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As I read RJ's blog about taking her son to the airport for Iraq and going over his list with him I felt tears rolling down my face for her. Tears for a mother watching her baby boy, (regardless of his actual age) go off again counting every minute until he returns safely.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do with our children or a loved one is watch them walk away.

I've cried silent tears and said many prayers for friends, from everyday life and from on this site, as we have spoke. Friends like Dayna ( Ewe_Wish) and Stormy (LBS) who have watched their sons proudly get on that plane knowing they can't be there to protect them.
Knowing their lives are forever changing and counting every single minute until they return safely.

While I know many who have loved ones in Iraq, Afghanistan and such, I can not imagine the heavy heart of a parent who has to hug their child and watch them go to these places. Waiting to hear from them and wondering every day how they are doing.
I hurt for these parents, spouses, siblings and others who have this task at hand.

To these people I wish a comfort be put upon their hearts and a joyous return of their loved ones very soon.

To those going to these God forsaken places, I pray for you to be safe... be well and come home soon...
And THANK YOU from the depths of my soul.

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RJ53

Mar 29 @ 2:28PM  
My youngest comes home in two months and my oldest leaves in August for Afghanistan. You are right, it is never easy to send a loved one off to war. Thank you for a lovely blog.
sugarnspice005

Mar 29 @ 2:37PM  
CL, you said it better than I could. I too could not imagine how it is for those like Dayna, LBS, or RJ. All I can do is hope and pray along with them for their child's safe return and wholeheartedly thank them for such wonderful kids who have such character as to protect those of us who love and live in this country.

theSkwirl

Mar 29 @ 3:01PM  
It's not something I want to be able to identify with.. but I can certainly empathize and wish them all speedy and safe return home.
PrincessKissy

Mar 29 @ 3:35PM  
Does England count as a God-forsaken place? Cuz that I can definitely relate to.
PinkToeNails

Mar 29 @ 3:42PM  
I salute all our military!! I can't imagine what it feels like to have a child off in a war... it must be terrifying.... God love you Rhonda, Dayna, Stormy and all the other parents in the world who's child is away protecting their country.

ladybootscooter

Mar 29 @ 8:29PM  
Thanks ya'll. I'm glad it's not something that all of you can relate to. I can only say that it is without a doubt the hardest thing I've ever done. I pray for not only my own son but for Dayna's and RJ's sons too, to come home. Soon!
KitKat25

Mar 31 @ 11:11PM  
I can't relate to this situation...as I've never sent a child off to war...but I can give you a kudo...and tell you this was a very beautiful blog.

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