Thursday, August 29, 2013

Subliminal Message

See this woman?
She deserves to go to the 2013 World Championships in Bangkok.
See that dog?
He gets to go too.

I appreciate all of you who are sharing Kinga's story.  
The short dude is her Service Dog, Balto.  He's pretty special too.  
He has his own medal for bravery: 
he was shot twice last year protecting their home when burglars broke in. 
(He's fine now...saw him in June and he let me scratch his ears).

Donations are starting to roll in...please help us keep them coming!

While you enjoy a Labor Day weekend remember:
 deployed military don't get to attend holiday barbecues 
with friends and family.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Salute!

There is no feeling on earth like helping someone....and watching them soar!

This is Kinga Kiss-Johnson.  
Born in Romania, the 6'7" veteran became a U.S. citizen in 2007...while deployed in Afghanistan, serving in the U.S. Army, a fact she's immensely proud of.  I can't imagine what she's been through but I know that her service dog Balto rarely leaves her side and ALWAYS has her in sight.

Kinga was one of the first soldiers we helped when Crossroads Wounded Warrior Archery Foundation was formed.  I've never seen such enthusiasm over a bow...and never seen Hubby look short standing next to a woman.  :)  We've remained in touch and she's usually the first one to show up at the events we host, always cheering on other soldiers along the way.

The above photo accompanies the quote Kinga gave us to describe what CWWAF has done for her: 

"Thank you for all the support you have given me. 
You're helping me to reach for the sky, and know that the stars are not unreachable. 
My Star would be to compete in 2016 Olympics. 
You have given me the support by providing me with the tools to reach my dream. 
Archery gives me the everyday therapy to go on with my life 
and make my past easier to live with." 

Kinga has just shot ahead of that 2016 goal.  On Sunday, she was named to the U.S. Archery Team for the 2013 World Championships in Bangkok!

For those not familiar, the "twin" to the Olympics is the Paralympics, which is generally held following the Olympics.  In odd numbered years, those games are referred to as the World Championships.  Both are hosted by the Olympic Committee and both are a big deal!  We are so proud of Kinga for persevering through so much to get to that point!

But there's a hitch.  As soon as she discovered the good news, the other shoe dropped.  She must pay $6,000 to the Olympic Committee by Sept. 15th. That's enough to take the wind out of any one's sails.

So we're all putting our heads together and we have a plan. The CWWAF can't afford to sponsor her.  But we know people....who know people. One ripple spreads out in many directions.  After all, that's how CWWAF got its start: one act of kindness.

As soon as things are in place, I'll post where contributions can be made to aid Kinga accomplish that goal.  She put her life on the line to keep me free, helping her reach her goal is possibly the best "Thank You" she could receive. 

UPDATE:  A fund has been established to help Kinga reach her goal.
Make checks payable to:

"Kinga Kiss-Johnson Fund" 
c/o Bank of Clarendon
P.O. Box 908  
Summerton, SC  29148.   

Thanks!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

In case I get busy....

...have a good week!


Friday, August 16, 2013

Map, You May Have Competition

Nope, not a new clip but it's still funny.  Happy weekend y'all!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Not Ready to Saddle Up Just Yet

This week more than one of my Blog Buddies has decided to close up shop 
and ride off into the sunset.
Go back to the "real world".

I understand.
 
Honest.


But I'm not ready to hit the trail yet. 
I may have outgrown the outfit...
but not that kid's sense of curiosity.

See you on down the road.
If not, happy trails to you....til we meet again.
 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Yes Ponita, Time Does Fly!

Hard to believe but this was 33 years ago today.  
Where DOES the time go?!

(Where did that tiny waist go?!)

 How did I know marrying my high school sweetheart would work?
Because the cake went into the mouth, not all over the face.

Marriage is Trust + Compromise.

And yes, I'd STILL do it again.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Friday 55

Saluting the G-Man with a 55 word story.  If you write one,  kindly share.  Saluting is up to you.
“On my honor
I promise to do my duty
to serve God and my country.
To help other people every day,
especially those at home,” she mumbled.

“Joining the army?”

“Just my reminder of a time
when people instinctively cared about each other.
Without an agenda.”

“So, you served in the military?”

“No.
Girl Scouts.”