With fingernails that shine like justice...

and a voice that is dark like tinted glass, she is fast, thorough and sharp as a tack. She is touring the facility and picking up slack...

Monday, May 29, 2006

Other Casualties Of War

Although this is a day of remembrance for fallen soldiers, I ask that you also remember the other casualties of war...the families of those fallen. They lose what is most dear to them, then have even more taken away.

As a small child I regarded the Base Chaplain's car to be an ominous thing. Upon its arrival, children were hastily gathered up, doors shut, curtains drawn...and I remember most of all, music would stop.

After the arrival of the car, there was always sadness and a flurry of activity, my mom and the neighbors cooking for "The Family". After a few days of this, we were dressed in our best clothes and we went to church. I remember lots of grown-ups crying and hugging. I remember the glare of shiny shoes and the tap tap of rifle butts, then three loud KA-POWS.

What I remember most was not the car, the flurry of goodwill, the funeral, or even the 21 gun salute, but what happened about a month later. My sister screaming, running down the street after a car...trying to catch up to her best friend.

They had to move back to the midwest after her dad died. It all happened too fast.

The support system of military families in war time is held together by one thread...the life of the soldier serving. When a soldier dies, the broken thread leaves a gaping hole that his family falls through. That military wife becomes a widow, the children become fatherless, they have to move, leave schools,leave friends, and completely alter their way of life. It is hard to cope when the blows come one after the other...you aren't up from the first one, when another on is landed.

Some of you may think it the case, when any father or husband dies....but trust me, it isn't the same.

If my husband were to die today, I could still live in this house if I wanted to...Blaine could still go to this school...Blaine would not have to leave her friends....My friends would be here for me...

Memorial Day is about those who have sacrificed. Please remember ALL who have.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I thought it was funny...

It almost gave Hubs a heart attack.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Freedomgirl needs a camera phone

This morning, Hubs and I were at his favorite crack den when a Honda Civic drove by with three dogs sticking their heads out the windows. I REALLY need a camera phone.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


I have decided to use words like Jihad, infidels, and bomb everytime I talk on the phone from now on.....just for fun.

Monday, May 15, 2006

It takes two, ya know...

Yesterday, as the alarm was buzzing, Hubs rolled over and said "Happy Mother's Day"...

I told him, "Thanks. I couldn't have done it without you."

Sunday, May 14, 2006


Thanks for all the advice you've given me over the years. Also, thanks for not freaking out when I didn't take any of it. Now that I'm all grown up, I think its safe to finally tell Les and Phil that I was the favorite.

I love you, Mozzy.

Happy Mother's Day!
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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Well, DUH! That was a no-brainer.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

And the answer is....

Um,well, hello.

I'm not exactly sure where to start. It's been awhile. Thanks to all who answered my pathetic attempt to get attention. I've missed you all. I've decided not to bring you all up to speed with every little detail, but to keep it short and tell you simply, that all is well.

I think that I will probably gain momentum with each post I write, but for now, this is it. I'm sure its like riding a bike...I haven't forgotten how, I'm just a little wobbley. Bear with me while I regain my balance and pick up some speed.

I saw something funny in Portland so I took a picture of it. Hubs sees no humor in it, but I laughed until I almost cried. Is his funny bone broken or am I just stupid and juvenile(a label usually reserved for Hubs)?

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Monday, May 01, 2006

To blog or not to blog....

That is the question. Do you have an answer?