Thursday, October 25, 2012

Holiday Mail for Heroes

My darling Cub Scouts and I will be working on a fabulous service project for the next month -  we will be collecting Holiday Cards for Heroes for the American Red Cross which will be distributed to military installations, veterans hospitals, and other locations. 

There are TWO ways for you to take part in our Holiday Mail for Heroes service project. First - you can collect BLANK holiday cards for us. Second - you can get together with your family and sign holiday cards and then send them to us.

Card Guidelines:

  • 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.
  • Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

We will be collecting cards through NOVEMBER 15, 2012. We have a goal of collecting 250 cards. If you would like to participate please email me privately at raeshadrz at yahoo dot com for my mailing address.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Sacred Sunday

We started our Thanksgiving piece in choir yesterday -Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing - what a beautiful hymn. I love the words, the music and the message.


Come thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
I'll praise the mount I'm fixed upon it
Mount of thy redeeming love

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Hither by thy help I come
And I hope by thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wondering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above

Friday, October 19, 2012


It's officially too cold to wear sandals in NM but I just couldn't resist this pair of dansko sandals. They are in my closet waiting for the first warm spring day of 2013. I love danskos and I always get a thrill when I find them at the thrift store. I paid $7.99 for these beauties.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Holiday decorations have become pretty sparse around our house as of late. I'm tired of everything we have and I'm slowly slowly slowly purging down to the holiday decorations that I love the most. In fact I haven't even pulled down the Halloween box from the garage. Guess I should get on that. For now this is the one Halloween decoration in our house and it's hanging on the inside of the front door. And it's a beaut!! I used the tutorial found HERE. Don't you love it?? Only change I made was I used a green foam wreath instead of a straw wreath and I didn't cover it before I started tying my ribbons on. Any little peeks of green showing match the green ribbon I used. All supplies came from Hobby Lobby and I think my total was about $10 - both the ribbon and the wreath were 50% off. And I have plenty of extra ribbon to add to other Halloween projects.

Monday, October 15, 2012


October brings Balloon Fiesta - this year Rick and Ryalin came with two of their kiddos. We never made it to a mass ascension this year but spent two nights at the field for balloon glows. It was beautiful!!!

Rick and Ryalin:

Friday, October 12, 2012

San Antonio

Miss S and I flew to San Antonio for a quick trip two weeks ago for my sweet nephew Logan's baptism. What a great fun weekend. My mom and my granny were both there. Granny told us lots of stories of her childhood. Ryalin typed them up and we plan to continue to add to it and eventually print them in book format for the family.

Thursday, October 04, 2012


This was on my car when I left work last night. Gave me a good laugh cause there was no one parked next to me when I got to work or when I left work. So what was I parked "too close" to? Guess I'll never know :)