13 January 2013

For Debey

My mom, she tells a lot of lies, she never did before,
but from now until she dies, she'll tell a whole lot more.

Ask my mom how she is, and because she can't explain,
she will tell a little lie because she can't describe the pain.

Ask my mom how she is, she'll say, "I'm alright"
If that's the truth then tell me, why does she cry each night?

Ask my mom how she is, she seems to cope so well,
she doesn't have a choice, you see, nor the strength to yell.

Ask my mom how she is, "I'm fine, I'm well, I'm coping",
For God's sake mom, just tell the truth, just say your heart is breaking.

She'll love me all her life, I loved her all of mine,
But if you ask her how she is, she'll lie and say she's fine.

I am here in heaven - I cannot hug from here,
If she lies to you, don't listen - hug her and hold her near.

On the day we meet again I'll smile and I'll be bold,
I'll say, "You're lucky, mom, to get in here with all the lies you told!"

- Author Unknown

In Loving Memory
PFC Gunnar Becker
January 22, 1985 - January 13, 2005

09 January 2013

Volunteers Gear Up for 7th Annual Blankets of Hope Marathon

This annual "Marathon" was created by Soldiers' Angels Lisa Dodson and Matt Dick of Bowie, MD who are now well underway with preparations for the 2013 Marathon. Mark your calendar if you're in the area, because you won't want to miss this terrific event! If you cannot attend, there are others ways to help - contact information can be found below.

The 2009 Blankets of Hope Marathon in Bowie, MD. Last year 200 volunteers made about 350 fleece blankets for wounded and ill service members medevaced from Iraq and Afghanistan to Landstuhl hospital in Germany.

Calling all Angels!

7th Annual Blankets of Hope Marathon

Saturday, January 26th from 9:00am -4:00pm

Ascension Catholic Church
12700 Lanham-Severn Road
Bowie, MD

Drop in anytime and stay as long as you like!

Angels of ALL ages are needed - boys, girls, teens, adults, seniors, scouts, everyone! Blankets are needed for our wounded soldiers. If you can tie a knot, you can make a Blanket of Hope. Volunteers will be on hand to show you what to do.

What is a Blanket of Hope?

A “Blanket of Hope” is simply that - a blanket created from love to provide hope and comfort to a wounded hero during one of the most difficult and vulnerable times of their lives. These Blankets of Hope are sent to Combat Support Hospitals in the Middle East, major medical facilities in Germany and around the world, and to some military hospitals here at home. It is a powerful thing for a wounded hero to know that someone cares.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring 2 yards of a printed fleece (masculine or unisex) and 2 yards of a matching solid fleece, scissors and a yardstick or ruler.

For additional information, please contact Lisa Dodson lisa.dodson@verizon.net 301-80501085 or Maureen Barber maureen.barber167@gmail.com 301-928-0603.

Event organizers Lisa Dodson, Maureen Barber, and Valerie Potter.

See more photos of the 2010 marathon at the main SA website here, and photos of the 2009 event here.

03 January 2013

Believe in Miracles

From First Coast News:

"Ryan went from death's door, to now he's on the doorstep of a promising future because of this miracle, and everybody's prayers," said his Mom.

1st Lt. Ryan Timoney's recovery truly has been a miracle.

Grab a tissue and watch the video.