Wordless Wednesday, Patriotic Banner Tutorial

Using fabric scraps and old denim jeans I made this banner to

decorate our yard on July 4th. Here’s how… in pictures only.



(Note: I wasn’t driving. Just waiting for my daughter to finish

 cheer camp for the day.)



I linked up to a couple of craft sites this week:

Thirty Handmade Days

Cat on a Limb

Freedom isn’t Free

Freedom is Free – someone did and is paying for it.

AnySoldier.com connects you with info on how send

small “care packages” to actual service people in our armed services!

I’m so excited to have found this site thanks to “Or So She Says…”

This week my kids & I will prayerfully select an email from the many on this site

from actual soldiers and then fill a box with the supplies they’ve requested.

We want to share our gratitude and also let them know of Jesus love!

Wanna join me in doing this?

Maybe you have another source which offers similar opportunities… would

you share it with us, please?

(Now, if only we can get all those extreme couponers to stop hoarding

& ship some of their loot to the soldiers, too… don’t even get me started on that! )

American Heros make History

America! I love you.
Jesus! I love you!!!
With freedom comes responsibility…
Are you living like & talking about JESUS?
If you are living for the purpose that God’s called you to
(to tell people about JESUS), then you’re enjoying
and you’re changing history!
You’re an American Hero!

“But my life is worth nothing to me unless

I use it for finishing the work assigned me

by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others

the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”

Acts. 20:24
Click here to hear more!

A Grateful Comparison

Does is bug you when someone says, “Oh, I totally know
exactly how you feel?”
Although we may be able to relate to someone on some level,
we don’t really know exactly what they’re going
So, with this truth in mind, I humbly make the following
comparison between ministry families and military families.
The “ministry family” part I know… I’m living it and
loving the life I’m called to.
The “military family part”… I don’t pretend to really know
what their lives are like, but from those I’ve known and the
blogs I read and the few I currently know, I’ve seen some
similarities between the two.
I’m listing this comparison ONLY to heighten our respect
and admiration for them & the courageous lives they lead.
Here’s my observations:
– Often live away from their families
– Move from place to place
– Must force themselves to make relationships even though
it’s possible that they’ll move again soon
– Learn to rely on friends as family (we find this a blessing!)
– Good at packing boxes & moving
– Are acquainted with “lonely”
– Knowing that their husbands are on the front lines for the cause
– Risk is a way of life
– Strong Wives/Moms who must function for long periods
of time while the husband is away
(NOTE: my husband travels quite a bit, but I don’t even pretend
to relate to the military wives who are separated from spouses
for months/years!)
My comparison must end here… I know there’s so much more that
they endure,
that they sacrifice,
that they give…
I’m so VERY grateful to the countless families who live a completely
different lifestyle than I could ever truly relate to… all because they
have chosen to serve our country…
to serve us!
With tears in my eyes I write…
Thank you, Service Men & Woman and your families!
Your sacrifice is unlike ANY other!
I respect you, admire your courage and pray for you regularly!
Our freedom, our flag, our country means SO much to me!
Thank you for protecting all that we hold dear!