I was so excited to learn that I was invited to participate in this worthy blog hop started by Cards for Heroes. Unfortunately our computers have been giving us nothing but grief this week and so I didn't receive my email and respond until today. A day late a dollar short they say... BUT that doesn't mean that I can't just link you up and share this wonderful cause with all of you and still do my best to try and help!
The great news with the "downed" computers is that I opted for some stress relief - card making and I started with the latest release from Cornish Heritage Farms - We Remember. This set is so inspiring. Part of it is the story behind the set that brings a smile to my face. Lisa Silver has absolutely done a phenomenal job in the creation of this set. Using memorabilia from her grandfather's time in the military she created this beautiful and inspiring set. Thank you Lisa for such a meaningful stamp set!
As I created this card I thought about the many men and women who have given their lives to protect our freedom and bring safety to our country and homes. It saddens me to hear the stories of others in the world who are not so fortunate.
One of my husband's best friends from high school has put himself in harms way repeatedly since those high school days. He leads and aids in trying to provide a safe environment for us, and others, in countries around the world. My heart ached as I heard and read his stories of the tragedies and tears that have fallen for his comrades and "enemies" alike. As a Colonel in the Marines he has held small children in his arms as they take their last breath. It is something I find incomprehensible. As he stated these individuals are not our "enemies" and the loss is enormous. Thank you Jim for all that you have done and continue to do, to help provide us with an environment that is not being bombed or in which we need to run and hide on a daily basis. Thank you for helping make certain that we can raise our children in a country that values freedom so very much.
I do not want to draw away from this worthy cause with a lot of explanation as to how this card was created, so I am going to opt to put that in another post on my personal blog. If you are interested in learning more, then please feel free to visit my blog Simple Dreams for further explanation.
What I do want to do is provide you with an opportunity to win this beautiful stamp set - We Remember!
I would like to encourage each and every one of you to make some cards, make a small donation to help ship these cards, or simply send a card to someone you know who has lost a loved one in the military, or is currently putting their life on the line to protect our freedom. Please contact Cards for Heroes today with your contribution.
Simply leave a comment here by Monday at 11:59pm PDT in which you express your gratitude to someone you know who is in the military, to the troops in general, or simply share a story that has touched your heart and you will be eligible to win this We Remember stamp set. We will use a random number generator to select our winner on Tuesday.
So start hopping ladies and see what beautiful and inspiring creations others have come up with - click HERE to get started.
Again a HUGE THANK YOU to all those men and women, spouses and children, mother's and father's, brother's and sisters who give so much of themselves! Life is put into perspective as we celebrate our freedom on a daily basis - thank you!