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Holiday Mail for Heroes

Each year several addresses are posted online for people to send cards to recovering troops at Walter Reed Medical Hospital. Unfortunately many of those addresses are false. For those interested in encouraging members of the armed services with a holiday card there is one program, and ONLY one program through which to do so without a personal relationship to the service member. This program is the Holiday Mail for Heroes program through the American Red Cross.

Here are the card submission guidelines per the Red Cross website:

"Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

Ensure that all cards are signed.
Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.
All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Friday, December 7th.
Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery."

I love fall!

Taking advantage of the beautiful, crisp weather, Roo, Greg, and I went to the local farm market Fall festival today. We took a hay ride, navigated a 4 acre corn maze, played in the straw and the pumpkins with Roo, and finally grabbed some fresh apple cider with lunch. Talk about a great way to spend a Saturday. =)

30 and 15

For my 30th birthday I've been blessed with well wishes from friends and family all around the globe. Not a bad way to start a weekend eh?

How about to start another year? A six month old son with a laid back personality and who is so fair healthy and avoiding the various bugs around us. Two precocious cats who love to sass and cuddle, and who always make sure to keep me warm at night even when fighting over who sleeps beside me or on top of me. A loving husband who works hard, provides well for our small family, and tries to make sure I'm staying engaged and happy while caring for our son. Then there's our extended family caring for us, talking on the phone each week, and loving on us from afar. Finally add friends to the mix, those both near and far, and I'd say we have the makings of a great year starting.

As for the 15, it's the 15th anniversary of my baptism. Helps me to remember the date for sure and makes this day even more meaningful and special. We're still working hard to get involved in our current church, but hopefully that will get easier.

2012 is a big year, but at the same time, it's just another one to keep on living, loving, and laughing.

Hope you all have a great weekend as well.

Happy Labor Day

And a big thanks to all those whose jobs callouses, sweat, perseverance, and showers at the end of the day.

He's a Charmer

Sometimes I just have to stop and be grateful for a wonderful husband, who is washing dishes as I type, and a laid back son.

Yesterday his daddy worked from home in the morning which meant he and mommy stayed upstairs longer than usual. Then Roo waited while mommy and daddy got ready and took him out in the pouring rain for the Pittsburgh office picnic for daddy's company. He wooed and charmed everyone with how calm and alert he is, including the area's top executive. After everyone ate, including a quick meal for Roo, we headed back home.

That evening, daddy had some new friends over for a D&D game. Roo said hello as everyone arrived and smiled at each guy in turn. Then he and mommy went upstairs while his daddy and friends had their game in the living room. We read James Herriot children's books until it was time for Roo to go to bed.

He took all the people and changes in routine like a champ, and slept through the night.

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