Will you join me?

This week is a hard week for our family. My daughter, Erica, is saying goodbye to her husband of just a little less than a year.  Kendall is deploying to Iraq for a year.  He’s part of the clean up crew that is bringing a close to U.S. troops in Iraq. 

Because of this, Erica is moving back home to be with her family rather than staying alone in Texas where they’ve been stationed at Ft. Hood. 

I’m happy to actually have one of my girls back in the house.  It’s just been me and the boys for quite a while.  But I’m hurting for Erica and Kendall.  Yes, they knew the possibility of this when they married on Sept 25 of last year.  But it’s still hard when the possibility becomes reality. 

At the same time, they’ve both faced this reality with courage and strength.  They are thankful for technology and the ability they’ll have to Skype and email. 

Would you join me today in praying for our military?  Will you thank God that we have courageous men and women who are willing to sacrifice their comfort for our freedom?  Will you ask God to give them wisdom, courage, and protection?  Will you pray for Kendall to have opportunity to share Christ with other soldiers he will be spending a lot of time with?

From the bottom of this mom’s heart…thank you for praying with me.

Army Graduation

We had the privilege of attending our son-in-law’s Army Basic Training graduation today at Ft. Knox, KY.  It was a day that filled my heart with pride for my country and the men and women who serve my country. 

Congratulations Kendall!  We’re proud of you!

Will you pray for our military today?

Our son-in-law Kendall was able to be home for two weeks over the holidays.  We loved having him home and, of course, Erica was in heaven. 

While Erica went alone to pick up Kendall, she wasn’t looking forward to the 5 hour drive alone after dropping him off at the end of the two weeks.  Mark and I asked Erica and Kendall if we could make a long, “field trip,” taking Kendall back to Ft. Knox, KY and exploring the area.  They were open to the idea so all 6 of us headed south a day earlier than Kendall had to be back.  We explored the Patton Museum and Mammoth Cave together and had a great little weekend getaway. 

Being in a military town and seeing a bit of Kendall’s world really helped me to see the importance of praying for our military. 

Will you join me today?  After reading this, will you pause and pray for those who are serving our country? 

Will you help me encourage military families?

Today is packing day for me as I prepare to leave for Europe tomorrow. For those of you joining in on the Real Moms…Real Jesus discussion don’t worry…we’re still on for Chapter 3 tomorrow! I’ll be following your comments at the airports we’ll be in!

Please be praying for my family as Mark holds down the fort. He’s great about filling in the gaps on the rare times that I’m away–but it’s still alot to deal with alone. I’ve been preparing freezer meals so at least they won’t starve while I’m away!

I have something I’d like to ask for your help with this week. I’m speaking at Garrison Army base all day on Thursday. I’d like to bless the families who serve our country in a special way by having you comment on this post with a message directly to these families. On Thursday, I’ll send them to the post so they can read your comments directly. These families make many sacrifices to protect our country, our freedom, and our families. They deserve to hear our gratitude.

Please take a moment today to post a message while you’re thinking of it. People will have through Thursday night to post their encouragement so please tell your friends about this opportunity, too! I’m hoping for lots of encouragement to share with these special moms and dads!