Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Remembering why we do what we do

Today I had the privilege to attend a memorial service for a Sgt. that lost his life doing his duty in Iraq. I haven't attended a memorial in a couple of years and I have forgotten how emotional it could be. I sat with 10 of Tom's guys and looked around at a packed chapel. It was so amazing to see how young some of the new recruits are. I am in awe at the decision that these men/women have made at such a young age to serve their country during these difficult times in our lives. I did not know the Sgt. that was killed but it made me think about the sacrifice that we were called to do regardless of whether it is our loved ones serving active duty or the families that sacrifice by supporting them. It gave me time to reflect as I sat at a stoplight this afternoon and saw a flag being flown at half mass and knowing about the individual it was representing. While chatting with a friend online, it gave me time to think about friends we have made around the world that are living the same kinds of events in their lives as we are. While I had a few ladies over tonight, it gave me time to recognize the strength of one of them whose husband has been gone for 4-5 months now but she is strong and living each day the best she can. Col. Chapapas summed it up today with the words that everyday we are given the gift of friendship and love. Just like any other gift, we have to decide what to do with it.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Tales of Annie

Our first full weekend without Tom around. I try to keep us as busy as possible. I think the weekends are often the longest. I miss hearing the garage door open at the end of the day on Friday and knowing Tom is home for the weekend. So, I figured we just did 52 of these babies, surely we can do 30 without any trouble.

Saturday we spent being lazy around the house. I never sit down to watch a movie mid-day but I figured what the heck. So, I watched old movies and the kids enjoyed time without having something that they had to do. We went to church Saturday night and missed dad joining us. Sunday I took Miranda on a Girl Scout mother/daughter event to see the broadway play of "Annie." It was so much better than Peter Pan and the casting was right on. The scenery was amazing and although alot of the girls did not get the jokes of the time period, i.e. "Roosevelts New Deal" and other sayings pertaining to that particular time in history, they enjoyed the play and we definitely have the words to "Tomorrow" memorized. We then enjoyed a lunch date with another friend whose husband has been gone almost a year on a remote tour. It is so awesome to be on base where other kids are able to relate to Miranda and Aaron.

We are finishing our last 3 weeks of school and we are so ready to be wrapping up. Both the kids are testing the end of April and then we will enjoy our week with dad in Mexico before he leaves again. Something to look forward to on the horizon.