Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Memorial Day!

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Good Morning to all my blogging friends of heart! This Memorial Day reminds me of those I have loved and lost. And even though my loss of blogging friends is my own fault...I do miss you all. I want to pay the highest tribute to those who put their lives on the line to protect our blessed freedom. I think of my father who joined the Army before they drafted him. I think of my uncle who served in Vietnam. And my cousin who fought in the first Gulf War; another cousin who was serving on the USS Nimitz in 1988 when a fire broke out on the ship. We were blessed during their time of service and no one gave his life.


But Memorial Day, to me, is for more than remembering the men and women who served in the Armed Forces.

I remember my Nunnie whom I miss dearly. She was my first best friend. I learned how to cook watching her in her kitchen. I wish my husband and children could have known her. They would have loved her just as I did, just as everyone who ever knew her. She was a saint on earth and my heart aches for the day I can hug her again.

I remember Nancy Jane, my other mother. Nancy was Holly's mom and she kept me in line just as my own mother does. I had more coffee at her table than any other, talked more gossip and laughed big-bellied laughs when she was around. She died on my father's birthday 3 years ago and I still talk to her when I make my first cup of coffee in the morning.

I remember my Grandma. A strong Irish woman whom I see every time I'm around my sister. From her hands to her work ethic her spirit is embodied in Carrie and I thank God for that. When I see my sister furiously cleaning her floors - I see my Grandma.

I remember my Paps. The two were as different any two could be with one exception: their love for their families. One was easy-going and one as tough as nails (not to me, of course.) I think that God knew what he was doing when he gave them their spouses. My grandmothers balanced out their personalities and I kinda like to think that's what He had in mind when he gave me Kenny.

And even though I never met Kenny's dad (he died when Kenny was 7) I remember him today. He served in Vietnam and was pretty easy going. I think Kenny got his temperament from him. And I'm pretty sure he would have liked me. I hope so anyway...

May you all have a memorable Memorial Day keeping your loved ones close to your heart.

Blessing of the day: I blessed because I come from a long line of heroes in my heart!

22 comments:

Tara said...

Julie

what gr8 memories, thanks for sharing!

Brenda said...

Beautiful post girl I sure miss you.

justabeachkat said...

Yeah! It's so good to see you've posted. I've missed you.

I hope you had a good Memorial Day. Come by and view a great video at the end of my last post honoring our "warriors". It's very touching and worth watching.

Hugs!
Kat

Anita said...

Wonderful post... Nice to see you!

From the Doghouse said...

It was good to hear from you again! Hope things are going OK on your end.

And that was a very sweet and appropriate post for Memorial Day, thanks for sharing.

Rosemary said...

Hi Julie,
Glad you did that post!!
Miss you,
Rosemary

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Julie! How are you? Glad to read this post. It was very sweet. I miss my Grandmothers, too. One was a tiny little thing who had the calmest temperment of anyone I've ever known. The other was a warm and loving "place of comfort" for me. Just walking into her house made me feel good.

Anyway, I know what you mean about losing blogging friends. I had a tough time blogging on a regular basis for a few months there and it cost me. My own fault, I know, but I still miss getting up every morning and seeing a mailbox full of comments. However, I can't be too sad because I still have quite a few friends who have hung in there with me. :) You're still on my favortie list, you know. I'll try to get around more often in the hopes that you'll be blogging regulary soon.

It was wonderful to read a post from you today.
Kari

Kimmie said...

Okay girl...I want you to get back in the groove of blogging. You have so much to share and have been such an encouragement to me in the past year. I am thankful for you and don't want our friendship to fizzle.

May your heart be full of those who are dear to you and may he bring more for you to cherish and encourage.

hugs to you!
Kimmie
mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Sling said...

Don't you know all your blogging friends check in on you?
Hope you had a great memorial weekend julie. :)

Terri and Bob said...

Hello, sweet girl! Remember me? I have been AWOL for a while as I closed the school year and started summer school. not to mention being sick... any way, I was glad to see you have posted... hope to see more soon!

Counting Your Blessings said...

Miss you (and Jessie too). How are things? Email me sometime (countingyourblessings@gmail.com). Hugs... Polly

joan said...

Hi Julie,

Great psot. Sure miss you in the blogging world. Hope you are doing well.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi Julie!! I hope all is well in your neck of the woods and the kids are being good to you!!
I sure do miss you!!
Hugs,
Robin

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

How did I miss this post? Goodness, we miss you girl! Hope that all is going well.

Hugs,
Dena

NeereAnDear said...

Well I am not so sure how I missed this post either... but it sure is good to see you back

Hope we get more of these coming soon

HUGS

JO

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Hey Julie - just checking in with you. Wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you!

Kari

PAT said...

I'm a tad late! It's good to see you posting, Julie!

Wonderful post.
Pat

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Miss you Julie!

Redneck Nerdboy! said...

Hi Nunnie!!! Just popping in to grin at you.

:)

Okay, grin over. Thank you so much for this kind word about Memorial Day! I hope you're doing very well these days.

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

miss you miss you miss you!!!!!


Hugs,
Dena

NeereAnDear said...

MISSING YOU A LOT!!

HUGS

JO

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Hey, Julie. Are you ever coming back?? Miss you.
Kari