This day provides the opportunity for Americans to be reflective and appreciative to those who serve our country. And on days like today, especially today, it seems the general public is very supportive of those who serve.
For that I am grateful. It is touching to see the many words of thanks, and praise, and comfort on Facebook.
I loved seeing all the photos posted today of pictures long past (grandparents, great-grandparents), past (like the one I posted of Abbey and Mark), and other photos that were taken much more recently....
But its not the public who makes today special in my eyes...
Its watching how brave our children are and have been these past few weeks.
Can you imagine being only 10, or 9, or 5, or 4 and being expected to say goodbye to the one guy who brings all the fun to you home? The guy who does the wrestling and the tickling and the throwing-you-up-in-the-air stuff? The guy who swoops in just before you fall asleep to give you the best bear hug ever? The guy who never loses his cool (like mom does)?
You have to say good-bye to this amazing guy, your Dad, for a super long, really long time.
You also have to carry-on by doing your best at home, in school, and in your activities. You have to be good and helpful to your mom...and most importantly, you must never, ever, wish it were someone else's Daddy that had to leave.
Because this time, it is your Daddy's turn.
Oh yea, by the way Will, it is also your Godfather's turn.
Our children understand taking turns. They haven't questioned this logic.
Since Mark has left...
They are excelling and trying new things...
|Isabella joined the basketball team...well out-of-her comfort zone!|
|He's improving on his diligence...|
|Abbey built this entirely by herself.|
Audrey's Pilgrim's are having a Veterans Day celebration.
Complete with a parade (the lady riding on the elephant) thanking Veterans for their service.
I am thankful for the four that support Mark the most...