Tribute to a fallen hero

I finally completed this tribute to Rick who was killed in action this spring….please continue to pray for his family. If making a video like this hurts, I can’t imagine what it must feel like to live with the loss every day….

CFH: Interviewed!

CFH: Interviewed!

The interview over at BlogTalk Radio happened tonight! Click above to go listen to it; if it doesnt start right away, click the itunes button and you can listen to it that way. It’s a slow start, they had to do some vamping with music and banter while they waited for me to solve technical problems—but once it got going I think it came out pretty well!

I also posted a little “backstory” on the Homefront Blog if you want to read about it 🙂

Feel free to share the link so more people can hear about CFH and get inspired to join in!

Cards for Heroes

Cards for Heroes

The quality of cards that keep coming in for CFH are absolutely incredible….are yours in here? These are all sorted into the category boxes, and I packed up eight—yes eight—giant boxes of cards to mail out this weekend! 1,600 cards!! I’ve finally whittled down the stash of holiday cards that have been sent in throughout the year as well as the new ones coming in for the Blizzard Challenge. I just love thinking about all the family members who will get to open these cards from their deployed loved ones this Christmas!!

Click on a photo to get a better view!

My New Shipping Center

My New Shipping Center

Who’d a thunk I’d have my own shipping center? I had to do something, this stuff was in so many places all over my house!
Here’s what’s pictured:

Top shelf:

  1. lots of ziplocs (finding out just how useful they are to deployed service members, I’m putting more items in them so they can reuse them!)
  2. tape and pens
  3. and of course a brochure for each box.


  1. To-be-sorted items and all the “other than card” goodies to keep out of the pets’ nose-reach!
  2. Snacks (freezepops, snack bars, gum, crackers, packets of tuna)
  3. Pens, magazines, books, pads of paper, and New Testament Bibles
  4. Those boxes on the right corner are a DEAL I got—boxes of 20 Christmas cards each for only 90cents! Yes, that price will get me to buy cards. 🙂 Gotta get them opened and sorted into the boxes below.
  5. The striped box sitting on top is full of AnyHero letters written out by cardmakers and other people who’ve sent them to me, all sorted by whether or not they’re addressed to Dear Hero, or Dear Marine, or Dear Soldier, etc.

All those boxes!

  1. First, the box in front—thank you to those who have been donating basketball shorts, socks, snacks, and hygiene items for my special project for Michael’s old marine unit! 🙂
  2. The cards! These of course were the thing that spurred me on to set up this area. I had been storing a box of Christmas cards here, some Thanksgiving cards there, just randomly all over my craft room and living room. That was getting out of hand! So here they all are in their glory together. Lots of Christmas, several boxes for fall/Thanksgiving/Halloween, and in the crate on the right are cards for next year’s spring holidays. (See, yes, I do save them when you send them to me!) And then there are all the cards ready to pack into boxes tonight, sorted by:
    1. Thinking of you
    2. Thank you and get well (some go to OQC, some for the boxes)
    3. Baby/kids cards
    4. Love/Miss you
    5. Birthday
  3. Off to the left, cut out of the pic behind the FRBs (flat rate boxes) is a lot of other jumbled shipping things – boxes, ghostie peanuts, etc. That area may have to be given over for storage of items to be shipped, too, we’ll see how long I last in this area. This is my guest room, so I’m going to see how condensed I can keep things, heehee! (If you ever stay over, you’ll just have to deal with sharing your space with our heroes!)

So I’m feeling happily organized now, and my living room is down to only containing boxes of items donated for prizes. I get things from individuals and companies to either use or offer up as prizes or send out as RAKs. And the pile is big enough that after the Summer of Love challenge, I think I’ll be sending out some surprise packages—I really do want my living room completely back! 🙂

Tribute to a Hero

Sgt. Michael T. Washington, I salute you.

I am so proud of you. Of all you stood for. Of all you lived for. Of all you died for.

Your nation owes you a debt of gratitude.

I attended the memorial service for this fallen marine today. He was killed in Afghanistan on June 14, 2008 in an IED explosion, with three of his brothers in arms from the Seventh Marine Regiment 2/7.

The reality of the war hero hit me in a way it hasn’t before; I’ve never been connected to a wartime death before. I know, I know, it’s not about me. But I hadn’t made the personal connection quite like this before. Michael’s mom was in my BSF discussion group all year, and we prayed for her son regularly all year. . . I can’t help but ask God, “Why? He was only 20. To let this happen, now? Why?”

A quote from Michael on February 1, 2007, Al Anbar Province, Iraq:

“I don’t want anything to happen to my boys though. I don’t know what I’d do if I lost one, or if he got hurt. The guys here are family. I’ve never had a brother before, but they’re the closest to one I got…they know everything about me, as I know everything about them. I would just as easily die for them. For me, there is no better feeling than that. I feel 100% safe with them. I have no worries about my life. When it’s my time, it’s my time.”

I’m redoubling my efforts to support these men and women and their families. I don’t know what that looks like right now, but . . . in Michael’s honor, I’m stepping it up.

At ease, Sergeant. Rest in peace. Wait in heaven, we’ll see you there when we go home to join you in God’s presence.

Cards for Heroes

Cards for Heroes

I’m excited I’ll be able to get boxes out this weekend to some of my contacts still waiting for Father’s Day cards….hooray! Thanks to all those who have mailed in cards this week!

This last photo is the cards from a cardmaking “Boot Camp” in Georgia last weekend:

Email from Scapa

Email from Scapa

Okay so, I have been struggling this weekend with Old Red’s carcass. If I hold her by the top, she still dribbles out tape . . . I’ll be just coloring this week so she might not have to suffer the indignities any further . . . because I received this email from Scapa:

Hi Sandy,

Good news. I have entered a request for a new TD-1 gun to be sent to you.
The guys in AppSupport sent your request to me because I recently launched a marketing campaign promoting our TD-1 gun and T002 tape for scrapbooking and they knew I’d be able to take care of you.
Attached is the informational sheet I put together for those that scrapbook.
Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you,
Andrea L. Gross
Marketing Coordinator
WOOOOHOOOO! Thank you all for your prayers during my grief, your support has meant so very much!! BUY SCAPA! 🙂 Here’s the flyer they sent, click on it to make it larger and readable: