Friday, November 13, 2009

OWH Veterans Day Blog Hop...


Hello - and welcome to my blog! Maybe you found your way here from the Operation Write Home's Veterans Day Bloghop. If so - I'm glad to be one of the stops along the way! If you found your way to my blog through some other means, today I am participating in a blog hop, which, as mentioned, is hosted by Operation Write Home, through their Homefront Blog. Check them out!! OWH is an amazing, inspiring, grassroots organization that collects and ships handmade cards to men and women in the armed forces deployed overseas. The OWH mission statement is as follows:

OUR MISSION
To support our nation's armed forces by sending blank greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.

As soon as I heard about this group, I knew I wanted to be part of it! It feels good to know that, even in the smallest of ways, I can do something, from way over here in my little corner of the world, to give something in return for the dedication and sacrifice that our heroic servicemen and women provide us. OWH has a Hero Blog that shares letters from these heroes and their families, expressing their appreciation and gratitude for the cards that they receive. It's so rewarding to read these communications from the people our cards reach. It's what fuels my motivation to keep gathering cards together and sending them off, and it gives me an airtight reason to ensure that I make time for my creative indulgences - a definite bonus! I'm in the midst of making as many Valentines Day cards as I can in time for the January 8 mailing deadline. January sounds like a long way off, but the way time goes hurtling along, I know I'll be down to the wire on these! I'm also going to write as many AnyHero cards and letters as I can. Don't know what an AnyHero card/letter is? Click on any of the links above to find out!

I hope to edit this post at some point today with some images of some of my cards, but in the meantime, I'll share this picture of my Grandpa, who was a veteran of WWII.

Now, I'll send you along to the next stop on our bloghop - without further adieu, go visit participant #70 - Chris, at There's No Place Like Gnome. Don't forget to leave a comment! Thanks for stopping by.

22 comments:

Operation Write Home said...

Thanks so much for sharing grandpa's picture...I'll stop by later for sure to see your cards! :)

JPScraps said...

Thanks for sharing your story :)

Dixie said...

Thanks for sharing your picture of Grandpa! Will be back...

Karelj said...

Thanks for the picture of your Grandfather. My father was also a WWII veteran. I'm looking forward to seeing your cards.

Anita said...

Thanks for sharing your grandpa's photo.

Scrappycath said...

Thank you for sharing your personal story and your grandfather's pic!

The Wired Angel said...

Thanks for sharing your story about your granddad.. and for particpating in the hop today.

Shelley said...

This is such a heartening venture. Here in Canada, the painting guild I belong to also creates and sends cards for our troops. They range from painted, thru to stamped and embossed cards in every style imaginable and are received with great appreciation. It's such a little thing we can do for our heroes!

~ Shelley

Rhonda Miller said...

Thanks for joining in. Great picture of you Grandpa.

Karen (aka Sassyscrapper) said...

Jillian, I love your banner and visiting your blog. I've "borrowed" your quotes to add to a sbing recipe album I'm making for my daughters (hope that's OK) they're just what I'm looking for to add to the bottom of each page.

Carla Gade said...

Great pic of your grampa. What a wonderful crafty and supportive thing we can do for our troops! God bless them, and you!

carlagade [at] gmail [dot] com

Carmen O. said...

Love your quotes on your blog. I love collecting quotes. Thanks for promoting OWH!! Love to see all the participation, don't you?

Paula said...

What a nice post, with the picture of your hero Grandpa.

Kas said...

thanks for hoppin! And sharing your photo!

Cr8ive ME said...

Wonderful photo of your Grandpa.

{hugs}
M.E.

Bekah's World said...

As a military wife I must give a great big thank you for participating and sharing your talents!

Holly @ InkPaperStamps said...

Now that's a good-looking grandpa!

Loni said...

Great picture of Grandpa. Thanks for supporting OWH. Hugs, Loni

Night Shift Nancy said...

I love that photo of your grandpa. How precious! Thank you for sharing!

Chris said...

Thanks for supporting the heroes!

Michelle's Inky Fingers said...

Great picture of your Grandpa! Treasure those pictures and keep your creativity close to your heart! I am proud to be one of your neighbors on the hop! ~Michelle :)

Kerry'd Away Designs said...

Jillian, you do some neat stuff here on your blog. I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger award. Come by my blog and check it out.

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