Tuesday, November 11, 2014

.a spirit of thankfulness: service.

I thought it would be easy to write about Veteran's Day. I'm married to an active-duty Marine and almost all of our friends are also active-duty families. Many of our friends are combat-veterans who are still serving.

But I've written and rewritten this post a dozen times today.

It is not so simple after all to share how precious these men and women are.

It is not so simple to explain the unique camaraderie or the pride of seeing my husband in uniform every single day. It is not so easy to share how much these military families mean to me: how special it is to be able to share life with them.

It is not so simple to share the impact this life has on my children. My children don't know any other way of life but this military one. They think nothing of going through a security checkpoint to get on base, or of seeing someone in uniform.

It is not so simple to share with you the tears that have been cried: tears of sorrow at partings, and tears of joy at homecomings. Tears of frustration and loneliness, and tears at finding a friend.

It is not so simple to share how much this life means to me. But, today, it means everything.




  1. Beautiful thoughts and pictures, thank you and your family for serving our country.

  2. You, your words and your precious family ... wow. Thanks for your sacrifice, dear Laura.


  3. What a beautiful family you have. And you're absolutely right. It's not simple. The decision to serve one's country is never simple and the sacrifice is always great. Thank you for being the one who supports the one who serves!

  4. As a veteran your hard work paid off. Loved this. I am so proud of my service and this reminded me why and that I should be proud. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you is not enough, but it will have to do. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate families like yours who sacrifice so much so that I can live my sheltered little life. Bless you all.