Have You Thanked a Soldier Today

There are days that call for something other than ramblings about stamping and my love of SU. Today is one of those days. Have you thanked a soldier this day… this week…this year…ever? Take a moment and pray for all those fighting for freedom around the globe. Pray for those that have given their lives so that we may continue to be free. Give a donation to a Veterans group. Adopt a soldier. Send some of the cards you’ve stamped to soldiers so that they can send them to their family back home. Pray for peace.

Here’s a song that I love:
I walked through a county courthouse square,
On a park bench an old man was sitting there.
I said, “Your old courthouse is kinda run down.”
He said, “Naw, it’ll do for our little town.”
I said, “Your old flagpole has leaned a little bit,
And that’s a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging on it.”

He said, “Have a seat,” and I sat down.
“Is this the first time you’ve been to our little town?”
I said, “I think it is.” He said, “I don’t like to brag,
But we’re kinda proud of that Ragged Old Flag.

“You see, we got a little hole in that flag there when
Washington took it across the Delaware.
And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key
Sat watching it writing Say Can You See.
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
With Packingham and Jackson tuggin’ at its seems.

“And it almost fell at the Alamo
Beside the Texas flag, but she waved on though.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on that Ragged Old Flag.

“On Flanders Field in World War I
She got a big hole from a Bertha gun.
She turned blood red in World War II.
She hung limp and low by the time it was through.
She was in Korea and Vietnam.
She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam.

“She waved from our ships upon the briny foam,
And now they’ve about quit waving her back here at home.
In her own good land here she’s been abused —
She’s been burned, dishonored, denied, and refused.

“And the government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land.
And she’s getting threadbare and wearing thin,
But she’s in good shape for the shape she’s in.
‘Cause she’s been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more.

“So we raise her up every morning, take her
down every night.
We don’t let her touch the ground and we fold
her up right.
On second thought, I do like to brag,
‘Cause I’m mighty proud of the Ragged Old Flag.”

And, Memorial Day also provided me with a much needed reminder from my wish list. I still need to order The Free & The Brave. It’s a wonderful set that I think perfectly depicts the dignity of being a soldier and serving your country.

Going to the Chapel

A week from Saturday I will be getting married. Needless to say I’ve been super busy planning, and doing more than a few do it yourself projects. I am so excited to be married! I also can’t wait to be in Rome for my honeymoon, and then make my new home with my husband in Texas. And, I look forward to returning to a normal stamping schedule ;), and playing with all my stamping toys (and making thank you wedding cards, of course).

So after mid May this blog should go back to having regular posts.

One of the things I love about being an SU demo is that our low quarterly sales requirements allow me to slow down my business when my life demands it. I love so many of the stamp sets in this catalog that I could have easily jam packed in classes and workshops, and spent each every day stamping all day long. But, I have been blessed with planning not just a wedding, but preparing to be a Godly wife as well. Needless to say that with all the things I made for the wedding (invites, favor boxes, pew bows, etc.) my SU business needed to slow a bit. But, because we only have to sell 300 every three months I was able to present one buying opportunity to my customers and clear myself through the end of June. Which means I can still enjoy all the fun of being a demo without having to give up everything in my non-stamping world.

Have you ever thought about being an SU demo? If you have, I’d love to talk to you about the opportunity to save money not only on your personal stamping and scrapbooking, but also talk to you about the joy of sharing your love of stamping with others. Stampin’ Up is truly a wonderful company to work for, and now is a great time to become a part of the family. There is a recruitment special for May. You with get 20% off the starter kit, and you will receive your choice of Hodge Podge Hardware for free!