Thursday, August 5, 2010

First Post: Getting to know us and you!

Good Day to Everyone,

My son Joey recently was deployed to the North Marja region in Afghanistan. He is my only son. I want to do my part in helping to support our men and women serving in this awful war. In fact serving abroad anywhere or stateside too! So... I have started a nonprofit fundraiser to send to his unit  or your loved one's units or them individually as well, a care package. Eventually I would like it to be monthly, so as our followers grow, so will the amount and frequency of packages being sent.

How can you help? Easy, collect your FOLGERS and PRINGLEs  cans. The plastic Folgers are great for cookies and the Pringles are great for peanut brittle. My cohorts and I will make homemade delectaable treats to send to all of our loved ones serving in the US TROOPS.

Shipping of the packages and covering the contents baking supplies along with a beautiful digitized embroidery bandana with their name on it and date of birth is covered for  a $15.00 donation.

If you just want to add your unit's number and APO address that is fine, for bulk shipments of just the treats. WE are running fundraisers to help cover the costs.

Should you be interested in joining this patriotic loving event please email me here!

Here is a photo of what some of the homemade sugar cookies will look like:

And of course yummy homemade peanut brittle:

SO!!! What are you waiting for? Email ne for details and I will send you my phone number for further confirmation of the orders, names of the troops serving, their/his/her/ name, APO address and we will get this nonprofit event up and running in time for the HOLIDAY SEASON!

I am sharing my son's pictures with you. If yoy would like any pictures of your special loved one's shared then email them to me for  approval and I will let you know the URL of their post.

This was the GI_JOE send off cake I made with my sis' for Joey.

See what happens when you give a Marine a knife? He put it to good use!

Joey with 2 of his buddies (JOEY in the Middle)

That's me talking on the phone, when I am not working, doing doctoral classes or writing on my blogs!

That's Joey and his sis' Jenni.. I flew her up to their hometown in MD  from TX to see Joey at his big send off party! From what I heard it was a blast!

I heard him croak at karoke all the way from MD to NY!

Joey with sis' Jenni in black and his twin step brothers (yes 3 all 23) and his younger stepsister at their get together in MD. The happy clan of five and you thought the mousketeers had all the fun!

Joey and his beautiful fiance just before he was deployed this past July to the North Marja region of Afghanistan. They spent the day at Marion Lake with friends and famiy.


Please send me your email, the name, address, and unit
number of who
 you woukd like cans of cookies or letters sent to.

Just copy this and return to me via email here:

Your Name

Your email

Your Blog

Soldier name

Soldier unit name

Address to where cans or letters should go

I am interested in sending cookies Y ___ or N ___

I am interested in sending letters Y ___ or N ___

Thank you for joining this loving event which lasts a year long! It is never to late to join, one time or ongoing, we need to do our part to support our troops!

Other items needed:




coffee cans or pringle cans to send cookies in:

Mail them here:

Valrie A. Verhoeven

19 Glen Ave Apt 5

Cooperstown, NY 13326

Please email me ( to let you know you are shipping them and how many...

Bless you for joining in this loving event!

I'll leave you with a poem I wrote in his honor:

Proud to Be...

I am proud to be an American mother of a US Marine.

He is sacrificing his life so we may live free.

So many years I nursed my son, and took good care of him.

Now dear Lord, I give Joey over to you...

Love him, protect him, guide him through his days.

Bring my only son home to me in one piece.

Shower him with legions of angels...

Surround him with the warrior bands.

Lead him by his mind as well as his heart

In the decisions he shall have to make...

Noone can fathom the sounds that blast the air,

The endless nights, no sleep,

the crickets, scorpions that share

Their beds and food, their daily lives

None such do we know full well...

A soldier's mom stays at home

But her heart will always tell

The stories of the years gone by

And reminisce some more

Until one day, Lord ,my son comes home

And walks right through my door.

A smile on his face, a hug for his bride to be...

And when he has the time, dear Lord a hearty hug for me.

Poems My Way - Valrie 07/04/2010

My loving son and soon to be daughter-in-law, may God be with them always!

And the Angels surround our troops!

They serve our country so we may remain free, we need to support them here on the homeland no matter how we feel about the war, they are there protecting the very meaning of freedom for others!!

Thank you for visiting this blog and feel free to grab my button and post a link on your blogs, the more who know the more we can help our women and men overseas!

God Bless You and those who serve!


  1. Testing the link! Good Luck!

  2. Okay,

    SO why can I not access to update the psots now!