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Being part of the Military Family makes me thankful for… (Military Family Blog Carnival)

Welcome to the third edition of the (hopefully) growing Military Family Carnival.

Being part of the Military Family makes me thankful for…

Thanksgiving can be a beautiful celebration of all the blessings we enjoy. Many families lay the best table they can, express gratitude for the best of the year, and enjoy the company of family and close friends.

For many military families, this Thanksgiving will be spend apart from those they love most.

Last year on Thanksgiving, we had much cause for joy. My husband had returned home from Iraq, our daughter’s heart condition had been successfully repaired, and the rest of the soldiers from his unit were either home or on their way.

Since baby was still recovering, we could not yet travel. So, we invited the unit soldiers who had no where to go to come join us.

Baby was still having major anxiety about being separated from mommy, Captain Dad was experimenting with cooking a turkey for the first time, we had never hosted Thanksgiving before, and we had no idea how many guests to expect.

In the end, I held the baby while passing along words of encouragement and instructions about the side dishes to Captain Dad, we pressed another spouse into service, and we had plenty of good food.

Although I certainly missed being around our extended family, I think that impromptu celebration will always be one of my favorite Thanksgiving memories.

Being a part of the military family reminds me what really counts in life. We have freedom, continually renewed for us by our active participation and the efforts of our warriors. And we have each other, a gift made even more precious by the times we spend apart.

I hope you are spending this Thanksgiving with your soldier…but if you are not, you have my prayers for a safe and quick reunion. May this Holiday and others be filled with blessings for you.

I hope you will join me this week and share a post about why you are thankful:

  1. Please post on the theme. If you do not have a blog, ask to hijack a friend’s for the day or consider Guest Blogging your post on An Army Wife’s Life.
  2. Please link back to this post so your readers will come read and maybe participate, too.
  3. Add your post title (to get readers interested in visiting you) and specific post URL (not your entire blog) to Mr. Linky.

To encourage participation, I will be offering a prize. At the end of the month, one participant will be chosen at random to win a copy of Doonesbury.com’s The Sandbox: Dispatches from Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Military Family Blog Carnival: Veterans’ Day…

This week’s Military Family Carnival Theme is: Veterans’ Day…

This one is wide open–a biography of your favorite veteran, what the day means to you, pictures of your hometown parade, ideas for ways to honor our veterans…whatever you would like to share about the day! On Friday, I will move this post back up to the top and copy your links into the main body of the post.

Growing up in a small town in suburban New York, I did not think very much about veterans. There was the occasional visit to the retirement home, where some veterans lived. And my grandfather is a veteran of the Korean War, having served as a musician. Occasionally, there was reference to the men and women who had served when we studied the World Wars in history class.

Mostly, though, Veteran’s Day was just a day off from school for us. A chance to stay up late on Sunday and go to a midnight showing at the movie theater or have an extra party that weekend.

I’ve been spending this weekend with my favorite veteran and trying to think about the meaning of this day.

Today is about honoring the men and women who have committed themselves to serving this country.

They protected our nation and fought when called upon to do so by our elected representatives.

Even after their service, many continue to look after the soldiers who still serve. Speaking for those who are asked to remain silent in the name of military discipline and readiness.

On Veterans’ Day, we let them know that we value their sacrifices and have not forgotten them. We acknowledge that they spent many months, even years, away from their families, so that we could enjoy ours. We stop to think about the nights they spend sleeping on cold, wet ground, so that we could rest in comfort. We remember all the hours that dragged on while they willingly placed themselves in harm’s way so that we could be safe.

But it shouldn’t stop with just today.

I urge you to visit the Veterans Affairs site and find out about pending veteran legislation and also the House Committee on Veteran Affairs. Visit the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation to find out more about how you can support their programs. Write a note for a veteran and drop it off at a Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center. Wave that flag proudly as the veterans parade by.

Most importantly, please remember to thank any veteran you meet for serving our country.

I hope you will join me this week and share a post about Veteran’s Day:

  1. Please post on the theme. If you do not have a blog, ask to hijack a friend’s for the day or consider Guest Blogging your post on An Army Wife’s Life.
  2. Please link back to this post so your readers will come read and maybe participate, too.
  3. Add your post title and specific post URL (not your entire blog) to Mr. Linky.

To encourage participation, I will be offering a prize. At the end of the month, one participant will be chosen at random to win a copy of Doonesbury.com’s The Sandbox: Dispatches from Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I am really hoping you’ll join me and that this will build, because I think it would be fun!

UPDATE: I’m moving this to the top so everyone can see these cool posts. I’ll place them and any others that are added in the meantime as permalinks sometime on Sunday and then the next topic will be up on Monday (Being part of the Military Family makes me thankful for…). So please visit these cool posts, comment, and start thinking about your next post.

Please read, visit, and comment:

1. beth
2. Lynn
3. Sallie
4. Laura @ Laura Williams’ Musings

Military Family Blog Carnival: I first knew I was part of the Military Family when…

Welcome to my first ever Military Family Blog Carnival on An Army Wife’s Life.

Please write a post and add your post title and specific post URL (not your entire blog) to Mr. Linky. Write about whatever you like, however, you like–just make sure it is an actual post on the topic. You could tell an anecdote, share your thoughts, put up photographs, compose a poem, anything that you believe fits the topic. On Friday, I will move this post back up to the top and copy your links into the main body of the post.

If you do not have a blog, ask to hijack a friend’s for the day or consider Guest Blogging your post on An Army Wife’s Life.

To encourage participation, I will be offering a prize. At the end of the month, one participant will be chosen at random to win a copy of Doonesbury.com’s The Sandbox: Dispatches from Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I am really hoping you’ll join me and that this will build, because I think it would be fun!

This week’s topic is: I first knew I was part of the Military Family when…

When my husband left for Basic Training, it just didn’t seem real. I was still working the same job, hanging out with the same friends, and . I moved into a smaller apartment closer to work because going from NYC big firm law salary to specialist in the US Army is quite a pay cut, but we’ve never been big spenders so other than that my lifestyle did not change much.

So it wasn’t until I went to Basic Training graduation that I really understood that I was now an Army Wife. When the new soldiers marched out, calling cadence, I immediately felt a renewed sense of pride in my husband’s accomplishments. He had already accumulated lots of prestigious awards and positions in his academic and work career. That he also possesses the integrity to serve his country, the sense of duty to see that commitment through, and the physical and psychological strength to make it happen, gave me a huge amount of respect not just for him, but for all of our warriors.

Then, I looked around and saw all of the other wives, girlfriends, parents, and siblings, also angling for a view of their soldier. I realized that although we were different ages and came from different regions, we were united in our love for our troops. Our men, it was an all-male class, were being accepted into the world’s most elite military at a time when our nation was at war. I knew at that moment that, although the road ahead would be tough, I would never be walking it alone.

Please tell your story and add your link below. Remember, the only rules are:

1. You should post relating to the theme.
2. Link back to this post so others will know about the carnival and play along.
3. Add the title of your post and the URL of your SPECIFIC post below (not your homepage).

UPDATE: Thank you to our first participant: Then I Knew (Christine)

Only one so far but I’m not discouraged…it is brand new and several bloggers have told me they plan to join in. So, go ahead and get posting!

You are welcome to post to this theme (stories, anecdotes, thoughts, photos, poems, whatever works for you) at any time. If you want to be considered for the drawing for the book, you’ll have to participate in one or more of the carnivals this month by the last Friday of the month.

Next week’s theme, to be posted Monday, is: “Veterans’ Day…” This one is wide open–a biography of your favorite veteran, what the day means to you, pictures of your hometown parade, ideas for ways to honor our veterans…whatever you would like to share about the day!

Military Family Carnival: Molly Wants You!

Starting in November, I will host a blog carnival for Military Family Members and Spouses (and Military Personnel are welcome, too, although you may have to put your own spin on the topic).

I hope give out a prize once a month, drawn randomly from all the participants that month. If you post in multiple weeks, you’ll get multiple entries!!! If I find lots of sponsors, I’ll give out prizes more frequently.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week on Monday I’ll post a topic and include a little box where you can add the title of your post and your link to that specific post. If you want to plan ahead, I’ll put the topics for the month in the sidebar.
  2. Write a post (or revisit and revise an old post) and link back to the specific post for that week where everyone will be adding their links.
  3. On Friday, I’ll change the date on the post to make it appear at the top of the page so everyone will see your cool posts. Please go visit each other’s posts and read and comment.
  4. The following Monday I will add all the links into the post permanently and start with a new post.
  5. Got suggestions for topics??? I’m all ears. Post them here in the comments or shoot me an e-mail: mollypitcher at gmail dot com.