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Friday, May 6, 2011

Military Spouse Appreciation Day and BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY!!!




I recently ordered an adorable stamp set from Amuse titled Hero Mail. I thought it was so cute, that I ordered several sets with the intention of giving one away on my blog.. well I've decided to giveaway two of the sets. All you have to do is to leave a comment by Friday, May 13th at 9pm EST. I will pick two random names and will be posting the winners.. if your emails are available, I will email you as well.






Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day... to all my fellow military wives and husbands.. I send a big thank you for all that you do. ... I wanted to share this article from a website I frequently read from... and below that is the GIVEAWAY!!!...


(from an article posted on www.military.com)
"If the military had wanted you to have a spouse, they would have issued you one." Remember those words? Well, that was then and this is now. America's military has realized and acknowledged the significance of the military spouse. In 1984 President Reagan proclaimed the Friday before Mother's Day of each year to be Military Spouse Appreciation Day. It is your day to stand up and be honored.

For the times you've stood and watched a ship sail from the harbor, an aircraft disappear into the clouds, or a truck convoy pull out of sight, not sure when they would return, we thank you.

For the countless household moves you've made from a place you know to one that's strange and different -- often by yourself -- we thank you.

For the families you've held together, for the anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays you've celebrated alone, we thank you.

For the hand you've extended to another military spouse when the need was there, truly creating a military family, we thank you.

For the spirit and strength you've shown when your service member has gone into harm's way, we thank you.

For the pride you've displayed while serving as an ambassador of the military spouse to the rest of the world, we thank you.

Far too frequently, the sacrifices and dedication of the military spouse have gone unnoticed and unappreciated. In our nation's recent history, thousands of service members have been placed in harm's way as they stood watch as freedom's guardian. You too have stood watch at home, facing challenges alone. You have waved flags and held banners high to express your support. You have kept the candles burning on the home front as a reminder of our deployed military.

You have made difficult sacrifices of your own, and have called upon your inner reserves to nurture family life so your service member can focus on the business at hand.

Even in times of relaxed alert status for our military, you have stood ready and alert for the slightest of signs, perhaps overlooked or ignored by your civilian counterparts, signaling a potential change in the status of our military forces. As a military spouse, you have willingly packed up and relocated countless times, and may have been separated from your own parents and siblings for several years at a time.

Quite often, you have been placed in an unfamiliar ethnic or cultural setting, or a remote location. You have met this challenge with confidence and pride, making your nation proud of you. By the same token, you have extended your hand and hospitality to visitors to our country.

A country cannot count itself strong by its armed services alone, but must also depend on its civilians. With military wives and husbands setting a superior example through devotion, courage, and commitment, we are a nation of strength.

Military spouses … stand tall, stand proud … we salute you, you are truly our unsung heroes.

::::::::::::BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY::::::::::



I recently ordered an adorable stamp set from Amuse titled Hero Mail. I thought it was so cute, that I ordered several sets with the intention of giving one away on my blog.. well I've decided to giveaway two of the sets. All you have to do is to leave a comment by Friday, May 13th at 9pm EST. I will pick two random names and will be posting the winners.. if your emails are available, I will email you as well.








I've made a couple of cards with this set... I have posted them earlier this week, but thought I'd post them here again. The set is SO cute!!!

thanks for looking ~

have a great airborne day!
God Bless All Our Military.. each and every one of them

45 comments:

jccats said...

Love the cards!! And I love that stamp set..would be great to make my cards for OWH. I'll be following you now that I found your blog via OWH.

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi Pam! Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day! I hope you can take a little time out to pamper yourself. You always make the most beautiful cards; I admire your creativity and energy! Thanks for inspiring us all at OWH, and for the sacrifices you make as a military spouse!

ScrapinShana said...

Happy Military Spouses Day! I always look forward to seeing what you create on the OWH FB page. Your cards are fantastic! Glad I found your blog, now I can stalk you on here too! LOL!

Hooah Hugs!
Shana

Paula S. said...

What a moving post Pam. Thank you so much for sharing this today. It really brings into focus just how much military spouses and families sacrifice on behalf of our country. Your cards and enthusiasm for OWH are really inspiring.

Veronica said...

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day to you, Pam!
I am so glad you are back to stamping. I love your style and would love to have this set to make cards for OWH.

Lori said...

Thanks so much for bring us to the forfront. I know that the most important thing is supporting our troops but it's nice to feel apreciated.

Sue D said...

Great cards with this set. Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day--we so appreciate your sacrifice too.
Thanks so much!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

bustiedoo said...

Hey there! Happy Spouses Day to u. I luv seeing the new cards you come up with they are just awesome hope you have a great day.
Steph

bustiedoo said...

Hey Pam
Happy Spouses Day to you. Hope you have a great day. I love your cards
Steph

Lisa Oliver said...

Hi Pam! Seems I have been tooting your horn alot lately but you deserve every bit of it! Thank you for sharing this touching article - your lifestyle is something that most of us never even think about but it makes all the difference in the world to us all. I admire your talent and look forward to sharing many more creative moments in the upcoming years.

jrbarger2 said...

I just found your blog from the OWH blog ... your cards are amazing! I too grew up in a military home and my patriotism runs deep. Thanks to our Hero's and the families of our Hero's! Not only do the soldiers sacrifice, so do the families. Looking forward to your next creation!
Rebecca
jrbarger2 at yahoo dot com

Jeanette - said...

I am visiting your blog for the first time......via OWH. Thank you and your family for your service!! Your stamping work is fabulous and I will be following your blog!

Kenna said...

I love your cards and your comments. This is my first time visiting your blog but will be back many times for inspiration. May God bless you and all the other military spouses.

gbinion said...

You are such an amazing inspiration! I, myself, am not a military wife and have no idea what it's like to be one. I do, however, have a deep respect for our country and everyone who not only protects us, but everyone who supports those who protect us!

Thank you so much for sharing your life with us!

One Scrappy Gal said...

Hooray for you! Let's hear it for the military spouses! You all are the backbone of this country! Thank you for all you do!

by Pegg Thomas said...

I had no idea that the Friday before Mother's Day was set aside for military spouses. I learned something new today! My hubby was a police officer for 18 years. Not exactly the same as military, but close enough I can sympathize with a lot of what you go through, especially the years he was on the S.W.A.T. team!

Jules said...

I love the cards you cr8'd with the stamp set & the red, white & blue just "pop" in the layouts! Bless you & the sacrifices you make here while your husband serves our country. Thank you for his service!

Doris Garvey said...

Your cards are just amazing Pam! And Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day"! Learn something new every day....

Kathryn said...

Pam, thank you for serving as a military wife! Your creative and elegant cards are always an inspiration and I strive to make cards as lovely as yours. Congratulations on being featured on OWH Stars and Stamps this week.

Beate said...

What a great post, Pam! I hope you had a wonderful Spouse Appreciation day yesterday!
Big cyber hugs

Rachel B said...

Pam, your cards are adorable. So crisp and vibrant! I love that set. My little cousin (now a grown up man, but my little cousin all the same) is now a member of the armed forces and is stationed in the horrible location of HAWAII. I know, just a horrible place, bad scenery and all that! lol... but this set would be great to make cards for his mom to send him.

Marianne S. said...

I found your blog via OWH and look forward to following you and looking at your other project posts. I give thanks to you and your family for all that you do for our country. May you be blessed each day in every way. Your cards are beautiful, thank you for sharing!!

Marianne S.
sthquilter at gmail dot com
www.paperorfabric.blogspot.com

Marsha said...

Thanks for your post on Military wives. I was one but my husband stayed State-side; I did not go through what so many wives and families go through with husbands gone. Hats off to Military wives. Love your cards. Love the stamp set. It will be a great addition to whomever wins it.

Desert Rose Stamper said...

Pam, your cards are wonderful. I love your embossing. Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day - you are to be commended for all that you endure -- Thank You. I enjoyed your post -- it brought tears to my eyes -- you take care of yourself! Looking forward to all your creative and beautiful cards.

Warm regards,
Sharon S. (aka Desert Rose Stamper)

Linda said...

Thanks for all you do! Love your stuff!

Nancy M said...

OMGosh! These are so awesome!! As are your cards, as always!! Thanks for all you and your family do for our country! And Happy Mother's Day!!
These are so perfect; I have nothing like this yet, so they'd be exactly what I need!! Thanks for the chance to win these, very generous of you!!

digirl said...

Hi Pam- thanks for all you do as a military spouse- and for your great cards! Stand and
Salute is one of my favorite cartridges-and I plan to make more cards with it this week! Love A Muse stamps- great, simple set!! I enjoy checking out your bold and seeing all of your creations! Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks, Diane

Carol L said...

I have such a lump in my throat after reading your heartfelt and thoughtful words. You are truly an inspiration to all of the military families who sacrifice so much and yet receive such little recognition for their efforts! I tip my hat to you for standing tall and reminding all of us that freedom comes with a price and we should never forget that! Thanks for all you do!!
BTW, your cards are awesome and I love seeing the red, white, and blue colors :)

Sandi said...

I love that stamp set and your cards! Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

Sarah said...

Thank you so much for such a touching post--I loved it! I can't wait to see more of your stunning creations :)

Sarah :)
http://sarahvaitstamps.blogspot.com

Rita said...

Love your cards.. Just getting back into stamping and would love the stamp set....

Dixie Cochran said...

I always enjoy seeing what you've been crafting. Your post for Military Spouse Appreciation was enlightening. Thanks for all you do!

Debbi said...

I have heard the comment MANY times through the years! "If the Navy wanted you to have a spouse, they'd have issued one with your seabag..." hahaha!! Thank you for your post, recognizing military spouses. And I love your cards Pam!!!

Nancy said...

Well, I learned something new today, I had never heard of Military Spouse Appreciation Day! I hope you had a good one, you certainly deserve such a day. Thank your husband for his service!
Great blog!

Nancy said...

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day! Thank you for your dedication, and thanks to your husband for his service!

Nancy said...

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day (belated)! Thank you for your dedication, and thanks to your husband for his service!

Craftaholic said...

Hi Pam!!! Love your cards--you are an inspiration to all military spouses!!!! Happy Spouses Day to you!!! Denise I.

Katknit said...

Hi Pam. I really like these stamps. Thanks for hosting the give away..... My fingers are crossed, XXXXX

Charlene
katknit at gmail dot com

Misty said...

WOW Pam! wonderful! I have been trying to post for awhile now, finally blogger works for me!
Hummer Hugs,
Misty
http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

grandmalee said...

I adore your cards, and I adore what your family does for our country! Saw your post on OWH's fb page about the candy, so I had to check it out. Thanks so much for offering this & also for supporting OWH! Hoo-Ahh!

TK Cat Herder said...

Thank you for your service and your spouse's service! I love the cards! It's so inspiring to see the creativity displayed and makes me even more energized to get back to my craft table. Bless our military and those that support them!

Debra said...

Hi Pam, the stamp set would be great for making "any hero" cards for OWH. Thanks to you and your family for their service and support.

Shirley G said...

Hi Pam, love, love, love your cards! TFS & thanks for the chance to win a cool digi set! You rock

Lori said...

I too am a military wife so I appreciate waht you do. I love the cards you make. Great Job!

Ann said...

Hi Pam, Thank you for all you do for OWH and as a military spouse. You are such an inspiration!!