Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Memorial Day Blog Hop sponsored by Cards for Heroes. Cards for heroes mission is

To support our nation’s armed forces by sending blank greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.

For those of you who don't know, my husband is Active Duty Air Force. I am what you would call a horrendous military wife. I can honestly say that I HATE moving all the time, I DESPISE the fact that he is gone for months on end, and I DETEST all the time I have had to play both Mom and Dad. Now, having said that, I have never been PROUDER or more AMAZED and HONORED to be part of this life. The men and women who give their time and their lives in order to fight for my freedom need to be remembered, recognized, and respected. I believe that cardsforheroes.org does just this. I am grateful to be a part of this mission.

Ok, enough of my babbling, on to the card. I made this card to send to Cards for Heroes. I am extremely grateful for everything these military members do, and I wanted to show my appreciation. The card uses Stampin' Up!'s real red, brilliant blue, and whisper white card stock. The small star stamp is a retired one, but the larger group of stars in the corners are from the current "Starring You" set. The blue star is made from SU!'s small star punch and the dog tags are punches as well, the key tag punch. The greeting is from the Upsy Daisy set. If you would like more information on any of the products I have mentioned here, feel free to click on the catalog located on the right sidebar.

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my blog. If you would like to start this tour from the beginning, click here. While you look at this tour please remember those who have given the ultimate sacrafice to allow you the freedom you enjoy today. To too many people, Memorial Day is just a free day from work. As you enjoy your BBQs and get togethers, please say a quick prayer for those who are still there, supporting our freedom. Thank you for looking. Your next stop will be Kelli from Illinois. To check out her blog and continue this tour click HERE.

96 comments:

  1. Kelly -
    I so agree with you. BUT I also include the families of our military for their sacrifices and dedication - they are Heros too!
    My son is Air National Guard and has just recently returned home from his second tour of duty in Kuwait. I see how hard it is on his wife (and they don't have any kids). But I am soo proud of our military. And I am so thankful for all the businesses and people who show thier appreciation. My son has gotten standing ovations in the airports and hundreds of handshakes. Businesses like Frito-Lay send care packages to their deployed employees. The local YMCA offers free membership for a year to him and his family. Auto part stores give them a discount. It's just amazing how many people come forward.
    Oh ya, almost forgot. . . I love the card!
    Thanks for your part in all of this.

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  2. Hey Sistah! Love the card but my FAV is the dog tags. AMEN to you also for stating what Memorial Day should mean but what it shouldnt. Have a GREAT Memorial DAY and I cant imagine what a military life is like but God only gives you what he knows you can handle. So I know you are an AWESOME military wife and a SUPERB mom (and dad).

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  3. I ask for blessings each day not only for the men and women that serve and protect; but for their families who also sacrifice.

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  4. Fabulous creation Kelly, perfect for this hop and this weekend! Thank you for your sacrifice as a military wife!

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  5. What a really fun creation!! I love the stars and the mimic of the dog tags!!

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  6. Great job on this card! TFS!

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  7. Thank you for your honesty - its refreshing! WOnderful card!

    Stand tall! What you do for your solider is amazing!

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  8. Thank you for the sacrifices you make being a military wife. It's not an easy job. Love the way you used dog tag shape for your sentiment. Beautiful.

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  9. Wonderful card and wonderful post! Please thank your husband for his service and thank you for our sacrifice of his time, energy and safety while serving our country! TFS! {{cheers}}

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  10. Love your use of the dog tags!!

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  11. Cute card.. A huge thank you goes out to your husband for serving our country. ♥ Thanks for inspiration. Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Weekend ♥

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  12. your card is fabulous and thank you for the sacrifices you make to be a military wife! Thank you for supporting our troops and have a wonderful Memorial Weekend!

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  13. Thanks so much for your post...Love the card!

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  14. Well, it's nice to see someone be honest about military life for a change, It can't be easy, I know your sacrafice is great and I thank you for it! God Bless you husband!

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  15. I like your stitching- nice job!

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  16. thank you for your family's sacrifice!!! I love your card also.

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  17. Kelly, bravo to you, it's not easy to keep those home-fires burning! Great looking card, Happy Memorial Day to you :)

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  18. I love the card! Thank you for your sacrifice and THANK YOUR HUSBAND. I truly appreciate all of your service! I am a fellow blogger on the hop, and wanted to say hi.

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  19. You said it girl! Awesome post, I agree 100%! My husband and I are prior army. Yet I am still right there with you playing mommy & daddy to my kids! My husband is no longer military, close enough though, he's in Afghanistan and gone about 9 months a year still protecting our great country without a uniform this time! So much for him getting out and finding a normal job...lol
    Awesome card! I love the dog tags, so cute!

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  20. Thanks so much for all you do in support of your hero...its folks like you we do a lot of our work for! (Coz we know a lot of the hubbies and sons may not appreciate the cards nearly as much as you!) Keep the faith, and thank YOU for serving from the homefront!

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  21. Thanks to your husband for his service to our great Nation. Thanks to his family who has to sacrifice time with him so that he can protect his family and others that he may never meet. My prayers for his safe return to you. Great card and thanks for supporting Cards For Heroes.

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  22. Kelly, I admire you for what you do! Thank you to you, your husband, and your children!!!

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  23. Awesome card! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  24. Great card - love how you added the dog tag shape to your design. Nice!

    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*

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  25. Beautiful card, and beautiful story! Thank you to both you and your husband for what you do for our country. We loved having you in our blog hop, and we appreciate your support!

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  26. Great card! Thank you so much for your sacrifice while your dh serves our beloved country! Thank you for taking the time to play along with the blog hop.

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  27. 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.

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  28. Thank you so much for bearing with your husband and I'm sorry for all the sacrifices you and your family have made! We are very blessed to have him as part of the military! Your card is adorable-- I especially like the photo corners-- super clever!!

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  29. It is a wonderful card! For some reason I love dog tags and can't resist a card with one or two on it!
    Thank you for being part of the team that supports our troops. It takes family and friends too.

    And thanks for participating in the CFH blog hop!

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  30. I love the dog tags!! I hope you and your family stays safe!!!

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  31. I'm loving your card! Thanks to your husband and the many others who are serving our country!

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  32. Thank you for awesome heartfelt post, and God bless you and your hubby and family. So happy for this blog hop to show our support. Your card is lovely. Happy Memorial Day weekend.

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  33. Thank you so much for all your family does!!

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  34. As a fellow military wife, please let me say thank you for what you are doing. It's so good to know that there are others thinking of our loved one's when they're in harms way. What a wonderful way of showing your appreciation!

    (I'm right there with you on the "horrible" military wife! Luckily we haven't had to move yet, but my hubby is just about to return from his 3rd deployment - his first since becoming parents. This has definitely been the hardest....trying to play mom & dad!)

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  35. This is such an exciting event!

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  36. Thank you so much for all you and your family have sacrificed for our country. Your card is wonderful!!

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  37. Thank you so much for sharing a little bit of your story. I know it's tough, but I greatly appreciate your husband (and you!) for sacrificing time with family to help protect our freedom. Words cannot express my gratitude.

    P.S. Cute card! Love the dog tags!

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  38. Kelly,
    I have never met anyone that liked it when their husbands were gone, etc. But you do survive. I know I did and my kids did. At three am stamping is great when you can't sleep because your husband is gone. That is why our stay at home family members are my heros. Hang in there. I loved your cards and blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Thanks for the reminder to remember Memorial Day for what it should be. And I love how your card turned out!

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

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  41. Wonderful card! And I don't think you are a horrible military wife for admiting that it just plain stinks. Sure ya sign on for it, when you marry someone in the military, but it doesn't make it any easier. I was lucky, my husband was stateside during the remainder of his service. I too would have made a horrible military wife! Keep strong, and thanks for sharing your cards, and tell your husband there are many of us out here that are thankful for the job he does!

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  42. You're doing a great job, stand tall, we stand with you.

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  43. From one military family to another, thanks for your time and energy in support of your husband and CFH! My DH deployed to Afghanistan May 5th and just the other day on one of the rare occasions I received a phone call from him he was lamenting about standing in line at the makeshift PX for 30 minutes to only find birthday and graduation cards! So, he "made" me one (should be interesting!)... Anyway, I know the efforts must be appreciated!

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  44. Ha, ha - but I was the worst military wife ever, so you can't be! I'm not sorry my DH is retired but I can't regret the 20 years he served because I met some amazing people as a result - and I'm meeting more today because of this bloghop. Hang in there, girlie!!

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  45. Love your card, Kelly! I used the Key Tag Punch too! Keep the faith!

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  46. I love the dog tag detail on your card, nice touch!
    My son is in the Marine Corps, currently serving in Iraq..he is my hero!

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  47. Great card! Thanks for sharing "from your heart" about life in the military. (Been there... done that...)

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  48. Thank your husband for his service! I can't imagine how hard it is for your family & the sacrifices you make daily for our country. You really put a face on this cause & you're who we are doing CFH for (it's just a small jesture with lots of love & appreciation behind it). Thanks so much & you're awesome! Your card is too

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  49. I can't imagine what it's like to have a spouse in the military. Thank you for your sacrifice as well as his.

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  50. thanks so much for sharing and for supporting our troops.

    ceashark at aol dot com

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  51. Your card is very nice. I believe that families serve as well as their military spouse. Thank you for your service to our country.

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  52. pretty card, thanks for sharing!

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  53. love how you did the dog tags.

    and what a great cause for a blog hop.

    M.E.

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  54. LOVIN' the dog tag THANKS! TOO CUTE!

    Not only is your hubby a hero, but so are you for what you do when he is away AND for when he is HOME, TOO! Being a mom is hard enough, but being a military wife and mom is even tougher!

    KUDOS TO YOU!

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  55. Thank you for sharing your story! My dad was in, sister joined...then I joined (I'm only a veteran now, though). I fully understand the military life, too. It ain't easy. Being behind on the homefront taking care of business, stressing out...well...it's just hard. But, believe me your sacrifice doesn't go unnoticed. Thank YOU!

    Please thank your hubby for his service to this wonderful country we live in.

    And thank you for posting such a beautiful card as a tribute. I love the dog tags!

    Enjoy your holiday.

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  56. I couldn't agree more! My husband is Army and will leave for his 3rd combat tour this fall, but I could not be more proud of him or my kids. I craft for sanity ;D

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  57. Thanks so much for the sacrifices you and your family make. Your card is lovely, and thanks for participating in the hop.

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  58. Kelly, thank you & your dh for the sacrifices you make daily! Both of you are heroes in my book!

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  59. I can only imagine how difficult it must be, and how proud you are to be his wife. Thank you too for your sacrifices so that your husband can serve. Wonderful card, I love the dog tags!

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  60. Great card!!! Thanks to you and your husband for serving our country!

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  61. Wonderful card!!! Happy Memorial Day!!

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  62. Perfect card for the blog hop!

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  63. Nice card.. thanks for support CFH

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  64. The dogtags are the perfect touch-you rocked this. Thank you for reaching out to the troops!

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  65. Kelly,
    Thank you for your honesty - I can't begin to imagine how hard it is - though I have moved a few too many times in my life. Bless you! Your card is wonderful - TFS

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  66. Great card! I was a military brat:), we moved every three years if we were over seas and every year when we were in the states which was every three years. My mom is German so we spent most of my youth in Germany. I was very anxious to get back to the states and be normal. I really do cherish my memories of that time now. There is no way we would have seen what we did or experienced so many things if we were not part of the military. Thank you for being there, waiting, taking care of the everyday things while your husband is doing the other part of serving. We appreciate what you do.

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  67. Happy Memorial Day! Your cards are beautiful and thank you for your creativity and dedication to this great cause. We are proud and grateful for your husband serving our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. My youngest sister is in the Army Nat. Guard and will be deployed to Afghanistan in Spetember. : ) Sb

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  68. BEAUTIFUL card Kelly! And, beautiful sentiment! I'll have to go on the tour later this afternoon....I have some yard work to get out and do before it gets too awful hot.

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  69. Such a wonderful card!! Love the dog tags!

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  70. Thanks to your husband and your family for your sacrifices! We move every couple of years for my husband's job and are in the Middle East right now so I can completely identify with one small part. TFS and Happy Memorial Day to you.

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  71. Great card!

    Day three and I am still hopping! I want to see, and comment on, every single participating blog in this wonderful effort!

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  72. Wonderful card! Please thank your husband for serving our country. And thank you for supporting our troops. And even tho you dont feel like a good military wife - I know you really are - you are by standing with him and making your sacrifices - thank YOU for YOUR sacrifices. Blessings.

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  73. Oh, Kelly. I'm sure you are not alone in your feelings. As a military brat, I found it exciting - I was born in Germany, even!

    Anyway, thanks for your support of CFH! Love your card, too.

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  74. You go girl! Thanks for your honest words and sacrifices you make as a military wife! Your card is great.

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  75. great card...love the dog tags. thank you for your sacrifices!!

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  76. Kelly, I think that as a military wife you are anything but horrendous. You are amazing to me. Thanks for the service and sacrifice of your family. Your card is darling. TFS! Happy and Safe Memorial Day to you and yours.

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  77. What a BEAUTIFUL card! I totally LOVE those dog tags!!! I want to send a special thanks to your husband and your family for your service. And, thank you for reminding us that today is about so much more...

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  78. Being the wife a serviceman you are a hero too...I hope you get some cards sent back to you!

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  79. Thanks for all you and your family do. And, thanks for participating in the hop and helping us to get the word spread about the importance of CFH.

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  80. great use of "dog tags" love the simplicity

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  81. Kelley,
    Thank you for sharing not only your card but your husband too. I have moved a lot so I can understand the frustration with that but I did it by choice.

    Again, thank you

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  82. What a great card, THANK YOU to YOU, your HUSBAND and your family for all your sacrifice and service for our country. You are all blessings.

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  83. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice. A big THANK YOU to your husband for his service. Great card.

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  84. Thank you SO much for you and your family's service, and to your husband.

    I love the card.

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  85. I think the blog was a great success!! Great Card, Kelly!

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  86. Great card... thank your husband for us... and I thank you and your family for what you do to support him and our awesome country...

    Bless our troops this special day.

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  87. Cute card Kelly, I love the nod to the dog tags with the punch. Thanks for supporting and encouraging others to support CFH in their mission.

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  88. Love your card! I have to say that I am also or horrendus army wife. I love my husband and I am VERY VERY proud of him! My hubs is in the Ohio National Guard and has been deployed twice. I too dislike the weekends and weeks when he leaves and I have to "do it all". It is very hard on me as I work full time and also have a part time job. I would not know what to do if he got deployed again, and I honestly don't think that I could do it. I know it is hard on him but it is also very hard on us. He doesn't get that part. I also have to deal with a lot of 'Army' girl drama and that makes me resent him even more.

    I will always say that I love him more than anything and I am very proud of what he has done.

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