My Musings

Friday, January 11, 2008

The Week In Review

The Arlington Ladies

This week I have had the distinct privilege of escorting the United States Arlington Ladies and the Chaplains of Arlington National Cemetery. The Arlington Ladies is a group of ladies who volunteer to attend each and every funeral that takes place at Arlington National Cemetery. They attend to personally represent the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, General Casey, to the loved ones of the deceased. Each Arlington Lady is either married to an Army man or is widowed by an army man. It is an honor to work with these ladies as they bestow their condolences to the families visiting Arlington National Cemetery.

When I first heard that I was being moved to this detail, I was wary of it. I didn't understand what was involved and in my line of work, the new detail probably meant bad news. The exact opposite has been true. I have loved every minute of it. Working with the chaplains and the Arlington Ladies is the biggest joy you could imagine. These ladies are so sweet and kind! I have been assigned to this detail for the next three months. I am thrilled and excited about it.

Site Updates: New Patriotic Theme!

You will also notice that over that past week or so, I have been making many changes to the layout and structure of this website. I wanted to create a theme or environment for the site that expresses who I am and how I feel. I wanted to display patriotism and Christianity side-by-side. The two words that I hope will be used to describe my life and my website are the words a 'patriot' and a 'Christian.' The rippling flag at the top of this site is my pride and joy. I love to watch those stars and stripes wave freely in the air!

I already have many plans for future changes and additions that I would like to make. In fact, I have two or three new sections that I want to add to the site. I am just trying to find the most effective ways to integrate these new features while still maintaining a crisp clean look. I want to fill the pages of this website with loads and loads of useful information and enjoyable entertainment. Here are a few of the sections that I hope to add to the site:

  • A Collection of Stories, Illustrations, and Poems
  • A Collection of Simple Online Flash Games
  • A Collection of Family Friendly Clean Jokes
Please continue to give me feedback on the website. I want to tailor it to satisfy those who use it. Let me know any ideas that you have for it and also let me know which of my ideas are good ideas and which of them are bad. The more feedback I can get, the better I can make it. Besides, comments are the soul of any blog. When you leave me comments it fills me with a fuzzy feeling. Okay. So I'm being a little sarcastic. But I do love comments, so let me have it.

I appreciate everyone who stops by.

Blog on!



  • I'm glad that you are enjoying you're new assignment. It would have really stunk to get a job you didn't like.

    I like all the changes you have made. I really like the patriotic theme!!

    By Blogger Kristina, At 3:45 PM  

  • Glad that you are enjoying your new detail at work. I am enjoying being able to spend time with you in the mornings and being able to fix breakfast for you before you have to go to work. It's really neat what these ladies do.
    The changes you have made to the website look really good. My favorite is the waving flag header. Whenever I see a flag I think of soldiers all over the world but, I mainly think of you my soldier.

    By Blogger Diane Cardot, At 8:08 PM  

  • Kristina,

    I appreciate the feedback on the site. I hope you'll let me know when you see something that you don't like also. Thanks for stopping by and good luck on this week's book giveaway.

    By Blogger Nicholas Z. Cardot, At 8:45 PM  

  • Diane (aka Sweetheart),

    Thanks for the good pancake breakfast yesterday morning. Too bad I had to leave at 4:30 this morning or we could have done it again. Oh well. Thanks for everything!

    By Blogger Nicholas Z. Cardot, At 8:46 PM  

  • I LOVE your new design. I may have already told you that but I thought I would tell you again.

    By Blogger Sis. Julie, At 10:07 PM  

  • The site looks great! I missed the waving flag the first time, so I scrolled back up to see it.

    By Blogger Nicole, At 10:15 PM  

  • Thank you very much to both of you! If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

    By Blogger Nicholas Z. Cardot, At 11:01 PM  

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