What a day we had today. We drove 4 hours to meet Jackie and Jean who manage Quilts of Valor East Missouri, a large group of hand quilters. I have known both Jackie and Jean since we drove across country to Camp Lejeune and stopped in Warrenton, MO to pick up 92 quilts. We have always kept in touch and helped each other when we needed to honor our veterans. I can’t tell you how good it felt to see them again. When we went to Camp Lejeune in 2009, it was so historic taking 1,200 quilts to be presented and knowing these ladies were part of that gives us a special bond.

We shared a meal today and they gave us the biggest piece of cake I ever saw. Rita had two pieces and we all ate every bit of ours. Rita said she knows she has already gained weight, we have had such great food. Our day with the hand quilters was very special. To see all those ladies sitting together sewing on those quilts. When they finish one, they ring a bell and show it off – so cool. Rita sat down and started sewing with them – that was pretty cool, too.

We spent about 3 hours and there were 84 women hand quilting. We met two women veterans who they presented quilts to so I got to talk to them and I enjoyed that. One was in the Women’s Army Corps. We did our show and tell and they did a show and tell. It was so good to be together as one. God bless you Jackie and Jean for always staying my friend, love you both. I will be back one day.

We left there and headed back to Branson with a roadside stop for a Dogwood picture for Mom. Another road stop at Fort Leonard Wood, MO to the Army Exchange, then a candy stop for a special person, and finally dinner at Freddy’s and had the best fries. We had the best day laughing at billboards and signs along the freeway. They do go a little crazy on those around here. Rita couldn’t get over the gas station Kum and Go – you figure that one out.

It was a beautiful sunny day but the weather is going to change. Tomorrow we will tour Branson and hopefully not eat too much.

God bless and stay tuned . . . . . . . .