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Jun 17, 2010

Feel Good Today

From Brent

It's nice to see the good side of life in this day and age of cynicism and bad news. If this doesn't make you cry your eyes out, make an appointment with your cardiologist because your heart is missing.

I was deployed to Desert Storm for a year and half STATE-SIDE and it was hard being away from my family... much less being sent overseas. As part of my duties, I arranged dozens of homecoming arrivals for families. Each and EVERY TIME I was reduced to a mess of tears not only for the happiness but also for the sadness of those troops who had no family there to welcome them home:


Kat said...

Okay, that had tears running down my face....must share...been there.

Anonymous said...

I've not been in the situation but cried my eyes out anyway. Thank you for posting this. Not enough of this going around. I think I'll give my 10 year old boy an extra hug today. I just can't imagine.

Mamita J said...

Thank you for sharing that. The tears started with the first look on the first girl's face and continued...

God bless our troops.

Michelle said...

Goodness! I have been through this this so many times and I STILL had tears running down my face!
Thank you! for sharing this with your readers! Personally, I really appreciate it!
Michelle Mann

Jennifer said...

Love, love, LOVE it!!! Thanks for sharing!

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Our son spent 2.5 years (2 deployments) serving in Iraq. When he came home for his once a year R & R, our whole family was at the airport to meet him. However, when he came "home" after each deployment, he came "home" to Ft. Benning, Georgia while his family lives in Wa. State. We could not all be there for his homecoming.

After his 1st tour of duty, my husband and I were totally planning to be there when he arrived "home" to Georgia. However, the army kept changing the dates ... over and over and over. My husband is a school teacher. Schools do not allow teachers to take unlimited vacations in the middle of the school year. We finally purchased our plane tickets, hoping to be there. However, our son flew in 2 days early. So, he was one of those "without a family to greet him". We were sad. He was sad. But, it wasn't for lack of a loving family. The military can make things VERY difficult for families to plan around their schedule (or lack thereof).

My husband and I, however, were at the base when another couple of planes from our son's company did arrive, and we were blessed to be a part of their home-coming (with our son standing proudly by our side).

Oh yes ... homecomings are filled with joy and sadness. Three members of Gregg's company did not come home. One of the wives was there to welcome the troops ... while her husband had arrived home in a pine box many months earlier. So sad. So hard.

Thanks for sharing!

mama of a dozen
proud Army mama
proud Navy mama

dg darling said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I am exhausted from crying now!

Marlo said...

I'm crying because I'm picturing my reunion with Anna in Heaven. I will be like those moms who are so glad to see their children again.

Debi said...

I have no make-up left on but my heart is full.
Praying that God keeps them safe and that they all come home soon.
Love and hugs and prayers,

Michelle Found said...

No reason to make an appointment with a cardiologist here! Tears were certainly flowing.
Thanks for sharing these touching moments.
~Michelle Found
Picton, Ontario, Canada

Lauras Garden said...

I am all teary eyed too. My husband is in the Canadian military. He was never deployed overseas but I can certainly share the emotion.

Karin said...

*Tears* My son just came home for one week of leave before he deploys to Korea for a year. We had a homecoming at the airport last night that I was precious to us. One week from now we will take him back and send him off. Thank you for posting these videos. Praying for your sweet Abby.

Lisa said...

As a military wife of 14 years, I can tell you that deployments are scary -- the thoughts, the fears, the lonliness -- but the welcome homes are absolutely unimaginable! When you can hold and touch and kiss the one you love and know they're safe, that's what makes it all worth it. The extremes are what's difficult. But the joy of seeing them that first time after being gone so long literally takes your breath away. Years later, replaying it in my mind, it still takes my breath away.

Thank you for sharing these, Brett. Once again, I have tears streaming down my face.

God Bless.

Blessedw5mom said...

Yep ... tears ... but also just want to thank all the military families who so generously share their loved one with the military! Thank you!