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Veterans Day 2011

This day is precious to our family. We are together today…and so very grateful.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “I just don’t know how you do it. We could never live like that.”

The “could nevers” would certainly surprise themselves. Of course you could–if your spouse felt a calling to serve. And you would, with grace, determination and pride.

It wouldn’t always be easy, but what is? Nothing that is worth anything, as my grandmother would say.

Today we celebrate all veterans, past and present–who have given their time, who have missed birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations, and countless holidays. We salute you who have missed the births of your sons and daughters, and the funerals of loved ones. And yet, our hearts are heavy for the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

My father-in-law served an entire career in the military. Nearly 36 years ago, he held my husband for the first time in a hangar bay after returning from a deployment:

And, three and a half decades later (last December), my husband nestled our sweet baby girl for the first time on the flight line.

(Homecoming photos courtesy of the amazing Deb Schwedhelm)

Wishing you a day of rest and comfort with your loved ones today. Happy Veterans Day.

  • Michael - Love these stills, and your heart coming through (in your writing too!). Thanks Steph. Love to you and yours.ReplyCancel

  • shawna [of styleberryBLOG] - Your story always brings tears to my eyes! Beautifully said. “grace, determination & pride” Exactly. Here’s to 11 years in & 15 more committed…whew.ReplyCancel

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