And then I married a man with same kind of history.
And we are making more history together. For our children... and their children.
So for this Memorial Day, I want to thank the men in my family who have fought for our freedoms we enjoy today, and who continue to fight now.
My loving husband, Ben:
He's still at the beginning of his service, but it feels like our little family has already sacrificed a lot already. As hard as it has been, we love feeling part of something greater. My heart just melts when I am with my husband in uniform and people stop to thank him for his service. I know a lot of military wives out there think and feel like we wives shouldn't feel apart of it all, but I say: We signed up for it together! I may not have gone to Army boot camp, but I did single mom boot camp all the same. He may be serving our country physically, but I am serving my country by supporting and uplifting my soldier from home. I care for our children, our home, and all the bills and other stuff so he doesn't have to worry about us. I am proud to be an Army Wife in every sense of the title!
My Brother-in-Law, Jared:
Jared and I have been friends for years. I was sixteen when we first met and stayed buddies through high school. I feel really blessed to have him for a brother now. Jared has served 2 tours in the Middle East and is currently stationed in South Korea. A huge THANK YOU to Jared and his family for their service and sacrifice! We love you guys!
My Father-in-Law, Kevin:
He just recently got back from a tour in Iraq. I have to admit it felt pretty cool to say my boys' grandpa was serving in Iraq, their uncle in Korea, and their dad in DC. So a big, huge thanks to Grandpa (and Grandma) all he has done for us and our country!
To Ben's Grandpa, Dee:
Grandpa Dee is a WWII veteran. Sadly, he isn't doing too well these days so we are cherishing our time with him. So I wanted to just take the time to thank him for being a great man, for his service to his country, for raising my husband's father, and helping my Ben be the man he is today. Thanks, Grandpa.
My Grandma, Ruth:
Women were only allowed to do certain things for the military during WWII and grandma served her best. She was an airplane mechanic. I never knew her, she died when my mom was young, but I think of her often and wonder about what kind of person she was. I thank her for her service too.
And last but never least...
My Grandpa Amos:
"Papa Amos" passed away when I was 18, and I miss him all the time. I wish he could have met my new family... my Ben and the boys. I know he would have loved them. Grandpa served in the Navy in WWII, was a recipient of the Purple Heart for injuries during the Battle of Guadalcanal. I miss you, Grandpa, and always remember you, especially on Memorial Day. Thank you.
I hope that while we are off in our boats, camping, BBQing or whatever it is we do on Memorial Day weekend, we can take a few moments every now and then, pause, remember, and give thanks to those who fought and are fighting for our freedom to live as we choose.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone!