Sunday, May 24, 2009

Quilting Bee of Folks #10

Hello everyone!! So very happy to see you here today!! I thought I would post today instead of Monday. As always please feel free to jump in. So today I thought we might have a bit of homemade ice cream and strawberries. If you would prefer I also have some yummy pound cake. There is home made whip cream and delicious ice tea or coffee laid out. K… the ice cream will be done soon – I hope very soon it’s killing me to wait!!

I have racked a quilt today to honor our vets & troops! I ask only one favor today, please leave your opinions of our last and present presidents at the door. Thanks and hugs from me.

Many of you know my husband is a Idaho Army National Guard Member . They are currently up for deployment although we do not know when. I am deeply proud of Jim. So what happens with our serving men and women is dear to my heart. My opinion on the current war is irrelevant honestly my main focus is supporting up the troops.

My Dad was an Air Force Major and a pilot in WW2. He flew jets in the Berlin airdrop and flew over the beaches of Honolulu before Pearl Harbor. I had intended to join the Air Force myself – but well .. my life took other directions. Still I can’t watch “Top Gun” without feeling that pull to serve.

I was thinking about the families of those serving right now too. It isn’t easy when your other half leaves and you take care of everything. Not to mention the fear that your other half, son or daughter, will return changed or not return at all. It really is terrifying. I often wonder if there is more we could do for the families and those serving?

I know several single folks in my husband’s unit that once there, will not have anyone to send them letters, emails, treats while they are there. This deeply saddens me. Maybe if some of these folks had some warm contact from someone here – they might not come back feeling so empty and lost. I do not want to simplify the things they go through, just wonder if there is more we could do for them?

So… just a thought on Memorial Day…. for those who are serving and their families, what can we do to support up our troops? Maybe in just little ways? Maybe reach out to a family who’s member is deployed …. even just to say – we are here for you and a hug. Or a note or treat to a soldier who has no one. Maybe a vet who needs the lawn mowed? So please think about our troops and our vets this Memorial day!!

Thank you for letting me soap box a little!! I think I need some of that delicious ice cream and strawberries….. yummmm. Would you like to join me????? Thank you for pulling up a chair and joining me today!! Have a relaxing Memorial Day!! Namaste, Sarah

Oh…..I have created a little badge for our Quilting Bee of Folks. If you would like to add it to your blog with a link to mine, I would be honored. Please don’t feel obligated. Feel free to snag it if you would like!! Hugs!


Witch Hollow Primitives said...

Sarah, we had strawberries and ice cream today too along with lots of other goodies while grilling out. I hope you had a truly relaxing and lovely weekend dear.

Anonymous said...

Sarah what a beautiful and thoughtful post! It was really interesting when I considered your words and what they meant. It seems that it is easy to think in terms of presidents when we think of the current situation. Seldom do we talk about the individuals who are doing a job over there, and what their job really means. That was a great reminder! Now you have me thinking - someting as simple as a letter can make someone elses life a little bit brighter.
Love to you!

Snap said...

Love the Quilting Bee! We try to do a little something during holiday times .. bought a thanksgiving feast for a family one year, toys another, baby clothes another time.

spottedwolf said...

If your husband deploys I bless you both for reunion and ask the grandothers to watch over him. My own clan has a long history of war including the Northwest Metis rebellion in the praries, WW1, WW2, Korea, and Viet Nam. The traditions run long and deep so while I do not agree with them ....I do understand them.

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

A lovely post Sarah sending my best and warmest wishes to you your husband and his unit for a safe deployment when it comes...hugs.

nonizamboni said...

Sarah--thanks for saving an extra chair for me and serving such a delicious snack and reminders.
So beautifully done and I'll be thinking of your dear dad and Jim.
Enjoy your weekend!

Renee said...

I love the quilting bee and I love your new profile picture.

Almost but not quite as much as I love you.


Ces said...

Sarah! This is the first time I eally perused your blog. I am ever so impressed! Your artwork is diverse, varied yeat masterful in every way. Your children are beautiful. You are brilliant! How come I don't see the Renee Award on your blog. You deserve one. You should get one! I am giving you the Renee Award. You know I gave the first Renee Awards to Renee and Bella. Bella and I designed it. Let's see, we shall have a special award ceremony here:

This Renee Award is given to Sarah by Ces. I will quote my dearest Bella from here:

Bella says:

"This one is meaningful to me in three profound ways. Firstly, it was created in honor of Renee, one human being who has made such a difference in the lives of many just by being. Her honestly, wit, intelligence, and grit are a tremendous source of inspiration. She can elicit raucous laughter and guffaws in her banter, and then turn right around and offer the most heartfelt, gentle words of wisdom and emotional support. She is a spreader of love, simple and true. And her love is infectious.

Secondly, this award was created in collaboration with one of my best friends, Ces. She is, in Renee's own words, truly original. She is an incredible artist, both in pen and ink and paint. She is fiery passion with a gentle hand. She is laughter, fun, joy, intellectual stimulation, a sister. The concept and design of the award belong to Ces.

Thirdly, this is a brand new award, and I have the pleasure and honor of spreading the seed, watching it grow. I hope it finds its way to those who are like Renee: the acorn, a small package becoming a tall and sturdy oak giving more acorns, becoming tall and sturdy oaks, giving acorns…"

I present this award to you Sarah. here is the award logo. You can copy it from my blog:

or at Bella's:

There you go!

This is the first time the Renee Award was given through a comment section. Hah!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Lovely, Sarah. Today (I'm a little late in posting) we are not right wing extremists nor left wing liberals...we are Americans. One day to give thanks to all that have served this country in the past is all that is asked. Today...I will definitely give thanks and send out prayers to those that are living and serving now who are allowing us to live the way we do. Whether we are for or against our troops anywhere around the world, we must remember that they do it all unconditionally....for us.

I'll be grabbing that button, dear! Thanks for the ice cream and strawberries!

Ces said...

You are most welcome! You deserve it. Anyone that a mother calls by phone to keep her kids in line must be very special indeed. And Sarah, it's special because you got it from me - hahah. The only thing that would have made it equally great is to have received it from Bella or Renee. :) Have a great day, enjoy it! it's a wonderful award. Did you see the Moleskine I gave to Bella that she is embelishing with her own drawings? Funny.

Sherry Byrum said...

Wonderful post Sarah! It really makes you think. I don't have any family in the service. My son was in the Navy but has been out a long time. If you know anyone who has no one to write to them email me and I would be happy to send someone letters and art or whatever! Everyone should feel loved.

I'm a Quilting Bee now!
Lots of hugs sweet Sarah, you have a big heart!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I honor my Father who served in WWII as a B-29 pilot, my Step-Father who was an Engineer on a B-29 in WWII, my Husband who served honorably in Vietnam.

Deborah said...

Hello! Pleased to make your acquaintance! I followed the link from Renee. I had my own little remembrance on my blog. My 88-year-old Daddy was on Omaha Beach the second day and my son is currently serving in Mosul, Iraq with the 1st Cavalry. I cannot imagine having a husband gone. Sending Blessings to you. **blows kisses** Deborah

Lisa Nelson's Art, Bucks County Designs said...

I'm so late checking in but wanted to say hello and thank you for your beautiful post. Big hugs! Lisa