Published: 6:00pm - December 31, 1969
“I was so touched when my grand kids gave me an Expressionary. I had no idea they thought I was courageous, daring, and adventurous. They made me feel young again. This is definitely one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.”
- Lucille W.,
San Diego, California
“Hi all, The Expressionary is one of the most thoughtful gifts I've ever received! I love it – if I'd known I was going to be in the book, I might have fixed my hair! :) It really is very special, and I will always treasure it. Your Ally is such a thoughtful, kind, and funny person – I'm so glad to know her. Merry Christmas to all of you! See you next year!”
Sincerely, Lauren H.
“Just wanted to let you know that we received the book for my dad in the mail today and he loves it! Thanks Expressionary!”
- Tammy H.
“Diane and Randy, I just opened my Christmas present from you – and, I must say, I was just stunned. I will write you a long thank you after the holidays, but I wanted to let you know that you made me "cry". This is just about the most beautiful thing I have ever received. Thank you for all the nice adjectives. And, I was SO surprised to find my photo. Much work and love and thoughtfulness has been put into this. I have read over it all twice now – and I am just so thankful you all are my friends. A wonderful gift – and, it made me very happy (even though I cried).”
Have a wonderful holiday,
“I want to thank you for the wonderful Christmas gift! I don't think Tommy and I have ever received such a thoughtful gift. To think we have friends that would describe us as you did, was very uplifting. We hope we can live up to those descriptions!”
“Hey Barbara, As I mentioned the other day, I'm writing to let you know that the package has arrived. I LOVE IT!!!! :D big grin How cool! Thank you so, so much! I will cherish it always and I truly am moved by the words that you chose for me cousin! :) happy This means a lot! Thank you for giving me such a thoughtful gift! Wow!”
“I love serving my country. I love that I’m one of the men that is part of the millions, past and present, who have dedicated their life, and sometimes sacrificed their own, to the freedom of hundreds of millions. I love the pride I feel when I put on my uniform. I love the honor. But I don’t like the feeling of being away from my wife of 5 years and the fact that it was a picture of me that caused my son to say “Dadda,” and not me in person. I miss them, daily, nightly, and every time in between. I told my wife, Laura, how hard it was to remember the qualities of our family, the little, special intricacies that define US, our family. It wasn’t long after that I received an Expressionary. I had no idea what it was at first, but as I flipped through, a color photo printed on one of the pages caught my eye– it was the last family photo we took before my current deployment. It was placed below the word “strength” (we always talk about how strong we are together). As I continued to flip through the Expressionary, more and more photos caught my eyes, all below words that described the little, special intricacies that defined us, the same qualities that I had felt were so hard to tangibly remember thousands of miles from home. Now, I have no trouble remembering. I look at my Expressionary daily, and smile, knowing what I get to come home to.”
– Jack L.
New York, New York