Today in church, our minister asked all of those who were Veteran’s to stand, introduce themselves and state their service to the United States. We have a small church, about 7 men stood up, they were all older men. Not one man from my generation or younger. I thought that was sad. The men who were Veteran’s had served during Vietnam, Korea, and times in between. Some had served for 2 years, one man had served for 20.
I wanted to remember the the many in my family who have served America and have stood between this country and those who would like to harm us. From oldest to youngest: John Fullerton my stepfather. He served in the Navy, then he went on and spent 20 years of his life serving in the Army. Wallace G. Lemley, Jr., my maternal grandfather who passed away in 1966. He served in World War II in the Army. Hink Powell, my maternal great uncle who passed away in 1990. He was a cook in the Navy. I am not sure which years. Jimmy Orndorff, my uncle who served during Vietnam in the Army as a MP. John W. Orndorff,my father who served from 1965-1967 in the Army in the Signal Corps. Roger Orndorff, my uncle who served during Vietnam in the Army as a MP. Daniel Markham, my husband who served in the Marines from 1984-1986. Susie Orndorff, my cousin who served as a MP in the Air Force in the mid-80’s.
I am proud to have so many Veterans in my family.
Thank you to all Veteran’s from years past and thank you to each and every soldier in the armed forces today. May God bless you and keep you safe in the palm of his hand. And may He comfort and lift up your families while you are apart.
I take voting very seriously. I have never missed a major election and haven’t missed many of the ‘minor’ ones. I have tried to instill the importance of voting in my children. So much so, in fact, that I spent an hour during the last presidential election getting my oldest stepson to vote(his car was broken) even though he was going to vote for ‘the other guy.’
A dear friend of mine and I sit on the opposite sides of the political fence. We don’t talk about politics too much because we don’t want it to harm our friendship. But there are some things we agree on and that is that every single vote counts.
The other day she passed me a couple of articles that I want to share with you. There is still plenty of time for you to get out and vote today! If you aren’t registered, make it a top priority this coming year. We are so blessed to live in a country where we can vote for candidates. It is appalling how many people throw that priviledge and right away. Other citizens around the world are dying to have what we take for granted.
I was up with the chickens again this week. I didn’t plan to get up quite as early, but I left my alarm set to wake me up at 5:00 (which is the time I got up for the yardsale last week). I didn’t want to get up until 6:00, but that’s just the way it goes. Since it was midnight when I went to sleep, I was a wee bit tired, but a shower woke me up. I did some work, then headed to town to help out with the 4-H bake sale we were doing today. I had made brownies and cookies. I was in charge of bringing tables and I brought signs with prices and I brought a chair to sit in. I didn’t bring children, That was my one mistake. I was envisioning four hours of boredom and my daughter, in particular, moaning about when were we going to go home and couldn’t I buy her something. I also wasn’t sure any of the other moms were going to bring their kids (I should have asked, but it just didn’t occur to me…too many other things on my mind right now).
So we went and got set up. We had brownies, peanut butter cookies, 1/2 a lemon pound cake, 4 loaves of bread, cupcakes, muffins, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter granola bars, and bags of popcorn. We started selling at approximately 9:00 a.m. and sold until 1 p.m. We had signs up that we were selling baked goods to raise money so we could send soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait care packages. We explained to people that we would be sending the care packages to unit leaders who would then pass out the items to those soldiers who didn’t get much if anything from home. People opened their hearts and their wallets.
I am going to keep a running post of patriotic posts that I run across in the next couple of days for your reading pleasure. During this long weekend where we celebrate our country’s birth, liberty, independence and democracy, remember what a unique country we live in. Also, please note, several of the photos are links and will take you to the sites where I found the images.
Cindy at Creative Mom has a couple of posts. She is the wife of a marine and a homeschooling mom. She shares with us the agony of deployment and the pride of being part of the Marines. Also, in her post Patriotic Friday, she provides us with the words of our precious Declaration of Independence.
Here is a really cool blog. I am linking to just the first post which will get you started. Here you will find a bunch of information about our great 50 states. Enjoy!
Is there anyone who doesn't enjoy a good fireworks show? We are thinking about driving to the Peaks of Otter tomorrow and joining a hike to the top. They start hiking around 7 and get to the top in time to see the sunset and see the fireworks shows all around for 100 miles. Then of course there is the hike back down. The only drawback for us is we have to be up early Wednesday and if we do this we are looking at getting home around 12:30 a.m. So we may not go.
Regardless, fireworks are fascinating and sure to bring ooohss and ahhhhhsss from the watchers. So here is some information of what it is that we are oohhing and aahhing about! First here is an article about how fireworks are put together! You will be amazed at what you find inside.
I would like to encourage you to use great caution. It is preferrable to go see a fireworks show than to play with fireworks in your yard. Let the professionals handle the explosives and then you can sit back and enjoy the sites without a care in the world. Over 6,000 children are injured by fireworks each year. Be careful out there!
This September, it will have been 5 years since life in America was changed forever. DCRoe from Rough Draft, has started a project that is a great way for bloggers to participate in honoring those who left us that morning. So far 111 people are registered, we need 2,996! Please go check out the tribute site and if you feel so inclined, volunteer. It's going to take a lot of us to pull this off.
Captain Sukman was only able to add one entry to his Soldier's Diary this week due to a blackout on his end. Whenever a soldier dies, phones and internet service is shut down until the next of kin is notified. Read why this is necessary, how he feels about it and his response to the dangers of life as a soldier.
It is time for my weekly update to remind you to take time and read Captain Sukman's diary entries. This is your opportunity to hear from a soldier in Iraq what his life is like and what is going on 'over there.'
So take the time, honor him and all of our men and women in uniform. You'll be glad you did!
I have been following Captain Sukman's diary and sharing it with my readers. Here are the entries from this past week. I know it is a busy weekend for many, but please take the time to honor our military by reading what life is like over there:
Recently I wrote a post about how the internet has affected our lives. Here is another shining example. Loved ones can email friends and family in combat and keep in touch with them with greater ease. And we get to read a first hand account of a soldier's life without the media spin.
God bless our men and women in uniform. Happy Easter!