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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank you for your service. . .

Though it is not a common greeting, I have heard these kind words from strangers. Mostly when we are moving. It is very apparent by our loaded down vehicles, we are in the middle of a PCS. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I say thank you, climbing back into my car filled with pride. You see, when I really think about those who have sacrificed so much more, I am stopped dead in my tracks. Overcome by tears. I am so incredibly grateful God has not asked that ultimate sacrifice of my family. Although we've been separated, our Daddy has come home to us. Every time. It is our prayer every night he is away, "God, please bring Daddy home, safely and quickly." A prayer He has answered so many, many times over the years.
Others have said those same prayers For some reason, we have no way of understanding, those prayers have not been answered. At least not in a way we, as mere humans would like. So today we took the kiddos to mass, to pray for those veterans and their families. Those who have died, so that I may enjoy the many freedoms too many in our country take for granted. For those who are left behind, trying to fill a hole in their hearts that only God can mend. For those who only know a photo as their parent. My heart aches for each and every one of them.
To all of them I say, "Thank you for your service. I have not forgotten you."


  1. Well written Tami. You made me cry :)

  2. My son's great grand father was shot down by the Japanese in WWII. The impact on the family lasts for generations. It shows up in the parenting, or lack there of, because of that void in the family history. It shows up again in racism and hardened hearts. Then it shows up in over-compensation. Yes, this family does not have faith to set them free. I see the healing in the many pictures being taken at the Presidio in SanFransico.

    Thankyou for such a heartfelt blog today! We are truly blessed by people like your husband, continuing to serve his country year after year.

  3. Thank you so much for your insight. Very thoughtful and touching. And thank you or your family's sacrafice.

  4. Amen! And thanks for your service! 8-)

  5. I think we under estimate the power of a kind "Thank you" it does mean so much to me the sacrifice others have made for our freedoms. Thank you Nomads for your service!