Monday, April 12, 2010

A Tribute to Danni!

Please read to the very end.  Grab a cup of coffee for I am writing and sending you to lots of places today! This card I made is for a very special person named Danni, an Army wife and to all of our military's spouses, significant others, mother, fathers, brothers, anyone who is left at home while their love ones goes and defends our freedom, our country. The stamp on the card is named Danni, from the collection Hearts and Hugs,  designed by Victoria Case specifically for SCACD.  Each stamp in this collection was named after a SCACD design team member.  Of course, I had to check out the people whom these stamps were named after, which took me to Danni's blog. I loved her cards and kept scrolling through her blog and learned she was a mother to two children and her husband was in the army and deployed. She wrote on her blog that cards and blog hopping were helping her through this period of time. It touched me big time and when I looked at the stamp image again,  I thought this is the most perfect stamp to be named Danni! For Danni (the stamp) is in an open area looking at a butterfly who is free to fly where ever it wants to be.  Our military fights so we may continue to be free, like the butterfly. However, we tend to forget the love ones, who are left behind. I found this poem written by a military spouse who lets you see Danni and every love one of our military forces.

The Silent Ranks
Author unknown

I wear no uniforms, no blues or army greens.
But I am in the military in the ranks rarely seen.
I have no rank upon my shoulders.
Salutes I do not give.
But the military world is the place where I live.
I'm not in the chain of command, orders I do not get.
But my husband is the one who does, this I can not forget.
I'm not the one who fires the weapon, who puts my life on the line.
But my job is just as tough.
I'm the one that's left behind.
My husband is a patriot, a brave and prideful man and the call to serve his
country not all can understand.
Behind the lines I see the things needed to keep this country free.
My husband makes the sacrifice.
But so do our kids and me.
I love the man I married.
Soldiering is his life.
But I stand among the silent ranks
known as the Military Wife.
Thank you Danni and everyone who is a member of the Silent Rank. 

When I was working on this posting on Saturday, I received an email from Danni's blog with happy, happy news she posted! Her hubby will be coming home within a week!! God Bless!

We make lots of cards and put them in boxes or drawers and in a sense forget about them.  Lets use them and show our solders we appreciate and think of them all the time.  I found several web sites who will send our mail to the solders...rather in a foreign land, hospital or rehab at   I did a snoop check to see if it was a legitimate service and I found this newspaper article.  Lets band together to show our  soldiers we support them! If you are not from the US .... several other countries have this same type of service to send to soldiers world wide.

Thanks and Hugz,


Pryn said...

You are such a kindhearted and giving soul Colleen! This card is gorgeous! Danni will love it! The poem is beautiful. So glad to hear that her husband is coming home! God Bless!

ThePurplePlace said...

Bless your heart Colleen! And Bless all those who serve and protect us ALL, each and every day.

You are such a kind and caring lady and this is such a touching tribute to Danni, her family and to all our soldiers!

I love the poem and thank YOU for sharing it with me. It's something I will keep and cherish myself.

Thank you, my friend! You are truly a wonderful woman and I am proud and very honored to know you!


Danni said...

Oh my!! I am so humbled! What a totally kind and sweet thing for you to do!!
Such a gorgeous card with Little Danni!
Wow, thank you sweet friend!!

Kristie said...

What a beautiful tribute to Danni! Your card is gorgeous!

Alex said...

oooooo- this is fabulous. Danni is just one of my very favorite people- thank you for honoring her!!

Also- I make and send as many cards at possible to Operation Write Home, they are another option you might look at if interested for cards. They actually send the cards to the soldiers to use to write home in.

Thank you again for honoring Danni!

Angelwood said...

What a wonderful tribute! Beautiful card and I absolutely love this image! hugs, Angela

Harriet Skelly said...

Wow this is such an awesome tribute to Danni - and you are as sweet as Danni is!! Thank you for sharing that poem. Hugs, Harriet

inkypuddles said...

such a beautiful card and I can't think of a more deserving person than my great friend Danni!

Naomi Joy said...

I know Danni and this is a perfect description of her! It's not an easy life but she never complains! We owe a lot to her and the others like her.

Anita Hovey said...

What a beautiful card & post.

Sharon Caudle said...

What a beautiful tribute to Danni and to all military wives. Thanks so much for this wonderful post and the stamp is fabulous!!

Michelle VP said...

What a thoughtful post. Thanks for sharing that poem - my brother is in the military and has been deployed away from his family many times. We're always so thankful when he returns safely again. Love your sweet card too. :)

Suzanne J Dean said...

A very beautiful posting Colleen--that's so sweet of you and very kind! Love the card too and such a great cause to support our troops!


Christine Riley said...

Gorgeous! What a sweet thing to do for Danni!
Hugs, Christine

2amscrapper said...

This is such a nice tribute.

AMarburger32 said...

Beautiful gesture, lovely card.

Ayelet {Jenny} said...

I got pretty emotional reading your beautiful post Colleen..
I`m from Israel originally, and the army is part of our everyday life all of our life. We all serve when we get to be 18 and it`s such an amazing experience.
I remember my father serving for a really long time when we were only kids, and also remember how it felt to look out the window one day and see him walking down our street, returning from the Galil War (Back in the 80`s).
Your card is stunning, and the thought behind it is so beautiful.
Thanks for your visit to my blog X

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