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Day 172: Meet The Family

Meet The Family – August 21, 2011

It’s hard to believe that what started as a way to deal with Ben heading off to Army Basic Training has grown to where it is today.

Ben with His General Sarge Bear 01
Image by drrus2000 via Flickr

General Sarge has come a long way since his promotion from Sarge to General Sarge on Christmas of last year. It all started Christmas morning when we decided to give Ben a new uniform for his Build-A-Bear and he quickly noticed the promotion. From there these daily pictures have moved first from my Flickr account, to a blog and then to his very own domain.

A number of people have encouraged us along the way and we thank each and every one of you. Now our hope and prayer is that we’re encouraging other military families as we make our way through the military family journey together.

We’ve met – and continue to meet – so many wonderful people. 

The Furry-Family Grows

Here we are, not even a year later, and many things are going on around General Sarge HQ. The Gift-A-Bear Campaign is gaining momentum and support. We have to say a very special thanks to Renee Rivera the Chief Workshop Manager from the Build-A-Bear Workshop at Eastview Mall in Victor, New York. Renee your support of what we’re doing to encourage military families through the Gift-A-Bear Campaign is incredible and we do thank you for you that.

Through the past few weeks our furry-friend-teddy-bear-family has grown too!

Day 172 - Meet The Family
Image by drrus2000 via Flickr

We actually had to rearrange our mantel so we could put all our bears together which now make up the “Sarge” family. Today it’s time to meet the furry-family.

From left to right here’s – Colonel Sarge, General Sarge, Master Sarge, Rockin’ Sarge and SFC TGLewis Sarge. Of course each bear has a corresponding human-owner as they each represent someone from our family.

General Sarge is easy – he’s Ben’s bear. Colonel Sarge is a the female of the family as she’s Sandra’s. Next is Master Sarge for Ryan, Rockin’ Sarge for our oldest son – the musician in the family – Zack. Then there’s SFC TGLewis Sarge who is mine. It just seemed to make sense to have the “parent” bears on each end of that family picture. This family of bears help to keep our boys in the forefront of our mind as they have now all moved out.

Yes it’s great fun taking the daily pictures of General Sarge and finding different things for him to do. But most importantly we also love encouraging others along the way.

I hope you enjoyed meeting our furry-family!

Staying Army Strong!
Dr. Rus

5 thoughts on “Day 172: Meet The Family

  1. I have truly enjoyed watching General Sarge grow and getting to know you and Sandra both. I’m grateful everyday that you have “adopted” me into your family and that I can call you Mum and Dad. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

  2. I have truly enjoyed watching General Sarge’s journey from a Flickr account to having a domain of it’s very own. Ever step of the way there have been wonderful changes that continue to move this wonderful campaign forward as it works to help and support those in need when they need it most. Kuddos to you and all that you are doing to fill a much needed space.

    1. Hey Janet;

      It certainly has been an interesting ride with this teddy bear. It’s hard to believe that we haven’t even been doing this for a year and so much is going on. I do believe – of course through the encouragement of great people like you – we have a great foundation in place as we move forward to whatever the future holds.

      Thanks for your support Janet. Both Sandra and I appreciate it.

      Dr. Rus

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