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Someone emailed me this around the 4th of July and the story really touched my heart.  Please read it and remember the sacrifices the members of our military make for us every day.

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat.  It was going to be a long flight.  I’m glad I have a good book to read.  Perhaps I will get a short nap, I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me.  I decided to start a conversation.

“Where are you headed?” I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
“Petawawa. We’ll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we’re being deployed to Afghanistan.”

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time…

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch.  “No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn’t be worth five bucks.  I’ll wait till we get to base.”

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch.  I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty  dollar bill.   “Take a lunch to all those soldiers.”  She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly.  Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me.  “My son was a soldier in  Iraq; it’s almost like you are doing it for him.”

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated.  She stopped at my seat and asked, “Which do you like best – beef or chicken?”
“Chicken,” I replied, wondering why she asked.  She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class.

“This is your thanks…”

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room.
A man stopped me.  “I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.”  He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, “I want to shake your hand.”  Quickly unfastening my seat belt I stood and took the Captain’s hand.  With a booming voice he said, “I was a soldier and I was a military pilot.  Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.”   I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs.  A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine.  He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane.  Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word.  Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base.
I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars  “It will take you some time to reach the base…. It will be about time for a sandwich.
God Bless You.”

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers.

As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return.  These soldiers were giving their all for our country….   I could only give them a couple of meals.    It seemed so little….

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America ‘ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

Prayer:

Lord, hold the troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.   Amen.

Photo by Michael T. Henry Photography

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The Weekly Re-cap: I made a new friend, and found a couple dresses I liked.  I showed you that I haven’t changed too much through the years, and we talked about uncovering the joy of YOU.  I also told you that I had an awesome day happening.  It ended up being more uneventful than I had hoped, but these things happen….

The Weekly Read: I’ve been reading 101 Ways To Find God’s Purpose For Your Life.  I’ve done 2 blogs about things I’ve read in it so far.  #1 & #2

The Weekly TV: I’ve been watching a show that was on TV a few years ago called The Riches.  It’s about a family of con-artists.  I like it 🙂  It stars Minnie Driver & Eddie Izzard.

The Weekly Movie: Paparazzi – Great movie!  Reminds you that life as a celebrity isn’t always everything it’s cracked up to be….

The Weekly Downer: That the job I interviewed for isn’t going to take a few weeks to make a hiring decision 😦

The Weekly Beverage: Limeade


The Weekly Food: Chicken Helper & more turkey sandwiches

The Weekly Amazing Fact: According to OMG Facts Despite having much longer and more flexible necks, Giraffes have the SAME number of neck vertebrae as humans

The Weekly Birthdays: Daran Overfield (40), Bev Waltz, Eric Hennessey, Reid Emination, Kristen Alison Haley, Todd Arbesfeld, and Crystil Loeper.  Happy Birthday to you all!  I hope you had a wonderful birthday.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you did for your special day.  🙂

The Weekly Activity: SMBTV Happy Hour at Wolff’s Biergarten.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: AstroGirl426 and SimpleMealPlan

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: LaDorkas – National Multiple Sclerosis Walk
These women are incredible and walking for a good cause.  Please donate whatever you can.  They have a hefty goal.  Every dollar gets them closer to a cure for MS.

Have a great weekend!

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Today is going to be an awesome day!

I have an interview in the AM

I’m going to check out another company for a position that Michael found that he thought I might find interesting
(Just in case the AM interview isn’t as wonderful as I’m hoping it will be)

And one of my best friends is flying in

So send positive vibes, prayers, crossed fingers – whatever sends good things and luck my way 🙂

My readers are the best!!

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I’m not a bible-thumper by any stretch of the imagination, but I do find that I have so many friends, relatives, strangers that I keep in my prayers everyday….

The Mother who can’t find her child in the wreckage.
The friend who feels helpless.
The men & women who can’t find jobs.
The man who changed who he was to find love.
The people who are lonely
The husband who can’t comfort his wife.
The mother who prays all through her daughter’s chemo.
The child who’s cat passed on.
The Mother who has a disease she feels helpless to fight.
The single Father who tries his best to raise his son well.
The woman who’s own family doesn’t support her living with her child’s Father.
The woman who stays for love but prays he won’t lie again.
The single Mother who found out her fiance is the worst kind of liar.
The man who’s in love with a woman he can’t have.
The man who wants love but can’t find it.
The man who never seeems to have anything go right for him.
The friends trying to start businesses.
The friend who wonders if she’s a good Mother.
The friends who are so far apart on the map.
The woman who never got to live life like everyone aroudn her.
The child who feels unloved.
The friends who are broken both physically & emotionally.
The wife who feels like her husband just doesn’t care anymore.
The new friends I’m blessed to call my friends.
The girl not ready to lose a Grandparent yet.
The friend who feels losing weight is hopeless.
The girl who found out she’s pregnant and she’s scared.
The friend who wants to quit smoking.
The friend who quit smoking – that she doesn’t start again.
The workaholic who sabotages his own happiness.
The good friends who can’t sell their home.
The kids who made the team – that they’ll play well and stay injury free.
The student who is struggling in school.
The friends who feel overwhelmed by their goals in life.
The couple who are traveling – to return home safely and re-energized.
The man who was taken from us all – far too early.
The politician who tries their hardest to sway government to help the people best.
The husbands and wives who wnt to get pregnant so badly.
The husband who worries his wife may be getting board.
The men and women who forever wonder “what if.”
The brave men and women who are deployed to serve our country.  May they return safely to their worried families.
The families of the deployed.  May they find comfort in the love and support around them.

Mom & Dad – That they stay healthy & happy together for many years to come.
My brothers – that they know they’re loved
Michael – for so many reasons
Isabella – that she’ll transition okay when Michael & I go back to work.
Sierra – that she will grow up to be a smart successful woman.

I feel like this list is ever changing and growing everyday.
We have so much to be thankful for in our lives.
Let’s be grateful for what we DO have in life and pray for those around us who struggle….

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