Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Our Soldier is Home

Our family is so excited today as our son Scott arrived safely home late last night or rather really early this morning from a year long tour of duty in Afghanistan.  I'm sure the two older grand kids were ecstatic watching their daddy marching in with his fellow soldier buddies at the beginning of the ceremony.

When Scott departed the end of October last year, their 3rd son was just 7-weeks old.  He had his R&R this past May and was able to spend 2 weeks with them and the baby was 8-months old.  Now the baby is almost 14-months old. 

Scott and his 3 boys during his 2-week break.

So today I get to take down the Blue Star Service Banner that I made and that has been up on our front door for the past year. 

A Blue Star Service Banner displayed in the window of a home is an American tradition.  The banner lets others know that someone in the home is proudly serving in the US Armed Forces during any period of war or hostilities.

As soon as my DIL can send me the homecoming pictures from last night, I'll post a happy family photo. 

Being that I'm talking soldiers, I just received back from the long arm quilter my very first Quilts of Valor quilt.  I bought the fabric last year hoping to start the quilt the beginning of this year and it just never happened.  My mom finished her 9-month Farmers Wife project and had time on her hands so she pieced it for me.  Thanks Mom!!

Take 5 - Teacher's Pet pattern
Quilting by Elayne in Tennessee

I just now need to make the pillowcase, attach the label, wash it and then I can request a destination for it.   If you haven't checked out Quilts of Valor before, please do.  The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover ALL combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

I hope you all have a great day, I know we will knowing that our son is back home safely and enjoying his family.


PS. I'm linking over at Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day!


  1. Glad you're son arrived home safely. Beautiful quilt.

  2. I'm happy your Son made it back home. I used to be a Soldier too and deployed to Iraq for a year. Not easy. And not easy for the family waiting at home either.

    And thank you for contributing to the Quilts of Valor. I received one when I returned from a complete stranger. And now that I quilt too, I know how much of a gift these quilts truly are.

    Thank you!

  3. I'm so happy your son is back home! I've never heard of the Blue Star Service Banner before, but I think that is great. I'll look into the Quilts of Valor, too. Thanks!

  4. Thank him for his service to our country.

    I'm glad he is home safe and sound.

  5. What a relief for your family to have your son home safe! I am so happy for you all. The quilt of valor looks wonderful.

  6. Welcome Home Scott! Please thank him for his service from all of us.

  7. What wonderful news! I hope Scott gets to spend some real quality time with his young family.

    I'm not American but thank you Scott and all who served with you -- and those who continue to serve. (Australia lost three more soldiers in Afghanistan recently).

  8. Terrific news! I'm sitting here in the UK appreciating your sons bravery while waiting for one of my friends and my cousin to come home (RAF and Army) I had a look into quilts of Valour and now want to find out if we have anything similar in the UK.

  9. Yay! It's always nice to hear great news - especially since we had sad news this week in Queensland on three of ours in Afghanistan... It takes so much strength to leave your family and be that dedicated - you must be so proud :)

  10. that's so great to hear. have fun catching up and enjoying his company again, that's a long time to not see someone you love!

  11. So glad he's home safely! That quilt is gorgeous and I love the quilting :)

  12. I am so happy for you! I know how it is not to see the one you love for more than a year but I am so thankful I didnt have to be scared for his life!

  13. My husband was deployed to Afghanistan last year, so I know how exciting it is when your loved one returns! So happy for you & your family!

  14. So glad your son made it home safely and your quilt is beautiful!


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