Saturday, February 21, 2009

TWO HUNDRED!!!!


It’s so hard to believe this is my 200th post! It’s been a struggle to decide what the appropriate post would be for such a milestone! The final decision is to ramble…


On Thursday the 26th of February, my youngest son will mark his one year anniversary with the United States Air Force. When I returned from leaving him at MEPS last February, I sat down to type my first blog entry. At the time, my intention was to keep an electronic journal. I did not keep up with it, you know how it goes… life gets in the way. It’s only now looking back; I realize how difficult it was to let my youngest son go. One would think, with three older children I had plenty of practice in this letting go deal… wrong! When my baby entered the Air Force, it closed a huge chapter of my life. I was no longer to act the Mom-Role, I had known for the previous thirty years. It was a turning point of the new chapter of the Mom-Role of four adults. Trust me, when you are still feeling 29 on the inside, it is a tough pill to swallow!


I could not even tell you when or why, the blog evolved into what it is today. Ness said it well in a comment, “And thank you for doing your part by keeping this blog informative and centered on our soldiers.” Ness, those words state perfectly why I blog! Yes, it is about my two sons…but it can’t stop there! It is all about MudPuppy and Zachary! It is all about AAM’s son and Shay’s Mom daughter! It is all about our Wednesday Heroes and the Stars Which Turn from Blue to Gold! It is all about Operation Welcome Home! It is all about a simple truth, I love our nation! I love our freedoms! I love and respect those who protect my life as I know it. I thank each and every veteran, for the moments of their lives spent to protect these freedoms! I pay tribute those who have died for our country. May they NEVER be forgotten!


It is all about every single soldier…and the families who love them so.


I’ll close with this prayer, I have posted previously…but truly these words touch my heart deeply:

Dear Lord,

There's a young man far from home,

called to serve his nation in time of war;

sent to defend our freedom

on some distant foreign shore.

We pray You keep him safe,

we pray You keep him strong,

we pray You send him safely home ...

for he's been away so long.


There's a young woman far from home,

serving her nation with pride.

Her step is strong, her step is sure,

there is courage in every stride.

We pray You keep her safe,

we pray You keep her strong,

we pray You send her safely home ...

for she's been away too long.


Bless those who await their safe return.

Bless those who mourn the lost.

Bless those who serve this country well,

no matter what the cost.


May Almighty God Bless each and every Airman, Soldier, Sailor and Marine!

39 comments:

Amanda said...

Happy 200th Post!
It doesn't matter what age your kids are ~ they will always be your babies!
Much Love,
Amanda x

AirmanMom said...

amanda...your words are so very true, forever our babies! Thank you!

usmc81@gmail.com said...

Congratulations on your 200th post and thank you for sharing your thoughts. Thanks to your boys for serving. America is strong because of families like yours. God Bless the U.S.A.!

Fragrant Liar said...

Congrats on reaching this milestone. Now you get to work on passing the next one!

Thanks for keeping me "in touch" with our soldiers as only a mom can.

Lisa said...

Oh, that is so touching. My nephew served in Iraq for a year and I know how hard it was on his mom. AND HIM. so I too thank you for doing your part on honoring them all. You are a very special person for it! may God bless you too. (I think he already has!) so may He continue to bless you!

AirmanMom said...

usmc...thank YOU for your service...this blog is dedicated as much to you as to anyone else!

AirmanMom said...

FL...Woo-Hoo! I have post #201 ready and waiting!!!! Thank you for your kind words!

AirmanMom said...

lisa...my prayers are lifted for your nephew, his mom and the entire family who loves him so!

Butler and Bagman said...

Powerful blog. I have no children in the military but do have a very good friend who is in the civilian corps trying to teach Iraqi's to build infrastructure. His emails to me are astounding and make me grateful to be living in America.

Sue said...

Happy 200th Post! And thanks for stopping by! I was thinking 60 was a little young to be totally on my own in a restaurant too!

Mary said...

AM,

Congratulations on your 200th post. I am so glad I found your blog.

What an awesome prayer. I sure miss visiting MudPuppy. Tell him I'm asking after him. I do hope he's doing well. I keep him and your son in my prayers. I wish they could all come home and pray for their safety daily.

Blessings,
Mary

AirmanMom said...

B&B...thank you for your kind words! We are most fortunate to call America...Home!

AirmanMom said...

sue...your visit and yor words are deeply appreciated

AirmanMom said...

mary...I have some awesome pictures to post of MudPuppy...he is doing well and I will pass along that you were asking about him!
Your words are always so sweet!

ABNPOPPA said...

No one could have said it better than you AM, Happy Anniversary and God Bless you and the young men and women who keep us safe and secure in this great land called America!

Pops

AirmanMom said...

pops...as always, your words make me smile!

Denise said...

My boys are all grown and never served in the Military, but I have a friend that has a son in Iraq. I pray for him all the time.. I have no idea of what she goes through.. Thanks for your wonderful blog... It touches many

AirmanMom said...

denise...I will pray for this soldier you mentioned and his family. Your kind words are deeply appreciated.

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

200? Amazing!!

Hallie :)

AirmanMom said...

hallie...it goes by fast, doesn't it? Thank you for stopping by!

Mary Ellen said...

Congratulations on your 200TH! I can't imagine anyone doing a better job focusing on our beloved, dedicated military men and women and giving us all reminders when we need them. I know they're all blessed by you and your blog.

MightyMom said...

well said!!

keep up the good work

AirmanMom said...

ME...your words are greatly appreciated!

AirmanMom said...

MM...every single soldier is my inspiration to continue this blog! Thanks for stopping by!

Trukindog said...

Congrats on your 200 darlin, Ya know you too are serving our great country by writing this blog. May God bless our soldiers and every member of their familys. I thank you all.

Ky Woman said...

AM,

These little milestones are reminders that we all make an impact on those around us. Creating ripples that are spreading the word of what 'Our Guys' go thru and do.

I loved the poem. Even with some of the problems we have here in America, we are extrememly blessed!

You be the bestest... ;-)

AirmanMom said...

ky...your kind words are always appreciated!

AirmanMom said...

trukindog...I'm grateful for your words. Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Call Me Grandma said...

Beautiful post!
Thanks and thumbs up to you...AirmanMom

Greg C said...

Happy 200th post. And thank you for visiting my blog. My Neice just marrked a Navy Pilot. I wish I could still fit in my uniform. I would have been honored to wear it around all those military men. My thanks to your son.

Tami said...

AM,
Thank you so much for what you do. You will never know how much you are appreciated.

Love,
aam

Debbie said...

Congratulations! TWO HUNDRED is a huge milestone and all done out of pure love. God bless every one of our young men and women and my prayers are with them daily.

Wonderful post!

AirmanMom said...

greg..thank you for stopping by and a huge thank you to your niece for her service! Godspeed!

AirmanMom said...

aam...just like you, I'm just a mom! We love our soldiers, not only the ones we gave birth to!

AirmanMom said...

debbie...thank you for your kind words, I truly do appreciate your visit!

Megryansmom said...

Amen! And congrats on 200 posts.

AirmanMom said...

grandma...thank you for the support!

AirmanMom said...

megryansmom...your visits are always appreciated!

Love Letters to the Middle East said...

I love your rambling. And your prayers!