Monday, May 30, 2011
I am sure that by now all of you out there in bloggerville has heard about the tornado that hit the Joplin area 8 days ago. This tragedy hit pretty close to home for my hometown as a family from there lost loved ones in the storm. You may have heard or read about them on the news--it was a young father, who recently joined the National Guard, and his son and daughter. They were trying to get home when the storm hit and ran into the Home Depot to take shelter. As you probably know the store was completely annihilated in the storm, the father and two small children did not survive.
We went to the rosary yesterday and as we arrived we were greeted with the Patriot Guard standing in front of the funeral home, to protect the family in case of protesters. I am sure many of you know who/what I am referring to, however, I refuse to call them by the name of their organization, because frankly they are worthy of that courtesy. They did not make it into the town of Joplin that day, as rumor has it. Supposedly they stopped outside of Joplin at truck stop where truckers immediately blocked them in so they couldn't leave.
The above photos are of the Patriot Guard meeting up in my hometown to make a wall to protect the family in the event any one not wanted showed up. Many of these men and women are war vets themselves and some of them are just ordinary people who love to ride their motorcycles. Either way their service to our men and women in the armed forces is appreciated. And seeing all of those flags whipping in the wind bring a tear to my eye.
Please remember these people and my friends in your prayers.
God Bless America!
Sunday, May 1, 2011
...so here is my second start of the year. It is ONE NATION, and I believe that it is by By Gone Stitches. If you haven't seen this before, it is a truly unique pattern. There are of course fifty stars that I am almost done stitching. Then each of the rows on the flag are the names of all the fifty states in the order they entered the Union. The picture on the front of the pattern doesn't truly do the pattern justice. The red and blue are much brighter and vibrant. I actually find doing these stars sort of relaxing. It is just the same pattern over and over and easy to do. When I come home in the evening right before bed I sit down and stitch a few stars.
I hope all of you had a happy Easter and that E.Bunny paid you a visit. J is now at the age where he really isn't that interested in coloring eggs and that sort of thing, so we skipped that this year. Instead of cooking up a big lunch for four or so people we decided to go to a local restaurant and eat. The food was fabulous and every one got something they wanted. Of course, J ordered his standard chicken strips. He is not very adventurous when it comes to eating.
We have had a lot of rainy weather here, and two hail storms to keep things interesting. We are on a list with a local roofer to get a new roof from the first hail storm. Then on Easter Sunday evening all of the sudden it sounded like a herd of stampeding cattle on our roof and we had ping pong ball sized hail. I was glad we had not already got our new roof.
So Friday morning I got up at 3 am to watch Will and Kate get married. I tried to cross-stitch, but I ended up ripping out more than I actually got right. I thought it was a beautiful wedding. I know some people think it is ridiculous and what not, but I enjoyed watching it.
We have approximately 25 days of school left in the school year. I am ready to be out even though I have several workshops and what not to attend. It will be nice to have some time off. J is busy with spring soccer and has started baseball practice, so we are keeping busy with his schedule.
Hope all of you have a wonderful week, and that you keep yourself in stitches!