Friday, December 04, 2009


Hello Creative Goddesses!!!!

If you have arrived here from Nancy's blog, then you are on the right track.  If you would like to start from the beginning, hop on back to Michelle's blog.  You won't want to miss any of them.  At the end of the hop you will be voting for your favorite CHRISTMAS WISH/WISH ANGEL creation.
There is also a special lil 'something' at the end of the hop too.

My Wish Angel is colored with Copic Markers.  The stars and her cuffs are accented with Smooch.  Then the entire image was spritzed with Pearl Glimmer Mist.  The red paper is from American Crafts, the check paper is SEI and the Star paper is from my stash.

Michelle challenged us with the task of a CHRISTMAS WISH for someone other than ourselves.  As a military wife, my Christmas wish is for those families that cannot be together because of deployments, overseas tours, special duties and lost loved ones.  A wish of peace for the soldiers that are separated from their families.  The military family is a strong one.  They move, settle, make new friends, only to move again and start over.  I wish for happiness for these families and for their loved ones who serve our country.

The following poem was written by a Marine in Okinawa, Japan.

Twas The Night Before Christmas,
He Lived All Alone,
In A One Bedroom House
Made Of Plaster And Stone. 

I Had Come Down The Chimney
With Presents To Give,
And To See Just Who
In This Home Did Live. 

I Looked All About,
A Strange Sight I Did See,
No Tinsel, No Presents,
Not Even A Tree. 

No Stocking By Mantle,
Just Boots Filled With Sand,
On The Wall Hung Pictures
Of Far Distant Lands. 

With Medals And Badges,
Awards Of All Kinds,
A Sober Thought
Came Through My Mind. 

For This House Was Different,
It Was Dark And Dreary,
I Found The Home Of A Soldier,
Once I Could See Clearly. 

The Soldier Lay Sleeping,
Silent, Alone,
Curled Up On The Floor
In This One Bedroom Home. 

The Face Was So Gentle,
The Room In Such Disorder,
Not How I Pictured
A United States Soldier. 

Was This The Hero
Of Whom I'd Just Read?
Curled Up On A Poncho,
The Floor For A Bed? 

I Realized The Families
That I Saw This Night,
Owed Their Lives To These Soldiers
Who Were Willing To Fight. 

Soon Round The World,
The Children Would Play,
And Grownups Would Celebrate
A Bright Christmas Day. 

They All Enjoyed Freedom
Each Month Of The Year,
Because Of The Soldiers,
Like The One Lying Here. 

I Couldn't Help Wonder
How Many Lay Alone,
On A Cold Christmas Eve
In A Land Far From Home. 

The Very Thought
Brought A Tear To My Eye,
I Dropped To My Knees
And Started To Cry. 

The Soldier Awakened
And I Heard A Rough Voice,
"Santa Don't Cry,
This Life Is My Choice; 

I Fight For Freedom,
I Don't Ask For More,
My Life Is My God,
My Country, My Corps." 

The Soldier Rolled Over
And Drifted To Sleep,
I Couldn't Control It,
I Continued To Weep. 

I Kept Watch For Hours,
So Silent And Still
And We Both Shivered
From The Cold Night's Chill. 

I Didn't Want To Leave
On That Cold, Dark, Night,
This Guardian Of Honor
So Willing To Fight. 

Then The Soldier Rolled Over,
With A Voice Soft And Pure,
Whispered, "Carry On Santa,
It's Christmas Day, All Is Secure." 

One Look At My Watch,
And I Knew He Was Right.
"Merry Christmas My Friend,
And To All A Good Night." 

Written by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1986.

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Michelle said...

Jana, I am speechless! What an amazing poem! I am going to read it over and over! I love your wish and one day the soldiers will come home and spend all of their Christmas holidays with their loved ones. Thank you for a beautiful entry. And your card is so amazing as all of yours are! Its so stunning Jana! Thank you so much for such a wonderful entry!

Michelle :)

Pattie G said...

Oh Jana, I am sitting here with tears rolling down my cheeks and I just want to say thank you for sharing this poem. I pray that one day all of our troops will come home and lay in their own beds and not a cold floor so far away.


Pattie G said...

I forgot to comment on your creation. I love it and the papers and colors are just perfect.

Crystal Smith said...

I like the star paper I look for something with star but could not find anything I liked but I think you goes well with your image. Thanks for sharing it with us.

I too wish each and very man and woman serving our country could be home and that we could have
Peace on this earth!

Fotf said...

Jana what a lovely card and i love your wish and the poem is great but has left me with a wet face again. Merry Christmas :)

Nancy said...

Your card is gorgoeus, Jana:O) Love her blue dress matching the backing paper:) And that poem is lovely.
Hugs, Nancy;O)

Always with a Sentiment said...

Hi there. What a gorgeous bright card. Such lovely colours.
I also loved the poem, such nice words.
Love Sandra xx

Jennifer Scull said...

what a beautiful card, Jana, but that poem has truly touched me, as it does each and every time I read it. thank you for reminding us of those who won't be home for the holidays, but will instead be keeping us safe.
I read a quote once that said, "only 2 peole have ever died for you - Jesus Christ and the American soldier". our family never forgets that. thank you.

love and hugs to you and your wonderful daughter!

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

This is really nice, Jana. I grew up in the military and know of what you speak. Best wishes to you and yours this Christmas.


Anne said...

What a very moving poem and wish Jana, love your card too

Maria Matter said...

your card is magnificent Jana!
however, I can't see through my tears as to which blog I'm headed to next!!!!

Thank you for sharing this!!!!
Blessings, Maria

debb said...

Oh Jana, the poem brought tears to my eyes. It is beautiful and so moving. I too wish for service members and their families. And I want to thank you and your family personally for your service and your sacrifice.
Your card is stunning - love the RWB!

Tammy said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Jana!! OMGosh that poem really hit me. I have such an admiration for our military!! Thank you for the poem and may God bless you and your family also for your service!!!

Tanya said...

Your card is beautiful-the poem is heartwrenching!!!So very true! Happy holidays!

Rhonda Miller said...

Jana, great job on your card. I too send wishes to the soldiers and their families for peace and security. Thanks for sharing that poem.

Alexandra Lundgren said...

Ok Jana- you got me- or rather this poem did. Now the tears are rolling. Thank you so much. I am always in awe of everyone involved with the military and what they do. Not only our soldiers, but also and especially their families.

Your card is stunning as well. I love the star paper. I originally was going that direction, but didn't have any paper on hand that worked well This is perfect!

Stinkin' Inkers said...

Gorgeous card. Let's all keep the military families in our prayers.

Barbara said...

Jana your card is amazing and the poem well lets just say im crying like crazy.Im going to copy it and email it to my brother.oh just beautiful.Hugs

gina rahman said...

Great how you used the red white and blue in your card.

Heart wrencing poem too.

Lori said...

What a beautiful card and poem...thank you so much for sharing.

ileana said...

Jana, the poem is so beautiful... it should be a way to get all military families read it. Your card is lovely. Hugs

Unknown said...

Jana, When I saw your card I thought she looked very patriotic, and then I read your wish and the poem! That is so wonderful! We are so blessed to live in a country of freedom with a military that volunteers to serve because of the strong beliefs in our country. Thank you so much for sharing this. I wish you and your family Christmas blessings!

Jean said...

Jana, your card is absolutly beautiful and your poem and wish are just so heartfelt
Hugs Jean

Carlie M. said...

Love love love your card!!!! The star paper is fabulous!!!!! The poem is so sweet!!! And I love the SPARKLE!!!

JayLynn said...

Your card is so lovely and that DP is perfect!! Such a thoughtful wish too :)

Tink said...

Beautiful Card! I LOVE that poem, I was a military wife for over 25 years and I know the heartache of the holidays all alone and NOT knowing...I pray for all the families .

scrapperjulia said...

Beautiful card, Love the poem, Thanks for sharing!

Brandi said...

Thank you for sharing this Jana. The poem is so inspirational and your card is beautiful! :)

cr8iveme said...

Thank you for sharing this poem. And thank you and your family for serving our country.

Wonderful card.

And what a wonderful wish.