thank you so much...those of you, all of you...who are keeping my brother-in-law in your prayers. his deployment has been a life-altering experience for my sister, and she is heartened to read your comments and the outpouring of love and support found here! she is able to forward those comments to joe, and he, too, has expressed his utmost gratitude for your prayers and support. if you wish to leave more, please do so! kara will make sure he gets them. they are inspiring and priceless!!!!
it's pretty surreal to realize that when THIS happened (a bombing at the bagram, afghanistan air base where the us vice-president was visiting), he was there. (but don't worry...he is fine!)
if you feel inclined to make some cards or something for joe (or any of the soldiers in his unit, for that matter), please email me and i will arrange to get them from you and forward them on to him, personally!
it is rather heartening to have the opportunity to feel the tender feelings of the soldiers' sacrifice; and the sacrifice of all those affected by their commitment to duty and honor. it is refreshing to look beyond opinions on the war. it is gut-wrenching at times to empathize with my sister. she came over on sunday and showed me the video she had created. clips of his deployment; that day; that event...set to music so appropriate and tender and intense. we sat together on my couch and she held me while i sobbed (she'd watched it too many times already to cry anymore!) and i cannot explain to you the profound respect and love i felt for her and her husband. the profound gratitude.