- Every holiday that year except Christmas
- Our wedding (he was supposed to walk me down the aisle)
- My college graduation
- Many friends' weddings
- Chelsey's college graduation
- Fun times and relaxation with friends
- The purchase of he and Chelsey's first home
- My whole pregnancy
- The birth of his first nephew, Roman
Even more than remembering all the things he missed out on, and reading all the letters he sent home, today I realized (again) that these were the most minimal sacrifices he made during those 15 months. He gave up so much more than these events, these comforts...he watched people struggle, watched friends die, watched great tragedy day after day. I am sure he witnessed some miracles along the way, some things that made it seem worthwhile, but I don't want us to forget the amount of love these men have for their country, for our freedom.
I know it has been easier for me to dismiss the war since he has been home. It has been easier to not include those men and women over seas in my prayers. But we need to REMEMBER what they saw - good and bad - and THANK them for their willingness to fight for us.
Thank you, Jim! You are my hero.
Thank you, all veterans. Without you, I know that I would not enjoy the life I do.
God bless all soldiers and their families...especially the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. You are NOT forgotten.