All these years Memorial Day has been a nice holiday for a family picnic and an occasional parade when Jeremy had to march in the band and a passing thought of thankfulness for those who have served our country, but this year it's beginning to mean so much more as I anticipate my son being one of the soldiers serving our country. I really appreciated Stephanie Howell's blog post here about what the day means to her. Her husband is serving in Afghanistan right now. She gives us a poignant look into what military families go through. Next year at this time, if everything works out as Brandon would like it to work out, he will be in Ranger camp, and I will be feeling a multitude of emotions!
Brandon participated in a little parade(by little, I mean little...color guard, two Army vehicles, and one marching band...not even a fire truck!) He rode along with his girlfriend (who has also enlisted!)
I'm proud of him and pray for all the good things that he's anticipating to come true!
Today I'm packing for my 25th or so CKU (Creating Keepsakes University) and leave for Nashville in the morning. I'm looking forward to returning to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, which I call a human terarium, fun with my fellow teacher friends, seeing students that I've known through the years, and meeting lots of new friends! It's going to be three straight days of 8 hours of teaching...exhausting but so rewarding. I'm really looking forward to hearing the stories that my students are recording in our album track class.
I'll be back with lots of pictures next week!