How many of you jump without asking ‘how deep’?  I think that’s what happened here with this whole project of covering the 3/8 Marine Battalion.  Not only did I not ask ‘how deep is it’, I also didn’t look to see if there was any water.

This is Catherine and  I am sitting in my office just having finished assigning QOVs.   I am thinking about our  upcoming trip.  Actually, the whole trip started as a simple thought…why not go across this nation to pick up QOVs and help publicize the work that ordinary Americans are doing to support our combat wounded warriors.   Picking up QOVs would help save postage which is getting more costly.  Sounds pretty simple, right?

Then reality set in.  Whoever said the devil is in the details was right on the money.  Fortunately Gail, our operation’s officer, stepped in direct this very challenging effort.  She has many key people who are helping drive (pun intended) and direct the flow of QOVs and us to Camp Lejeune, NC.

Some of the challenges are:

  • Getting 1,200 QOVs
  • Raising money for trip expenses
  • Getting the media interested in our story
  • Working with our Marines at Camp Lejeune while they are engaged in wartime efforts
  • Filming a documentary

I know Gail will chip in with her thoughts on all this.

I am leaving this Tuesday for San Diego with my daughter, Hannah, a newly minted ensign in the US Navy.  She will be running her second 100 mile race.  I’ll also be meeting with several of my POCs (points of contact) in San Diego before I leave to catch up with Gail and her parents in our QOV Van in Denver, CO.  My husband, Chris and our dog Tory Lynn will have to be on their own for about two weeks.  Sean, our cinematographer, will join us in Jacksonville.  He has virutally no exposure to our military other than ‘the movies’.

I am looking forward to meeting you wartime quilters.  I know that our wartime quilts are key to our warriors knowing that we care.  And, our caring translates into healing from wartime wounds.

Still at war; still quilting and now packing.

Catherine