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Stories We Tell

VSP's Stories We Tell collection preserves the stories of veterans’ spouses across generations in their own words. 

VSP's Collection is an ever-expanding multi-media archive of the collective works compiled from our in-person and virtual programs. We hope that you'll enjoy and continue to share in our desire for these voices to be heard for many years to come.

 
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Made For You

VSP's Made For You collection displays the artwork and written works from our workshop participants. 

Masquerade
"What's Your Spouse Story?" - in Columbus, GA, May 2019

“I think it should be called "Masquerade". Not just because of the mask, but because we live a full time masquerade in so many ways.  The dark reality behind the lovely front door.  The face we need the public to see (and are expected to present) and that we also have to maintain for our warriors... Miss All-America Army Wife...in contrast with the turmoil and fear and depression that sinks in. “ - Piece and writing by workshop participant. 

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"What Fills Your Cup?: Self-Care Using Mindfulness and Creativity" at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK,  November 2018
"What Fills Your Cup?: A Self-Care Virtual Workshop for Ft. Polk Amidst COVID-19," Virtual, June 2020

“This is my what fills my cup online virtual vs. in-person. I honestly am impressed at the similarities in them but yet being in very different places in my life between the two.”- Piece and writing by participant from in-person and virtual workshops 18 months and a duty station apart.

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"What Fills Your Cup?: Self-Care Using Mindfulness and Creativity" at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK,  November 2018

"I was pouring from an empty cup at that time, feeling like everybody needed something from me and I had nothing left to give. The workshop was a breath of fresh air, a chance to pour into a cup that felt empty."- Piece and writing by workshop participant. 

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"What Lifts You Up?: Building Gratitude and Hope Amidst COVID-19," Virtual, November 2020

“My mother-in-law passed from COVID this week, and it has been a bit difficult. However, I feel through this, it helped to just take some time and find what I’m grateful for. Even though I’m feeling so many conflicting emotions, it helps me center to find what is good in my life.”- Piece and writing by a participant in”- Piece and writing by workshop participant. 

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"What's Your Spouse Story?" - in Columbus, GA, May 2019

“Family is what held our military family together – the big circle represents the family unit - the other circle[s] represent each member of the family. We are connected to each other and all part “of the bigger circle -our family unit.“ - Piece and writing by workshop participant. 

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Hope
"What Lifts You Up?: Building Gratitude and Hope Amidst COVID-19," Virtual, November 2020

Hope flies like a white dove bringing all people together with pure, open, and joyful hearts.

Hope eats dessert first and drinks wine into the wee hours of the night until the sun comes up.

Hope loves to bite off more than It can chew, leaping before looking and jumping in headfirst.

Hope is light in the darkness.

It is being weightless when things are heavy.

Hope wears big puffy sleeves and long flowy skirts and never, ever, wear his shoes.

Hope was born in a place of “why not”, “nothing to lose”, and “ you’ve got this”.

Hope is a black sheep in a family of fear.

Hope’s parents are courage and bravery.

It hangs out with optimism and gratitude.

Hope is related to the childhood innocence we all long to have again. Hope is friends with our neighbors.

Hope is always having a sense of wonder during uncertainty. 

Hope is a friend wrapped in a blanket of compassion.

She is early morning coffee and afternoon cocoa.

She is joy and love.

She is the rainbow after a storm.

Hope does not have pet peeves.

Hope does not undo.

Hope tells me not to worry about setting it down sometimes, for it will always light the way even when everything seems cracked and broken.

I want hope to tell me it will all be ok, as I gaze into the future and plan my dreams and visions for a life fully lived.

“So full of messages, connection and HOPE. Here is the group poem we wrote together during our workshop. We HOPE you find in it the fuel to notice the messages of hope all around you throughout the week. So grateful for you all and this very special time together.”- Collective piece and writing by a group of workshop participants. 

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"What Fills Your Cup?: A Self-Care Virtual Workshop for Ft. Polk Amidst COVID-19," Virtual, June 2020

“I have a really hard time quieting my mind to meditate but I’ve found that making this little collage things teaches me to be more mindful. It’s really just cutting, ripping, pasting and smearing paint. I focus on the textures and sounds. Then in ‘regular’ life if I get anxious I try to think about a color or theme for my next art page recall the sounds and feelings. That in turn helps me focus on my breathing and turn down the noise of my internal monologue.” - Piece and writing by workshop participant. 

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"What Fills Your Cup?: A Self-Care Virtual Workshop for Ft. Polk Amidst COVID-19," Virtual, June 2020

“It didn’t turn out the way I had planned with my spray paint can exploding with paint and the patch work I had to improvise to cover the hole... but it really did end up representing my life well though. It was the picture I didn’t know I needed to make. Even when life throws lots of curve balls and uncertainties, when you take a step back you’ll see a beautiful chaos that isn’t as chaotic as you had thought. I hung it up by my desk in the office to remind me to take a step back, to breathe, and to find the comfort in the uncomfortable. Thanks Wendy for putting on this amazing workshop.”- Piece and writing by workshop participant. 

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"What Anchors You?: Finding Your Center in Uncertain Times" at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK,  March 2019

“I had a hard time remembering what the 5 steps to grounding were until I made this piece… 

5 things you can see,

4 things you can touch 

3 things you can hear

2 things you can smell

1 thing you can taste.”

- Piece and writing by workshop participant. 

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I Will Wait

VSP's I Will Wait collection captures the testimonials from those interviewed as part of research for the production.  

 

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