July 3, 2008

I Declare

Noah had his first sleepover at our house the other night. His little friend, just 6 years old, will celebrate the 4th today while his Mom serves in Iraq. She serves to protect my freedom while I complain about having to sweep the floor for the third time today. While I count the minutes until bedtime for the kids. While I dream of having a moment of peace so that I can breathe think function blog uninterrupted.

She's in physical combat for me, and I've made it my own declaration to go into prayer battle for her. While her son slept sweetly on the top bunk in my boys' room, I just cried and prayed.

I pray for his Mom's safety. For her heart. For his heart. That he knows God's love and that he doesn't suffer from any emotional harm while his mom is away. I pray that everyone serving our country can come home now. This lump in my throat hasn't gone away all week.

My, how I've seen life in a new perspective.


Originally published July 4, 2007.

28 comments:

  1. How is his momma now? Still in Iraq?

    T.

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  2. Aw, what a sweet post. I felt so much reading it, and had no idea it was from last year. You have to tell us how he and his mama are doing, girl!

    How sad is it that this could have been written today? Ugh. Lump in throat, indeed.

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  3. So touching. I hope she is home by now, safe and sound. I love the excitement in Noah's face.

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  4. What a beautiful post. It really made me think about what should really matter (not the right shade of purple for my bathroom). I hope that she is home and all is well. It would be great to hear an update.

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  5. Our good friends and neighbors are celebrating today while their dad is in Iraq. It is hard, isn't it?

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  6. Like everyone else, I hope his mom is safe and well. What an amazing sacrifice to not only fight for your country, but to leave your child behind while doing so.

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  7. Thanks for this. Those of us who don't know someone who is overseas serving often forget the sacrifice of the families.

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  8. The family has moved away and we've lost touch, but as far as I know she did come home earlier this year, but I think she did have to go back...

    Steph

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  9. My brother has gone twice but he is home now. Happy 4th and thanks for helping us remember what this day is really all about!

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  10. Thanks for reminding us. We should all be keeping a prayer vigil for those serving so selflessly.

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  11. My brother is coming home Aug. 1st from his second tour! YAY! I'm sorry, I'm really excited about that. He has a two year old daughter that he hasn't seen in over a year, and he's missed the first part of his wife's pregnancy (R&R baby ;).
    I know that not everyone supports this war, but the least we could do is support the people that are willing to risk their lives (and their family's livelihoods) for something they believe to be right.
    Thank you for such a touching post! I got misty, but maybe it's just because I'm extra mushy lately.

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  12. I remember this post and it gave me chill bumps reading it for the second time.

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  13. Thank you for this! We must never forget what this day is really for. I hope she made it home safe in the last year. Happy 4th to all the families & friends of those who are still abroad.

    C ~
    @jasperblu

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  14. I do remember reading this last year. Thank you for the reminder of how much we have to be thankful for. I want them to come home, too.
    Happy 4th!
    Jen

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  15. Happy 4th. I, too, pray for those abroad.

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  16. wow thats got to be hard on him... its sweet tho to hear your spirit... prayers do so much

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  17. Well said.

    I had one of those very same lumps in my throat today at Sea World when they asked all of the service men and women to stand while the entire crowd applauded. Thank heavens for them!

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  18. yup. Good perspective, girlie.
    Poor lil monkey...that has to be hard on him with mama away. =/

    Happy 4th to you and yours!

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  19. really puts things in perspective sometimes... we are so blessed.

    happy 4th

    brittany

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  20. I wish they could all come home now too! :-)

    This post is very sweet.

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  21. I remember this one! Still a great one!

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  22. My two little guys and I celebrated yesterday while Our Hero is in Iraq, too. There really aren't words to say how much we're missing him... it just seemed especially hard yesterday. There's definitely an added element on days like July 4th.

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  23. I pray the same things as you. What a heartfelt post.

    I agree with others, we need an update on the family!

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  24. What a good post! You say it so well. God Bless the men and women. I hope she is ok and the little boy is doing good too.

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  25. This is so thoughtful, and makes me stop to think for once! I hope she's home safely.

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  26. What a powerful post. I know your prayers were appreciated. I hope she was able to celebrate this 4th of July with her family.

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