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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy 4th of July



I approach this holiday with mixed feelings. Two years ago today I was here in Minnesota enjoying my in-laws cabin and celebrating my sister in law's return from Iraq. She was here to rest, relax and visit family. That particular 4th of July parade was special having her by my side. I could not imagine her ever having to go back, I cried when I knew the moment she touched down on U.S. soil once again.

Well today finds me missing her terribly as she is back in Iraq for her second tour of duty, a time all of us wished would not come. Don't get me wrong she does her job willing, and she loves defending her country (would not want to be anywhere else). But I selfishly wish she was back here with me again...safe and sound.

So for all the families who have love one's that are not here this holiday, I stand with you with mixed feelings of missing them terribly.

For all who have served, I give you my highest respect and honor. My sons will be told of your heroics and your faithfulness. Your service will never be forgotten in this family.

And for many who have given all, I have no words except to say you will be remembered, honored and respected. Thank you for your service, you paid with your life along with some of the greatest people who have made our land what it is today...FREE.

May we never take our freedom for granted. Just read about the Israelites and how they bounced back and fourth between freedom and slavery. May we be a nation who remembers who is in charge, and who our True Protector is.

Happy 4th of July, thank you for all of you who have served our country.



You can visit me at my personal blog: Laurel Wreath


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8 Comments:

Blogger eph2810 said...

Laurel, I do hope and pray you will be able to embrace your sister-in-law soon again. I know that it is very hard to be separated from family that is serving in the military.
I so agree with you -- let us not forget their sacrifice today and always.
Thank you for sharing from your heart.

Blessings to you and yours.

July 4, 2007 at 2:16 AM  
Blogger Terri @ In His Hands said...

Laurel,
I am lifting your SIL up in prayer along with all the other soldiers defending our country.

God Bless America!

Blessings~

July 4, 2007 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Amen.....God bless and Happy 4th of July!!

July 4, 2007 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Pearls of Wisdom said...

Dear Laurel,

Thanks for sharing from your heart. You are so right let us not forget the sacrifice of others. I hope you can embrace your sister in law soon too. Have a wonderful day with your family.

In his endless love,

Angel ():) ( Angel Mama )

July 4, 2007 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Amy Grant said...

You are so right about the mixed emotions. There is such an honor that comes with having a loved one serve yet, such an overwhelming sadness.

I am going to keep your SIL in prayer.

July 4, 2007 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Thanks for opening up your heart to us, I am praying for your sister in-law.

July 5, 2007 at 3:44 AM  
Blogger Cyndi said...

Praying for your SIL as well, and all whom she represents. Thanks so much for this post.

July 5, 2007 at 8:41 AM  
Anonymous Lynn said...

Amen, Laurel.

Touching and so well written. I appreciate your commitment to honor those who serve and to tell the next generation of thier sacrifice. Neat!

Blessings, Lynn

July 5, 2007 at 5:08 PM  

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