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Saturday, April 01, 2006


Project: Crayons!

We're back from our travels, and only now can I tell you that it wasn't a fishing trip.

My family is very proud to have been selected by Binney & Smith, the makers of Crayola products, to accompany a group of art teachers and parent bloggers to the middle east to distribute ten tons of Crayons, markers, and other art supplies to the children of Iraq.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show my children a different culture and to establish in them a spirit of charity toward people who have so much less than we do. It was a thrill to see the looks on the kids' faces as these American children handed out boxes of much-needed tools for creativity.

Now, some might chide me for taking my children into a war zone, but it was anything but dangerous. As you can see in the photos below, we saw a military presence throughout Baghdad, so we always felt safe. At no time did I believe that my children's health and welfare were at risk. Both my son and daughter were fascinated by the new sights and sounds, and they were swarmed by appreciative crowds everywhere we went. If only more people would stop being afraid and get out to help those in need, this world might be a more peaceful place.

I'll write more about our visit to Iraq this week after the jet lag fades. To read more about the distribution project, click here.


Blogger landismom said...

Wow, that is really cool! I think it's great that you took your kids, and am glad everyone was totally safe.

7:25 PM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

What an awesome experience for you and your kids.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Dionna Sanchez said...

All I can say is - Wow!

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Pete: The Queen's Dad said...

What an amazing experience for your children and you. I'm sure they will never forget it and learned so much about the world in the process. Great parenting and a great way to bond as a family as well I'm sure!

11:22 AM  
Anonymous andrea said...

I would like you to tell us about Iraq and Baghdad. I will never get to go there with my own eyes, I only know what I read and see on the news. A bit political for your blog, but man, I want to know!

2:12 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Wow! What an absolutely wonderful experience for your family, especially your kids. I'm sure they will not forget the experience. :)

3:09 PM  
Blogger jb3ll3 said...

I am very, very proud of you all. xxoo

5:38 PM  
Blogger green libertarian said...

Wow, Phil, most impressive, I salute you for your efforts.

7:06 PM  
Blogger fly-on-the-wall said...

Phil, very cool! I don't know if I'd have the guts to go and bring my kids, but more power to you. And them!

7:30 PM  
Blogger KC said...

My blogging buddy went to Iraq and I didn't even get a postcard! :)

10:18 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Phil - I'd love to hear more about this. Don't know if you're planning to write more about the whole experience but you should - very cool!

10:29 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

okay - just read your entire post and you say that in the last paragraph - I'll be looking forward to reading it!

10:31 PM  
Blogger Jinx said...

What a wonderful experience for you and your family.
I'll also enjoy reading about the whole trip soon.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Jinx said...

What a wonderful experience for you and your family.
I'll also enjoy reading about the whole trip soon.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Jinx said...

What a wonderful experience for you and your family.
I'll also enjoy reading about the whole trip soon.

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Paul Ferguson said...

Our country needs more "good will"
ambassadors like you and your family. I used to be leary of even taking our kids to Mexico,(much less Irag); but after all the good experiences our oldest boy went to Dubai and Istanbul last month for Spring Break. Like you, he found everyone helpful and friendly. I'm anxious to read more about your trip.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Mac said...

You Jerk!(lol) OH ... all I can say is what a joke you pulled off ... everyone of the comments fell for your CRAZY trip. I'm with the person not even wanting to take my kids to Mexico, let alone the Middle East. I wouldn't even wish that trip on my enlisted (Army) son!!! And for crayons?

12:01 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

I should have known that a guy who's uber-protective of his kids wouldn't have brought them to Baghdad. You win - I was duped - Happy April Fool's Day. Maybe I'll try to get a load of city gravel dropped on your driveway for May Fool's Day? ;-)

9:04 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

That is amazing...and I really had thought you'd gone fishing. Fantastic pictures, a bold and inspiring mission. Well done!!

7:12 PM  

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