Friday, October 5, 2012

Blog Candy for OWH!

I signed up a month or more ago to participate Operation Write Home World Cardmaking Day blog hop on October 6, 2012.  I think this particular charity is very special......but in the last week or so, it has become more so.  My baby (he's 18!) has decided to enlist in active duty in the United States Army. While we haven't gotten all of the final paperwork through, we estimate that he will go to basic sometime in January.  I am incredibly proud of my son. (Trying very hard to be a big girl and not cry here!!)

Because of this, this particular blog-hop has become particularly poignant for me.  In honor of my hero, I am asking you to leave a comment either here or on the post above. For each comment (up to 50), I will send $1 with my cards when I send my batch off to OWH to help them with their costs.  To doubly encourage you to leave a comment, I am giving away this blog candy with all sorts of stamps, tools, and other goodies!


If you want to follow me, that'd be lovely.  Please be sure to leave me an email address or a blog or some other way to get ahold of you.  I will draw a winner on 10/8/12 - just after 8 a.m. California time.

Craftily yours,

Karen (mom of a soon-to-be real life hero)

43 comments:

  1. Karen, I can only image how tough it must be to let your baby boy go - even though it's a wonderful thing he's doing and I'm sure you're awfully proud of him! God bless you both!
    brenda(dot)becknell(at)cinci.rr.com

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  2. Karen - I've said a prayer expressing my thankfulness for your sons (and others) service and asking that he not only be protected during his time of service, but also that his experiences end up benefiting him and through his actions, others, in years to come. Hugs - Jeannie (blue on CC)

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  3. Awwww. Thoughts and prayers for you and your son. Stories like this make me want to double my efforts in sending cards so that he has more ways to stay in touch with you and you have something beautiful to receive such precious messages on. My heart is with you. Hugs. scrapsoup72 at gmail dot com

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  4. Karen - I've said a prayer expressing my thankfulness for your sons (and others) service and asking that he not only be protected during his time of service, but also that his experiences end up benefiting him and through his actions, others, in years to come. Hugs - Jeannie (blue on CC)

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  5. Big hugs to you, Karen!!!! I'm an Air Force vet, wife to an Army soldier, an Air Force Mom, and an Army Mom. My only son is in the Army now, stationed in Kansas. I 100% understand all that you are feeling, and am here for you should you have ANY questions!!!! If I don't have an answer, my husband will! More hugs!

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  6. Karen, I, too, will be saying a prayer for your son's safety and I want to express my appreciation for his (and your family's!) service to our country. Thank you for offering up the blog candy, but I'm doing this because the money you will raise through comments to send to OWH will be so appreciated!!! thanks to you and your family!

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  7. I know it has to be hard to see him go but he is doing a wonderful thing...thoughts and prayers for you and your family :)

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  8. Prayers for safety for your son and prayers for strength for you

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  9. God Bless you and keep your son safe! ♥
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
    http://deliteful-alpha-sets.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  10. Oh wow Karen. I can't even imagine how hard that would be. What a proud mama you must be! Go ahead and cry if you need to :)

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  11. Many prayers for your family and your son! I think your donation idea is fabulous. :)
    Jen jmueller409 at yahoo dot com

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  12. I truly believe in this super cause! Having had my uncle in Iraq a couple of years ago, I know how important writing back home really is... Good luck with your son and very pretty card!


    Irma (irmz323 at yahoo dot com)

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  13. You're allowed to cry! It's a big step not only for your son, but for all of you. And you'll be able to put his name of the list of contacts so his unit gets some of the wonderful OWH cards. He'll be the star of his unit! Thanks for the chance at some great candy. cherie23694 at gmail.com

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  14. As a military sister, i applaud your son's conviction to serve his country. I pray he comes home safe and sound to you.

    Your card is just lovely. I love that snowman stamp.

    Melinda (roseofgold at gmail.com)

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  15. Karen, I know all too well how you are feeling and what you are going thru. My only son went into the navy at 18 just 3 yrs ago. He was so excited and promised that what he'll be doing will be safe. I worry everyday about him (there's more to it) and I will have your son in my prayers too. I thank him for his service and his courage, so, if you ever want to talk send me a line. Mimi miislucky@yahoo.com

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    1. WOW-- thank you all for your up-coming service; prayers all around! We always remember freedom isn't free! God bless!! RBBRRMQN at YAHOO dot COM

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  16. My oldest grandson is in the marines so making cards for OWH is one way I help myself with it..
    Good luck to you all.
    blog http://scrapbookingandcardmakingbysherry.blogspot.com/

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  17. Big hugs! Good luck to your son!

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  18. Karen, I just recently started making cards for OWH and love that we can bring a little bit of home to the men and women serving so far away. I hope your son stays safe and hope you find some comfort knowing that there are a bunch of us crafting away to help him stay connected with you no matter where he might go :-) slbuller at fullchannel dot net.

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  19. Karen please know that so many of us lift up our service members in prayers for their safety. God bless your son for wanting to serve. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  20. Thank you to your son for his brave decision to serve. I am mom to a Marine who is currently in Okinawa, but served a tour in Afghanistan earlier this year. I know the worry you will experience, but also the pride in his dedication to defend our freedom. I became aware of OWH when a birthday card arrived from my son with the OWH logo on the back this summer. I am just now getting ready to send in my first batch of cards; this is such a good cause!I will make a $$ donation in honor of both of our sons' service when I send my cards!
    {joankrebs@yahoo.com}

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    1. WOOHOO! It is so wonderful to hear that someone received one of our cards! Thank you to you and your son for your service to our Country!

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  21. I have tremendous admiration for anyone who enlists. I was a Navy brat and I know what a sacrifice it can be, but it is also a unique life that only those in a military family can experience and it provides them with skills and strengths that some who aren't in the life do not gain. Prayers go to your son and all of the family including you.

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  22. Wow! That's so awesome and scary at the same time! My best friend is in the National Guard and served a year in Afghanistan. So, although it's not nearly the connection you have, I feel a connection to the troops, too, and always want to help them. (I'm on CC, so you shouldn't have trouble contacting me ;-) )

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  23. Karen, I can't even imagine what you are going thru. I know I would be frantic. But do know that he is in good hands . . . HIS hands will hold him when you can't. It's because of your son and families like yours that our country is what it is today . . . we have freedom!!! My hubsand's uncle just got back from Iraq . . . he is in National Guard and was called up due to his medical training. Please know prayers are headed your way and your son's and will continue till he comes back home.

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  24. I certainly understand you're being proud! I can see why OWH has taken on a new meaning for you. That is so cool! Thanks so much for offering some goodies!

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  25. From one military mom (daughter military police in the Navy - deployed overseas) to another congrats. Thanks so much for helping OWH with your talents.
    And thanks for a chance to win blog candy. I am fairly new to this Blog following but I am trying to get the hang of it.

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  26. Congratulations on being a proud Army mom! OWH is a great organization, thank you for your support!

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  27. I am sure you are so proud of your son! This is a great cause and thank you for supporting it!! Hugs!!

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  28. Karen, thank you for raising a hero!! And thank you for working with OWH. As an Army mom (our youngest daughter was deployed to Iraq for a year), I understand the pride and the fear! What a great way to honor our heos! Thanks, again!

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  29. OMG Karey, I do not know how you are holding up! I almost cried reading your post. You must be so proud of your son--! This is a great cause! All the best!

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  30. Karen, first, welcome to the Army Mom club. My son has been in the Army since March. I would be thrilled to talk to you any time because I know you will have tons of questions. He joined and it took about 3-4 months for him to leave for basic. There are MANY support groups for Moms/parents on Facebook. They are very helpful too.

    Second, Thank you to you and your son for your service to our Country. Yes, you will be serving in a very different role, but serving none the less.

    Third, Thank you for a chance to win BLOG CANDY!!!! I love candy :D
    lots of hugs from one Army Mom to another.
    Ellen

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  31. P.S. You can go to my blog and click the link to email me if you would like to talk.
    hugs,
    Ellen

    (new follower!!)

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  32. WOW, how inspiring! Be strong, Mom. :-) There are lots of OWHers who are Army moms, wives, etc. so THANK YOU! Seek their support whenever you need it. We are certainly a community here at OWH. :-)

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  33. God Bless your son and you and the rest of your family. Thank him for wanting to serve and protect our freedoms.

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  34. You must be very proud of your son. Thank him for me and my family for his unselfish decision to serve our country! Thank you for raising such a wonderful young man! And what a wonderful way for you to support OWH! Thank you!
    ~sandy
    visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

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  35. My son enlisted with the Army National Guard at 18 (4 years ago) so I know exactly what you are going through. This training is not going to be easy for him but he will be an awesome soldier because of it. Keep your chin up, be proud because it takes especially awesome individuals to be a soldier!! Give him big hugs from all of us and tell him to remain not just strong....but Army Strong...HOOAH!!! msmith38652 at gmail dot com

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  36. What a great way to support OWH! Thank your son for his decision to serve his country for me. He's a very unselfish brave young man. Hugs to you!

    Brit
    britngavin@ymail.com

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  37. Bless you both Karen & I pray that God keeps your son safe.

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  38. Your post gave me a catch in my throat, trying to imagine all that you must be feeling. THANK YOU to your son for his decision to serve and to you for your generous donation to OWH as well as your blog candy.

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  39. WOW, this must be such a bittersweet moment for you, I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  40. You deserve to be proud of your son AND to shed a tear. Thanks for your generosity to OWH.
    scrap happy on CC

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  41. Just learned a friend of my son is enlisting. Thanks for the chance at candy.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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