Friday, May 22, 2009

Cards for Heroes Memorial Day Blog Hop


If you've landed here as part of the Cards For Heroes Memorial Day Blog Hop, welcome!! If you landed here by chance and you've never heard of Cards for Heroes, check out the website for details of the blog hop and all the great prizes/blog candy here.

Cards For Heroes is a cause near and dear to my heart since our family was a military family for over 14 years, so I am particularly happy to join in and pay tribute to the men and women of our armed forces. The instructions for joining in the blog hop suggested including a story about your own military hero. There are countless acts of selfless bravery performed by our military all over the world every day and I'm certain that there will many inspirational pieces in the entries of my fellow bloggers but I chose to dedicate my entry to all the military spouses out there who also serve. It's kind of long, but once you're done reading, please continue on to Dawns' blog. You are in for a treat - she does fabulous work and her coloring skills are amazing! Thanks for your support of the Cards For Heroes Blog Hop!

When God Created the Military Spouse
When the Lord was creating the military spouse, He ran into His 6th day of overtime. An angel appeared and said "You're having a lot of trouble with this one. What's wrong with the standard model?"

The Lord replied, " Have you seen the specs on this order? It has to be completely independant, possess the qualities of both mother and father during deployments, be a perfect host to 4 or 40, handle emergencies without an instruction manual, move 10 times in 17 years to different locations all over the world, have the patience of a saint while waiting for its mate to come home and have six pairs of hands"

The angel shook her head slowly and said " Six pairs of hands? No way." The Lord answered, "Don't worry, we will make other military spouses to help. Besides, it's not the hands that are causing the problem, it's the heart. It must swell with pride, sustain the ache of numerous separations while remaining true, beat soundly even when it feels too tired to do so, be large enough to say " I understand" when it doesn't, and say "I love you" regardless."

"Lord, " said the angel, gently touching His sleeve, "Go to bed. You can finish it tomorrow." "I can't, " said the Lord. "I'm so close to creating something unique. Already it can heal itself when sick, on a moment's notice it will willingly embrace and feed total strangers who have been stranded during a PCS move and it can wave goodbye to its spouse from a pier, runway or depot and understand why it's important that they leave, even while it breaks"
The angel circled the model of the military spouse very slowly. 'It's too soft", she sighed.

"It may look soft , " the Lord replied. " but it has the strength of a lion. You cannot imagine what it can endure."

Finally the anget bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. "There's a leak, " she said. 'I told you that you were trying to put too much in to this model." "It's not a leak," said the Lord. "it's a tear" "What's it for?" asked the angel. " It's for joy, sadness, pain, loneliness and pride." "You're a genius" said the angel.

Looking at her somberly, the Lord replied "I didn't put it there"
** edited to add** As I make my way around this blog hop I found one lady who pledged for every comment she recieved, she would make a card for CFH. I love that idea and plan to do the same - comment away everyone!!!

109 comments:

Chris said...

Your card is gorgious! Love the background with the image.

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

What a beautiful card!! Just love the colors in the background!! TFS! :)

Angi said...

Beautiful Card! TFS! Love your blog!

Dawn said...

Love your card!! awesome bg!!
thanks=)

lauren said...

Holy-freaking-wow!!! You ROCKED this card!!! Thanks for supporting the troops!

Tami B. said...

This is a beautiful post and your card design is fantastic.

Karen said...

Awesome card! TFS!! Great post too! {{cheers}}

Nancy Maxwell James said...

Your card is so gorgeous! Loved your post also! Thank you for supporting our troops and have a wonderful Memorial Weekend! :)

Sarah said...

Oh...my.. goodness! Your card blows me away! Just stunning!

AzKisses73 said...

Love the card.. Thanks for inspiration. Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Weekend ♥

JPScraps said...

Beautiful card and post!

Dawn said...

great post, happy memorial day!

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

love that story...:) thanks for sharing.

kasmello said...

ok, you left us crying!! Great card too!!

Windy Robinson said...

Lovely card--thanks for sharing!

Sue McGettigan said...

Great card, love the story of the military spouse! Happy Memorial Day to you :)

{VICKI} said...

enjoying the hop

AmyCatalogna said...

WOW -- what a wonderful card! And I love the story. Happy Memorial Day!

Loni said...

Wonderful card and I love the Military Spouse story. Thanks for supporting Cards for Heroes.

KelliStamps4U said...

Your card is beautiful. The military spouse story gave me chills. God bless you and your family this Memorial Day weekend!

Phinny said...

Oooh - nice. Love that b/g!


This is so much fun! So happy to be doing the blog hop for such a good cause with such a great, generous group of talented peeps! *smile*

Jennifer said...

Awesome card....have a great weekend!

Sandy said...

Fantastic post, what a story! :)

Love your card, that image is GREAT and I love the background papers with it. Great combos!

Happy hopping!

Yvette said...

Beautiful card! TFS!

Lynn said...

I love your cards. Thanks so much for supporting this event. I am the proud Mother of a US soldier!
Thank you for supporting our troops.

Heather said...

Your card just sings!!! I love the colors, the stamping, everything!! Thanks for sharing.

Martha said...

Beautiful!

Thank you so much for sharing that story. Thanks for participating in the CFH blog hop!

Lisa Renéa said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for sharing your story and participating with the hop! Have a great weekend!

shelly said...

Great card!! Thanks for still helping with CFH!

Fabre said...

What a beautiful parable, military spouses are truly heroes also! Your card is lovely, thanks for joining in on our bloghop, and for your support of Cards for Heroes!

Merry's Musings said...

WOW. Probably my favorite card. Thanks for inspirational post too. Happy blog hop.

Nancy said...

Beautiful card!

Saved By Grace said...

Love the card and your beautiful tribute to Military families...truly and inspiration...God Bless you...

eddee1286 said...

Love your card. I have the background paper. Now I will use it. Thanks for sharing.

Purple Princess said...

Beautiful card!!

Bekah's World said...

As a military wife, please let me say thank you for what you are doing. Thank you for your wonderful post. For the recognition of how hard it is to be the one that is waiting. For the one that plays like she/he is strong - but inside is falling apart.

Thank you.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing the story. We owe so much to so many people! Love what you made here.

Carole RB said...

Very nice card Kay

katiesniche said...

Wonderful card!
Excellent poem, I've always loved that one. My hubby is approachng 12 years in service. It's amazing what we are capable of, huh? As you know with 14 years under your belt.
Thank you for your time...and thank you for the post!

mica said...

Your card is soooo pretty! I am enjoying this hop :)

Chris said...

Kay, I was so excited to see your name on the blog hop - great card! From one military spouse to another! ;O)

TLHarwick said...

What a beautiful story and card! Thanks for your support of CFH! As the spouse of a deployed solider I can assure you these cards are appreciated!

christy sheffield said...

Sweet card! Thanks for sharing your story.

Janice said...

The background is so beautiful as well as your story. And I understand about the rain, even if we need it, as we live in FL, too.

Melissa said...

What a beautiful card!

sondra said...

Thanks so much for sharing!
Love love love your talent!

Anita said...

I love the card you've posted. Add one more card to your list! Thanks for supporting CFH!

Wendy said...

This is such an exciting event!

Lisa said...

Kay, your card is gorgeous. Thanks so much for hopping :)

Atticelf said...

I love your card - beautiful!

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

beautiful card. thanks for sharing

Suz said...

awesome card & post. Thanks for supporting CFH

Nancyljk said...

I've read that story of the military spouse before but it still brought tears to my eyes again. Thanks for supporting our heroes.
Proud Marine Mom

Carolyn said...

This is seriously a gorgeous card, love the background. thanks for sharing and for supporting our troops and to you and your family for serving

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Daintry said...

Wow what an amazing background! It is a lovely card! Thanks for sharing, and for the beautiful story. :)

Ruby Craft said...

It is a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing "When God Created the Military Spouse". It is the first time I've seen it. It is very moving.

JazzyH said...

Beautiful!

Gina said...

Wow, thanks for sharing the card and the story. I applaud your pledge for all the cards.

leenda said...

FABULOUS inspiration for CFH!

Grace said...

Your card is just gorgeous and the cause is even better! 59 and counting... you're going to be busy!!! But bless you for doing this! I didn't hear in time to be involved and have had company but I'm going to look into this! TFS!

Whispers and Wishes said...

never seen that piece about the military spouse but it is wonderful... Beautiful card, the inking is fantastic!

Dana said...

love it!

Cassie said...

I am crying my eyes out at your post. I am a military spouse, and I appreciate what you are doing for our soldiers. Thank you.

Judy said...

WOW, what a beautiful card! Great choice of background paper.
Wonderful story,too.
Thanks for you comment on my blog!
Happy Memorial Day!

Renee said...

Your card is gorgeous!!!

Lisa said...

Absolutely stunning card! And I love the story of "When God Created the Military Spouse". I'll pass that on to my mom who was a dependent wife for 23 years and THEN had two daughters (me and my sister who joined the AF, too).

Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day. And I hope you get lots of comments to fill up the mail at CFH. :)

Holly said...

What a striking card - and so perfect for Memorial Day!

Lost in Paper said...

gorgeous card!!! just beautiful!

Thanks so much for sharing poem at the end of this post....

paula said...

Gorgeous card!!! Thanks for helping with such a great cause!! Our troops will appreciate it! Like the story of the military spouse.

AxeS DeSignS said...

Beautiful card thanks for being part of the CFH blog hop

Maggie said...

Thank you for your pledge, I remember that other blogger. That is the best gift either of you could give for a RAK. Thank you for your support of our military. Love your card.

NanaBeth said...

Add another card to the pile! God bless you for reaching out to our troops.

PaulaM said...

Love your card. It is incredible. I love the distressed look and vintage feel. TFS

About : sbartist said...

Happy Memorial Day! Your cards are beautiful and thank you for your creativity and dedication to this great cause. We are proud and grateful to your family members serving in the armed forces. : ) Sb

ML Design Works said...

Pretty card! I love the background! And the story is wonderful! Thank you for sharing it!

Cr8ive ME said...

Love your card.

And that's a great poem. My sister-in-law is strong like that. She's the mom of 4 and my brother-in-law who is in the Air Force has been sent to Iraq 3 times and once to D.C.
And yet she still stays home keeping the home fires burning.

M.E.

nsmerkt said...

Great poem and card! TFS!

Tammy said...

What wonderful poem and great card! tfs!

LETUMom said...

Your card is beautiful. Thanks for the inspirational piece about the Military Spouse - I forwarded a copy to my daughter - she will be marrying her soldier in December.

Thanks, too, for sharing with CFH!

Victoria S. said...

WOW! What a wonderful card! I love everything about it! Thanks for supporting our troops. and this is # 80 i think -you go girl!

Doris said...

Totally awesome card. I just love it. I had never seen that poem you posted today. It is awesome. TFS.

LadyDoc said...

Beautiful card! I've seen the "creation"story before but it is lovely that you included it here.

Day 3 and I am still hopping- I want to see and comment on every blog in this wonderful event!

Margie said...

What a beautiful card! You did a wonderful job! and what a brilliant idea to make a card to match every comment! Enjoy :*)

Lisa C said...

your card is gorgeous! thank you for participating and have a wonderful memorial day! :)

Kerri said...

Your card is absolutely beautiful but what touched me the most was the tribute to the military spouse. Thanks for sharing.

Regina said...

gorgeous card...I saw that post as well and plan to make a card for comment as well!!

Caryl P said...

I love that story of God's creation. So true! Here's to 87 cards!!!!

Chelsea said...

great card! Thanks for participating with us!

The Wired Angel said...

I love all of your creative cards. Thanks so much for supporting this event. I am the proud Mother of a US soldier! Thank you for supporting our troops.

The Mama Monkey said...

This is beautiful! Love the star brads at the bottom! What a great blog hop for such a worthwhile cause!

Grace said...

Your card is gorgeous and I love your posts

.:liza:. said...

Awesome card!
I'm in "sunny" Florida also (Kissimmee to be exact) and I'm quite over the rain already. It's been a full week already! Sigh...

DaDoodleDiva said...

This is a wonderful card. Love the story you chose too.

...Darlene said...

Kay,
Great card, the background really sets it off nice.

I remember you from TAC.
How's it going?

Bama Bella said...

What a beautiful reminder of our freedom and the ones who keep us safe. Fantastic job.

Bama Bella said...

What a beautiful reminder of our freedom and the ones who keep us safe. Fantastic job.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful card and the story of the Military Spouse. Because of them there are heroes.

lyndarmt said...

Your card is very pretty. Thank you for the service and sacrifice of your family. Happy Memorial Day.

jaemom said...

gorgeous distressing. love the post, TFS. How wonderful of you to make a card for every comment! Glad to hop through and be a fellow participant, too.

Kathy Thompson said...

Great card. Love the background. What an offer to make a card for every comment - you will be buzy.

Lyneen said...

I AM 101!!!!

Great card... thanks for sharing your story and for what your and your family give to the great nation of ours...

Bless our troops this special day.

Patti said...

The poem is amazing. Thank you for sharing about your military family history, as well.

The card is lovely.

Jean from jlfstudio said...

Thanks Kay for sharing the inspiring and touching words. I'll add another card to my own list to match the one you make for this comment. Thanks for supporting CFH and their mission.

Lucy, England said...

Such a lovely, striking card - wonderful colours.

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Kim said...

Gorgeous card!

peggysue said...

What a beautiful post. And such a beautiful card, anyone would be proud and happy to have it.

laos348 said...

Such a lovely card - it's wonderful!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Kay, thanks for sharing this. I was raised an Air Force brat. My dad served three tours in Vietnam, flying air rescue, and, of course, flew TDY many times. He was a career military officer, graduate of Anapolis. My mom was all of the things it says in this "story." I miss her so much, but I know she's an angel in Heaven. I was blessed to have her as a mother. Thanks for reminding me of some of the many reasons.

Hugs,
Lisa

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