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Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Hard Day, Tears,  knowing you are Loved  and Appreciated by many,Making time for Thanks.

This week was a terrible week once again for our Soldiers in Afghanistan.It really rips at your heart to know we have lost more boys and in such a horrible way,war is bad enough but to not know who your enemy  are even worse.
For al of us involved in sending quilts and care packages it makes your heart even a little more heavy,waiting for the names to be released to see if perhaps they are someone on your list of Care Packages yet to be sent...
Yesterday for me makes the time and effort that getting these packages ready really worth while,I will be talking to all the people that so kindly help me and support me and let them know what a difference it all makes.
I had a phone call last night ...all the way from Afghanistan from a Flight Sergeant there who was deployed about 2 months ago,her mother lives in our small town and when we found she was going over there we had to place her on our list....
Yesterday was the Ramp ceremony for their lost comrades,a sad and heart wrenching time for them all to say goodbye as their fallen friends are returned home to be layed at rest.
After the ceremony on returning to their units they were given their Care Packages,her joy of being appreciated by herself and her fellow  serving officers and troops was overwhelming,she said after such a hard day to come back and have a package it was like Christmas as their joy of sharing the goodies in their packages and reading that they are so appreciated made the day a bit easier.
I cannot even begin to imagine how hard it must be to be over there,sand in every little crevice that can be found,intense heat,the fear of what tomorrow brings a constant in their lives,it makes it all the more important that the girls doing the Hero Quilts and us doing the packages keep up our works and letting them know they are loved.That they took the time to call and say thank you,my only sadness is that I got such a shock I was almost speechless and did not talk for very long!
Our little Scout Group also got a surprise this week,they received a package!!! from a nameless soldier with an Aussie flag signed by several soldiers for them to carry on Anzac day,a singing camel now that was cute,some wobbly headed little Afghani figures and a lovely letter saying thank you.
To think that although in their private time they would be awashed by tears of sadness for those close that they have lost,scared of every single tomorrow and yet they took the time to thank us doing it so easy at home.
Please spare them a little moment of silence every day not just Anzac day as it in reality it is  Anzac day everyday...I am in awe of all our boys and girls over there..Our love to the families of those who lost their loved ones this week and before and also to the families that wait as waiting is all they can really do and pray for their safe return.


  1. Very sad Carole. It must be heartening for them to know that there are folk back home who REALLY care. And well done that soldier who sent home the flag.

  2. A very touching post. It must have been such a wonderful surprise to have the phone call.

  3. Wow! What a touching and heartfelt post. It is easy to get caught up in our day to day lives and not think about the young men and women that are fighting for world freedom. Thank you for this wake-up call for pray . . . for that is the one thing that I can do. Bless you and everyone, that is making quilts and sending packages. I will add these young people to my daily prayer list . . . and quite frankly I am ashamed of myself for needing to be reminded.
    I truly thank you, Connie

  4. I can sympathise with how you feel, we lost 3 of our soldiers that same week in Afghanistan. A horrible war and as you said, all the worse for not really knowing who their enemy is. It will be great when they can all come home again.