When It's 9 pm Here, It's 6 am in Fallujah...

This is my husband's son, my stepson Mark. (He's the one in the middle of our 2007 Christmas photo.) He survived a tour of Iraq. Twice. And Afghanistan. But when this photo was taken 5 years ago (right around this time -- near Thanksgiving), our smiles were fake. ...more
@The emotions nurse  Thank you so much for your comment...I can't wait to see your first post on ...more

In Defense of "Nothing Special" Moments as a Family

I remember the night we took this picture. It was sometime in late fall of 2004 and I picked up some KFC for supper, and just for the heck of it, I pulled out the camera and snapped some shots of everybody. My stepson Mark (he's the cute kid sitting next to my daughter who is sticking her tongue out) asked me, "Why are you taking pictures? Nothing special is going on." To which I replied, "Exactly, that's why I'm taking pictures."...more
@misslissy  Hi Miss Lissy, I just happened upon your comment, and I wanted to thank you so much ...more

He's in the Navy Now

As seen this week on TheNextFamily.com (2/22/2012):The other day, maybe two weeks ago at most, I get a phone call from the oldest boy (the 20-year-old).  When I answer the phone with my sing-songie “Hellooo-ooo-oooo,” he laughs and says, “Hey Mom!  I’ve got something to tell you!”Freeze frame....more
A beautiful send off for your son for the next chapter in his life. You must have so many ...more

Be grateful, always.

Today's guest post is written by my wife, Lori....more
A beautiful post. One of the big joys of becoming a teacher in mid-life has been working with ...more

Friends, Freedom, and Fallen Heroes