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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and what I'm going to call Lazy Sunday. Most of you know that my son is serving in the US Navy and this was the first Thanksgiving that we have spent apart. We did a little pre-Thanksgiving celebration when we visited last month and he had amazing weekend plans with a good friend, so I was handling the separation really well…..or so I thought.
He called around midnight on Wednesday to say that he and his friend had arrived at the hotel. They were very tired from the long drive and were going straight to bed. I got another call around 6am. Someone had entered their hotel room and stolen their wallets, including all forms of identification, credit cards, and money. Fortunately, he still had his cell phone and car keys and neither of them were hurt.
From out of state, we were frantically trying to find a way to get them some money. Because it was a holiday, we were having a difficult time contacting friends in the area, as many were out of town. We found a distant cousin that lived 2 hours away, but that was a lot to ask of someone on Thanksgiving. At one point, my son called to tell me that he didn't know how they were going to eat that day and my heart just sank. It was truly the most helpless, awful feeling in the world.
Thankfully, a police officer provided them with a small amount of cash to get something to eat and enough gas money to return to base. If you want to know how to get me to cry, just do something nice for my boy. I am so very thankful to this police officer and I realize that he was away from his family during the holiday as well. The least I can do is send a Thank You card to this fine officer's department and hope that he knows how much that small act of kindness meant to us that day.
I CASEd this card from Andrea Withers and used the new All Things Thanks stamp set, which will be available in the Occasions Catalog in January. The sentiments are perfect for many different thankful situations. Even though our Thanksgiving did not go quite as planned, we still have so many things to be grateful for. I'm thankful for someone watching over my son and helping him out of a tough situation.
And I'm thankful for the Monday Montage girls! We've been hopping and bopping regularly for over 2 years now. They always inspire me. Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Julie's fabulous project.