Wednesday, November 23, 2005
One of the Many Things I am Thankful For
As families sit down to their Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow my son in law will be patrolling in Iraq. He won't be sitting down with his wife, son, and daughter. He won't be at his mom's table this year or watching football with his younger brother. Brian is on his second tour in Iraq and is making sure his soldiers have a Thanksgiving dinner and keeps their spirits up. If Brian sees a soldier doesn't get mail he lets Megan know and she passes the soldiers address on to members of the family. The soldier gets mail (sometimes too much). Brian makes sure they get care packages like everyone else. He shares his play station, electronic dartboard, DVD's and anything else he has there to make sure his soldiers don't get too homesick. Brian has had to see and do things that we could never imagine yet he always stay happy when talking with you. He told us funny stories of his first tour when he came home so he could ease our worry about him. He made sure he brought gifts for all of us and made each family member feel special when he thanked us for writing and sending packages. Brian loves his family very much and will be getting out of the army when he returns home this time. That doesn't stop him from giving his all while he is still in Iraq. He isn't complaining about being away from home for Thanksgiving and Christmas because he is too busy doing his job and making sure his soldiers are handling the holidays okay. So Brian when I give thanks for all God has blessed me with. I am going to put you at the top of the list. I am thankful my daughter has you for a husband. I am thankful Quintin and Gabby have you for a dad. I am thankful your soldiers have you to watch out for them. I am thankful that you are always there when I need you. I am thankful you are my son in law. Happy Thanksgiving Brian! We will celebrate again when you get home.