Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What a Fine Looking Crew!

I just received your awesome box of cards. Those have got to be the nicest cards I have ever seen. The people that made the cards are very talented. Thanks so much, they will definitely get used and just in time for Father’s Day.

My guys don’t always take the time to go buy cards for their family members. But, now they will not have any excuses. I know our families love to hear from us as much as we love to receive mail from them. It is not the same as it was before email and the internet, but everyone still loves to get something in the mail.

That is a very pretty picture of an iris. I missed the tulips blooming at my house this year. (I sent a picture of an iris in the card I sent to him.)

I have attached a picture of my boat crew. You can see part of our 175 ft long Army vessel behind us. We eat, sleep and work on this boat, it is our home for the next year. Our boat is used as a dive platform, for diving operations, we haul connex containers and all sorts of Army equipment.

Well, thanks again for a wonderful bunch of cards. And remember, we over here do what we do, for people like you. Thanks for supporting us from home, it is greatly appreciated.

God Bless,

SFC D.W. and the crew of the LCU 2018 Five Forks

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I lack the words to describe the experience

Here for the hop? Scroll down one post!

Dear Operation Write Home,
Today we received thank you notes from our son who is serving in Baghdad. He is half way through his second tour. These are the first notes we have received from him.
[He] came home on leave two weeks ago, taking immediate leave to get married before his now wife embarks on a civilian tour of duty in Afghanistan. He used your cards for wedding thank yius. Your cards gave him the means of expressing his joy, gratitude and love for family.
Honestly I lack the words to describe the experience of the wedding, saying good bye to two brave young people returning to war zones after marrying, welcoming this new union, experiencing the post wedding separation, receiving words of appreciation from our son.
Thank you for this project. Special thanks to Carol of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Bloghop....Hero Blog style

Our hero blog tradition is continuing strong...with a card made by a hero who's home now. Yes, a male hero! Talk about TALENT! And punster skillz too! Be sure to leave him some love in a comment on this post :)

More info about AnyHero Mail...

The next stop in the hop is Kristen....
go see what she has in store for you!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Two boxes full of beautiful handmade cards

Greetings from Iraq!

Thank you for all the people who've made those beautiful cards that we've received to use to write to our families! Our soldiers all appreciate the support. We've now received two boxes full of beautiful handmade cards, which we've shared with our soldiers located at seven different bases throughout the northern sector of Iraq.

I write to inform you to hold off on sending anymore cards to us because we are moving our headquarters, and anything you send will be lost in the shuffle. We are a small unit and easily lost or forgotten about. With the withdrawal of soldiers from the theater, it might be prudent for you to slow down shipments of cards to Iraq and reroute them to Afghanistan instead. Mail is going to be slower and we have to start dwindling things we have on hand.

Again, thank you for your wonderful sacrificial acts of kindness and love in support of our soldiers serving in Iraq! Incidentally, our unit is from Ft. Lewis; it would be lovely to visit your organization after we go back home.


Chaplain (CPT) USA

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

One of the greatest morale boosters of this deployment!

We received your latest shipment of cards yesterday and everyone is thrilled! Thank you so much for all of the time, effort and expense that you all put in to these cards! This has been one of the greatest morale boosters of this deployment!

Our unit will be returning home by August. The unit who will be replacing us is the 47th CSH. If you want to continue sending cards for them, I am sure they will appreciate it as much as we do.

Again, thank you for your care for us and the generous gifts! God bless!

Chaplain (CPT) T.P.

Picked clean within hours

Dear Operation Write Home,

I just wanted to take a couple of minutes to simply say “Thank You” for your care packages full of beautiful cards. They are a big hit with all of my Marines and the cards are usually picked clean within hours of a shipment coming in.

Thanks again, and keep ‘em coming!

Major R.B.

Thank You for Sending Something Pretty

Dear Dixie,
Thank you so very much for sending my unit a box of Operation Write Home cards. The volunteers' creativity is truly impressive. I have never seen such beautiful cards in my life. It is hard not to keep in touch when you have such lovely stationary to use! It brightened everyone's week to receive this shipment of cards. I know it takes a lot of effort to coordinate volunteer activities, sort and package materials, and find people to receive them - in college I organized a group to collect clothing and toys to send to our ROTC grads to distribute to Iraqis. I also wanted to let you know how much, as a deployed woman, it meant to me to have some pretty things. I live in a trailer full of holes and weird stains on the floor; I wear cargo pants and no makeup or jewelry. I work with all military men in a decrepit Iraqi facility, and all we ever get to talk and think about is stuff blowing up and helping the Iraqis prevent stuff from blowing up. It's really not a horrible deployment - I like the people I work with, no one has gotten hurt, and it's truly rewarding to work with Iraqis - but it is definitely an environment full of rough edges, hard realities, and concrete barriers and brown dirt and dust everywhere. So in this environment, a colorful and unique handcrafted card really makes a difference. Thank you, so much, for sending something pretty.
Best regards,

Your cards make it easy to stay in touch at home.

Hi Sandy,
I am Major T.E. at the 451 CASF in Afghanistan. I’m a nurse taking care of patients that transit the medical evacuation system. I wanted to thank you for the beautiful greeting cards. They are amazing. Not only have I used some, but I also hand them out to our injured Marines and they’re coworkers. As a matter of fact, about a week before Mother’s Day, I handed out Mother’s Day cards and reminded them to send their mother a card. There are little to no cards here and writing a letter is difficult at times. Your cards make it easy to stay in touch at home.
Thanks again,
Maj T.E.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I want to formally say "thank you"

Received by a cardmaker:

I noticed the card you sent for Operation Write Home. I want to formally say "thank you"! I couldn't help but notice your card with the jet-black lab on the front! Myself, as a dog lover, sincerely miss my dog and your card brought a little joy to me. Although my dog (a mutt I adopted a mix of lab and retriever) isn't young anymore and has noticably begun to slow down, she will always be my "puppy".

Thank you again for all you do to support the troops. God bless,


Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Soldiers really love them

Hello Sandy

Just want to say thanks again for the wonderful cards......the Soldiers really love them and appreciate the creativity involved with making them.
CONGRATS on surpassing the 1 million cards!!!!!! I have attached a few pics from our camp.

Thanks again and have a blessed day!


This is our contact, the Major. :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hero Will be a Card Maker for OWH!

Cardmaker Kathy W. from Laurel, MD received this email from a Hero:

I just want to personally thank you for the beautiful hand made card from operation write home.  I am in the AF Reserves and am currently deployed in Iraq at the moment.  I work near the USO here, which has a shelf of handmade cards from this organization.  I absolutely love looking through them and using them to write back home.  I have sent out birthday cards and holiday cards, to people I don't normally send cards too...but I just get so excited to use them.  When it is a co-workers birthday, I find the perfect card and have everyone in our unit sign it.  A card and a non-alcoholic beer is the only way we can really celebrate out here...so a card means so much more out here.  My mother is involved with stampin' up and all that crafty stuff (which has given me some crafty ideas) and I told her about this great organization.  We are planning on making some when I get home.  It should be fun.  I want to replenish all the ones I have used :)  I have been here 3 months and only have 1 month to go...so not too bad.  Others are here for much longer.  I just wanted you to know how much myself, and I know many others, appreciate your time in making the cards.  They are a breath of fresh air.  Thank you for your support~!

Take Care,

SSgt S.M.

Thank You for the comfort from home

It has truly been a pleasure receiving the Special Messages you reach to us out here, we are on our last two months out here and with the schedule the way it is right now I would just ask to stop the boxes. You have been a Gem to us all and believe me not a one of the cards your organization provided waste. No matter what the occasion there was always a card available to one of my Soldiers. From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of all my Soldiers I want to take this opportunity to say Thank You for the comfort from home you and your organization have and continue to provide the US Service Members.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Helps keep our relationship strong

I just wanted to say thank you for everything you all do. My husband (Army Reservist in Camp Victory) has been away from home since last October, and recently got some of your cards to send home - and I absolutely love receiving them in the mail. You make it so easy for him to send me a thoughtful note that reminds me of how much I mean to him and helps keep our relationship strong even across the miles.

Please keep up the good work, little things like letters home make it so much easier for us back here to be strong supports for our heroes!

- J.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Within moments of the package arriving

We have recently received the package that you graciously sent. I wanted to extend our gratitude and thanks to you and everyone involved in visualizing/creating/preparing/shipping these wonderful works of art to us. I am part of a joint services unit located in Kabul, Afghanistan. The "joint" part means that men and women from the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, and civilians are integrated and work together.

Within moments of the package arriving, people were scampering to look at and admire the workmanship of the cards. My wife is a beginner card maker herself (She hand-made our wedding invitations), so I understand how time consuming and meticulous the process can be. This is definitely a treat for us because the base post exchange does not have cards for sale. It was pleasantly surprising to find a large variety of cards included in the box; there was something for everyone. It has been only 2 days and a good number of the cards have already found new homes and are making their way back to families and friends back home. As I know from personal experience, the recipients of the cards will create scrapbooking pages/memorabilia/keepsakes which will continue to bring joy for years to come.

Attached are just a few snapshots of some of the courageous men and women I serve with. I apologize about the quality, but due to bandwidth limitations, we are unable to upload high quality, large megabyte pictures.

Thank you again for your generosity and devotion towards service members.
 Semper Fidelis,
Captain W. L. USMC

You have helped make deployment more normal for so many!

From a Chaplain after being sent our million card video:

Congrats, Sandy! We have Soldiers stopping by all the time--if they aren't sending cards home, they are sending them to each other! You have helped make deployment more normal for so many! Thanks!


CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishment

YOU are a SAINT! Thank you SOOO much for all that you are doing and CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishment of a MILLION cards and THANKS A MILLION!

I think your PR campaign looks great! I enjoyed your OWH: Annual Review 2010 video as well.

Please consider adding my personal e-mail to your distro as I'll be redeploying within the next 30 days! God bless you and your team and all that you've done and will continue to do for us and our families.


Kept everyone out of trouble!

Thanks for the link! It's a great video. Let me thank you once again for these cards - I have them on our joint table so everyone in the building can enjoy them. Someone stops at least once a day to thank you
for the beautiful cards. Several of our guys mailed home the "Mother's day" cards to their kids to give to their mom's. It kept everyone out of trouble!

Again, thank you - the time everyone spends to send these to us - it means the world.


AnyHero mail...lovely comment

A comment left on one of our blogs by Major B.M.:

God puts us where we belong and expects great things from us always. We, in turn, depend on each other to achieve those great things. Great, has many perspectives. A third grade card with mispellings and crooked letters and broken english is just as great as a US Senator shaking your hand on a combat field. So I have learned to thank God for the great little things in my life wherever he sends me and for whomever he puts in my path. I find solace in the smile of fellow human beings no matter what planet I am on, guess what this is the only planet I can be on.

Happy and overwhelmed ... to receive my husband's mail

I just received 2 beautiful cards in the mail from my husband who is deployed overseas. I hadn't heard about Operation Write Home before, but have been looking at you website to find out about what it is all about. I think it's a wonderful idea.

I am just about to move house so am unable to get involved straight away, but am planning to make some cards as soon as I am able.

I was so happy and overwhelmed this morning to receive my husband's mail and would definitely like to be a part of helping another deployed soldier stay in touch with his/her family. Thank you for everything you do.


Such absolutely beautiful cards

Received by a cardmaker:

Hi I just received a card from My boyfriend who is stationed in Afghanistan! It touched the bottom of my heart. Thank you so much for making them and sending them over seas. It is such a beautiful card. I miss him so much and the card made me feel that much closer. Thank you so very much for taking the time to make such absolutely beautiful cards to help us back here on the homefront feel loved and missed!! It was very much appreciated more than you can know!! God Bless you!
Thank you
Jennifer C.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I can send a little piece of me to my kids

Dear Sandy, Ciara, and the many that make beautiful cards for US Troops,

I am in the 67th BFSB stationed out of Lincoln, Nebraska. Our first encounter with Operation Write Home was through our Chaplain's Office a month or two after we arrived in Iraq. We were so excited to see such pretty cards after looking at what limited selection they offered at the PX. Most cards at the PX were for husbands to send to wives/moms, which is nice, except when you're the wife/mom serving over here! The girls and I started our own little stockpile of cards to send our kids and our husbands,  along with friends and other relatives (the guys love and use the cards too!)

I have 3 kiddos, Hannah is 8, Hayden is 7, and Hunter is 2. The cards were so cute that I decided every Friday I would send each one of my kids one, letting them know how proud I was of them and "good job" cards for school and activities. The kids enjoyed them so much that they hung pretty ribbons in their room and displayed the cards to look at daily, a constant reminder that I am always thinking about them.

I can't speak much about what I do in Iraq, but I can tell you that the days are long, nights are short, weather rarely cooperates, and homesickness is felt by all. The people that are making cards and writing letters brings so much joy to us that it is hard for me to explain in a letter. What is really wonderful is when we get the cards, we are happy and excited, carefully picking out the most perfect one for our loved ones. We write on the cards and that happiness is portrayed through our words giving hope and smiles to our friends and families back home. I love that I can send a little piece of me to my kids on Fridays, and for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you!

Your unique outreach reflects a remarkable sensitivity

Dear Sandy,
I am the Commanding Officer of the Expeditionary Medical Facility, Kuwait. Our mission is to provide forward deployed, responsive, quality, expeditionary medical care to Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen in the Iraqi and Kuwaiti areas of operation in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. These are extraordinary times in the Middle Eas, and our servicemen and women face significant challenges with high deployment tempos and the stressors of this environment.

My purpose in writing this letter is to thank you, on behalf of my entire team of Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen, for your generous contribution of homemade gift cards donated to us through Operation Write Home. The cards have brought much joy to our team and that joy has been repeated in full measure as our families and loved ones receive the cards in the mail. I, along with my entire staff, have virtually emptied the box of beautifully homemade cards!

Your unique outreach reflects a remarkable sensitivity. Indeed, since 2007, your program has connected thousands of service members to their families and loved ones at home in such a beautiful way. Equally important, your encouraging notes connect our service members to the patriotism of citizens across America. Through your selfless service we know that we are not forgotten and that our service is not in vain.

Thank you, once again, for the beautiful cards. Your outreach has brought much joy to the men and women of our military and their families.
K.J.I, Commanding Officer

BEAUTIFUL Mothers Day card sent by my son

Thank you for making possible the BEAUTIFUL Mothers Day card sent by my son from Kabul--his THIRD deployment. My daughter is a most talented 'scrapper' who makes lovely cards in addition to her prize-winning scrapbooks. I'll nudge her to get involved with your organization. I am not so talented, but a check is in the mail to help with postage or however needed. What a wonderful project this is and God bless all involved!
 J.B., Emporia, KS, mother of Maj. J.C., Army Medical Corps.

Very Grateful

I just wanted to say that I am very grateful for the box of cards that
you sent to us! We have been giving them out to all the Soldiers with
family members back home and they really appreciate it! I apologize for
not getting back to you sooner, I was home on R&R when they got here and
the guy covering for me lost your email address.



Monday, May 9, 2011

Two letters in one!

Hello Sandy,
How are you? Thank you for sending the second box of cards. I hope all is well with you!
Take care,

Dear Ciara,
Thank you for the wonderful card and picture. I love how I can see my card in the picture. It is great news to hear Operation Write Home is reaching the million mark. The troops really appreciate all of the efforts!

(This is the photo she got....)

Beautiful Mother's Day Card

A note included with a generous donation:

To the Staff at Operation Write Home,
I just opened a card from my husband deployed to Afghanistan - a beautiful Mother's Day Card (received on time,  amazingly enough!) I turned the card over to see where he could have gotten such a lovely card, and saw the mark of your organization.
What a lovely way to give back to our Soldiers! Emails and Facebook are a great way to stay in touch, but a handwritten card is so much more meaningful!
Thank you so much for your commitment to the troops and their families!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mom Gets a Card!

An email sent to one of our card makers:


I received a beautiful card from my daughter MSG K.K. who has been in Iraq since February. Thank you for supplying these cards to our soldiers. It's hard her being there but I know she is where she is needed most.

I just wanted to thank you.

Happy Mother's Day

Maureen D.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I absolutely loved them

I just wanted to say Thank You for the cards. I'm from Bonney Lake, WA and deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq recently. I found some of your cards on the chaplain's table of goodies and I absolutely loved them and used them of course.

Thanks again!!
SGT F. L. A.
Public Affairs Journalist

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Operation Mother's Day

One of our heroes sent a wonderful powerpoint presentation with great photos of our heroes writing home their Mother's Day cards! Since we know a lot of folks aren't able to see Powerpoint, we've copied the text in its entirety below, and made a quick slideshow with the images - enjoy!

NOTE: If you click in the upper right of this slideshow box before clicking on the title of the slideshow, it will enlarge the slideshow to full screen.

To all the supporters of Operation Write Home and Turn for the Troops, I would like to say, thank you! My name is SGT Ross, I am a Chaplain Assistant with the12th Regiment, 1st Battalion, Cavalry Division. We are currently deployed in Southern Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. I didn’t request anything from either of your supporting groups, but the Unit Ministry Team that we replaced had numerous items from both your organizations. So I was grateful to have received so many supplies and resources. The reason for this letter (slides) is to show you that your time, hard work, and care is not in vain. Soldiers where able to mail their Mother’s Day cards back to the States because of you. They were also able to write their notes and messages with some unique and creative wood pens. The Soldiers greatly appreciated all that you do. For supporting troops in Iraq and all our the world. Many of our Soldiers have deployment several times, and there are some on there first. But no matter how many deployments, one thing is always the same. The Love for Our Country, the Love for Our families and the Love for supporters like you. Blessings for Iraq and thanks again. Enjoy the pictures.

While visiting with soldiers located on our two outposts, I would ask this question? So what are you sending home for Mother’s Day. I got the same reply from many Soldiers. I forgot, thanks for reminding me. So, I want to do something personally for the Soldiers knowing that resources are less available on our outposts. And this is what started, what I like to call Operation Mother’s Day.

Deployed to Southern Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn Soldiers send letters of love to their Mothers, Grandmother, Mother-in-Law and Wives for their celebration of Motherhood. This is a day that Soldiers can show their appreciation and love for their love ones back in the States.

At the end on the mission, there was a total of 54 Mother’s Day cards given to Soldiers. I personally mailed 44 cards back to the States. Thanks to the supporters of Operation Write Home. The wood crafted pens that many Soldiers wrote their Mother’s Day message with was supplied by the men and women of Turn for the Troops, seventy-six pens were given. Thank you for all your support. We are very grateful.
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others"- Philippians 2:3-5
Again, Thank you…

SGT Reginald M. Ross, 1-12 CAV – Battalion Chaplain Assistant

I want to say thank you for sending the Mother’s Day card for service members serving in Iraq. Thank you for your support. Morale here is boosted because of people like you. Thanks again.
-Sgt Campa, North Carolina

Thank you for everything you do.
- PFC Dorsey

Thank you for your prayer and acts of service for me and my fellow Soldiers. Ruth 1:8.
- 1LT Coriello

Thanks Frank Kropschot for the wooden pen.
- Personnel Officer

Men and Women of Wood Craft, I want to thank you for the wonderful pens. They work perfect.
-Shannon, North Carolina

Dear Woodcraft,
Thanks for the awesome pens, I love the unique design of the pens and how the write. Thanks for the support and what yall do for us.
-Sincerely SPC O’Hair, Dallas, TX

Thanks for all your support. God bless.
- SPC Paradela

Dear Operation Write Home,
Thanks you for sending the Mother’s Day Cards. It has made it a whole lot easier for me to get a card and send it back home. Its kind of of hard because I am at a outpost so we don’t have the means to go to the PX to buy one. Thanks.
- SGT A. Evans, Elizabeth City, NC

Dear Woodcraft,
Thanks for the awesome pens, I love the unique design of the pens and how the write. Thanks for the support and what yall do for us.
-Sincerely SPC O’Hair, Dallas, TX

Thanks for the support and the card.
- PFC Hudson, Friendswood, TX

Thank you very much for the pens. They work great! Thanks for the support the troops. You guys are awesome! I am also writing this note with one of your pens and more to follow.
- SPC Gibbons, Arlington, TX

Thank you very much for the cards and pens and helping us maintain the holiday tradition while deployed.
- CPT Brewer, MD.

Thank you so much for the pens. Its good to have support in what we are doing.
- PFC VanVleck, Anniston, AL

Thanks for the support and the card.
- PFC Hudson, Friendswood, TX

Thank you very much for the pens. They work great! Thanks for the support the troops. You guys are awesome! I am also writing this note with one of your pens and more to follow.
- SPC Gibbons, Arlington, TX

Thank you very much for the cards and pens and helping us maintain the holiday tradition while deployed.
- CPT Brewer, MD.

Thank you so much for the pens. Its good to have support in what we are doing.
- PFC VanVleck, Anniston, AL

Thanks for the support you give us.
- CPL Frausto

Operation Write Home,
Thank you so much for your support. Thank Mrs. Sue for me please. Because I was blessed by the card she prepared. Again thank you.
- SSG McWhirter, Killeen, TX

Thank you for the pens. The craftsmanship is great.
- SSG Morris, Corpus Christi, TX

Encourages me to write more than email

A comment left on our Homefront Blog:

I wish to thank the volunteers, also. I am a civilian deployed with the 1st TSC in Kuwait. I discovered the cards in a common area and have used quite a few to stay in touch with family and friends. Having the cards available encourages me to write more than email. Getting a handwritten note is so much more personal. Keep them coming, they're beautiful. I appreciate it.
Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Deployed cardmaker returning home!

Hi Sandy,
I got the new box of cards, and I must say, awesome work out there! These just get more and more beautiful!

I also had to laugh at your note in the card... and this is my email from Baghdad!!!! I am heading home on Sunday, May 8th - Mothers Day - what a wonderful mother's day gift to me. I was offered a job back at home and took it.... I have enjoyed my time here, the people are so wonderful to work with here at CENTCOM; and I also wanted to give you a new point of contact here to address the boxes to.

SSG M.C. will be the person! She will be here until November of this year and is one of the faithful
users of these cards. So as soon as I get home and re-acclimate to the states, I'll start making more cards, yeah!!!!

Thanks for making my 15 months away from home more enjoyable by all the cards, letters, pictures, etc..... You guys at OWH make a bad day brighter for a lot of people.

Thanks again and I'll "talk" to you soon!

Monday, May 2, 2011

It was so awesome to get the box of cards

Message from a hero received via LinkedIn:

I got several boxes of your cards while in Afghanistan. Now I am almost out of the military and in [town] looking for a job. I wanted to say thank you. It was so awesome to get the box of cards and watch the guys go through them and send them to their wives/girlfriends. They are much appreciated and keep doing what you are doing!!!


We just got the official word

Hello Operation Write Home, it's a great day here in Afghanistan. We just got the official word that Osama Bin Lladen has finally been brought to justice. Finally!

We are a combat stress unit that helps soldiers deal with the stressors of combat, home issue and just about anything that bothers them. We have several teams around the country and while visiting one of them, I saw some of your cards at one of our clinics. They are really, really, nice. As you know, contact to and from home is always very important and often better than email. E-mail is great, but a card you can keep in your pocket and take with you everywhere. My wife says she likes to read my letters home more than once and keeps them by the bedside.

I was wondering how my unit might be able to get some of your cards to keep on hand at the clinics? We keep lots of snacks and anything else we can find around for soldiers to come in and take what they need. Sometimes, the free stuff is what brings the soldiers in and it leads to them opening up about issues, etc, so having the cards might be another way to bring in business.

 Please let me know if this would be possible and thanks for your support.

1SG K.F.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Until the other day


My name is SPC V.H. stationed in Iraq. Since we are down sizing here, the PX hasn't been restocking much. I love being able to send home letters. I have received letters from three difference grade schools and have written back to each child. However, my supply of cards was dwindling down.


The 304th PSYOP unit was the recipient of one of your AMAZING boxes of cards. You had thank you cards, general cards, mother's day card and birthday cards. You thought of everything. What beautiful designs. It is such a treat. I almost don't want to send them off because they are like artwork.

What a treat! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

One funny side story. I didn't bring any birthday cards; thought I would pick one up at the PX. Well, PX had a Happy Retirement card or happy birthday to my husband (I'm not married). I opted for the retirement card and had to severely doctor it up. At least now for my niece's birthday I can send a proper and appropriate card.

It is truly a labor of love what you have done for us. Thank you!

All the best,