Monday, January 4, 2010

Saying Goodbye....

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you what I did on Sunday....with storm warnings up and down the east coast we gathered our family and drove to Boston, TD Bank Garden, home of the Bruins and Celtics.
My family and the families of 650 soldiers.

The overhead was showing pictures of training and other missions. Not to mention the images of Old Glory.

What an impressive group. These are soldiers defending our country and all the rights we all have. My son is part of the 101 st Field Artillery Battalion. It is the oldest field artillery regiment in the United States Army dating back to Dec. 13, 1636 when it was organized as the South Regiment by Massachusetts General Court.

My son served in Iraq and has been home for 18 months only to head to Afghanistan for a year. He also went to Somalia as a Marine. See the mixed emotions, pride and great sadness.
This is our son and his daughter, my sad sack, she knows how long a year is! My daughter and her two sons and daughter. My family. The people who hold my heart. I know my son is doing something he believes in and loves, but damn, I hate to see him go.

Ben and Kaylee

I am so proud of our son. What Mom would not be proud of her handsome, brave son?
I know God will keep him safe and bring him back to us....and I have always believed in fate.
Now he leaves home on Wednesday, his orders started on Sunday, but we have Monday and Tuesday you see why I wanted to just savor my holiday time this year?
Stay safe my son!


In the Light of the Moon said...

My prayers are with you and your family.I am so proud of your son and all the brave souls that have taken on this task.They offer us everything and take so little for themselves.A true Hero for us all.Blessings to you and your family.Warmest Regards,Cat

Mrs. P. said...

Praying save keeping over your son. Bless him and bless you too.


Kammy said...

Prayers go to your son and his family - fighting for OUR freedom, thank you !

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Oh Donna I have the chills right now!! Your son is a hero in the truest sense of the word! Please thank him for you!! I will keep him and your family in my prayers - God Bless him and keep him safe!!

warm hugs, Linda

Anonymous said...

My heart is with you and your son and family. What a bittersweet day you had. How proud I am of your son and you! He's committed to making the world a better place, not just for himself, but for many people.

Father in Heaven, I pray that you provide safety, comfort, and joy to this family. I pray that you reward this entire family's sacrifices as they serve in various capacities to better Your world. Please keep Ben safe, Lord.

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

Tears filled my eyes as I read your post. My brother has served overseas so I sort of know some of the pain and pride you are feeling right now. May God bless and protect your son and your entire family as he serves to protect us. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please send him thanks and best wishes from me and my family. He is our hero!

Sue said...

Hi Donna....yes, tears filled my eyes as must be very proud of your handsome son....I hope your year flies by and that he is home safe and sound before you know it....Sue.

Jude said...

What a beautiful family you have. I work for a little parish in Orleans, and I will make sure to go to the church next week, and say a prayer for you and your son.

I was so thrilled to see your kind comments at my blog -- thank you!


Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Donna, Oh, I would feel the exact same way. You have a beautiful family and I am sooo appreciative of brave men like your son. I hope this next year flies by...will keep you all in my prayers. Stay warm!

Bill said...

Hi Donna,
I'm sorry you had to bid your brave son farewell once again. I pray that the year passes quickly for you and for his daughter and that he'll return to you safely and in good spirits.

Thank you for your visits and your kind comments. They're greatly appreciated!

Warmest regards,

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Rettabug said...

Please tell your son "Thank you" for us? We greatly appreciate the service of ALL the men & women in our armed forces.
May this year fly by & he return home safely.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl my prayers are with you and your grandson leaves in 10 months and so I tried real hard to make a very special Christmas for him and his little family...Thanks to your handsome son and God Bless...Thank you also for coming by and seeing me...I really enjoyed your visit...I want to add you to my follow list so we can pray together for our brave boys...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria