My husband's old unit in Alaska has been deployed to Iraq for 15 months. They started coming home this week. I'm in Alaska visiting my family for the holidays, and everytime I see footage of the returning soldiers on the news, I'm always scanning the crowd for familiar faces. Then I realize, I won't know anyone. The few people that we knew that were still with the 501st won't be coming home...at least, not on those planes. Two young, single soldiers that served under my husband were killed. Two of our close friends were seriously injured in roadside bombings. One of them, I'm not too sure how he's doing. The other is now almost completely deaf, medically discharged from the army, and having trouble finding a job. And the fifth guy is firmly entrenched in a murder investigation. You never really think you know anyone that would be involved in something like that. You never really think that the last time you saw someone would be the LAST time you saw them. In light of Thanksgiving being next week, it makes me incredibly thankful for what I have in my life. It makes me thankful that my husband has a relatively safe job. Well, as safe as anything can be in a war zone. I'm thankful for my two healthy babies (even if they drive me crazy some days). ;0) And, I'm very thankful for all of my friends and family who have been so supportive this past year. Really, the things that I complain about are so petty in comparison to what's really going on in the world around me. So, tell me...what are you thankful for this year?
I'm still in the middle of several projects that haven't been completed. So, I don't really have any craftiness to share today. But, I'm hoping to finish up some napkins that I am making. Maybe pics for tomorrow. For right now, I'll show you some pictures that I took of the snow here:
I've really been loving the pottery here. The stars pattern is one of my favorites:
And I love these canisters:
I can't resist polka dots. I really have to have this teapot:
And, if all my coffee-loving friends on my gift list weren't already taken care of, I would definitely be ordering some of these:
Well, that's all for today. I'm so stoked for tomorrow. Tina and I are going to the Christmas Craft Emporium. And, hopefully we can get a yummy bite to eat before hand. Maybe some sushi? Yum. Don't forget to comment on my previous post for a chance at my Christmas RAK. :0) Happy Thursday!