Sunday, November 11, 2007

Land of the Free, because of the Brave

Today was a beautiful, sunny day, a fitting day to see so many flags flying from front porch steps and from the tops of flag poles against the backdrop of a clear blue sky. It was hard not to remember that today is Veterans's Day. Listening to the radio, I was reminded of it constantly as my favorite country music station played patriotic songs and read tributes to veterans of America's armed forces througout the day. At church tonight, our mass was dedicated to the veterans of our country. My family, like so many in America, has it's share of heroes. My grandpa and his three sons were Navy. Another uncle was a Marine. My dad served in the Air Force. We've always been darn proud of all of them, and while I had an idea of the sacrifice that they made, leaving home and families and putting themselves in harm's way, I never experienced it first hand. But this Veterans Day has a whole new meaning. In a few short weeks, my brother Matt will begin his deployment to Iraq, as part of the Army National Guard. It's a bit surreal. I'm so dang proud of him I could just bust a button. And I'm going to miss him like heck. He's the youngest of my three brothers. I was five years old the night he was born, and I cried and cried. I cried because I was just sure that since I already had two brothers, God would certainly give me a sister. Little did I know that that pesky little brother with whom I was forced to share a room, would turn out to be one of my very best friends. We live within a mile of one another and I have come to cherish his counsel and friendship over the years. It's amazing how smart little brothers can grow up to be. So, if you wouldn't mind saying a prayer for Matt and his wife, Lois, and their boys Jason and Tommy, I know God will be listening. Matt will head out after the first of the year, and I know that the coming weeks will be quite full, emotionally and physically for him and his family. Please pray for his safety, and the safety of all of our soldiers, as they sacrifice time with their families to go out and guard the safety of others.

16 comments:

Becky said...

What a great post. I love the title so much. Your brother, and others like him, make us all so proud to be American. Please be sure to give him our thanks ... as our prayers go with him.

Jen said...

I'm sending you my prayers on this Veterans Day, love the photo of your flag.

Midlife Cycler said...

A title well said and never thought of saying it in that way. My son is in the Army and so far, has not yet been deployed but his unit expects to be after next year. I will need every blog prayer around then! My prayers are with Matt and family . You are right how the flag takes on a new meaning when it hits home.

Jody

Robin said...

Thank you so much Karen for your families service to our nation. I will pray for your brother right now, for his safety and his return.
Tell him he is appreciated and prayed for.

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

He and his family will stay in my prayers until you post otherwise.

Judith said...

`It's so easy to get too preoccupied with things like working, and the house. So thanks for reminding me what America is about, and those like your brother, who keep us safe.

A grandson served twice in Iraq, and made it back. Please tell your brother I will be praying for him, and for his family.

One of the first things I will do when I get moved into my house, is
hang Old Glory high and wide out front.

Bill said...

My dad served in the Pacific in WWII, and retired from the Navy in 1969. I need to remember that (unfortunately) our wars didn't stop with Viet Nam. We have a new generation of men and women who defend our freedom every day. Thanks for the reminder, Karen, and I will add Matt & family to my prayer list.

julie said...

Your post really touched my heart. I will definitely pray for your brother Matt and his family. How wonderful to have such a caring relationship with your brother.

Thanks for the sweet comment you left me. I really appreciated it.

Blessings,
Julie

Chaotic Joy said...

Lovely post about our country and your brother. I have really enjoyed reading around your place. Thanks for stopping by mine.

Christie Belle said...

Amen. Especially as a military family, I am so proud of ALL who serve, and have served. Thank all your family members for us, and we will definately keep your brother and y'alls family in our prayers.

BClark said...

May prayers shower your brother and help to keep him safe. Because of people like him we are the land of the free. I think people take their freedoms too lightly. I so appreciate people in the who fight for us. We have in our family service people going back to the Revolutionary War, so I feel very proud of our country and those who fight for her.

Judy said...

Oh, Karen.

The cost is high, isn't it?

Karen said...

You have my prayers, as well. You know we just went through this, so I kinda know what you're feeling. Big hugs to you all.
I just read your comment on the clothes, and I was happy you were able to use the tip! Kohl's is where we found Alaina's things, too! Sewing is very rewarding, I think. I had stopped doing much of it between the older two and Alaina, but picked it up again a few years ago. I love finding deals on material and making her things for a fraction of the cost. Post pictures of what you make! I can't wait to see!

Alice said...

My thoughts and prayers are going out to your brother and family. What a great guy he must be!

Thank you for the sweet comment you left in my blog. Please come visit whenever you need a tea break.

BClark said...

Karen, thank you for coming to visit my blog and your comment. I will keep the prayrs up for your Brother.

Give Clive a try, I enjoy the story line but also the information he provides, very interesting.

Nice to meet fellow Clarks

gail@more than a song said...

Good post...your flag picture is gone for me! I so appreciate families like yours that have military guys serving us. I'm proud of all they do for us! It's got to be hard for him to be gone for y'all...hope he knows that there are plenty of people that appreciate what they do for us!