Monday, May 25, 2015

A Day for Remembering

Traditionally, Memorial Day is for honoring our fallen military, who gave their all for our country’s sake. I think most of us extend that remembrance to other heroes and loved ones. My children and I have often planted a flag at my husband’s grave, who did serve in the Air Force, but more importantly was our much loved one. When we spread my father’s ashes along a river spot he thought was beautiful, again we placed a flag in memory.

While our country is certainly not perfect, it is ours, loved and well-defended by many brave men and women. The flag of the United States of America is a symbol of more than our borders. It’s recognition of all our hopes and dreams. 

Let us remember today, not just the sacrifices of those who died for the meaning of the flag, but the many who did and continue to serve in the military, the legions who give every day that we may realize our aspirations to be more and better; the police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers, social workers, the mothers and fathers who work hard to raise their children, and many millions more. 

Let us remember the “we” in “We, the People.”

Thank you to all. I remember you today.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Good News...Cautious Optimism...And More Need

I'm posting my son's latest update on his wife's condition. They are both being extremely positive and brave and I'm very proud of them.

"Here is our latest update and it is good news!! We are extremely grateful that Caroline is able to come home even though it is with a lot of medication and very limited activity. We will need to go to UCLA twice monthly for more imaging as well as angiograms to make sure that there is no new tears or bleeds. They (UCLA) are delaying any surgery as it is dangerous and not a common one.

Caroline and I are extremely touched and grateful for all the prayers and support we have received. I am personally humbled and uplifted by the support we have experienced. Please keep Caroline in your prayers and thank you all again." 

While many people have kindly contributed to them both off and on their GoFundMe campaign, the amount is very helpful, but not enough. They face a $5,000 deductible, 20% of the medical costs and loss of income for at least two months.

If you have the means to contribute a bit, it is really needed and you'll be doing a great service to a deserving family.

Thanks for reading this. And a HUGE thank you to those who have contributed with a special nod to an overseas friend I personally thank.