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Courage | Duty | Honor | Valor | Sacrifice

Last night and today I was able to add the first two items in my Wounded Warriors series in The Young Retiree, STAMPED! I am so proud of this line, and the 20% that will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. It is my goal to make a donation to them every month – so please spread the word to your military friends that the line is up, and will be growing!

"Courage to Serve"

This courage to serve not card is made on high quality cardstock from Stampin’Up in “Not Quite Navy” blue. The quote down the right side is stamped in “Riding hood Red” from Winston Churchill:

 “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”

It is perfect for any military milestone but I call to mind occasions such as enlistment/re-enlistment, commissioning, promotion, deployment, or those who have completed their career and are ready to retire.

I also have one for those brave men and women who stay behind while their service member serves and protects our country:

For those who serve, by staying behind

 This one is great to send to a friend who is struggling with the deployment of a loved one.

I am in love with this set and have been brainstorming several designs.

Please help me spread the word of this amazing cause! Also: free shipping to APO/FPO addresses for those who are serving and stationed overseas on any order in my shop 😀

*Side note: I had my first sale yesterday 😀 A week after the concept for this shop came together, someone purchased something that I made! I am still super giddy about it and so blessed that people find my talents worthy of purchase!


I was PROUD to be an American on September 10th

Ten years ago I was 16. Ten years ago I was a Junior in a high school under the flight lines leading to Oceana. I lived near the Naval Air Station attached to NOB. Ten years ago as I was at my locker going from Algebra 2 to Public Speaking people were in a panic. While sitting in my Public Speaking class the principal came over the loud-speaker once more and we prayed (as I went to a Catholic school). Our teacher broke some recommendations from Father (the principal) and turned on the television. I sat there and just wanted the media to stop playing the now infamous video of the second tower being hit.

Ten years later I feel the same way.

I recognize that everyone has the freedom of speech, and yet we sometimes shouldn’t use that freedom. As a military wife I’ve learned to keep certain opinions to myself, or between my husband and I. Trust me, there are many views that I hold that just aren’t the popular opinion. I just can’t hold this one in anymore and know there must be others out there who both love this country and yet share this view with me.

The media has gotten out of control. Why do we, as Americans, continue to relive the pain from that day? Do you need to see the images to be reminded of your pride in America; your pride as an American? I don’t need to watch Vietnam or WWII (dubya, dubya two) movies to stand up and thank Vets when they walk by.

from Google via Elizabeth on Pinterest

We will never forget the terror that struck America that day, but I promise you this: I was proud to be an American on September 10, 2001. I was proud to be an American on everyday, for 16 years before then as well. I supported our troops and had pride in the men and women who served this great country before then. I saw honor in our military, our brothers in blue, and the brave men and women who run into burning buildings for a living. I had a sense of pride in the people who save us, before the dreadful day they had to try to save so many. Even at 16 I recognized that on September 12, 2001 it was hard to find a bumper that didn’t have an “I Love Jet Noise” bumper sticker and folks talking about “the sounds of Freedom!”

I have also had the extreme pleasure of seeing this song performed live, by Lee Greenwood, and there is nothing as moving my friends- nothing.

Play this song on some random day: February 3, April 16… any day other than July 4th, Memorial Day or 9/11 – show your patriotism year round.

Quite frankly, I am ready for Monday. I am ready to not have to see the images, to not hear the stories. I am also curious how future generations will hear the stories and events of the day. After being to NYC several times in my youth, I hope they learn of the majesty that was those towers and the strength of a city to continue after such devastation.

As with every Thursday, I’ll be linking up with Amber over at Goodnight Moon! For some awesome songs, head on over and check her out!

*The views expressed are the sole views of myself and do not reflect the views of my husband, the United States Navy or the DoD.

Camp Pendleton Coyotes

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Image by ebmorse via Flickr

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I ride with hubs over to work so I can drive back in the afternoon and we can hit the track. I have to inform you my naivety about the West Coast. You know you see those maps on-line about how East Coasters see the United States? That’s exactly how I viewed the US. I think I’ve shared before how I thought we could take a cute little weekend road trip to Seattle… from SAN DIEGO! You know, since everything is only 8 hours away from VA!

One of the things I was least prepared for was the landscape and wildlife of the West. We had raccoons, squirrels, and the rogue water-rat down by the river, but that was about all. Nobody really prepared me for the rogue mountain lions, wolves and coyotes. A mountain lion was spotted near the school here in town recently. NEAR PEOPLE! Not in the mountains away from civilization!

A few weeks ago we say a beast of a coyote on our way home from base, over on the Naval Weapons Station. No worries- there’s just ground squirrels and cows! Of course they’re wandering looking for food and what not. I was not prepared, I reiterate: NOT PREPARED to see a little coyote casually strolling across the street this morning. Not in isolation. Not over by the wooded areas around the hospital. It came right out of a housing community and across to a parking lot.


 I did not sign up for this! Great- the winter isn’t even here yet and I always thought they came down closer during the cold winters for food… does this meant we’ll be seeing more of them?

Last week hubs was given a tour of the base as part of his Indoctrination training and was told they have coyote hunting season because the population has been allowed to grow so big.


It was more frightening than the time we saw the big [after seeing this smaller coyote, what I am more and more sure was a] wolf here in town!

And to think this weekend we went and walked the track around dusk… I don’t think we’ll be doing that anymore!

Have you ever seen a “wild” animal?