Thursday, May 28, 2009

Looking for a few good names

I've always been crafty. When I was little I liked to cross-stitch (I know, ??), draw, and just about anything else I could get my hands on. A few months ago I started looking for a creative outlet to relieve stress. A few years ago I started coloring again when I had issues to deal with, but there are only so many geometric pictures you can color. Anyway, I love the concept of scrap booking but can't seem to let myself get into it. I've been looking for other ways to do that kind of stuff without doing that exactly. I started getting cutting and playing and ended up with this:

I really enjoyed making this for a certain adorable 1 year old I know. I'd like to create some more as a basis to maybe start an Etsy shop. I'd like to find 5-10 more to make and try some ideas. I'd like to make them for real people, not just random names. Anyone want a name garland for a kid's room perhaps? I've got lots of embellishments and ideas for color schemes, etc. Leave a comment or e-mail me and I'll contact you to talk some specifics!
Thanks in advance for your help!

Monday, May 25, 2009

This is the face of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the "unofficial beginning of the summer", a time for fun and relaxation. It's a great holiday but it does have a purpose. Since the 1800's there has been a specific day to commemorate U.S. men and women who died while in military service. This is Mike Cifuentes. He was my little brother in the co-ed service sorority we were in in college. He was a fun-loving, funny, social man that was involved in ROTC as well as other activities. He was very serious and very intense when it came to his training.

At Homecoming 2004 I ran into him and we were able to catch up. He was in grad school, was still active with the military and was dating a great woman. A few weeks later I got a voicemail from him that he had proposed and was engaged. Later we found out that his company had been activated. He left school and went to Iraq to serve our country.

On August 4, 2005 we found out that several people from his company, Lima Company, had been killed by a roadside bomb. And Mike was one of them. This man with everything ahead of him was gone.

I know while Mike is very special to the family and friends that loved him, he is just one of the tens of thousands of brave men and women that have signed up to protect us. And one of the thousands that didn't come home. That's what today is about. Those thousands, the millions from World War I and II and the other wars and "conflicts" throughout our history.

I think about Mike often and I give thanks that I knew him. I give thanks for the men and women in the military. Pray for peace and be safe.
I miss you Mike.
Photo by Laura Burling