Saturday, January 31, 2009

Thank you! for the Thank You card.

Well, it looks like I will be getting back to the store where I bought these frames.

Inside those frames I matted and framed two beautiful cards that Kim over at Nutbrown Cottage sent me. Her cards are amazing and I am not the only one that thinks so, she has been published more than once. Actually, it was through her card making that I met Kim. The card on the right with two girls walking through a sand dune is a card she sent just because we are friends. The card on the left was sent blank for me to do with or send to whomever I wanted. There's me being selfish... I wanted it, them, where I could be see them. You can read more about all of that here.

I now have received a simply gorgeous card from Kim. It is a Thank You card. Though the photo is good, it does not show off how truly beautiful this card is. The colors and textures are amazing. You can go here to read all about how she put this precious piece of art (and her work really is art) together. I enjoy her stamping blog along with many others. She shows great techniques and how to's with photo's of beautifully clever cards she makes. Kim has a website that is just packed with goodies beyond just stamping. She has a more complete display of cards there as well. This website is how I got started stamping myself, and where I met her. Nice little corner of the web it is!

Kim, I just had a particularly hectic and somewhat stressful week. This card was balm to the wounds and came just at the right moment. Thank you. It is just beautiful. And, it will be framed as soon as I go get the frame. {{{hugs}} almost a full right side squeeze eh?

Monday, January 19, 2009


Although my heart and prayers are ongoing for the troops and their families that are still and yet to be deployed, today I remove the yellow ribbon from my blog that has been there since Marty left. I thought I would just take it off and that would be that, but I took a yellow ribbon off of a tree in front of my mother's home years ago when my brother came back from the Persian Gulf War, and this is so much like that was. I am amazed at the emotion this little task has wrought out of me.

Did I mention how grateful I am to a faithful Father for his care? Have I thanked each of you that prayed? Yes, and yes I know.... but it warranted repeating. I am grateful for Marty's protection and every last prayer.

Kim, I actually wrote this post earlier today, but it is just now I am taking the ribbon off.

Welcome Home!!! Marty!

Saturday, January 17, 2009



His feet are on Texas soil and he is with Tara, and their three beautiful children! I know the Bible says, This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. But somehow today that hardly touches where our family is at. Rejoice?? Oh yeah! Praise God for His faithfulness? Oh yeah! Be thankful and glad beyond measure? Oh yeah! Thank you Father for taking care of Marty and his family while he was away honoring an oath he took to defend this country. Thank you for my family.

And I want to thank each of you, Kim especially for your faithfulness in prayer to keep Marty and his family safe and whole, body, mind and spirit.

I just have to say it again......


Father, we trust you to keep the soldiers that are still deployed safe, and their families in Your care.

And now, it is time for me to get an all is well peaceful night's sleep.

Good night.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Day 434.., but who's counting?

I am sure most of you will remember this photo. I posted it last February 6. On 2.6 my son-in-law turned 26. I wanted to wish him a happy birthday. At the time he was in, Iraq. He had deployed in November for a 15 month deployment. This was his second time deployed there.

Below is a series of photos and a little that I had had written to go with the photos in January of last year.

These are photos taken the day Marty's, unit was deploying.

I know children are to such an amazing degree resilient. I also know that Tara, is a wonderful mother, and these children are being handled, nurtured and reassured, very well. I am sure however that you would understand why I am sobbing, and why my heart is so desperately broken. Marty is a good father and these children need him. They will survive this as well as any will because of how Marty, and Tara. have handled all of this. But, I just want that family in tact and back to normal Those children need him, so does, Tara. Posted January 28, 2008

Now I would like to jump forward a few months to June of last year. Moving to Oklahoma in May of last year had a few perks. One of my favorites was that I was living close to my daughter Melissa and her family, and that Tara was just a few hours away in, Texas. After being here for three weeks, Tara and her children came to visit for three weeks. What a treat that was. I want to share a few photos from that time. I have so many wonderful pictures, but I will limit myself here.

There was so much packed into that three weeks, much of which won't even show up here. There were:
Silly times:

Sweet times:

Study times:
And this friends is one of the deep secrets to getting those A's. And this momma does!

Times of I thought this was a vacation:

I think I will just stay right here and keep myself out of trouble, thank you very much.

Vacation Bible School week:
It was yellow day this day.

The girl in brown pedal pushers and the one in the middle with red hair are Melissa's girls.

Water park day:

Family picnic on the 4th of July:
I honestly think Melissa's husband, Uncle Larry, had at least as much fun as the kids.

Wow!! does she look like her daddy! I'm guessing Marty will like this picture. :-)


Life is good.

A beautiful surprise for Tara from Marty...all the way from, Iraq!

We had a lot of fun in those three weeks. Life is good, and Tara continued to do just as I knew she would. She handled and nurtured and reassured the kids so well that you could almost be fooled into thinking all was well on the planet. And in many ways it was. But there was a hole in everything we did, and everywhere we went. Though absent, it was the heaviest thing in the air and weighed so heavily on my heart. Marty is no wallflower, and is very involved where ever he is. He's the guy that keeps it all going, and going well. And so, though we had plenty of good times, there were some times that broke my heart to the point of hardly being able to stand it. I will always cherish these three weeks and hope we have many more times like this, but there were some things you only get to see when someone in your family is deployed to war, and that I really never care to see again. I enjoy the internet, but never was I so thankful for it as I was at the times you will see in a few of the photos of below.

Once a week was letter writing and sending daddy goodies... beef jerky, snacks, personal items, drawings the kids had done. This particular time root beer floats were involved.

Oh my goodness was I ever impressed with how well this full grown woman I used to rock and marvel at how she cooed, crawled and just smiled back at me, handled all of this!

Anytime there daddy could get online, he would and he would call Tara and she would set up the video chat and they could all visit. Tara and the kids could see and here him, and often what struck me to tears, he could see all of them. It was bad enough that Tara and the kids all missed Marty so much, but when I would think of how at least they had each other and family and that Marty was over there, head of his home and yet unable to be with any of them, and with no family around.......... like now typing, at those times I could hardly breathe. And tears were abundant.

They loved singing a new song they learned in Vacation Bible School to, Marty. The blender is there to support the camera.

Soon, blenders and video chats will not be necessary.

Marty is due home in Texas, to stay, tomorrow morning. I will be posting tomorrow!!

I really want to thank all of you that have kept Marty safe in prayer. Kim, barring any delay, the yellow ribbons come off tomorrow girl!!