i send my love and prayers and condolences and, most especially, my gratitude for your courage and commitment and sacrifices.
most especially, to the family of Sergeant Bryce D. Howard of Vancouver, WA, one of three soldiers from the 864th killed Tuesday in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber's IED (improvised explosive device) while constructing a bridge.
my sister, being involved with the FRG of the unit, has closer ties with the soldier from the HSC, and from her I understand that Sgt. Howard leaves behind a sweet wife and two beautiful young children.
words like 'hero' and 'honor' and 'gratitude' are hollow compared to what i feel for these men,
women, and children; each participating in their own circle of stewardship
independent of anything i have ever done or said or experienced,
still have done it for me and my family and my world
i heard the news tonite as i was working, television on as usual in the background, when i suddenly heard mention of soldiers and again, as usual, my ears tuned in to acknowledge the latest casualties. i can't quite explain the shock, however, when the broadcaster said the number '864th' as the 3 soldiers' names were read.
had i heard that right?
everything seemed to stop around me. time seemed to hold it's breath. even the air seemed to shiver and pause all around me.
but my eyes focused on the screen and confirmed what i'd heard...
we had lost 3 members of the 864th.
then the rush of blood through my head like a freight train as i tried to think what to do next?
i called my sister.
her voice was weary from the weight of the last couple of days, holding it close to her
and i think of my reaction and shake my head with something related to guilt that i could
feel so sad and react so strongly, when here she was existing somewhere between "thank
goodness it was not my husband" and "i can't believe this is happening to us".
it is too close
here are a couple of articles about the work they are doing there:
i can't believe summer is almost over! i am sad to see the carefree days leave by the wayside, but am cheering nonetheless for school to start! these last few weeks of summer have been a lot of fun...tons of family stuff packed in, as is expected at summer's end. here's what we've been up to: olivia celebrated her 9th birthday! thomas came for a visit! (late night run to jack-n-the-box here...) baylor has become a die-hard BAM POP and robot fan (he's kissing the little diorama i made)
braxton's football team gets off to a great start!
olivia is getting to cheer for the team this year, and is so excited about it!
and while we're on the subject of football....guess who got to see the
minnesota v seattle game saturday?! :D it was aaaaaaaaaawesome!
you know when you have the perfect pair of shoes in your head, but no matter where you look, you just can't find an actual pair that matches up with that dream pair? (or is that just me?)
well, i was having that problem. i needed new autumn shoes... desperately. see, here in the pacific northwest, we have lots of, er, rain issues to deal with...which means lots of mud, too. so those cute little flat soled sneakers and such just don't cut it, really. i was getting pretty frustrated. but the doctor came through.
dr. marten, that is. ;) whew! thank goodness for zappos and doc marten!
EXACTLY what i was looking for! :D and the good news is, these babies will last for years. sweetness.
speaking of feet, i have to show you what my friend lainie made for me! i cannot believe she can whip these out like nothin'...she is so amazing! they are sooooo soft and cozy; i wear them in bed when i'm reading at night and they fit like a GLOVE! (how does she DO that?) anyway, she makes my feet happy...thank you, lain!!
um, P.S.: who here knew that Ikea sold fabric by the yard, raise your hand? why didn't someone TELL ME?! LOL amy and i took a field trip today and, um, i kind of freaked out by the rack of fabric bolts, right there smack in the middle of the duvet and curtain section. holy crap. :D
and it's time to share the next stage of the "Grammie Square"...the squaring off! so last we left off, we had 2 go-rounds. now comes the point where we turn the circle into a square.
1. begin by hooking in to a space between one of your puff stitches and chaining (ch) 3.
2. in the same space, half double chain (hdc) 2 more stitches.
3. (ch) 1.
4. now moving to next space below between puffs, double chain (dc) 3. then (ch) 1.
5. in the next space, triple chain (trc) 3. (ch) 3 for the corner. again in same space (trc) 3 more.
6. in next space, (dc) 3, (ch) 1.
7. repeat steps 1-6.
it should look like this:
8. simply repeat until you have all four corners and slip stitch to close.
9. to finish square, just make a new row where you (dc) 3 (ch) 1 in each space, except in the corners where you will (dc) 3 (ch) 3 (dc) 3 (ch) 1 in the one corner space to form the new row's corner.
10. below, you'll see i've done that once in red, then again in red, twice in blue, and again in green. the second red row and both blue rows are a variation of step 9, however, where i've simply switched out the (dc) for a shorter (hdc). it's up to you...it all depends on how large you want your square to end up.
11. finally, you'll see that i've finished off the square with a single crochet (sc) in each crochet stitch to give it a nice, defined edge.
enjoy! and i'd love it if you share your finished squares! :D
i love the idea to demonstrate how to crochet your own flowers for scrapbook pages...i will do a tutorial on that, next! it will be really fun!