Saturday, November 14, 2009

Operation Write Home Blog Hop

These are my Any Service Member Operation Write Home Cards. These cards include a letter to support and encourage our Armed Forces Members who are serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. As many of you know, I am a proud Air Force Wife and a contractor with the Army, so this mission is one of great importance to me. My husband has been deployed and will go again soon, so this was the perfect opportunity to not only showcase some of my creations, but to get my children involved. My two kids, Katie age 11 and Jarrett age 6 worked together to write this letter that will be sent with these cards. It brought tears to my eyes, so I thought I would share their letter with you.

Dear Any Servicemember,
My Dad is a Service Member too. We hate it when he has to leave, so we know your family must hate it too. Our Dad did tell us why it is so important for him to go, so maybe you can tell this to your kids and they won’t be so sad that you’re gone. Dad says that there are lots and lots of people who live where you are fighting. They have kids and dogs and everything just like us. But there are bad people who live there too. They don’t want to let the kids have fun, or give them food or let them do all the things we like to do. Dad says your job as soldiers is to make sure that the bad men go away and leave the kids alone. He said if you weren’t there to protect them, no one would be able to keep them safe. That’s why it is ok with us for our Dad to go to the desert, and why we are so proud of him, and why your kids and your family should be proud of you too. We know that you are there to keep everyone safe. Please remember to keep yourself safe too. Your kids want you to come home safe. Oh, one more thing…Our Dad will be going to the desert really soon. If you aren’t too busy keeping all the people who live there safe, can you keep him safe too?
Thank you,
Katie and Jarrett






One of the other requirements for this blog hop was to show a Valentine's Card that I will be sending to Operation Write Home. These cards are left blank to allow the soldiers to send them home to their families and friends. Katie thought it would be a good idea to send cards that the sodliers could send to their kids, so below are the Valentine's Day cards she helped me create.




To learn more about Operation Write Home check out their website here. To start this blog hop at the beginning, click here. To continue on with the blog hop, check out Cassie from Georgia. Cassie is also the wife of a Service Member who is currently deployed. Make sure you take a moment to check out her wonderful projects as well as let her know how much we appreciate her families sacrifice!










46 comments:

  1. *sniff* You needed to put "Kleenex Alert" at the top of your post!!! I love your kids' letter :) :) :)

    Thanks for joining in the hop!!

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  2. Wonderful cards. I agree with OWH...tissue alert needed. Thanks to you and your family for all that you do.

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  3. What cute cards, and what a wonderful letter from your children. Thank your children for their sacrifice, as well as your husband and yourself from me and my family.

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  4. Kelly, those are some great cards. The soldiers will be happy the recieve them. Thanks for sharing your talent. I love the letter.

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  5. What a great post and what great cards. So adorable, thanks!

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  6. Good job! The kids did a terrific job too!

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  7. what a great letter, someone is going to love getting that! thanks so much for sharing it!

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  8. Thanks to you & your hubby & family for your service & sacrifices!!!!!

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  9. This is such a heartening venture. Here in Canada, the painting guild I belong to also creates and sends cards for our troops. They range from painted, thru to stamped and embossed cards in every style imaginable and are received with great appreciation. It's such a little thing we can do for our heroes!

    ~ Shelley

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  10. Wonderful letter your kids wrote! And the valentines for kids are a great idea.

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  11. Thanks for sharing that wonderful letter your kiddos wrote! Great blog too

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  12. What a beautiful letter your kids wrote.. truly heroes like their mother and father! Your cards are amazing. TFS!

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  13. Oh, what a fantastic letter your kids wrote!! All your cards are beautiful! Thanks for sharing today!

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  14. Super cute cards! Thanks for supporting OWH!

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  15. Thanks for sharing your kids' letter. *sniff* Man, bring out the kleenex. A whole family full of heroes. And such a great idea, the valentine's for the soldier's kids.

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  16. Great cards! I love that some of them look like they're especially for children. Beautiful work!!

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  17. Sweet cards Kelly. The letter is absolutely awesome!

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  18. That letter is so perfect! I hope my daughter is able to understand it as well as your kids seem too as she gets older (she's almost 2). My husband is going to be heading out on his 4th deployment soon so I always off many ((((hugs)))) to any spouse that has to deal with the challenges of being left at home during deployments. (((((HUGS))))))

    Be sure to tell your kids that their bravery is very inspiring!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  19. Lovely card.. thanks for being part of the hop and for sharing your talent. Hugs, Peggy

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  20. Great cards - thanks for sharing your children's letter. My son grew up on different bases all around the world too and I know first hand how hard it is for them when dad isn't home.

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  21. What an amazing letter! You must be so proud of your Katie and Jarrett.

    Great idea for valentines for our heroes to send to their kids--they will make those kiddos' day for sure!

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  22. I have tears in my eyes from the letter! And I love the "wild about you" cards. Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Oooo I just love the kids Valentine's! Thanks!

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  24. All of your cards are fabulous, but what really touched my heart was the letter from Katie and Jarrett. Oh my goodness!!! I cannot stop the tears from flowing! I remember that similar talk my father shared with my and my three younger brothers. Your children are right; although we missed our dad, we knew he was leaving to make the world a safer place for us all. Thank you for sharing this letter and stirring those childhood emotions. And, thank you for spreading joy and love to our nation's heroes!!! Off to get some Kleenex!

    Hugs!
    Carolyn

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  25. Awesome cards! What a wonderful crafty and supportive thing we can do for our troops! God bless them, and you! And thank you so much for sharing that heartwarming letter.

    carlagade [at] gmail [dot] com

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  26. First, thank you to your husband for his service and your work with the military. What a great letter from your kids, sure to make any service member feel appreciated. Great cards too - the animal ones are fun and cute with great colors! Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Aw, Kelly - terrific cards and wonderful post! I lived in Germany (in the AF!) for 4 years in Ulmen and miss it every single day - it is an adventure and oppty indeed! (and my name is also Kelly, lol!) Blessings to you!

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  28. What a wonderful post. It's really a good feeling to hear from military families how something as small as a hand made card can mean so much. Thanks for sharing Kelly!

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  29. The letter from your children was wonderful, it made me cry. As an AF wife I know first hand how much these cards and letters mean to our military.

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  30. Whenever I do anything related to OWH I am grateful that I moved a box of kleenex to the desk area. :D Thanks so much for sharing!

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  31. Just love the Valentine Cards!

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  32. The letter your children wrote sure tugs at the heart. Great cards. Thank you for your support of OWH.

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  33. Oh how your kids' story just melts my heart! Thank you for getting your kids involved - their valentine's cards are going to be a big hit! Thanks to your husband for serving, it means so much to all of us back home!
    ~ky
    http://bunnynest.blogspot.com

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  34. Awesome "Any Hero" letter from your kids! Thanks to you and your husband for your service!!!

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  35. sweet cards. Thanks for supporting our troops!

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  36. Kelly, you are the blog on the hop after me - I posted your link on my post! Anyway, it's like we are neighbors - just a long ways away! I totally enjoy your cards!! Have a wonderful day! :)Michelle

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  37. Thanks for sharing your cards and your letter!!! We really appreciate your husband's service and your support!!! Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

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