As we get closer to Veterans Day, we are humbled and grateful for all who have purchased a card for a Veteran(s) to be delivered to the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Ohio. We are getting closer to reaching our goal of providing each resident with a card! We all know that each one of these amazing people has sacrificed much for our country and we want to make sure that we acknowledge them with a simple card and a handwritten message. In order for us to accomplish our goal, we are asking for everyone's help and know that our goal will be achieved because of the compassion and caring of all who support the Veterans who have served our country.
One year ago today, I had to put all of my trust in the surgeon who would perform my husband's back surgery. After he fell and his back was broken - I was faced with the scariest situation of my life. How would I trust the hands that would determine the rest of my husband's future? How would I find peace in everything we were faced with? We are a very active family, and my husband's job requires physical fitness. How could he continue to be a Fire Lieutenant with a broken back? How would he be the dad he had always been? How will I encourage him through this difficult time? How could this happen to someone so strong? I was instantly drawn to prayer, even with all of my questions.
My husband was blessed with an amazing doctor. How did I know this? Before the surgery, the surgeon sat down with me, as well as my parents and in-laws. He explained what he would be doing, and how it would all work. But what I remember most is the last thing the doctor said to me. He looked me in the eye, and he said, "I will fix the picture, and God will do the rest." At that moment, I knew God had blessed us with the hands that would heal my husband. Tonight our family celebrated the most miraculous recovery I could have ever imagined!
Going through this difficult year gave me just a glimpse of what Veterans have dealt with. My hope and dream is to show them how much they are appreciated for everything they have gone through and for everything they have sacrificed so that we can all have a wonderful life in the amazing United States of America.
One year ago today, my husband was injured and my world was turned upside down. He has always been my rock and my hero, and in an instant, my rock was broken. In the middle of my angst and uncertainty, the love, support and prayers of family and friends held me up and encouraged my husband to stay strong. This support came to us in many forms, one of which was Encouragement Cards. I LOVE CARDS! Each and every card we received showed us how much we are loved by those around us. This past year, through challenges and triumphs, my husband healed completely and has returned to work as a full-duty Fire Lieutenant! He is my walking miracle.
With Veterans Day around the corner, and my Father-in-law a Veteran himself, we feel led to bless the Veterans as we were blessed last year. I can't even begin to imagine the challenges that many Veterans were and still are faced with. I have been designing my own Inspirational Cards for almost seven years now and love to touch people through my verses. My husband and I - along with all of you who feel passionate about showing others you care - want to bless as many Veterans as we can with Veterans Day Cards - they are truly heroes for all of us!
Almost one year ago I was placed in a situation that challenged my perspective on what was important in life. The physical, mental and spiritual challenges were the hardest things I have ever had to face. Luckily there were many who were there to support myself and my family. As a result of my challenges, I questioned every aspect of my life and began to prioritize what was important. Although I knew that family and friends were important and were an integral part of my life, I didn't realize how important they would be to my recovery. Unfortunately, everyone doesn't have the support that was given to my family and me.
As we move forward with our goal of thanking and inspiring the Veterans who have served, I would like everyone to understand that many of these Veterans have no one to inspire them or give them words of encouragement. Many have no family or friends to keep them going or to motivate them to continue the fight. All of these amazing Veterans should know that there are people who support and care about them. We ask that everyone take time to thank a Veteran for their service, and if you feel inclined to support our cause we will be forever grateful. We will always support those who have fought for our freedoms!
We are officially under way! Due to the generous support of all of our initial supporters we are steadily working towards achieving our goal of giving 580 cards to the Veterans at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Ohio by November 11, 2016. We are excited for the opportunity to partner with many and are looking forward to giving back to those who have given so much to our country. We know that there are many people that feel the same as we do and we would appreciate any help that is given so we can reach our goal. We will NEVER FORGET the Veterans that have served!
As the son of a Vietnam Veteran, I have experienced firsthand the challenges that many veterans face in their daily lives. Many have been challenged with medical or psychological issues that continue to take a toll on themselves and their families. Although my father was able to cope with the stress of war, there are many veterans who have had more difficult times. Many of these heroes have been through difficulties and experienced situations that none of us will ever know. It is important for all of us to remember the sacrifices that each of these men and women have made for our country. That is why it is important to take the time and thank a Veteran for their service no matter who they are or what time of the year it may be. Please show compassion, have empathy and give thanks to all of those that have served our great country. Each of them is truly a HERO!