Today is the 22nd day of November! Do you remember this day in 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated? Even if you are too young or were not alive when this tragedy occurred, most people have seen the images countless times. Granted, I was a child…so I am not certain what I remember is actual memory versus what I have read or watched on TV. It was a terribly sad time for our country.
Now fast forward to 2008… Today is an absolutely gorgeous autumn day in Maryland! The air is crisp, most of the trees are bare and the sun is shining! I’m “grand-dog” sitting this weekend. My 30-week pregnant daughter and my son-in-law took off for New York City, a final fling before settling down into parenthood. My day will be filled making certain two puppies (both a year and a half old) wear each other out and not destroy the house while doing so! Yesterday, I spent helping the new momma hang curtains and well… honestly, that was about it. Lots of chatting, a little preparation for the Baby Shower next Saturday…just good mom/daughter time. She is radiant. When she speaks of her daughter, the love in her eyes speaks more loudly than the words themselves.
Wow...Thursday is Thanksgiving already! Where did this year go? John is coming home to spend Thanksgiving with the family! So many Blessings! Sadly, B will not be home, but my hubster and I will go to Salt Lake next month to attend his commencement at Weber State! B will most likely make a trip home soon after the new grandgirl arrives! My prayer is to soon see the day with four pieces of my heart together in one room!
Friday is BLACK FRIDAY! Woo-Hoo! My daughters and I will be members of the masses hopefully helping our economy (yeah, that’s why we do it, for the good of the land!) Black Friday has been a tradition since my daughters were teenagers. Our stories are classic and each year we know holds a new adventure in the making! We normally wrap the day up with a hearty breakfast at IHOP, except for last year. IHOP had a crazy line, so we opted to try Ryan’s Buffet instead. (Keep in mind; we began our shopping at 2am) Perhaps, we hit Ryan’s on a bad day, we have two words… NEVER AGAIN! As some of you are nestled in your beds, for a nice winters nap… know that my daughters and I will be hitting the Outlets at midnight and you will NOT find us at Ryan’s for breakfast! Perhaps Panera?
We all know these next few weeks will fly by. There is so much to do…baking, decorating, wrapping gifts and sending cards. As you sit down to write your Christmas cards to friends and family, please consider addressing one or two extra and mail them to our service members. I have Zachary and MudPuppy’s addresses. I have also received the addresses of two Airman who would appreciate receiving holiday greetings as well. Please e-mail me for their addresses, if you so desire. American Red Cross is working with Pitney Bowes on an excellent campaign called “Holiday Mail for Heroes.” American Red Cross will make certain these greeting are distributed world-wide to our military, their families and veterans. This site offers excellent suggestions of other items such as phone cards to send as well. Please do not send cards to 'A Recovering American Soldier' or ‘Any Soldier” at Walter Reed, these cards will not be delivered.
Let us all remember this is the season for giving. Our Airman, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines give to us every day of the year!