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  • family,  future,  Inspiration,  Military,  parenting,  remembering,  Sacrifice,  Thank you,  world

    Thank You: You Are A Hero

    Good afternoon all. Today I would like to take the time to thank all those who serve in the military. No matter where you are from or what military you serve in, THANK YOU.

    I was sitting with my son, scrolling through Facebook when I saw a video of returning soldiers. Needless to say, I was in tears and my 3-year-old was asking me what was wrong. I did not know how to explain it to him. So, I sat and thought about it. I tried to come up with a way to explain to my child why I was crying. Well as it normally does, this line of thought brought me to other thoughts. Like how would you tell a child that their mommy or daddy will not be home for a few weeks, months, or even years? Now here I am. After my tear-filled realization brought on by a Facebook post.

    I felt the need to say thank you to all of the men and women who leave their homes and serve to protect others from the monstrosities that are in the world. Thank you to the men and women who stay at home and keep children, pets and family members safe while their loved ones serve a higher purpose. Thank you to the children who wait patiently for mom or dad to come home from service to share a little time with them. To all of you, thank you. You are all heroes.

    Now, I have thought of soldiers and their sacrifice on many occasions. I think of the time they spend away from their families so that I may tuck my children into bed at night. I have also thought of the men and women who are here at home and keep things going until their soldier comes home. What I had not really thought about was the children who wait for their soldiers to come home. Wait, let me clarify that. I have thought about them, I have just never sat down and thought of the emotional and mental strain this must put on those waiting at home. I have considered the soldiers and all of their stresses and longings to be home and their spouses stress waiting for them. I just had never really visualized what these children go through. Having parents absent for important events in life is hard enough. Having them absent because they are defending the world is entirely different.

    I sat and imagined what it would be like to talk to my children weekly through a computer or phone screen. I thought about the feelings my children would have if their daddy wasn’t home every night for dinner. I thought about how my children would feel if I was not here to tuck them in at night. This made my heart hurt so much. I realized how big of heroes these children are as well as their soldier loved ones. For that reason, I say thank you to them the most. Thank you for giving up all of the things we take for granted so that our families can be protected. You are the biggest heroes of them all.

    I hope that you all can take a minute out of your busy day to say thank you to someone who is waiting for their soldier to come home.

    On behalf of my family, I say thank you to the soldiers serving in the military and sacrificing, I say thank you to the family members left at home, and I say a humongous thank you to the children who are waiting on their soldiers to return to tuck them in at night. You are all appreciated and we send you hugs and inspiration.

    As always, my friends inspire to be inspired and do not just follow your dreams, grab them by the horns and give them wings.

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  • Achieving,  family,  future,  Inspiration,  remembering,  world

    Making Time For Your Dreams

    Good afternoon all. I hope you are starting out this new year with a fresh look on the possibilities this great world has to offer. I am working hard to this respect. With this in mind, I have decided to talk about one’s dreams and making time to achieve them.

    We all have dreams of achieving certain goals throughout our lifetime. Many dreams pertain to the type of work one wants to do, or the family they wish to have. Me personally my lifelong dream has been to write poetry while sitting on the River Seine. I have not achieved this dream but have complete confidence I will. This is the part of dreams that normally cause them to go wrong. Many times it is easy to think, that it is just a dream, I cannot possibly ever achieve that. You must keep a positive outlook. Even when you feel like life is throwing you every curve ball possible, swing and at least one will connect. Keep your dreams in a light that they are achievable. It may not be today or tomorrow, but if you give up on your dreams now, what will be your motivation for going on? What will you have to work for?

    Making time for your dreams will help. Whether you have the ability to fulfill them now or not, take time to think about them. Plan out what you want to do or where you want to go. When we have goals and set them in motion it is much easier to achieve the things we want. This is not to say spend all day dreaming about going to Paris, or planning trips around the world. Take five minutes out of your busy day to think about what you want to do. What really speaks to your heart. Think about how you will make that trip you have longed for, or what you need to do to finish that novel you started five years ago. Just making time to think about your dreams helps keep them alive and keeping them alive makes them possible.

    No matter what your dreams are, keep them alive. Make time for them and make time for yourself. Life is to short to always worry about the now, sometimes it is fun to think about the future. To picture what one day will be. Keep this mindset and you will be able to achieve your dreams. Perhaps not right now, but one day.

    Until then friends, I wish you a wonderful afternoon and the best year of your lives. Remember always to inspire to be inspired.

  • Achieving,  family,  future,  Inspiration,  loss,  parenting,  remembering,  sorrow,  world

    Unopened Presents

    Good morning all. It is that time of year again. The stockings are all hung up and presents are wrapped. If you are like my family, they are hiding in the closet because the 3-year-old wants to open them all. It is also the time of year where I always realize that there will always be an empty stocking on the mantel and unopened presents under the tree.

    This is the time of year I feel the absence of my son the most. He would be 12-years-old this year. He would probably be playing on his phone and ignoring everyone, like my 13-year-old does. However, I will never know.

    It has been 10 years now since my little boy earned his wings and not a day goes by that I do not miss him. Christmas used to be my favorite holiday, the time of year I looked forward to the most. Now, though I still love the time of year, I am always saddened to know that he won’t be opening those presents under the tree.

    We always make sure he is included in our celebrations though. We hang a cardinal on the tree and there is one in the flowers decorating the dining room table. In our house, we view cardinals as angels from heaven, so we always have a place for him, albeit in our hearts. He is represented.

    I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season. No matter your beliefs or where you are from, have a wonderful season and may your new year be full of inspiration and success.