Here is what I have been thankful for the last few days…..
Day 11: My husband who served in the Army for four years. He spent a year in Korea, serving at Camp Casey. The remaining three years were spent at Fort Lewis, Washington. He came hope from Korea, we were married a week later (on a Friday), and then moved to Washington on Sunday. Those three years we spend in Washington weren’t always easy, but I was proud of him for his service.
I have a lot of family members who have served in the Armed Forces, both in war and peace. It’s not always easy being the person at home, but it’s our way to serve. I’m reminded of a paragraph in the Patriotism lecture in Rainbow:
Hers is the first battle, and hers is the first victory. It is the sister that kisses the brother good-bye, placing her sweet benediction upon his lips. He marches away under flying colors to the sound of martial strains; but she, in the silence that follows, fights the first battle. Womanhood stands back of the ranks and holds up the Flag at home, for if it were not for Womanhood and the love that is centered in her realm, there would be nothing to incite him to deeds of bravery on the field of battle.
That paragraph didn’t have the same meaning until I was that person at home, even though he wasn’t going into battle.
Day 12: I am thankful for my family – immediate and extended. It is family that gathers around for special occasions – birthdays, holidays, weddings, funerals – that makes life worth living. Family gives you something to look forward to, people who love you no matter what happens, and people who rally around when things aren’t so wonderful (most of the time). In the end, it is all that matters.
Day 13: Today I am thankful for naps! Yesterday, we had two little girls who didn’t want to rest and take a nap. That led to a very frustrating evening. They got up too early this morning, so naps it was for the afternoon. They must have been tired – they slept for over 3 hours! Now, we have two little girls who want to snuggle and are well rested.