Strength and Support for Our Soldiers

My little brother is a Marine and has served in Kuwait and Iraq. He's teaching me so much about freedon, and faith. I am constantly praying for his safety. I am relentlessly pleading with God to keep his spirits high, and his courage strong. I hope that he feels my love and support no matter where he is in the world.
I know these feelings are not mine alone. In this day and age, we all have a family member or friend serving our country. Many of us know of someone's father, husband, wife, mother, brother or sister, or worse, someone's son or daughter, that has died serving our country. As a nation, we are grieving and celebrating all at once. It's a surreal feeling.
We all differ on our policital views, we all have mixed feelings on the War in Iraq. But I think we can all agree on one thing. We want our troops to be safe and sound. We want our troops to return home with honor. We want to support them one way or another. This is why I am creating this blog. I want to dedicate it to all the men and women who are serving our country, who have served our country, and to those that WILL serve our country. I want this to be a place for people to praise their friends and family, to share in the heartache of losing someone, a place to vent and share the emotions felt nationwide. Our nation has been rocked by the war, and again, regardless of our different feelings about it, we could all use a little support.
Please share your stories and photos with us! I would like to post your stories on my blog. Email your stories, thoughts and feelings, and pictures to

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Divided, I Pledge

We are approaching 9/11 again, and as I try to do every year, I am reflecting and remembering that day. In years past, I have usually been comforted and find myself calm when I think of the atrocities we faced that day, the terrorism on our soil; the lives lost for a cause unclear. I mentally replay the second plane hitting the World Trading Center and still, the calmness holds. The price we paid that day was deeper than any pocket book could imagine, financially, emotionally, mentally; but as it often happens, from a terrible event came an amazing recovery. Our nation rose from the flames like the Phoenix; stronger, heroic and united. We put our differences aside or at least on hold, and for a brief moment in history, as a nation, we saw the whole picture. It wasn’t about Republican and Democrats, liberals or conservatives, red vs. blue, or right vs. left. It was about unity, U.S. citizens, our freedoms and our love for this wonderful country.

That was the past. This year, as I look back on 9/11 and reflect where our nation is today, I am filled with emotions very contradictive to the previous years. I’m filled with anger, frustration, sadness and disdain. I question what has brought forth such wrath in our nation’s citizens. With a new (and first black) president in office, our country has been so divided, so cruel to one another that I have to admit, there have been times I wished I wasn’t an American citizen. (Moment of weakness, people, don’t over-react)! The “Talking Heads” and the media push and pull us to decide. They seem to be screaming at us to pick a team! Left or right?! For, or against the president? Yes or no to reforming health care? Yay or nay for equality in gay rights? Choose! You MUST choose! Caution to those in the middle trying to keep level heads, trying to keep open minds! This will only come across as weakness and label you “flexible” with morals. Gray is bad! It’s black or white, folks!

I’m so sick of it. I’m sick of everyone using someone else’s platform to express their own thoughts and feelings. I don’t mind we all use our Facebook, Blogs, Twitter and Myspace to express our thoughts but I find it highly inappropriate and juvenile to rush to someone ELSE’S page to throw a condescending political comment on their wall attacking the user’s thoughts/platform. I tend to post what I’m thinking at the moment, and though it is often political, I try to keep an open mind…but even this launches into people jumping on the attack and either agreeing, or disagreeing with my thoughts, starting small political warfare on my space that brings total disregard to my initial thoughts.

I’m sick of people being so negative, attacking even the most innocent of comments. I’m sick of hearing people disrespecting the president. I don’t care if you are for or against him. He is the president. IT, (not HE) is an office to be respected. I feel like most everyone is acting like a child throwing a tizzy-fit when they don’t get their way.

Everyone wants to blame this president for the current state of our nation. This must be his fault. Everyone wants to point a finger, waving it from the left and waving it from the right. Everyone wants to find someone to blame; does pointing that finger fix anything? NO. People have become so ignorant, so unaware. They no longer look for the facts themselves. As long as some “Talking Head” they like says it, it becomes true. If it’s an email chain sent from a friend, it must be valid. If they find it on the Internet, it must be credible!

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” John F Kennedy.

We are divided. There is a crack between all of us that has grown into a vast canyon. Our fellowship and solidarity to one another no longer exists, unless it’s on the same party line. The “good Samaritan” has gone missing. Our neighborly efforts go unattended. This is why I mourn, feel desperate and disappointed.

So, on the eve of 9/11, I pledge to make a solid effort in being uplifting in these weary times. I want to be a light when the world is dark around me. I want to be filled with peace, and support our president. I have FAITH this man came into power for a reason. Be that good, or bad, it is a reason known only to my God. But he has our best interest in place and I ask you to have faith as well. Pledge with me to stop the hate, stop the slamming and instead, welcome opinions of all kind. Welcome wholesome conversation challenging us to be better. Try to be positive in your thoughts, words and actions.

I pledge to be respectful of all people, including President Barack Obama and I ask you to join me. Remember 9/11 with me and remember the unity we felt after the attacks. Find that again. Pledge to bring the feeling of camaraderie back. If you oppose the president, or the way the government is running, be more than a negative voice in the sea of pessimistic people. Get your facts straight and take action rather than attacking those who think differently. Make a difference in this world with your actions rather than empty words and be respectful when disagreeing with someone. You’ll be surprised to find you have friends on both sides of the fence and you may come to appreciate their differences because it vindicates you in your own differences.

I pledge to NEVER FORGET.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is usually a great holiday weekend for all of us. People make big plans like camping, hiking, boating, family barbeques and vacations out of town. While we fill our weekend up with fun and sun, please keep in mind those that are reserving the holiday for someone they have lost. Let us give our weekend prayers to all of those mourning the loss of a loved one due to the wars that surround us. Remember that while you're out there boating and bbq-ing, there are soldiers on foreign soil in turmoil, protecting your freedoms. Let us try to reach out to someone in need this weekend...and let us never forget those who are brave enough to serve our country, willingingly. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Veterans Day

Tomorrow is a great day of rememberance, and honor for all of our soldiers. I think I could try to say something touching, but I think President DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER did a much better job than I ever could:

Veterans Day, 1954
Whereas it has long been our customs to commemorate November 11, the anniversary of the ending of World War I, by paying tribute to the heroes of that tragic struggle and by rededicating ourselves to the cause of peace; and
Whereas in the intervening years the United States has been involved in two other great military conflicts, which have added millions of veterans living and dead to the honor rolls of this Nation; and
Whereas the Congress passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926 (44 Stat. 1982), calling for the observance of November 11 with appropriate ceremonies, and later provided in an act approved May 13, 1938 (52 Stat. 351), that the eleventh of November should be a legal holiday and should be known as Armistice Day; and
Whereas, in order to expand the significance of that commemoration and in order that a grateful Nation might pay appropriate homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this Nation, the Congress, by an act approved June 1, 1954 (68 Stat. 168), changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day:
Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America, do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, November 11, 1954, as Veterans Day. On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.
I also direct the appropriate officials of the Government to arrange for the display of the flag of the United States on all public buildings on Veterans Day.
In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.
Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and cause the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington this eighth day of October in the Year of our Lord nineteen hundred and fifty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-ninth.

Thank you to all the soldiers who have fought for our freedom. My prayers go out to the families of those that serve. We are the home of the free, because of the brave.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I have been really horrible in the past months about updating this blog! I am happy to report that Blaine is on the last leg of his tour in Iraq. He has deployed from Kuwait and is "somewhere out there", nearing Hawaii. I am so excited to have him home, safe, for the holidays. I know it's unrealistic to think that he will always be able to make it home for the holidays, but I'm grateful that this year, I don't have to learn what it's like to be celebrating my favorite time of year, while worrying about death and destruction for my little brother. Extremist...I know. :) This will be the first year in about 3 (i think) that my family will all be together again for Christmas. Blaine will get back to California and have debriefing for a few weeks, and should be home to Idaho Falls sometime in early December. He's working out plans to MAYBE be in IF for Thanksgiving, but no plans yet.
I am so grateful for a brave little brother, and I can't WAIT to see him and hug him and ask a million questions about Iraq. I'm excited to learn what kind of country it truly is, and what wonderful people he met, without media influences! (I believe the heart of life is good...and I'm CERTAIN that our brothers and sister's in Iraq have good hearts too!) Extremist again?! who knows....
But I am extremely excited to see Blaine SOON. What a great reunion lies ahead! My heart goes out to those that will not be having a soldier make it home for the holidays, and they will remain in my prayers, and hopefully YOURS.
A great reunion and lots of pictures to follow December!

Monday, September 15, 2008

...Counting the Days....

Blaine called me yesterday. I was so excited to get his call. We haven't talked in a while and it was good to hear his voice. He seemed to be in good spirits. As of TODAY, he is shipping out of Kuwait/Iraq, and heading to Bahrain. From there - it should be smooth sailing HOME. This, of course, is all circumstantial, and I'm knocking on wood...but that is the run down for his return.

Blaine has accomplished so much while in Kuwait/Iraq. He has faced personal trials - many of which we (as regular civilians) will never face. I am so proud of him and his committment to the Marines. Even when things are frustrating and not going his way, Blaine never has anything negative to say - except for when another troop broke in and stole over $30,000 of Marine's stuff. His camera was stolen, with EVERY fond memory of Iraq/Kuwait/Bahrain...This REALLY upsets me...but what can you do?

Anyway - please keep the soldiers in your prayers! Many should be returning home in the next few months, and I pray that they will all arrive home safe, and on time!!!!


It has been REALLY hectic and I meant to post this on 9/11....but even if it's late, it's still VALID:
Thursday, September 11, 2008

"Let's Roll"
These were the words uttered by Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer shortly before he and fellow passengers rushed the cockpit on 9/11. I don't know why, but when I think of that moment, I swell with tears. It makes me think that in a moment when he could play the victim, he ended up playing the hero instead. What a role model. What an example of strength and courage. I couldn't imagine getting that phone call on 9/11 from a loved one saying they were in a hijacked plane. I couldn't imagine having to say goodbye to someone that way. I couldn't imagine my life coming to an end in such a manner. It makes me appreciate the true strength of those passengers as they FOUGHT for their lives, even though they knew there was no hope.

I think "Let's Roll" is such an appropriate comment, and perhaps a great motto for our nation. After 9/11 our nation saw an overwhelming amount of pride, patriotism, and union. I look at our country now, everyone torn on the election, everyone fighting over politics, and it makes 9/11/2001 seem SO long ago. Maybe we can try to bring back that spirit of "Let's Roll" and remember that though we all differ and disagree, we are still ONE nation, under God. The past few years have been very hard for this nation. We took some serious hits with Hurricane Katrina, the war is devastating, the economy is crushing, and spirits are so low. But I am calling out to all of you to say "LETS ROLL". Let's roll with this, let's move forward, let's take our defeats head-on, and become stronger. Say hi to a stranger, smile at random people, do a kind deed, roll with life and what it's dealing you. Never be defeated, even if DEATH is the only outcome, have the courage to STILL say "let's roll".
Today, I will remember. Today I will not forget the heroism and courage of those who were directly affected by 9/11. Today, I am going to take life head on - and no matter how tough things get...I'm going to say "Let's Roll".
A quick shout out to the military - and my brother in the Marines! OOOOH RAH! Thank you for defending this nation, and I'm looking forward to seeing you SOON.
God bless.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Comments from Others

I have been receiving emails from people expressing their support and appreciation for our troops. I'm really impressed with everyone's willingness to support the troops one way or another. I have had TONS of people RSVP for the National Fast (August 3rd). This is amazing! Here are some of the emails, I've removed names and personal info:

· This group is Awesome. I have a cousin that serves our country in the Army. He has served in Iraq and is more than likely going to go back sooner or later. Of course I will be joining the fast as well. What a terrific idea. I wish the best to your brother and just to let you know I pray for our service men and women daily.

· To the soldier this goes to,Thank you for everything you do. Thank you for risking you life everyday for our freedom. Please keep doing what you are doing!! Semper Fi!!!

· I'm so honored to be participating in this support for the american soldiers. I'm brazilian but I fully understand the fight that they face in Iraq for the benefit of that country! if there is anything that I can do to light their burden, i am willing to do so. In my opinion, their will to be there is unique and they deserve all our support and fast and prayer or whatever they may need from us! You can count on me on August 3rd for sure!

· Thank you for having this group set up.My boyfriend and son's father is currently in Iraq serving as a SGT in the United States Marines. He has been gone for two weeks today and I am 8 months pregnant, So I will not be able to partake in the Nation Wide Fast, but I will certainly give up the un needed snacks. Again, thank you so much for making this group and remembering those who fight for out freedom. God Bless

· Thank you for your love and support you so genuinely show by your words, thoughts and actions. My son just returned from Iraq and I know he will be sent again. He is doing what he knows is right and I will support him and all the troops who risk their lives to save their buddies out on the front lines and for us here at home. I will gladly participate in the Fast for our troops. This Fast done in numbers can make a difference and allow our soldiers, marines and seaman to do their job in safety with the help of our prayers and energy focused on them.

· hey thanks for inviting me to join the fast! I'd love to! I really appreciate all those who sacrifice everything to serve our country. Please send my support!