Friday, September 19, 2008

What a Difference a Year Makes

This has been a reflective week. Anniversaries of events bring memories – and often we even “re-live” those days in our minds and hearts.

Last year on September 21, we had the “Send-off” picnic by the lake at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. On that Sunday, our soldier was on the way to Iraq/Kuwait. (You can read about my thoughts on that day here.)

I knew then that a year was a short time. But when you are facing it – it seems like an eternity. Especially when it is such an UNKNOWN.

And we did miss him tremendously. We tried not to be fearful. We succeeded most of the time. Psalms 91 was our constant prayer. We have no doubt that our Loving Heavenly Father protected our Son, our Soldier, our Warrior.

So, this year, how fitting that on September 21, we are going to a much sweeter event. There is a “Yellow-ribbon” celebration in honor of our guys. And I can just tell you that it is MUCH easier to go to this one.

It is a celebration. It is an awareness of God’s protection.

Thank you Father. We are so blessed.

(pictures will follow)


brantley said...

Amen! Much easier.


Tricia said...

Praise God for bringing all of you through that year!!


Amydeanne said...

what a year makes! Amen! hugs

Brin said...

Our prayers are with our men! Thank the Lord for helping your family through the year!

Shonda said...

Praise the Lord for a good year. My son is talking about the military. I pray the Lord give me the grace to endure as you have if he chooses that path.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll follow too. I love this one big huge network of fellowship.

Engrafted by His Grace-

Tricia said...

Hey DeeDee
Thanks for your prayers yesterday, today has been much better... we all went to the park and had some really good family time, it was nice.

Scrapbooking was not at church, it was in Hoover with another lady I know who has crops, I will let you know next time in case you want to come...


Emily said...

Hooray for Sept. 21st!
I just finished watching 'Carrier'. Have you seen it? There is some bad language (warning) but I came away with such a respect for our serviceman. I didn't think I had truly grasped what it must be like for someone to have to leave their kids for a 6 month cruise. WOW. Hard isn't even a strong enough word for it!

Fran said...

Wow! I can't wait to get caught up on your blog...I think I have felt so much of God's protection in the past week. Simply beautiful to look back on.

So glad you have stopped by my blog. See you again soon.


Leah said...


Thank you for visiting The Point. I have such a great respect for the men and women who defend our country. Please tell your on I said thank you. I look forward to 'visiting' with you on your blog.


Susan said...

I needed to read this! My DS 1 is heading off to boot camp in November. Although we're not that close to a deployment (due to school and National Guard vs. full Army)...I know it's always a possibility. I'm happy to hear of this year's celebration.



Anonymous said...

Ms Dee Dee,
I know you are SO thankful he is back safely & now also has a wonderful new wife :) I love your new blog design & really enjoyed the study last night - you are SO encouraging & I look forward to the rest of the study!

Van said...

I am praising God for your son and the fact the year has come and gone. There are times my heart stops as I think of my own sons - fear creeps in and I hear lies about their lives. As soon as I command the lies to go away my heart settles a bit. I can imagine how you have bravely faced your year - God bless you - mother of a wonderful soldier. Send give him a kiss of gratitude and praise from me!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

I have been meaning to pop over here and say thanks so much for stopping by and for the sweet comments. It is always so great meeting new bloggy friends!

Our country is indebted to your son and all those that serve. They are true heroes.

You have a beautiful blog...I'll definitely be back to visit!

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

I can't imagine how hard last 9-21 must have been.

How sweet of the Lord to have the yellow ribbon ceremony on this exact date.