Friday, January 28, 2011

Another Special Visitor

Photo Courtesy of Subject

Yesterday we had the honor of meeting SGT Ricky Leonard with the HHT 1-113 Cavalry.
Leonard wanted to stop by the studio and say "thank you" for his Freedom Rock Calendar he received while serving in Afghanistan. "I received it the day I was going on leave" Leonard said. "I decided to take it home with me instead of leave it there."

Wow-were we honored to be visited by SGT Leonard. You may remember the Freedom Rock Calendar Special we ran back in December. Thanks to all you loyal fans, heroes like SGT Leonard could receive a free gift while serving over seas. SGT Leonard also provided us with this picture he took in front of The Freedom Rock® this summer before being deployed. 

Thanks again Freedom Rock Fans and God Bless!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Freedom Rock® fans ROCK!

Below are a few emails we received after posting about our trip to Antigua. Most of these people I have had the privilege of getting to know while participating in my husband's annual project: The Freedom Rock®. For those of you who know us, know that we say this is the best part of being involved in this project; meeting our nation's heroes and their loved ones. We have made some great friends over the years and feel truly blessed. Thank you all again for your support. God Bless!

Hey Maria!
Congrats to you and Bubba again! Speaking of trips, guess where I am...Back in Iraq! Doh! I just arrived
last week. We are scheduled to be here for another year unless politics decide something else. What is your
address again? I'll send a postcard. Maybe I can even send you all some Iraqi sand for Bubba to put in his 
paint next time he paints the rock. Take care and keep in touch!



Wow!! What a great vacation/honeymoon. And, a great time to be away from frigid Iowa. Your pictures 
are fantastic and would make a great travel brochure. Sure made us want to take a trip to Antigua. We're 
so happy you won. After all Bubba has done for the Veterans over the past 12 years, he certainly deserved to win. His work is very much appreciated. We'll probably visit The Freedom Rock again this summer.

Thanks again for sharing your vacation pictures.

Ron & Mary Jane


Dear Maria & Bubba,

In case you didn't receive the comment I tried to post under the lovely photos you have shared with us, I just wanted to say "thank you" for sharing and we are so thrilled you enjoyed your visit to Antigua. Have a wonderful year!
God's Blessings.
From your friends you have never met, down under in Aus.

Carla & Joe xoxo

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


So I finally got around to picking out a few of my favorite photos from our trip to the St. James Club in Antigua from January 5th-11th 2011. Some of them were taken with our professional camera and others just with a handheld digital. (I'm still developing my underwater camera...I'll post those soon!) Sorry it took so long but in my defense it's still technically January so really I'm not that far behind. Plus, you should have seen the stack of mail we had to sort through when we got back people! I couldn't help but to keep hearing that song in my head..."Back to life, back to reality..."

However, our time in Antigua was amazing, it was more than amazing it was...well I'll just let you see. We literally lied out on the beach with a drink in our hands every single day. My tan is fading, but when I look back through these pictures I can still feel the warmth of the beach! We made some great friends, business contacts and we are already talking about saving for our next trip to Antigua (it may take us ten years but hey...we'll go back).

We also wanted to take this time to thank REDBOOK Magazine for the opportunity to win this trip. Thank you to all of our friends, family and even total strangers who voted for us-with out your support I wouldn't have tan lines in January and I wouldn't have been able to actually be warm on my birthday since every year its usually a blizzard out and everyones canceling on my party. But not this year, oh no this year I sang karaoke with the natives of Antigua and had a piƱa colada. So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!

To view more pictures from our trip, visit, click on the "client" tab and put in the password: antigua2011

These little guys had holes all over the beach,
I was just relieved they weren't tarantula holes

Well look at that, Bubba found a rock in Antigua too!
Took these while relaxing one day...and I made friends
with a lot of kittens after giving them food.

Bubba drew this in the sand one day, we called this our private beach
because it was in front of our room and we basically had it to ourselves every day
Rum of our favorites
This picture was taken sitting outside our hotel room!
This is us out for my birthday on our way back from
 our favorite restaurant on the resort.

Even our shadows couldn't keep their hands off each other!
This is a great shot of our resort.

Our foot prints in the sand

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sorensen Studios Artist in the Iowa House

Contact Josie Albrecht (515) 419-1038

Sorensens Help in the Iowa House

(DES MOINES) – Ray Sorensen and Heidi Sorensen-Sloth are pictured here with Reps. Steve Olson (R-DeWitt), Annette Sweeney (R-Alden), and Clel Baudler (R-Greenfield).  Ray Sorensen paints The Freedom Rock® in Greenfield.  He and Heidi are both clerking for Rep. Olson.

Josie Albrecht
Communications Director
Iowa House Republicans
(515) 281-3432 (desk)
(515) 419-1038 (cell)