Sunday, September 25, 2011

X marks the spot...

When I think of the phrase "X marks the spot", I think of pirates and treasures.

However, with that said...this verse is one to keep in mind...about "treasures"...

...a few of our family's "Pirates" & "treasures"...not of silver, gold or other physical properties...

In flight school, the classes are identified by colors. My husband was in Purple Flight and their nickname was the Purple Pirates.

 Me with my handsome hubby.
..he was the flight commander for his class here.

The reward for these "Pirates" is the completion of flight school...

Purple Flight Class 88-05
My Handsome Hubby is on the farthest right in the 2nd row.

at the Graduation Ball he pins on "mini-wings" onto my gown.

and the treasures of a successful service in Army aviation are...the countless training and successful execution of various missions...the lives touched in many situations and locations...the service to their country...

I graduated from the Armstrong Atlantic State University's dental hygiene program...
...this university's mascot is the Pirates.

 24 girls in the 2009 Dental Hygiene degree program,
The week before graduation.
I am in the top row, 3rd from the left.

Graduation day.
On the far left, with half of my class.

...the treasures attained with my dental hygiene license has been the rapport that I have been able to establish with my patients and their successes in attaining or maintaining healthy dental health...seeing those that previously were not comfortable or had past bad experiences in a dental office...become at ease.

Our son was on the High School Varsity Soccer team, High School wrestling team, indoor and outdoor Lacrosse teams.  (We were very thankful and blessed that he regained his full physical strength and stamina after about a year since completing chemotherapy in 2005.)

The indoor Lacrosse team he was on, was called the Pirates. The treasures of that time, were not only game wins...but also the friendships and teamwork...the sense of completion and satisfaction of hard work, physical and mental skills...

Proud big sister Girly~Twirly and Heartbreaker 
before one of his indoor Lacrosse games.

Heartbreaker with his other proud and big sister Girly~Whirly
after the game.

Here are a few other recently completed art orders.
The stories behind each piece are treasures to me...

I truly love to hear who they are for...what the occasion...
why the particular images chosen to be drawn...the stories of those whose these were made for.

Thank you Pat (a friend through this wonderful world of blogging) for ordering this one for your husband. And thank you for your POST that shared the story behind the reason for these particular images that you chose to have drawn. & a big Thank you to your husband's military service as an Army aviator!

Thank you, Kimberly, for this order for your husband as he leaves this unit as their commander.  Thank you to your husband, so very much, for his military service and leadership of this Brigade Combat Team. (I first met Kimberly when our families were both stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky during 2002. She has been a repeat customer for Thank you and Farewell gifts to those in the various commands that her husband has had.)

This one was ordered by my "little" brother's group that graduated on September 23rd. I am so proud of his 17 years of service in the Navy and that he was one of the 50% that successfully completed this condensed and difficult course. Thank you to you and your classmates. This was presented to their 15 instructors as a thank you gift from their graduating class.

Joining in
...with Semper Wifey & Life with My Littles for Military Monday Blog Hop
...with Jenny's  Alphabe-Thursday's "X" 
...with Mel for Fancy Friday Blog hop.

I also was invited by our daughter to join in the fun with Pinterest!
Would love to invite you to follow me on Pinterest.

*one last thing...
...don't forget to enter if you are interested in the $50 NOVICA gift certificate Giveaway mentioned on my earlier post. This ends Sept 29th*

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Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Beautiful post! I love seeing you and your handsome hubby from years past. It is so nice to have all that history and memories together. My older boy has his first girlfriend now, and they are such a perfect little couple, I think to myself, son you can stop there, you found your girl. But then I think, are you crazy, this is his first girlfriend and you have the poor kid married already LOL! Could happen:) Have a wonderful day.

LDH said...

Taking a second to sit at my computer and saw your new post. Happy to stop by and say hi! Exhausted emptying my moms home and moving furniture so I haven't had time for blogging.

Hope you have a great week :)

Karen Mortensen said...

Wonderful. Those are the type of treasures to have.

taylorsoutback said...

Oh Maria - a wonderful post!!! Loved seeing your images from flight school days...I still have my "mini-wings." Will have to post a photo of them soon and tell our story. It will be fun to link back to yours!!

Your ball gown is such a beautiful color. (What I wouldn't give to be able to fit into mine!)

Thanks for bringing back some special memories. Have a good week.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, I'm back after a few weeks off from blogging. Hope you are doing okay. I have missed all of my blogging friends --but needed that break!

I love seeing your creative work, and I enjoy seeing your family pictures. What a good-looking family!!!


Jen said...

So many pirates! And beautiful art, as always.

Sherry said...

Such a very nice post. Great selection from Matthew.

And, of course, I love the title of this post. :)

xinex said...

Such a sweet post, Maria. You can tell you pirates are all meant to be together forever. Beautiful artwork!...Christine

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I really enjoyed this post! And I can't get over how cute the two of you were *and are*. :)

myorii said...

Wow, there's a lot of pirate history in your family :) I love your trips down memory lane! You and your hubby are so cute :)

Anonymous said...

Love your post and photo's and that is one of my favorite verses.

EG Wow said...

You have so many wonderful memories!

Judie said...

Do you have a room in your house dedicated to your photo albums? I'll bet you could fill up an entire room!! GREAT PHOTOS!!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

What a charming post. Thanks for sharing a slice of your life. You make a gorgeous couple.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love the verse you started with. So true. Beautiful memories.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

You have so many pirates at your house.

I love the verse you selected. It is a favorite of mine.

The Cello Strings said...

rich information,
what beautiful memories you have shared here.

Barbara F. said...

What a beautiful post. I have a "thing" for pirates - probably 'cause of Johnny Depp (and Captain Morgan!). xo

Lola said...

Hi again!

Always such great pics & memories to share here!

Have a great weekend,



Sue said...

This is one of my favorite scriptures, and I love your examples of treasure.

I think your artwork is a treasure, and so do my family members who have one on the wall!


Karen S. said...

Absolutely waht a wonderful post! this is something you can treasure for a life time!

Pondside said...

That bit of scripture is among my favorites. I always enjoy your posts - your love of family and the joy you take in your children. I believe that the best thing for strong marriages and strong families is knowing others like that - and I'm so glad to 'know' you!

myletterstoemily said...

how great that you both were pirates!
i love your gorgeous family photos.

AnNaRicHiE said...

Hello Maria,I love that verse from the book of Matthew. and I love Pinterest!

Jenny said...

Oh Maria, what a lovely verse!

I know I say this over and over but, girl, seriously, you have cornered the market on anti-aging genes!

You are going to be the youngest looking Grandmother in the universe!

Thanks for a fun link!


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