Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Silent Ranks

The Silent Ranks

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 cannot 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

Saturday, August 25, 2007


We went shopping at walmart and hit the mall on the way home. Stopped of course at books a million and got some books not a million! I feel like I spend a million there some weeks. I picked up a cookbook for quick meals. We have been eating out alot and that has got to stop. I need to be home more so I can stitch! In fact, it is almost 11pm but I am still going to try to put in a few stitches before the eyelids close.

Take Care!


You Are 71% Creative

You are beyond creative. You are a true artist - even if it's not in the conventional sense of the word.

You love creating for its own sake, and you find yourself quite inspired at times.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

I guess I'll be stitching

Now I know why I have been feeling for crabby and crappy. I am sick. Spent the day in the ER, diagnosed with acute bronchitis. On antibitotics now and soon cough meds. Plus off work for 3 days so I don't make any babies sick. I guess that is the best thing but I hope my clients do also. Tomorrow(Monday)I will have to make phone calls and rearrange my schedule. Then I plan to listen to my doctor, take my meds, don't drive and nap some. I did add just 2 little things...READ and STITCH!! Hopefully I will be back to work on Thursday with bells on.

Good Night!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Just Cross Stitch

I received my Just Cross Stitch magazine today. I haven't had a chance to really read it yet but I love the front cover. The Snowman is adorable. I ccan't wait until winter. This week was rough with the boiling temperatures. Now we are are having thunder storms which I just LOVE! As long as we don't lose power that is. I think I am off to curl up in bed with a good book and get some much needed relaxation time in.

Monday, August 13, 2007

I want to know...

How does everyone organize there stitching stuff? I need ideas lots of them!!

Busy Sunday

So today I went through some stitching stuff and had to give some up 8-( Mostly though I did just go through old magazines and realized my tastes have changed. I plan to just take the patterns out that I still like and go from there.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Why am I still up?

It is 2am and I should be sleeping but I am not. What am I doing? Surfing ebay and waiting for norton to finish running the scan. Then I will be off to bed to read and look at magazines for an hour or so until sleep hits...if I am lucky.

I have a question for you moms out do you find a good child sitter? My son goes to Kindercare after school but once dh moves away I will have to give up some outside hobbies...stitching groups, bookclubs, etc....unless I can find a good evening sitter or 2 for backup. Matthew is 7 years old but I am at a loss since hubby and I have always covered each other for events. So...any thoughts?

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

not much stitching done here this week

Work has been crazy. I am still attemptimg to catch up with being gone for 2 weeks for my mom. I think on Friday I will be caught up. YEA!!! That is only with work though. Still house stuff to do. My baby starts 2nd grade on Monday and tomorrow is meet the teacher night. This is just a crazy week and I know this weekend will be as bad with getting Matthew ready to go back into the school routine. I will be glad to have more of a routine also. Hopefully work will slow down and I can pick up a needle again. In fact, I know it is late but I may just have to do a few stitches tonight just for the stress reducing quality. Won't get much done but even 6-12 x's can be theraputic for me.

Hope everyone has a good night! Oh and I also start Jodi Picoult's book Nineteen Minutes last night so I might even manage a chapter or two.

Take Care,

Monday, August 6, 2007

Today it hit me!

I am going to be alone with Matthew for almost 18 months while Frank is in Afghanstan. I love my son dearly but with a full time job, an active 7 year old(who is in alot of activities), house upkeep, etc...when will I find time for me? I know from experience that I must find that time or I will go crazy. I will continue to stitch and read of course but there will be other things to deal with. Maybe I should come up with a plan of action for when he is gone to start now so things go smoothly. From what I understand, keeping to a routine is important especially to children. Right now I just feel all messed up and unsure. I think I need some grounding time. But I only have a month until he leaves for WI. I also need a baby sitter so if I want to go to one of my stitching or bookclubs I can. Otherwise I have to give that all up. No wonder I have heard that wife is the hardest job in the army.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Stitching Projects

Well I am definitely not a one at a time kind of stitcher. Currently I have a charity monkey square, a charity elephant square, baby gift for a new niece and nephew and finally a gameboard for me. Charity stitching is very new to me but so far I have stitched for Love Quilts and I belong to a online charity stitching group
I would like to eventually stitch a square for Cole's Quilts and I seem to have a problem making deadlines though with life getting in the way. So I plan to stitch some easy squares for Love Quilts for their any child quilt. That way there is no deadline but I can still help.
I also plan to try and make my mom a loomed lap afghan since she is now in the nursing home.

I guess I will be busy this fall!

Well...I'm trying this again

Life is throwing me alot of changes lately and I feel the need to write although I am not a writer. I just need a way to get thoughts down and since I am online so much. It seemed like a good way.
My favorite things in life are my family and friends, my job, cross stitching and reading. Some of the difficult things lately are I recently had to put my mom in a nursing home which is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. It was important for her safety but I still feel like I let her down. Frank(dh) is being transferred to WI for 6-8 months and then onto the middle east for another 6-12 months. After much thinking, we have decided that my son and I will stay in St. Louis where we have friends and support. My family lives in PA. I am hoping with my great job and friends plus my hobbies to make it through the time apart from my husband and being a "single mom."
As for my job I love so much. I work for Nurses for Newborns doing home visits on babies at risk for child abuse and neglect. I teach all the moms how to be the best moms they can be. It can be heart breaking at times and so uplifting at others. If anyone wants to learn more, we do have a website
I have some plans with some stitching friends for this weekend and maybe some stash shopping which I need..some fun time for me!
I am exhausted so I will say good night!