Thursday, November 17, 2011

For Your Reading Pleasure..

Not only have I resurrected my blog, 31 Rubies is up and running again too!!

You missed us, didn't you?

Head on over and join in our countdown to Thanksgiving with 10 days of thankfulness. Laura and Catherine posted earlier in the week, and I'm up today.

Stop by and tell us what you are thankful for!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Lazy Saturdays

This is the second Saturday in a row that we don't have any plans.

Let me just say this is something I could get used to.

No getting up early and rushing around to make it to a 9am soccer game or other event.

No wondering how in the world I am going to keep my sanity with our crazy schedule for the day.

None of that.

Only being able to be sitting in bed, typing this post with a cup of hot tea at 9:30 am, listening to the girls playing and my hubby still sleeping.'s wonderful! We need days like these.

Especially knowing that the holidays are quickly approaching. Even though this is absolutely my favorite time of the year, along with the holidays comes the hustle and bustle and a packed calendar.

So, today we will rest.

We might stay in our pajamas.

We might catch up on some school work.

We might cuddle up in my bed and read.

We might cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie.

But we will take it slow and enjoy the day.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day 2011

In honor of Veteran's Day we took the girls on a field trip with their American Heritage Girls troop to the Airborne and Special Forces Museum in Fayetteville. They each made "thank you" cards to hand out to veterans. It was such a touching experience. We had never been to this museum, but my grandfather and my father in law were both part of the 82nd Airborne Division from Ft. Bragg, NC, so touring the museum was very special to us.

The girls really enjoyed themselves. They loved looking at the various uniforms, were respectful, engaged themselves and asked appropriate questions. I was so proud of them. Their favorite exhibit was a wedding dress. Why would a wedding dress be in a military museum? The story behind the dress was fascinating. The lady who wore the dress became engaged before her fiance was deployed for the D-Day invasion. Her fiance was an 82nd Airborne paratrooper and after his jump on D-Day, he saved his parachute and when he was able, he mailed the silk from the parachute home to her. She took the silk to a dressmaker and her wedding dress was made from his parachute. When he arrived home from his deployment they were married. The dress was beautiful and had such an awesome story.

The one thing that I didn't expect from our trip to the museum was the amount of emotions I would experience. I can't tell you how many times I became teary-eyed. Each time one of the girls walked up to a veteran and said "excuse me, thank you for all you do" and handed them a card, I could barely hold back the tears. The veterans were all so grateful for the simple card and word of thanks, and I really do believe at their young ages, Shaylie and Nevaeh knew why they were saying thank you.

We were humbled today...and we have hearts full of gratitude tonight. Thank you God for these special men and women who have sacrificed more than we know to protect our country.