I made a card! Excuse the bad scan - clearly I don't know how to use my own scanner. Nice.
The other night while watching Idol (yeah Kris!!!), I saw the State Farm commercial featuring the song "I'll Be There" by the Jackson Five. If you haven't seen it, it's a montage of scenes depicting 'people we can count on'. One scene that stuck with me is a soldier getting off a bus, and hugging a little boy I presume to be her son.
It brought tears to my eyes.
When K&B were born, they weren't well enough to come home with me, and they had to stay in the hospital for a few days. I was pretty overwhelmed with the idea of being a parent, much less to two babies at once. But I remember crying the whole drive home because I was terrified that I was going to miss something important. That I would miss out on a moment of their lives while I was at home and they were in their incubators. Almost 8 years later, I can chuckle at my naivette.
But what about our servicemen and women who DO leave their families behind? How hard is it to know that the path you've chosen for your life includes sacrificing the things I complain about each week? Driving to dance class, helping with homework, organizing Brownie meetings - the stuff of everyday life. How hard must it be to miss out on that every day. Especially when those people are endangering their lives. I couldn't do it. But they do.
So this Memorial Day weekend I'm taking part in the Cards for Heroes "bloghop". They are an organization that provides signed and unsigned cards to our armed forces. Signed cards to remind them that regardless of our views on their deployment, we still support them and pray for their safe return. And unsigned cards to help them continue to keep in touch with their loved ones at home. It's not a lot, but I want to contribute in some way. I want to let them know that they aren't forgotten.
Won't you join me? Visit the bloghop. If you're just getting started, you can start here. (There are prizes...) If you want to check out the Cards for Heroes site, go here. You can make a financial contribution if you're able, or maybe your children can make a card for them. Or, like me, you can pull out those craft supplies that are gathering dust and make a card. And know that someone a world away will appreciate your kindness. It's a busy weekend, I know. But a few moments sacrifice could make a difference to someone.
And if you're participating in the Bloghop this Memorial Day weekend, your next stop is Betsy's blog. She's made a really cool card, and I just love the title of her blog!
Have a great weekend. And don't forget to hug your family members that you're fortunate enough to spend the weekend with, ok?