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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11 -- and Our brave Military men and women

I don't want people thinking that after I read their posts that I wanted to "me too" them. I had the rare opportunity (thanks to my wonderful Father-in-law, whose birthday it is today) to spend 2 hours driving by myself. (Where I live it becomes necessary to drive upwards of 3 hours one way when visiting a specialist.... I broke my foot at a church activity doing a round-off. Hey I'll have you know that there were women older [50-80 yr olds] than me doing cartwheels, splits and other cheerleader tricks, and me being the youngest [I'm only 33] of the acrobats was the one to break something.....so, I had to drive an hour to the dr and an hour back to get my foot x-rayed ... it is healing fine, in case you're interested....) Anyway while riding in the car, I heard "Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?" by Alan Jackson and bawled my eyes out. I had just listened to a state wide talk show on the 9/11 subject and so my feeling were already tender. That morning, I was at home with my then 1 yr old and 3 yr old the 2 older ones were across the yard at school. We lived in a very rural area, we had no tv reception and the radio came in sorta. The teacher called over to let me know what was transpiring. Friends from Vegas where we had recently moved from called and taped hours of the live footage for us. It was a surreal event. I learned later that a good friend from high school's brother had been working at the pentagon that morning (he was fine). My sister was home on leave with the Army-MP (stationed in Korea) and had to report immediately to the nearest base.
The military is close to our hearts as I've had two brothers serve and a sister. My oldest brother has served in the Coast Guard and is currently serving in the Air National Guard. My brother just older than me served in the Air Force and served in Saudi Arabia in the early 90s. And my baby sister the youngest of 8 served as an MP in the Army for 6 years. She served in Korea, Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan and Iraq. She is currently in the Guard and has also just recently become a mommy. I hate the thought of them calling her up to serve again in any of those areas and Shaylee possibly growing up without her Mommy, but I know she would go and serve with all her might for this country we love. It is So very important that we support our military and let them know they are loved and supported. Go to the link (thanks to Andrea http://momtothefey.blogspot.com/ for letting me re-visit it) and send an email to a solider. RCT-6letterfromh@gcenmf-wiraq.usmc.mil


Manic Mom said...

Wow. First of all, beautiful family picture--are they all yours! God Bless!!!

Thanks for also directing others to Andrea's site!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Thanks! Well, as you can tell, one does look a little darker in skin tone... he is adopted (family adoption- my sister-in-law gave birth to him and he was taken from her by the state at one month. He spent a time in a place called Child Haven in LasVegas. We have had him since he was 3 months old and he had been adopted as of 1/17/04 ... long drawn out process, very emotional and sometimes ver hard as his birth mom is part of the family and has 2 other boys she is currently working on getting back. So, I gave birth to 5, but they are ALL mine.
Thanks for stopping by.

Andrea said...

I sound like I'm copying Manic, but my first thought was, "Wow! What a gorgeous family!" And you all look so happy!

Thanks for the link back, the comments, and for your long-standing support of the military. :) This may be my first visit, but it won't be my last.

Sam said...

Thank you so much for your comments on my blog!(bearbugandbeansmom.blogspot.com) It was very exciting for someone who isn't family reading my stuff! You have a beautiful family I wish you all the best!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Thanks Sam and Andrea I feel the same it is exciting to have someone come enjoy my pictures and stories. Ithink I'm addicted to this blog thing and I love that I can find so many people who share my beliefs.
We took the picture for Grandma & Grandpa to take down for Papa before he passed away in Dec. And it turned out pretty good, so we used it for our christmas card.

G. Parker said...

Family brings it all that much closer. Take care.

carrie & troy keiser said...

Thanks G. Parker for the comment.. yes family always makes it more dear.