Many of you have noticed that I haven't posted anything significant for a while. And many of you probably haven't noticed at all because you are completely wrapped up in the busyness of the "holiday season" forgetting completely why we celebrate Christmas.
This is the hardest time of any family's deployment. Oh we remember the reason for Christmas and we pray fervently to The Reason for safety, peace, joy, and safe travels home for our soldiers. It is a time that can be difficult to muster a holiday spirit because we so desperately want our loved ones back home. Be patient with us ... try to imagine not having the one you love the most here with you at Christmas to share in all the festivities. Try to understand how easy it would be to feel alone in a crowd because part of you is thousands of miles away in a war zone; also alone.
Larry is a bit down this season, all his closest buddies are leaving today to spend the holidays with their families. Although he is excited for them remembering how our time together was just a few weeks ago, he'll miss them terribly.
Keep our soldiers in your prayers, help the family of a soldier in your community, give them an opportunity to just get away from reality for a few hours if you can. There is not better gift than to be there for the families; it helps the soldiers too.
God bless you all this Christmas and in the coming year. We appreciate you all so very much.