In the spirit of the previous post, I wanted to tell you a bit about this latest Hero Quilt I finished this weekend. I have been making more and more quilts lately, this one I made for a lady who is expecting her first baby. I met her years ago at Christmas Bazaar, and she searched me out online when she found out she was finally expecting. Her husband was injured in Iraq while dining at the chow hall. He has been medically retired, and that just breaks my heart. My husband has been in the Army for some time, I was in for 4 years, active duty, and all my life if you count Army Brat time and married time. I have lived all over the Earth in my 30 odd years of living on this planet,(not that I have lived on any other planet, you sassy lot) I have seen other governments topple and currencies change and probably one of the oddest sites guards with AK-47's guarding grocery stores, and drunken Aboriginal men walking around with Kenny Chesney blasting from their little radios. Through it all the United States of America is there. We, as Americans, take for granted our Freedoms. We love our country, we proudly serve our nation. I ache for the families who have had to make such enormous sacrifices...this silly quilt will not make anything better, but it is a "Thank You" from a People who love freedom. The pattern is called "Box Cars"....from above, I imagine we must all look pretty darn similar, like train cars on the Island of Sodor, but each of us has something special to offer, some special gift...SFC Arp has been molded in fire. He is stronger now than he was when he left for Baghdad, as is his wife. May the Lord Bless and keep you!