Sieg's Welt  he lost a friend recently, and he first told us about it here and then  posted a link to the funeral photos  here  .

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  

The Burial

because it has links in it to the first two posts,which I urge you to also read.

Blackfive  has numerous postings up about Memorial Day, but I wanted to point in particular to the two video tributes he has posted  here  .

Kat at Yikes! emailed me a link to a video


that she found on a friend's blog , who in turn had found it on another blog.

Trish has a thoughtful post  Click here: Yahoo! 360° - Trish's Blog - Never Forget.....

and Christopher Michel has an extemely good editorial on

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......

Soldiers Angels

Angels N Camouflage

Adopt A Platoon

Friday, May 26, 2006

Wow.I am Guest Editor on AOL Journals:)

AOL Journals has a page where every week they feature a Guest Editor....this is someone who has a Journal on AOL, and does a blog posting listing 6-8 blogs they recommend for people to check out.
I always check them out every week, and they have a link underneath that says "want to be Guest Editor"? So, last week, I figured 'what the heck' and clicked on it.  Imagine my surprise and delight("geek happiness",lol) when I received an email that says Yes! they had chosen me to be Guest Editor for the week starting the Friday before Memorial Day!
Here's a link to their Journals main page  Click here: Blogs - AOL People Connection   
(but I don't think my picture will be up till sometime Friday afternoon.)
and here's a link to the posting that I did as Guest Editor
I am excited about this because I started my journal on AOL to try and 'get the word out' about supporting our troops,since I couldn't really seem to find too many journals on AOL about that.So,WOW,hope this really DOES get the word out!
Just wanted to share my excitement!  Hope everyone has a great weekend, and please remember the meaning of Memorial Day this weekend.(And to those of you who are currently serving our country in the military....once again, THANK YOU, for all that you are and all that you do!You are in our prayers.)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A video 'Thank You' to our Troops for this Memorial Day

A video 'Thank You' to our Troops for this Memo...


Using music from the Kory Brunson Band  (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

Plugging Sis and BIL's blog again, and Odds and Ends

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!Image

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?:) 

I love the way both of them write(see previous post on their blog done by my sis). And back when he was posting about his bike racing
  I ALSO loved his writing!(Strong hint,Adam!......more racing posts wanted!!!!)
Well, it looks like right now if I want to know more, I need to stop by the Bent Crank Racing site  Click here: Bent Crank Racing    but that's OK, I like going  by there, too!
Under Odds and Ends......Ben is getting a new job,as a car salesman...yay! Ben!(you don't know how much I also look forward to posting that I have a job someday soon.)
They sent Emma to get tested for gestational diabetes today...I thought it was the normal routine test,but they are apparently concerned about her weight....which I thought weight gain was a side effect of the   PUPPP   but I guess they are just trying to cover all the bases.Poor Emma!(Roo)...she seems to be a test case in 'things you don't want to have happen during a pregnancy"! Hopefully, this grandchild of mine will be an 'angel' after he gets here,considering all the shenanigans he's caused while  being in the womb!
Speakingof 'angels'....I'm getting ready to do a post about another Soldiers Angels project over on  Mail Call!   so feel free to stop by later!Image
And,I just received an email from a military wife, alerting me to this special  
which I think I would like to watch, particularly since I don't have HBO and couldn't see the special that Missy mentioned here  
For a more complete listing of CNN Memorial Day weekend specials     
Well, that's a wrap-up for today!Image

Monday, May 22, 2006

Things I didn't do this weekend,lol,things I did, and Girl Scout Cookies!

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, gaspImage(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 foodImage 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?Image

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 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,'s been too much time and I've been disappointed before.


Sunday, May 21, 2006

JULY 4th PROJECTS--They're All Around!:)

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:

Mrs. Kat Orr
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.


**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!


Proudfan at Freedom Isn't Free is also organizing a card drive....
and she says:
 I have started a new project and need your help.
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:

Tabitha McCoy
PO Box 143
Chilhowee, MO 64733
And,the Family Readiness Group Leader of the 1016th
is ALSO trying to get together a Fourth of July mailing to the unit  If you would like to send a postcard ,card,or letter to "Any Soldier"?You can send them to:   
Carla TenEyck
339 Gladstone Street
Idaho Falls ID  83401
You can mail cards or letters to any or all of them! I found red,white and blue "stars and stripes" 'thank you' cards at the dollar store,so it doesn't have to cost a lot.Or, you could always send postcards from your home state,I've had more than one soldier tell me that  picture postcards feel like they are getting a little bit of 'home' in the mail:)
Throw a bunch of post cards or cards in a mailing envelope...or, just send one card or letter or post card. How many you send doesn't matter (although the more the merrier:)the important thing is here are three great ways to let some soldiers know that you appreciate them, and that they are being thought of by folks back here.
So, why not START YOUR FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION EARLY,and get something in the mail today? to any or all of these wonderful ladies
(and pass the word on to all your friends!)

Friday, May 19, 2006

My sister and brother-in-law's blog,and Odds and Ends

I'm probably biased in this case also,Imagebut 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 

I am, once again, learning so much from my younger sibling!Image
Under odds and ends, I was going by one of the wounded soldiers CaringBridge sites I have listed on the left, Eric Edmundsen.Click here: CaringBridge - Be There ~ Helping friends and family stay in touch and informed
(And,once again, I can't say enough about the CaringBridge sites, whether it's the Carlsen twins, or wounded soldiers, or someone else suffering from a disease or needing surgery, they are a wonderful way for someone to keep family and friends informed in one central place!)
Anyway,there is no place listed on Eric's site to send cards(but you can always leave a comment) and while I was perusing the comments, I came across this site
which seemed pretty cool.
 And, by the way, that's one of the ways I come across so many places to 'surf' on the Internet (in case you were interested,lol) By clicking on links in comments on blogs, or in the case of the CaringBridge sites? when I was looking thru the comments on the Carlsen twins site....I came across at least 3 other sites of children who were suffering from diseases or facing surgery,because the commenter had listed the site in their signature.
In other odds and ends......last night at the police memorial, the handbell choir did an AWESOME job!They opened the ceremony playing the STAR-SPANGLED BANNER on HANDBELLS, which I had never heard of before.....and even the keynote speaker took a moment to tell the kids what a great job they had done.Image Not too shabby for middle-schoolers. They have had a wonderful director, and I am just sorry that they don't currently have handbells offered in high school,so April could continue. She still will play in the handbell choir at church, but it's a much smaller group(and so they can't play the more difficult compositions.)
Speaking of church, I discovered yesterday our church does not have a website!So, you know me...I emailed the pastor and said "hey,we need to get a website!"I don't think I know enough to set one up myself, but I told him I'd certainly be willing to participate on the committee!(Presbyterians=Committees,lol)
And,I know y'all are gonna groan,but if you want to catch my latest 'surf' report?yes, go on over to Mail Call!  
And,as always,Missy on Yahoo 360 has something pertinent in her blast!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Updates on the Carlsen Twins

Updates on the Carlsen twins

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.

Yesterday their dad,Jesse,wrote of what it felt like to sit and hold each of them separately for an hour.   Yes, I got misty eyed! reading it. What an amazing story this has been to watch.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

National Police Week

Having a son who has just started working in the law enforcement field, and with two police officers killed in my state recently

National Police week suddenly has a much deeper meaning for me.
Our own area memorial for fallen officers
is, in what I think is a nice coincidence....going to have my daughter participating,because she plays in the handbell choir.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families of  fallen officers, and please take a moment this week to remember those who serve our communities.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Prom 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

More of My Dorky Life

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!!!!Image

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.Image

Saturday, May 13, 2006

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! and Weekend Surfing

To all you 'Mom's', I hope you have a great Mother's Day!Image

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 

Next, Elijah at Contact Right! has a new video up...not to be missed!
Since my brother in law is a 'biker' (no, not motorcycles!lol) this story caught my eye 
This was just cool! 
And HerotoHero is getting ready to start their tour 
Some AOL bloggers who are deployed have recently updated their blogs:
and lastly (you knew I was going to do this!lolImage) if you surf over to "Mail Call!" I have some info about Soldiers Angels, a report of another wounded soldier who could use some support, and a few worthy projects you might want to consider! 
Enjoy the surf!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Please keep the Carlsen twins in Your Prayers today

Surgery has already begun this morning on the conjoined twins I mentioned earlier this week. The link to the Mayo Clinic website for updates is here  
Their CaringBridge website is here  
if you'd like to go by the guestbook and leave a message.
UPDATE  9:40 pm EST  Webcast of news conference on above link "Carlsen Twins" is just starting!Click on that link and then click on "Live Webcast".
Update two   10:25 pm EST(I have no idea what time it is anywhere else,lol....ok, yeah, in MN it's 9:25 pm)  The news conference is over. I think they are showing footage from the surgery now...don't know for how long. This was absolutely incredible, and it warms my heart to think of those two girls sleeping in their separate beds tonight, for the first time in their lives. At this point the Carlsen's have received 1,220 messages on their website.....what a fantastic outpouring of love and prayers! And I saw one message earlier today from SPAIN!Does it give anyone else chills to think of the 'Global Village' joined together today with one heart in prayer on behalf of these two beautiful girls?
Best wishes to the Carlsens and their two lovely daughters in the days ahead.Image

Thursday, May 11, 2006

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!Image)

In other news, I'm off to a job fair this afternoon with a really cool job listed that I think I'd like, so wish me luck!!!Image

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Remembering the Fallen in our prayers

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 ) 

I have been mulling what to post about this since late Monday night, because when I first saw the news stories about the deaths, I made the mistake on clicking on the link to AOL message boards under the stories
I am all for the right to express differences of opinions,but I suppose I am uber naive. The viciousness of some of the posts in response to the news of so many fallen soldiers took my breath away....I actually came across a post headed 'THANK GOD FOR DEAD SOLDIERS"which completely sickened me.Even if you are totally against the war or our on earth does that translate into thanking God for lives LOST?
ALL the deaths in this war on terror distress me...both civilians AND soldiers. It's terribly upsetting to see that there are so many people who seem to view only CIVILIAN deaths as 'worthy' of compassion? Or who seem to view the loss of a soldier's life as merely another excuse to rant and rave about how much they HATE.....our government, our military, our country?
Well, I've made a decision to steer clear from now on from these message boards. So much viciousness and hatred just fills me with despair.Life is troublesome enough at times...why seek out more distress?
After reading the message boards, I Googled 'Prayers for Fallen Soldiers',just seeking some sense of solace and compassion.
I came across this,which was sung by the West Point Glee Club at the end of the movie"WeWere Soldiers"

"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

and here's a link to the song  Click here: Mansions of the Lord
And something else that brought me comfort from all the hatred was this post by a new blogger I came across, the wife of a soldier  
So rather than stress and despair anymore over the hatred I have seen on the message boards, I am going to adopt her question
What do you do with the privledge of prayer today?
And use it to motivate me to pray as she suggests.

Monday, May 8, 2006

OOPS! A day late. Happy Birthday!

Sorry! Meant to post this yesterday! A belated Happy Birthday! to my son's fiancee!

Welcome Home! May is Military Appreciation Month, and ETC.

Wanted to say WELCOME HOME! to an awesome group of guys!Image

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.

Michael Yon  and Dave Earney both have awesome photo essays of dust storms.
Found a couple of new blogs this weekend.(I know, I 'have no life' as my sons put it!Image)
One is from a young woman who's husband will soon be coming home.  
One is from a young Air Force vet who is now in seminary.
Click here: swimming in the deep end   and if you scroll down, you'll come across this post on his blog
Click here: swimming in the deep end: "Lord Have Mercy"   which raises some pretty deep questions.Could I have done what this man felt called to do,and re-establish contact with a known murderer in order to witness to him?Food for thought.
This woman...I just liked the way she came across 
and I didn't realize till I was in the comments that her name is 'Kath'..which just goes to show, I think, that there is a pychic recognition thing between all the "Kat,Kathy,Kathie,Kathi,Kath,Kathryn,Katherine's" etc.etc.LOL.
I'm happy to report that CJ over at A Soldiers Perspective is not TOTALLY retired,Yay!
Click here: A Soldier's Perspective  Check out what he's going to be doing, and if you know any military bloggers who want to take him up on his offer, send them his way!Image
And,from my mom, comes this about conjoined twins   Click here: The Carlsen twins
Which I just can't say enough good things about CaringBridge,they have a wonderful way for folks going through difficult times to easily keep everyone updated on what's going on!
Well, that's a wrap for 'Monday surfing',I guess. Image

Friday, May 5, 2006

Let's go 'Surfing' again

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?Image) 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'

From  Kristin   comes a link to "is this really for real?"LOL  
Click here: Blogging Points: How To Be A Good Christian Wife     and I can't WAIT to see the comments on this one!(Missy, I'm talking to YOU,lolImage) This has now become a running joke in our household,last night while Tony was playing a computer game I asked him a question and he looked at me and said primly "please,you are distracting me....I need time to relax and unwind" and I hastily (and sarcastically) said "oh, I'm sorry,DEAR,can I get you a snack?!"
(And I'm pretty sure Joey Butafucco debunks the whole A FAT HUSBAND IS A FAITHFUL HUSBAND thing?)snort!
Sadly, I found via Chaplain Luken another person who is battling cancer  Click here: Updates for Al Groves    but he's facing the battle with faith ,just as Dan Roelofs  did.  
And how many of you remember Wil Wheaton? who played Gordie LaChance in "Stand by Me"? and then went on to play on "Star Trek:The Next Generation". He has a blog that I hadn't stopped by for awhile   Click here: WWdN: In Exile    and then his wife also had a link about them running in a marathon for a friend who has beaten cancer.  
Switching back to the 'lighter side',here's a link to a comic's blog  Click here: Paravonia    and it's always interesting to stop by here    Click here: Go Fug Yourself  
or here  
Well, my middle son is breathing down my neck to kick me off the computer, so I'll just say  hope I gave you some different places to check out, and have a good weekend!

Thursday, May 4, 2006

Entry for May 04, 2006 National Day of Prayer

It seemed fitting for the National Day of Prayer to feature THE ONLINE CHAPLAIN 
Here I found a prayer for our troops    
And via Kat at Yikes!
Via Soldiers Angel-Holly Aho 
I would also ask that you continue prayers for my relative who was hit head on last week by a drunk driver. I recieved an update yesterday that he had to return to the ICU for at least 24 hours. He's 83 years old, and one of the finest gentlemen I have ever met.
I will be praying for all of you today, and I thank God for each of you and the blessings you bring to my life!Image
I leave you with this:
2006 Prayer for the Nation 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
graciously blessed.

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

Could I be a 'blogoholic'? LOL

Check out this link, it's an old post on this guy's blog, but still a riotImage

Update: And holy cow! His post is from Sept.2005 and do you know what I am doing??LOL. I am clicking on the links to all the people in his comments, and most of them STILL HAVE BLOGS.Sheesh, I am also seriously addicted!!!Image But hey, I'm finding a bunch of new blogs to read! (good heavens, I need a life!)
UPDATE  TWO:  OK, the 'blogoholism' has already affected my brainImage Missy reminded me that HER post the other day is how I ended up finding this guy in the first place. 
So, in the time-honored tradition of 12 step groups...."Hi,my name is Kathi, and I'm a blogoholic...who also suffers from 'senior moments'!"