August 22, 2012

Thursdays are YOUR Days

Before we get this party started, I wanted to give a special shoutout to Debi from Adorned From Above. I've mentioned before that my baby brother is a Captain in the Army, stationed in Italy. In July, he was deployed to Afghanistan. Afghanistan?? Wasn't he just yesterday running around in chaps and spurs and a super-hero cape, protecting the law and order of our suburban home? And, now he's far away, in an unstable place, risking it all for his love of this country. Admirable? Yes. Terrifying? Definitely. 

About the time he was deployed, I read this Warrior's Prayer on Debi's blog. Let's just say I bawled. Later that day, Debi responded to my comment, saying she wanted to send my little brother a care package in the mail. She's the mom of a marine and knows just how important those care packages are. I was seriously blown away! For a complete stranger to do something so thoughtful and uplifting for my baby brother...well, let's just say I bawled. Again. 

So, all that to say, if you haven't checked out Debi's blog, you totally should! She's a blogger with heart and her posts are always filled with love and encouragement. And, yummy recipes like Swiss Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Pie (nom nom nom).Thanks for sending your love to Afghanistan, Debi!

Okay, now let's party....

This Week on 52 Mantels:

On Mantel Monday I shared a Back-to-School Mantel to kick off the new school year!
On yesterday I shared a set of Free Baby Shower Printables!

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  1. Thanks for hosting Emily! XO, Aimee

  2. Thanks so much for hosting Emily - and I agree 100% Debi is the absolute BEST!!!

  3. Thanks for the fun party Emily, happy Thursday!

  4. Thank you for hosting Emily!! I have plans to take sometime to look around tonight ... need get on up on what you've been up to. :)

  5. Thanks for hosting Emily! Debi sounds like an amazing blogger to do that for your brother. By the way, a huge thank you to your brother for his service. My brother in law is in the Air Force and just got back 6 months ago from a year in the middle east.

  6. Thanks for hosting, Emily! LOVE the school mantel btw! And Debi just sounds like the sweetest...I have a BIL stationed abroad and I know it's so important that they're thought of back home! xo, Kimberly

  7. Those baby shower printables are super cute!! I have never seen that theme before - LOVE IT!

  8. Thank you for hosting, Emily. Have a great week!

  9. Thank you so much for the party! Hope you are having a great week!

  10. Thank you so much for hosting!! Hope you are having a wonderful week. :)

  11. Hi there - Thanks for hosting! I'm new to link ups, but love seeing all of the new blogs & everyone's creativity! Hope you have a great day & if you have time to stop over I'm at Thanks!

  12. Thanks so much for hosting. My sister's boyfriend has been in Afghanistan since February and is due to return in 8 weeks. I hope that your brother stays safe over there. I know it is definitely a terrifying feeling.

  13. Thanks for hosting this great party!

  14. Emily, Thanks so much for taking the time to host! Life to the full, Melissa

  15. Hello, This is my first visit and linky party on your cute blog! I also became your newest follower♥ You have alot of great eye candy here...Thank you for hosting this party.
    Laurie @ Pride in Photos

  16. Emily,
    Thank you so much for your kind words. I am sitting here crying. He will be back soon, which will be a relief for you and your family. I sent the box a couple of weeks ago, so he should have it anytime. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you, also. It's really hard having them gone, even harder if you are not hearing from them a lot.
    Have a great day, Emily.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  17. Emily, hugs to you and you family, thank you for hosting too :)


  18. Thanks so much for sharing the story of your brother. Isn't is nice to know there are still kind and loving people in the world??
    Have a wonderful week Emily!!

  19. Thanks so much Emily for hosting #197. This is my first time linking up here, I'm glad to have found you .
    Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs from Portugal

    Ana Love Craft


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