When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what's happening. Ask God to help you!
I have these words memorized....because, I have said them over and over again for the past few weeks.
I won't tell a lie.......sometimes, the way you respond just might come with a huge bucket of tears! This is how my response has been this week, to the fact that I can not control Tyler's future in the military.
The truth is, I really don't want to.....BUT....what I would like, is to be able to be there at the end of each of his days, so I can continue to give him a big hug and the voice of encouragement......just like I have done for the past 20 years.
I have always had great respect for the American Flag.....but I don't think I will ever look at it the same as I did before. I have a whole lot more respect for our beautiful flag and for what it stands for.
I also have a tremendous amount of respect for all of the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins....who send their loved ones on the journey of serving our Country.
Gosh.....it is a HARD thing to do!
Tyler, came by our house just a bit ago and even though he's not leaving until tomorrow......we gave each other the biggest of hugs. As he walked out our door to leave......My heart was breaking into.
Tears, tears and more tears!
It is great seeing him change into a man, but I just wasn't prepared to do it in this manner.
I have had to ask God to help me.... and HE has.
I am an emotional type person anyways, and my feelings are even stronger when it comes to those I love. Some may want to lean toward thinking that I'm bit obsessive and a little crazy....
the way I see it is.......when you have a very close family.....you have deeper feelings than some can imagine!!
Tomorrow is the day that we say our "Good byes" for a few months.....to say that I'm going to miss him is an understatement....I will miss his witty humor each day.
However.....I'm already looking forward to August and for the trip down to his graduation....
Hugs to all of you.....hope you will send one back to me!!
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