Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Our freedom was not free...

Morning friends. While not a lot better today is a better day with my sinuses than yesterday was (I've only been up for a 1/2 hour though) so I thought I'd get this posted while I felt okay.

Some of you have heard me say that my boys are little pieces of my heart walking around outside my body. I imagine that to be true for most moms. (I said most...I know some relationships are difficult) When I heard of the deaths of some of the soldiers in the brigade that Jon belongs to I decided that I would make sympathy cards for each soldier's family. It has been more difficult than I thought and easy to put to the side and say 'I don't have enough time today'. Frankly, thinking about what those families are going through hurts me and is not a place I like to go BUT I want to follow through. There are now four families that I must send cards too. I used Doodle Pantry's Patriotic Eagle image along with a sentiment from the set that Laurie (owner of Doodle Pantry) so graciously re-worked for me so I could make a banner.

Inside I typed up my favorite sympathy sentiment (that sounds strange doesn't it?). In this case I think the sentiment on the front enhances the sentiment inside. (Noticed the typo just before I was to seal and send out a couple of the cards...why did no one tell me?)

I really wanted this card to be simple and clean for both the fact that I want the sentiment to be the thing that really stands out and for duplication purposes. The layout is from CPS this week. I've also entered this into the Paper Sundaes challenge which is to use a sentiment.

Alright, I'm off to go to Kyler's school for a little while. Have a wonderful day, hug the ones you love, and thank a soldier!Smiley from millan.net

21 comments that make my day!:

Pat (mspfd) said...

Lorie, This is breathtaking! You have done an incredible job conveying your sympathies. What gorgeous work!

Patti J said...

Beautifully done, my friend. My heart breaks for those four families. Hope you feel better soon...hugs :)

Donna said...

Lorie, what an amazing card. You are wonderful to take on the job of sending to the four families. Your card I'm sure will be a comfort. I hope you don;t mind if I borrow your sentiment. It's lovely. Hope you are feeling better very soon. Big healing hugs!

auntbeespickles said...

Oh Lorie, how beautiful this card and this sentiment are! The families will treasure these cards along with their memories. You have brought tears to my eyes. The sentiment is perfect for this - Our Freedom was not free for us. We need to be reminded of this often. Thank you so much for reaching out to these families! God Bless you girl!
Hugs, Sarah

Kathy W. said...

Oh Lorie, this is so amazing! I'm sure those families will take some comfort in these cards you made.

Hope you feel better real soon!

Danni said...

Truly fabulous and so heartfelt...hugs and hope you feel better!!

Laurie said...

Incredible sentimental card for a lost soldiers family. So beautiful and no doubt so difficult to make. Thanks for sharing.

Kristine said...

your card is just awesome Lorie. That would be so difficult to make cards for families of fallen soldiers. Reality of it all really hits you. I'm sure they will appreciate the gesture Lorie. You're so great to push through and get em sent out. Love and Hugs!

Glenda Atkins said...

Awesome and inspirational and I can imagine how difficult to make. You have done an incredible job with the card and I am sure it will be treasured.

Dawn Frost said...

I think you did a fantastic job with the sympathy card, they all will be greatly appreciated.

sari said...

Thatis such a lovely and breathtaking card for the family!! You're such an angel, always thing of others! Take care and gett well ASAP!! Hugs & Sunshine!/Sari

Heide said...

What a stunning card! Wonderful work. Great thing you are doing by making the sympathy card.

Jan Hunnicutt said...

What a stunning card Lorie! I understand putting off making these cards, the sense of loss has to be overwhelming at times. The families will be blessed by your loving kindness.

Creative Mish said...

This is so beautiful! What a sad thing that these families have to go through. They will love the cards and they will tell they were made with love.

Karen Howard said...

You are very thoughtful and strong to make these cards for others in their time of need! I really love your card, it is amazing! Love the embossed strips of red and the eagle is gorgeous! Hugs, Karen

Dani said...

You are so good. I can imagine how difficult it was to make these cards, but they are beautiful and will be treasured. Wonderful job!

sara said...

just beautiful the sentiment says it all doesnt it thanks for joining us at paper sundaes this week
hugs sara x

Robbie said...

Lorie, this is amazing...you are amazing. So beautifully done, an incredible sentiment. The spirit with which you are serving the families of those who have sacrificed all is obvious in the gift of your time and handiwork.

Tami Mayberry said...

Beyond words amazing!!!! Thanks for joining us at CPS! :)

lynncol said...

What a beautiful tribute. I am friends with 3 widows and a mother of fallen soldiers. It is not easy. My husband has deployed 6 times and I am so grateful he has come home each time.

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing your cards... I always struggle with these types of cards -- You've done a beautiful job capturing a wonderful way to express gratitude for such a tragic sacrifice.

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