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  • And in the going down of the sun

    November 10th, 2010 she Posted in Friends & Family, Those Who Volunteered   2 Comments »  

    For those who have served and fallen – both during their service or after retirement – take a moment to remember their sacrifice.


    Great Grandpa


    Black Watch
    Grandma and Grandpa Grandpa in the Pacific Grandpa

    CFB Borden

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    two birds

    November 2nd, 2010 she Posted in Those Who Volunteered   1 Comment »  

    Last year I participated in the iNews880 #Movember campaign in support of finding a cure for prostate cancer. Which was pretty impressive, if I do say so myself, because I’m neither a member of the iNews880 staff nor a guy capable of growing a moustache. That’s why I drew a larger and larger moustache on my avatar last Nov. Oh, and I managed to kick butt on my team and raise the most $$ of any individual member.

    This year I’m taking a break from campaigning for #Movember. Mostly because I’m constantly shilling for @ABbrowncoats, Kids Need to Read, and the Legion’s Poppy campaign.  Add to that Derby, work, and the beginning of full on panic mode at school and I just need a break. Or a vacation. So I’m vacationing from #Movember.

    I choose not to feel guilty about this decision. The #yeg #Movember team is many times larger this year than in previous years. I know the fundraising is in good hands. Many of my friends are participating. It’s hard to choose who to support. And for how much.

    Well, it was hard to figure out how much until I came up with my “grand plan”. I needed to go to the bank and a few shops after work yesterday so I decided to count the poppies on my journey, and then donate $1 for every poppy I saw. I was anticipating having to make a a large-ish donation. Sadly, that didn’t turn out to be the case. After passing hundreds of people over a 2 hour period yesterday, I had a grand tally of 18 poppies. 18!. Four days into the Legion’s annual poppy campaign and I discovered, much to my dismay, that few people are wearing poppies in Edmonton. That cracking sound you hear? That’s the sound of my heart breaking.

    I counted all the poppies I saw on my way to work today. Walking. Train. More walking. An additional 8 poppies encountered. Of the 38 people standing on the #LRT platform with me this morning, only 3 were wearing poppies. With the passing of the last WWI veteran and the WWII & Korean veterans aging rapidly, I worry that we have begun to forget already.

    Today, I’m picking 3 friends and donating to their #Movember campaigns. Hopefully, each will take a moment to go out and support the Legion’s poppy fund. And spread the word.

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    Buy a soldier a coffee?

    September 2nd, 2010 she Posted in Those Who Volunteered   1 Comment »  

    As all our friends and family know, the hubs is spending the next 8 months (give or take a few weeks on break) in Kandahar. He’s already been in the sandbox for two months.

    Living & working in a foreign country can stress a person in unexpected ways. Holding on to something normal and familiar can make all the difference in the world. For Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, that something familiar is often as simple as buying a cup of coffee from Tim’s.

    As with previous tours, I purchased & mailed a Tim Horton’s coffee card at the beginning of the tour. Since then I’ve learned that the card can be topped off online. So here’s hoping our friends, family & random strangers will buy hubs a coffee.

    I ain’t too proud to beg. Put a smile on his face and buy him a cup of coffee.

    Please note: The only way to load his coffee card is to log into his acct & use your visa or mastercard. A Tim card can only contain a max value of $100 at any given time. Friends & family can contact me for this info & instructions if they’d like to buy Drew a coffee.

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    Out of the loop

    August 5th, 2010 she Posted in Those Who Volunteered   No Comments »  

    Anyone who has spent five minutes reading this blog knows I’m a military wife with a spouse currently serving in Afghanistan. This isn’t his first tour.

    When he was in KAF last year I was glued to news sites and tv channels. I wanted to know exactly what was going on over there at all times. I couldn’t get enough information and the media outlets were happy to oblige.

    This tour is different. I’m not stalking news sites. And the online media isn’t providing as much information (or at least not as headline news) anymore. Perhaps that’s a good thing.

    Instead of panic and worry at every little thing I read or hear – bad news blaring across the headlines – I’m often learning about events after the fact through check-in calls with hubs. This lower stress level is really making a difference. Here’s hoping it continues for the next 9 1/2 months…

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    the more things change…

    July 9th, 2010 she Posted in Those Who Volunteered   1 Comment »  

    It’s been a while now since I came home from the sempertastic family vacation to find my beloved fur-baby had passed on. Less time since my non-profit organization hosted their first major fundraiser for equality based organizations – we raised $3773 this year. Very happy with the results.

    I haven’t fallen off the fitness wagon. In fact, I’ve reached my December 2010 clothing size goals  5 months early. Since I’m still technically classifed as overweight, I’m going to continue what I’ve been doing for the last 6 months and hope to reach my new goal by Christmas.

    Still not able to run. Doc has banned me from running (again *sigh*) and I’m back to walking and torturous exercises to strengthen the muscles around my patella.

    Tomorrow, I put my hubby on a plane bound (eventually) for Kandahar. It’s been just over a year since he returned from his last tour to KAF and the time has just flown by. Most likely because he’s been gone for at least 60% of the time; off on training courses and prepping for this tour.

    With that in mind, I thought today would be a good time to post a gentle reminder to all those who call themselves friends and family. The following excerpt is from a post I made in Dec 2008:

    There are nightmares that military families live with daily. To address them we set ground rules. The most important one when a spouse (or child, sibling, etc.) is deployed is that you never drop in unannounced for a visit. No matter where you are “in the neighbourhood” don’t ever ring my doorbell without calling first to let me know you’re visiting.

    Spouses, children, parents, and siblings all dread the possibility that a padre will walk up the walk-way and ring the doorbell. Normally filling a position of comfort or joy, when a member of your family is deployed the padre is the last person you want to see near your home.

    Our shared goal is to make it through the months never having heard a doorbell ring. Don’t ring mine.


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    And then there were none

    February 19th, 2010 she Posted in Those Who Volunteered   1 Comment »  

    WW1 has officially passed from commemoration into history, in Canada.

    John “Jack” Babcock, Canada’s last known First World War veteran, has died at the age of 109. Rest in peace, John Babcock, and the 600,000 other Canadian men and women who served in the First World War.

    At the going down of the sun, we will remember them.

    More info: CBC News – Canada – Canada’s last WW I veteran dies

    *some text shamelessly stolen from my friend Mare‘s FB status.

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    lest we forget

    November 11th, 2009 she Posted in Those Who Volunteered   No Comments »  

    im_rempoppy.gif They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.- excerpt from For The Fallen, Laurence Binyon

    In recent years there have been some discussions surrounding whether or not war is ever justified and if Canada should be shifting it’s focus away from combat missions and moving towards revamping our military to solely support peacekeeping and humanitarian aid roles. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica: Whether it is always sinful to wage war? says:

    Those who wage war justly aim at peace, and so they are not opposed to peace, except to the evil peace…We do not seek peace in order to be at war, but we go to war that we may have peace.

    I don’t believe in war for the sake of war, dominance or economics. I do believe that true evil exists and must be fought when encountered. I’d like to think I judge each mission the Canadian Forces are involved in on their own merit. Many wars have been fought during the course of human history. Many have faded to memory. A few, such as the first and second world wars will likely do the same as the few remaining survivors of war’s horror slowly fade to dust. If we are to learn from history and move forward, we must never forget our past. I worry many days that we are heading in that direction – forgetting the sacrifices of those who fought for freedom from tyranny. Each year, fewer and fewer of those who fought during WWI and WWII remain alive. Fewer people attend Remembrance Day ceremonies and sport poppies. Please take a moment to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies in your local area. Visit a local Legion and spend time with our veterans. If you’re unable to attend ceremonies at a local cenotaph please observe two minutes silence at 11:00am. You can also spend some time visiting the following sites:

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    and in the going down of the sun

    November 11th, 2009 she Posted in Friends & Family, Those Who Volunteered   No Comments »  

    For those who have served and fallen – both during their service or after retirement – take a moment to remember their sacrifice.


    Great Grandpa


    Black Watch
    Grandma and Grandpa Grandpa in the Pacific Grandpa

    CFB Borden

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    May 4th, 2009 she Posted in Those Who Volunteered   1 Comment »  

    Got a call from the base today and hubby is due to land in #yeg two hours earlier than previously stated. We’re starting to get very excited about his impending arrival. Just three more working days before I bring him home…

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    Momma he’s coming home

    April 21st, 2009 she Posted in Those Who Volunteered   8 Comments »  

    I can’t blog the details at the moment but I finally got a call from the base. I now know when and where to pick up Drew when he returns to Canada. Yippee!

    My new boss is giving me the day off and I can’t wait to see him.

    Lots of planning (and cleaning) to do before he lands in country. The dogs will be thrilled at his return and I know all the neighbours are looking forward to seeing him again soon.

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