the one with the lock, that came from Afghanistan from the boy that left last October.
Last December Penny Barnes, the wonderful owner and quilter at Pb & J Studio, Ireland quilt tour guide and all around FABULOUS lady sent me a message on Facebook. She warned me that I would need a tissue...
Seriously, if you ever see this woman...HUG HER!!!! TELL HER HOW FABULOUS she is!!!! I love her!!!!
This one is very special "This is Keighly....she has cerebral palsy and I was told we wouldn't recognize anything she made....but she was so excited to participate so we just traced her hand...."
Penny's son John is a school teacher at Otter Lake Elementary School and has the most incredible group of kids. Penny had a great time creating this surprise for a soldier, but not just any soldier...MY SOLDIER...they were making a quilt for Michael!
Needless to say, I was speechless! Penny sent me this message...
"xox I think it will make a great surprise for your son...so shhhhhh....no telling. But I just had to share this morning...."
I needed a BOX of tissues!
She shipped off the quilt to Michael and he was COMPLETELY overwhelmed! He loved everything about this treasure. We were lucky enough to have Facebook messages and so we were able to talk about somethings if he happened to be online. We decided that sending something to the kids from Afghanistan would be fun for them. So Michael wen to the a Baazar that the locals had on base and bought some treats for the kids.
Mr. Barnes made this video reading the letter from "Soldier Mike" to his class :o)
And this one is a HOOT, where he shares what "Soldier Mike" sent to the class. I was rotfl! Kids are awesome! I think it is very cool how he makes this a unit study. I wish Adam were going to be in his class next year!
Michael LOVES these kids!!!!! I do too!!!!
So we were able to get the box opened and this is what was inside...
This quilt was such a great comfort to Michael so far away from home. Made with love by people he did not ever meet that will stay in his heart forever!
These are the met precious blocks ever!
Penny's quilting is perfection!
Thank you Mr. Barnes and all of your second grade class for sending Michael this gift from the heart to let him know how much he is supported.
I do apologize for how long it has taken me to get to this. I honestly did not realize how difficult this deployment was for me. The boy will be coming home next week. We will finally get to lay eyes on him and count that nose as being home.
The support I received was above and beyond what I ever could have imagined. I could not have made it through without so many loving generous people. I am possibly the most blessed person in the world.