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"Never in the face of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few." ~ Winston Churchill

Dear Families of all the brave men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces,

In his Official Proclamation designating November 2010 as Military Family Month, President Obama said:

We owe each day of security and freedom that we enjoy to the members of our Armed Forces and their families. Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support. During Military Family Month, we celebrate the exceptional contributions of our military families, and we affirm our commitments to these selfless individuals who exemplify the highest principles of our Nation.

Across America, military families inspire us all with their courage, strength, and deep devotion to our country. They endure the challenges of multiple deployments and moves, spend holidays and life milestones apart; juggle everyday tasks while a spouse, parent, son, or daughter is in harm’s way; and honor the service of their loved ones and the memory of those lost.

Our deepest thanks for everything you do on our behalf! We continue to pray for the safe return of your loved ones, and hold you in our thoughts always.

Love ♥,

alphabet soup and friends

Coast Guard cupcakes by miksadie/flickr.

This video was produced by Families United USA, whose mission is to Honor the Fallen, Support Those Who Fight, and Serve Their Families through special programs, events and outreach. Learn more about this non-profit, charitable organization and how you can help at the official website.  

Here is an exceptionally cool children’s book by 
Sara Lewis Holmes featuring military kids on an Air Force base in North Carolina — an inspiring story of hope, resilience and fostering community:

Click here to learn more about this book!

Teddy Bear fondant cupcakes by Michelle’s Cupcakes.

This post is brought to you by Family, Fortitude, and Freedom.

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Mamma Tessies/flickr

Super-duper-OMG-I’m-so-thrilled-it’s-the-best-news-ever CONGRATULATIONS to Kathryn Erskine, whose MG/YA novel, Mockingbird (Philomel, 2010), was just named a National Book Awards finalist!!

Can you tell I’m excited? 

This is one of those rare books which, after reading the first paragraph, the little voice in my head said, WOW. Beautiful, spare prose, far-reaching. Organic, exquisitely crafted. We celebrated its official release here on alphabet soup, and I’m simply over the moon that Mockingbird has received this well-deserved recognition. 

Hooray for Kathy!! See all the finalists here.

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         Dancing Starfish cupcake by Cape Cod Cupcake Co.

Dear Kelly Ramsdell Fineman,

Congratulations on the publication of your beautiful poem, "Troubled Water," in Breaking Waves: An Anthology for Gulf Coast Relief! It’s hands down our favorite piece, by virtue of its exquisite language and powerful, heartbreaking message.

Thank you so much for contributing your work in support of such a worthwhile cause. We are very proud to know you!

Your loyal fans,
the alphabet soup kitchen helpers

P.S. Note to everybody out there: For just $4.99, you can purchase the e-book, Breaking Waves, a collection of 34 poems, essays, short stories and articles edited by Tiffany Trent and Phyllis Irene Radford. It includes an excerpt from Rachel Carson’s,The Sea Around Us, begins with Ursula K. Le Guin’s poem, "In England in the Fifties," and ends with Kelly’s poem, "Troubled Water." 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to the Gulf Oil Spill Fund. It’s available from the Book View Café, and is downloadable in the following DRM-free formats: epub, mobi, pdf, and prc.

Please click on over and purchase your copy if you haven’t already done so! As Tanita Davis said, "It is always better to do a small thing than nothing at all."

Yay, Kelly! *happy starfish dance*

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Baked by Michelle

ESPECIALLY FOR: Laura Ludwig Hamor and Professor Gibbs

We missed you at the Dog Day Party last week, but know you have the perfect reason to be fashionably late: the arrival of a brand new nephew! Welcome to the world, Gavin!

Today, we want to celebrate this blessed addition to your family, and give you and your beautiful dog a chance to introduce yourselves, just like all the other guests.

What a gorgeous photo!

This is Professor Gibbs. He is a 10-month-old Shetland Sheepdog. He is 13" tall and weighs 10 furry pounds. He loves, loves playing. His favorite games are fetching tennis balls but not bringing them back to us, and ringing his bell. He rings the service bell by the door when he wants . . . service. He also rings it for attention, or wants us to stop eating and give him some treats.

Isn’t he adorable? Hmmmm. I gotta get me a service bell!

Thanks for joining us, Laura and Gibbs. Please give Gavin a hug next time you see him!

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 Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake/flickr

These Elvis Cupcakes are especially for David Lubar, King of Pork!

He’s the only person we know who’s makin’ the bacon (and really bringing it home). Apparently, he’s quite good with Weenies, too. A thousand OINKS in honor of David!!

"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon." ~ Doug Larson

"I’ve long said that if I were about to be executed and were given a choice of my last meal, it would be bacon and eggs. There are few sights that appeal to me more than the streaks of lean and fat in a good side of bacon, or the lovely round of pinkish meat framed in delicate white fat that is Canadian bacon. Nothing is quite as intoxicating as the smell of bacon frying in the morning, save perhaps the smell of coffee brewing." ~ James Beard

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Don’t forget: September 4th is International Bacon Day!

*Homer from Doug Mota’s flickr photostream.

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