I have to say that I have an incredible amount of respect for the men and women serving our country and their spouses that stand behind them and sacrifice so much while they're away. It's definitely not something I could handle, sending my husband away to war, but I'm so glad there are people who can. My heart goes out to all those spouses and children who have loved ones serving over seas. I'm so grateful for the freedom they defend and those in other countries they are helping. My favorite line of America the Beautiful is
"Oh beautiful for hero's proved in liberating strife Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life."
It always makes me think of those who have given their lives for our country and also the firefighters and public servants who died saving others on 9/11. I'm grateful for their sacrifices and their courage and dedication.


Kathy said...

Soldier's families aren't some special breed, devoid of fears and stresses while their loved one(s) are at war. They don't come pre-programmed with a unique ability to "CAN" do, they JUST DO IT, they do what's got to be done.
As I have two sons currently deployed (one already in Afghanistan - who, by the way. left a wife of nine months with only 36 hours notice - and the other at Ft. Hood preparing to ship out in a few weeks) thank you for your kind words.
But please remember we are all just like you in so many ways.....

WEmily said...

One thing you don't hear about either, is the amount of time they spend away from their families even if they aren't "deployed". In any given year, our Daddy/husband is gone approximately 2 out of the 12 months, give or take a little. Within the first three years of our daughters life, he was gone at least a year of it, without a "deployment". One of the things that makes it worth it is knowing that other people are supportive and appreciative. THANK YOU. Kathy is right though, we just do it. Sometimes we really don't like it and complain about it and deal with super, super crummy stuff and people, but we just do it. In the end, America is nothing without it's freedom. Having lived abroad now I more truly and fully appreciate all that America is. Thank you again for your support and appreciation.