Sunday, January 27, 2008

Cheerio Necklace and an Up & Coming Hero

I've been blessed, lately, with more frequent phone calls from Brian. He's been sending more photos lately, also, and a few movies, which I'll post later, with accompanying Mommy-thoughts. For today, though, here's one I got today, of Brian and a beautiful necklace he made. I don't know if it's for me, or if he ate it, but I'll keep checking the mail, just in case. I love handmade jewelry.

Always nice to see a picture of my smiling it just the light, or does it look like he has a black eye? His right eye? Does that look like a shiner to you? Well. Hmph. I'm going to have to check into that. Maybe Moore punched him after reading my blog and finding out who planted the rubber spider.

I have to tell you about a special event that I'm attending next Saturday, and hoping Brian will attend with me, best he can. I could wait and tell you after the fact, but this is so good that I want you to look forward to it with me.

There is a young man named Noah, that is turning 9 next Saturday. I haven't met him yet, but I've been invited to his birthday party.

Noah is giving up birthday presents at his party. He has instead asked each friend and family member to bring a soccer ball. Noah, for his 9th birthday, is sending soccer balls to soldiers on the Toys for Troops mailing list, so that they can hand them out to the children in Iraq.

And I'm going to show up with posters and photos, and try not to get all squooshy when I tell him and his friends what a difference they're making.

And don't tell him because we're not sure we can make this happen, but Noah might get a special phone call from a soldier in Iraq, in the middle of the party. Brian is checking his schedule, and going to do all he can to make a near-midnight (his time) phone call next Saturday night, that will fall in the middle of Noah's (afternoon here) party.

I figure a thank you from a soldier is a pretty good way to sneak in a gift to a kid that's giving his up.

Wish us luck making this happen; I am so excited. With his mother's permission, I'll try to post a photo of the day.

Can't you just hardly wait?!


  1. Anonymous11:04 PM

    He's so perfect.


  2. Maybe its a shiner but it looks like the lighting, shadows and tiredness to me.

  3. Marinemom7:03 AM

    How exciting. What a sweet kid. Billy used to send packages to the guys in Bosnia when he was 10. I think that's when it all started. And so glad you are hearing from Brian more often. My big Marine called last night. It wasn't the good by call yet, but that will happen very soon. Then I'll wait and wait and wait to hear from him again from the other side of the world.

  4. Hope all that comes together the way you planned!

  5. StFarmer9:50 AM

    High fives for Noah. I predict a future leader in that young man.

  6. Your posts make my eyes water all the time.


  7. Yeah for Noah.

    I love this photo pf Brian, and I don't think it's a shiner =)

  8. Anonymous1:11 PM

    Oh geez I'm crying. I"ll probably be balling my eyes out when you post next week.


  9. That is exciting. And wonderful. Oh, and I hope the necklace is for you.

  10. Moore5:29 PM

    that necklace is still in the truck. i look at it all the time and think about eating it all the time

  11. Moore posted! Moore posted! That means he and Brian are both still okay. And the necklace is still in the truck.

    Poor Noah just got his thunder stolen COMPLETELY in my book because of my timing on reading this.

    YAY for Noah. I can't wait to hear if the phone call happens.

    (Moore posted!)

  12. Ha! I was equally excited that Moore posted! Whoop!!!!


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