Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Holiday Weekend

Turkey, prime rib, asparagus, and pumpkin pie are a few of the yummy foods that I enjoyed Thanksgiving Day. Terran and I spent a delightful day at his parent's house. I spent the afternoon working on a quilt with Tamara, which is awlays enjoyable, made only more so by time spent together and the gentle chatter of family in the background (if you count the boys shooting nazi's on the computer gentle chatter).

Terran and I then got full swing in with the Christmas spirit ; we spent Saturday shopping for our families and Sunday decorating our house. We went this year to a tree farm and cut our own tree. It was so fun to tramp around in the cold to find the perfect tree and to hear all the other families around us. I sang Christmas carols all day long.

Things I'm Thankful For:

1: Terran, my most wonderful husband, who will always get up after we've gone to bed to get the extra blanket for me

2: Our families

3: Our home, I'm so glad that we don't just have a house, but a home

4: The ability to read, my world would be so empty without books

5: Kojo and Kaia, two stinkerish puppies that love me no matter what


Friday, November 11, 2005

Veterans Day

I have spent more time thinking about Veterans Day today than I ever have before. I've always been grateful to the men and women that have fought for this country, cried during war films, and read books telling of their daring deeds. But today as my brother is on a plane heading for Iraq, I'm humbled by those that would count the cost and go to a foreign country to fight for my freedom. Because of them I can each day get up and lead my life as I feel led not having to fear for my safety or fear a goverment that tries to dictate what I believe or where I put my faith.
What I see today is a little red head boy that I've played with and fought with all my life on a gray army plane going to continue the fight for me, just like he did when we were little and the neighborhood bully (yes, every neighborhood has a bully) would try to pick on us. Because of him, I feel like I have come to a better understanding of this day. It's no longer a date set aside for faceless soldiers fighting wars I don't remember, because my soldier has a face and this war I will remember.