Friday, May 6, 2011

Land of the Free

As soon as I saw the Land of the Free stamp in the Summer Mini catalog, I knew I had to have it. I hope you will take a moment to let me tell you what the National Anthem means to me.

In 2004, my then 18 year old son announced to me that he was joining the Marine Corp, a surprise to us all. He left for boot camp shortly after his high school graduation. I was an emotional mess until I saw him again, and wrote to him almost every day. Three months later, my family and I went to Parris Island, South Carolina, to witness his graduation. The ceremony was amazing, and as hundreds of recruits stood at attention for the first time as U.S. Marines, they began to play the National Anthem. I can promise you, there was not one dry eye in the crowd of family and loved ones. So, every time I hear the National Anthem it brings me back to that moment. Needless to say, I am very proud of my son who has been deployed to Iraq twice and is now home safe and sound, thank God.

With the patriotic holidays coming up soon, I hope you will think about our active military, to whom we owe our freedom. Today's card was designed as a thank you to an unknown active duty military member, which I will be sending to Operation Write Home. OWH collects and distributes handmade cards for military members to write home with, but you can also address a card to the military members themselves, to thank them for their service. Click here to learn more about Operation Write Home and what you can do to participate.

Stampin’ Up! products used:
Stamp sets: Land of the Free
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy
Designer Series Paper: Brights Stack
Ink pads: Crumb Cake
Markers: Not Quite Navy, Real Red
Tools: Big Shot, Stars die #2, ticket corner punch, stampin sponge
Accessories: Silver brads, dimensionals

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and God bless our military.


1 comment:

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Hi Sandy,

Thanks for sharing your personal story and promoting OWH. Love your card and the way you used the stars #2 die cuts as a stencil - at least that's what I'm assuming you did. God bless you as a military mom and your son as a serving member. You are both in my prayers and have my thanks for the sacrifices you make.

Bless you - Jean