Sunday is Gold Star Mother's Day, and every year I create a new card for the Gold Star Collection. This year's design is Hearts knit together. This design is dedicated to Kim and Jeff. They lost their son in Afghanistan back in 2015. I've gotten to know them through volunteering at the USO here in Portland.
The first Gold Star card I designed Light cannot be dimmed is dedicated to Pat. Her son was a Navy Seal. She is passionate about keeping his memory alive. She told me she dreads the thought of him being forgotten.
Freedom Waterfall is dedicated to Linda. Like Pat, I met Linda through the Blue Star Mothers of Oregon. She has two sons serving in the military. She lost one of them and deals with the constant struggle of keeping alive the memory of the one she lost and staying present in life.
Tears is dedicated to Marilyn. Marilyn recently released a book Empty Branch: A memoir about how she has dealt with the sorrow of losing her son David. Marilyn told me once that as a Gold Star mother she feels that the families are also very forgotten.
When I started 2MyHero, I wasn't thinking about doing sympathy cards at all. I was thinking about wanting to encourage my nephew who was deployed in Iraq. Not too long into his deployment I got a call from my sister in law. "Hannah, you're going to hear about something that's happened in Iraq on the news, but all I can say is Nathan is ok." After sitting in stunned silence for awhile (I'm not really sure how long it was), I started praying for the families connected to those who got a different call than our family got. Then I went into my bedroom and just cried. I knew then I needed to expand my vision for 2MyHero to include sympathy cards.
As my journey on this path has continued I've met many moms who have lost sons in combat. A couple who lost children in active service, but not in a combat zone. They hold a very special place in my heart. This year's card was inspired by a Gold Star mom and dad I work with at the USO here in Portland.
I'll tell you more about them in Sunday's blog. I'm also preparing to do a Facebook live that will be a toast to Gold Star mothers. That will air on Sunday. I'll let you know more details in tomorrow and Saturday's blogs.
I will give you one hint - both blogs and the Facebook live are being created in coordination with 4 Spirits Distillery.
OK, one more hint - the toast will be with an infused vodka I brewed at home using 4 Spirits Distillery Vodka as the base. Tomorrow's blog will be about how to make your own infused vodka!
You can purchase the Gold Star cards individually or in packs on our website . On Amazon they are available in packs but not individually.