Friday, September 28, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thank you so much for all you do. I do a lot of volunteer work for the government and am usually on the "giving" end of this all so this is a new unique experience for me. I am so extremely grateful and thankful. Since I have not been able to work my normal job due to my health and preserving Valdryk's it has caused such a strain on our family. I can't wait until he is born and safe in his little bassinet so I can contribute once again wholly and financially to my family.
My husband has been such an angel I am truly blessed. He is a wonderful Marine, I am a former Marine so I guess that makes me qualified to say that, ha ha..
Thank you and every one for your care and concern. It is tough being a military family at times. We have lost so many friends in Iraq leaving behind children lately, it's been a little harder on our family with a new baby coming. I can see the hurt in my husbands eyes whenever any one mentions to my husband about missing the birth. That in itself is an entire different combat battle. The thoughtfulness of yourself and
others is really helping our family pull through this. Just knowing others care means so much to us.
My husband and I are Ordained Ministers and we pray so deeply for every one who opens their hearts to others they do not even know. You
are truly saints in the making. God Bless you and thank you so much for
your email and every thing you do.
Valdryk's parents and his brother and sisters are waiting for his arrival, and when he gets here, Operation Marine Corps Kids will send a special package to welcome him.
Friday, September 21, 2007
The article mentions the great work that Marine Corps Kids is doing, as well as other ongoing Marine Corps Family Foundation projects such as Operation Santa and Operation Never Forgotten.
The Marine Corps Family Foundation sponsors and supports Marine Corps Kids and all of our efforts. For more information, check out the Marine Corps Family Foundation website here. Also check out Marine Corps Kids co-founder Deb's blog site, Marine Corps Moms for great articles, stories and links!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Today I got this e-mail from her.
I received your gift yesterday. Thank you so much. It was absolutely
wonderful. I know that Baby M. will look beautiful in all the
wonderful blankets and hats. The little pig is also adorable and I am
sure she will love cuddling with it.
This is a great organization you have going here. I often feel like I'm the only one going through this and that no one understands, but after your gift and prayers, I know that we are going to be alright with the help and care of people like you.
Thank you so much. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I appreciate it.
I wanted to share this note with all of our donors. The families of our service men and women face so many challenges and sacrifices, and even the smallest gift of a hat or blanket really can go a long way in bringing a smile.
Thank you all for your continued support!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Shop the store for great deals on Marine Corps Kids logo merchandise. You can buy these goods for yourself, for the family of your favorite Marine, or as a donation to Operation Marine Corps Kids efforts.
100% of our proceeds from these sales will help to defer Operation Marine Corps Kids' operating costs.
Follow the link above or to the right of this page to enter our store and view our great selections.
Thank you for your continued support, and please keep those blankets, hats, sweaters and booties coming!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
A friend posted the other day that this year we should try to mark the day by doing something good. I think that's the best way to manage any emotions I may be feeling. Memories are still fresh.
I woke up sort of forgetting the date, until I turned on my PC. Then I had a wierd feeling. I think it's a day to remember, but a day to really LIVE too, and it's still early to know how to balance all that.
Then I got an e-mail. Last week Deb copied me on an e-mail from an expecting mom who's husband is in Iraq. She had read about Operation Marine Corps Kids and was feeling a bit overwhelmed. Deb and I both wrote back. This morning I got an e-mail from her. Her little girl arrived on Sunday! Daddy hasn't seen her yet, but they did get to speak on the phone.
So today I will be packing up a box from the donations we received and sending it to her. I know that the mom is appreciative, but timing is everything. On 9-11 I get to send her a package, and I get to remember all the brave people who died 6 years ago and our troops who are overseas, while also focusing on moving forward, the next generation, and hope for the future.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Also, I wanted to point out our patterns section on the right side of our blog page. I have links there to several of my own designs as well as to some pages where you can find other free patterns on-line. If any of you have original patterns that you would like to share with our group, I would be delighted to post links to them - just let me know.
Thanks again to everyone for their continued support!!!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
While we continue with our regular collections, I am posting today about a special collection that we are organizing for a soldier who is deployed with the Army in Afghanistan. He and his wife are expecting – not just one, but five children!!!
The couple is adopting five children from Ethiopia. The new mom is currently en route to the US with the kids to get their US citizenship, then they will be going to Germany where her husband is based. We would like to create a special gift package to welcome them into their new family.
Overnight this family will grow from a couple to a family of seven including six year-old twin girls, 4 year-old boy and girl twins, and a one year-old baby girl. Mom will be on her own with the kids until dad completes his tour of duty.
We will be collecting hand-crafted blankets, toys, hats, scarves, mittens, and sweaters – anything that these kids might need to help them feel welcomed and to help them deal with a climate that is a bit cooler than what they may be used to.
If you are interested in making something for these children, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. While we appreciate all donations, we want to organize this one to ensure that all the kids receive an appropriate number of gifts.
The United States Marine Corps and JWT are honored to announce that "The
Few. The Proud. The Marines." has been nominated BEST SLOGAN for the
Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame. More than just a slogan, these
three sentences represent what Marines are all about, epitomizing the
challenge of becoming (The Few), and the reward of being (The Proud), one
of the elite (The Marines). Suffice it to say, Few slogans convey such a
With your help, we now have the opportunity to immortalize these words as
an American cultural icon. The Marine Corps will compete with 26 others for
entry into the hall of fame based upon total number of votes received
The winning slogan will be etched on a plaque, and set alongside other
time-honored brands on Madison Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets.
We ask that you vote for "The Few. The Proud. The Marines." by going to
this website and voting.
Be sure to pass this email along to your co workers, family members and
friends so that they may also vote. We are confident a concentrated effort
will deliver "The Few. The Proud. The Marines." into the hall of fame, in
its rightful place among elite American slogans. Thank you for your
I placed my vote, and am sharing the link in hopes that you'll vote too! It's another easy way to support our brave Marines!
Of course your hand-crafted donations for Marine Corps Kids are still being accepted and distributed. It's a wonderful way to show our support for the families!