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Memorial Day just took on a whole new meaning.....

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Memorial Day to everyone!!

this year it's taken on a whole new meaning to me as my oldest daughter, Kristen just swore into the Air Force on friday, may 22nd - she has a year before she leaves, but she officially in the Air Force!!

everything went very well and there were five of us there to see her swear in at Ft. Dix, NJ. i think i did better than expected.....i didn't cry hysterically - i did a lot of that leading up to then - of course i did cry some, but when she put her hand up and took the oath, i stood there, barely able to breathe with a feeling in the pit of my stomach....it was truly the first time in my life where i couldn't breathe or move or do anything....it was like something i had experienced in my dreams (?) so many times before, but never for real.....once she was done and left the room with the other recruits, i sat down on the floor and put my head between my knees....

it could have been a lot worse, but overall, i couldn't be more proud of her!! she won't be leaving for basic until next august most likely (and then i'll have a whole other set of emotions to deal with, haha!), so i have a whole year with her before then. i have decided that i will be taking her on vacation before she leaves (whether or not i'm able to find another job or not), and she's thinking now about where she would like to go.

i'll miss her greatly when she does finally go next year, but she'll be participating in something bigger than all of us could ever imagine......

praying that this Memorial Day finds all of our loved ones serving in the military safe and sound and that those of us at home appreciate all that they do!!
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    Oh... You should be so proud. What a honor to have a daughter like that.
    4028 days ago
    Tammie, I have a younger sister in the army. She joined right after her high school graduation. We wrote back and forth!!I wrote more then her.HAHA. It might help you miss her some if you both sign up for FACEBOOK if you haven't already. I did not have an account with them until a month ago. Now my sister posts pictures and we are able to chat without waiting for the mail.

    PLease tell her congrats!!
    4029 days ago
    Tell your daughter THANK YOU for wanting to fight for our country's freedom.

    Have a great holiday weekend!

    4030 days ago
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