Monday, September 15, 2008

A word beginning with the letter "D"

DEPLOYMENT

The definition according to www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary: 1 a: to extend (a military unit) especially in width b: to place in battle formation or appropriate positions.
The definition according to Mom: 1: GULP!



As I mentioned recently, John is pulling it together for deployment. He wants to go soon, hoping another Airman with a family can remain stateside. I'm proud of him. Making the decision to enlist in any military branch these days, in most cases results in deployment. Fact of life, period the end.
When my oldest son enlisted in 1999, our country enjoyed peace. Thinking back...Oh, how much we took peace for granted. B was deployed numerous times, it all feels so fuzzy now... Constant praying was my tool to get through those days.
Our world is so different in 2008. Countless resources are only a click away. Organizations to support our troops are everywhere. Families have endless numbers of ways to reach out to their loved ones and each other. If you scroll down, on the right hand side of my blog, is a list of links to visit. Please let me know of your favorite Military Support Site, I would like to add it to my list.
One of the blogs I follow somesoldiersmom is a wealth of information. This weekend's post is by far one of the most useful I have read! I urge everyone to read it, whether you have a member of your family in the service or not. It is an enlightening read, truly worth the time.
So as my son, and countless other Airman, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines prepare themselves for deployment...families everywhere need to prepare themselves to see their loved ones off.
Our prayers must be in abundance.
Our faith in the United States needs to be true.
Our gratitude for the sacrifices of these brave men and women must remain constant.
Almighty God bless us all.



"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." -- Elmer Davis

14 comments:

Donna said...

God bless your son, John. I love the quote at the end of your post. So true!

AirmanMom said...

donna... thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Enjoy your ultra-cute pin cushion!

Tonjia said...

John is an angel to think of deploying in someone elses place. I hope the USAF will let him get away with that..

Hugs and prayers for John, I am glad to hear he is doing well.

AirmanMom said...

tonjia..thank you for your kind words. John has made his desire known...what the USAF does with it, time will tell...

Christopher's mom said...

Airmanmom and John,
You are both in my prayers today and always. John I am humbled by the fact that you are willing to take early deployment so that someone can stay home with their family just a little longer. YOU are a hero in my book. God Speed.

Tami

Hammer said...

You must be very proud. I know I would be. I thank them for their service.

AirmanMom said...

tami...thank you for your prayer support...truly it is most appreciated!

AirmanMom said...

hammer...thanks for stopping by! Both of my sons fill me with tremendous pride... actually I am filled with awe by all of our brave airman, soldiers, sailors and marines. So many heroes!

Michelle said...

We have some awesome kids out there. Shay has said the same thing. She hopes that because she is single and new to the base that she will get to be deployed soon. GULP is right.

The Loon said...

Thank you for your family service, but also a thank you to you, Airmanmom. It's an honour to read your blog. May God bless your sons, you, and all the Blue Star Mothers of America.

MamaGeek said...

*gulp, indeed*.

Thank you for you and all that your son does. So inspiring.

AirmanMom said...

michelle...your daughter is an amazing young woman,I appreciate her service! She has become quite the blogger!

AirmanMom said...

loon...thank you for taking the time to read my words. I appreciate your comments as well. Truly our country is blessed to have so many brave men and women...

AirmanMom said...

mamageek...thank you for stopping by and leaving a few words! I thank God each day for our strong military!