15 May 2015

Around the World Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us on the adventure of a lifetime!  Pack your bags!  Get those passports ready!

We are about to embark on a trip Around the World!

You should have arrived from Sandy.  If you would like to start at the beginning of our tour, Connie is the first stop on the Around the World blog hop.

This is a one day blog hop, and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented crafters who are here sharing their ideas and creations.  We hope that we can inspire you with culture and creations from around the globe.

We have a fantastic sponsor this month, ConnieCanCrop!  She will be giving one lucky winner a $10 gift certificate to spend in one of her online stores!

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What do you need to do to win?  Easy . . . become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.  You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish this hop and leave your comments.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.  Be sure to follow everyone and leave your blog love along the way!

Your destinations await you!  Bon Voyage!

I thought I would share with you today some of the layouts I made from my husband's deployment to Iraq in 2008.  He retired from the Marine Corps in 2012, so this was his last deployment.

For "Duty Calls," I numbered the photos so it would be easier for me to do the journaling, since I wanted the largest picture to be the first one.  Photos one and two were taken on my husband's base in Iraq, while the third photo was taken while they were waiting at another stateside base to board their plane.

"Flying the Iraqi Skies" is clean and simple, but I like the photo because it was taken while my husband was aboard a transport plane somewhere over Iraq.

My husband took this photo of an Iraqi sunset from his base, and I thought it needed to be showcased in a layout.  You can see some of the vehicles on their base, as well as the compound wall in the background.

My husband was deployed during the Christmas holidays but sent me a small Christmas tree and presents to open while he was away.  I wanted to showcase our two different Christmases on different sides of the world, so we could always remember how different our celebrations were.

The photo in "Sandstorm" is BY FAR my favorite photo from his deployment (well, besides the homecoming photos!)!  This was taken by a friend of my husband's in the middle of an Iraqi sandstorm, and I just absolutely LOVE the color!!!  No edits were made to this photo at all, and I think it's just incredible.

Up next is Sarah!

Here's our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:

1.  Connie (Greece)
2.  Madge (Ireland)
3.  Theresa (Mexico)
4.  Sandy (Africa)
5.  Ashley (Iraq)--THAT'S ME!
6.  Sarah (England)--GO HERE NEXT!
7.  Pam (France)
8.  Haidee (Spain)
9.  Alicia (Jamaica)
10.  La-Vie (Bahamas)
11.  Jessica (USA)
12.  Angela (USA)
13.  Shawnee (France)
14.  Lyne (Germany)

Thanks for joining us in our trip Around the World!


Theresa Knopf said...

Thank you and your husband for his service to our country. Your layouts are great.

Sarah J. B said...

Thank you for your husband's service. I am happy to see he made it home safe. I know freedom is not free. I like that sandstorm picture too! Your layouts are so wonderful!!

Angela Corcoran said...

wow! the layouts are great! and ps. i love your new blog look (not sure how new it is, but 1st time i saw it! lol)

Pamela Lash said...

First of all - thank your husband for his service to us! What a great set of memories for you and your family - TFS!!

Jessica Wilson said...

WOW! I second what Theresa said! THANK YOU HUBBY FOR YOUR SERVICE!!! I know the scarifice you make for us takes you away from your family! Ill keep you in my prayers always! Great job girl!!!

Shawnee Penkacik said...

Thank you for the sacrifice that your family has made to keep our country free and for your husband's service to our country.
Thank you for sharing these photos and layouts with us. May God bless you richly! Have a wonderful weekend.

Joni said...

Great pages. I need to scrap my SOn in laws Iraq photos.

Anita Waldron said...

Thank you for sharing what was for you a stressful time. I appreciate the sacrifices your husband and you made for this great nation of ours.

Klite3 said...

Thank you for sharing these deployment photos! I agree- love the sandstorm photo, although I am not sure how pleasant it was to be there. Thank you to him for his service and you for holding the fort at home. Blessings!

C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC said...

thanks so much for your service and for our freedom! It’s nice participating in this hop with you!

La-Vie B.
Follow me at C’est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC

Connie Wallenbrock said...

Awesome layouts! I love the sandstorm. Wow!! Thanks to your family for the sacrifices you make for all of us. And thanks for joining my hop. Scrappy hugs, connie

silvia said...

Great pages!! Connie couldn't have said it better~" Thanks to your family for the sacrifices you make for all of us"

Golden Goddess Designs said...

great layouts! and thanks to you and your husband for protecting our country! I just had a young friend leave this week for Marine boot camp so these layouts make me think about how her life will change and all the opportunities she will have to travel and experience life and learn skills and help protect our country, too!

Lyne Blodgett said...

So glad that your husband is safe and please thank him for his service. Nice to participate in this hop with you.

Monica Madsen said...

Thank you for sharing.

Haidee said...

Thanks for sharing this great memory & great hopping with you.

Madge Gillen said...

I am happy to see that your husband is safe and returned home to you and your family. Please thank him for his service. I too love love the Sandstorm picture! Great Layouts all the way around.
Loves- Madge