Wow! I thought Virginia Tech Hokie fans are off the charts, but the
University of Kentucky Wildcat fans are really, completely off the charts!
It was such fun to see so many happy, enthusiastic people at Designer
Art and Framing's show in Russell, Kentucky, this past weekend. Boy!
Are they loyal to their school, and very happy with my new prints Kentucky
of Champions, Pride
of the Commonwealth, Forever
Blue, and Win,
Place, Show (Keeneland Race Track). They made me very happy!
I always look forward to seeing my friends Jill Whitt, Marcinda Mers,
Richard and Jo Biehle, Ben and Robin Millard, Paul and Jo Ann Fuller,
Michael and Patricia Hughes, "The Breakfast Club", and so
many more. I have a hard time with names, because I meet so many people,
so please don't feel left out if I didn't mention you-I loved being
with you all!
A special treat for me is Jo Biehle's 4th Grade Class. Every time I
come for a show, past and present members of Jo's class come and help
out during the show and share with us their remarkable talents. This
year Matthew Crawford returned and played the violin for us again, and
Marinda Hutchinson sang. I was also given a beautiful bouquet of flowers
by Josie Hutchinson.
Members of Jo Biehle's 4th Grade Class from last year. "Thank
you so much for coming to see me at the show and for volunteering to
help make it run so smoothly. Thank you also for the wonderful quilt!
I absolutely adore it and appreciate your artwork very much."
This is the wonderful quilt I mentioned in the caption above. Jo's
students designed the squares, using paper and fabric crayons. Jo then
ironed them onto muslin, and a friend and fellow teacher, Marianne Morris,
and her class put it together. Pictured with me are, L. to R., Ethan
Garvin and Brock Hapney. Many thanks to all!
Another gift that I treasure is this exquisite jacket made by Marianne
Morris and her class. Pictured with me is Brock Hapney.
Marianne's husband Wendell is in the National Guard, and he wrote a
very special letter to his son, whose high school graduation he missed
due to his deployment. Marcinda shared the letter with me, and I thought
it was lovely. I have permission to share it with you here. I think
it clearly expresses the character and integrity of our soldiers and
how much they sacrifice on behalf of us here at home. They give up so
much for us, not only in terms of putting their own lives at risk but
also in missing time with their families and special occasions. Especially
with the 9-11 Anniversary just around the corner, let's remember them
and honor them.
"May 30, 2008
"My Dear Johnathan,
"Throughout the years of your life you have made sacrifices
and you have served your country as much as I have done.
"In your loving way, you quietly shouldered the heavy burden
that you were asked to carry. Most of the time you could not understand
why I was not there but you quietly hid the tears, courageously put
on a smile, and defiantly promised that you would support me. You
were then, as now, one of the most important parts of my life. It
was your love that enabled you to assure me that what I was doing
"I missed so many holidays and countless special occasions (like
tonight), while you were left at home to worry while I was on difficult
missions. Your resilience and self-confidence through these times
help make my job much easier to bear.
"I am so very proud of you, for it was your love and support
that sustained me in those difficult times. There is no way, in my
mind, that I could have been a success in the military without having
your support, your understanding and most importantly your unquestionable
"Thank you for being there for me and know that I am with you
"I love you so much,
I just put the finishing touches on this year's Christmas print and
Kris Kringle print. They will be available soon.
This will be our Christmas print this year. We're still thinking
about a title, but we're leaning toward Star of Wonder.
A Purrfect Delivery is this year's Kris Kringle print. The idea
for the print came from brainstorming with Ben Millard, who laughingly
said, "How about cats pulling the sleigh and mice in the sleigh!"
He loves the new mice. So here we are!
On behalf of the P. Buckley
Moss Foundation for Children's Education, I would like to extend
an invitation to attend the 13th
Annual Creative Mind Conference, which will be held on Saturday,
October 23, at the P.
Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia. "Voices from the
Past, Envisioning the Future" is the theme of this year's conference.
You will come away with fresh ideas and your creativity sparked and
learning enhanced. Whether you are an educator, administrator, parent,
homeschooler, assist children with special needs, or have a child in
your life in any capacity, there is something of value for you to be
gained from this year's conference. For more information, please contact
the Foundation office at 540-932-1728.
Local chapters of the P. Buckley
Moss Society around the country are sponsoring fundraisers to send
teachers from their areas to the conference. The Moss Pelicans Chapter
in St. Petersburg, Florida, of which I am a member, is holding a raffle
to send two teachers this year.