Monday, November 11, 2013

My Veteran

I really wanted to write something for Veteran's day this year, but quite frankly, I feel like nothing I write will top my Veteran's Day post from last year.
It's my favorite post I've ever written.
So I'm posting it again.

There's probably some unwritten blog rule that says you can't recycle posts, but I don't even care.
Cause I love this post so much.
And I love my husband so much.

And I love our military, and our country, and our service men and women that stand on the front lines everyday to protect our homeland and our freedom.
My heart overflows with joy when I think about these people, our country, my husband.
And it's from the bottom of my heart when I say thank you. When we, as a country, say thank you.


Today we celebrate Veteran's Day.
My husband is a veteran: 
Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom from 2007-08.

A couple weekends ago I went to the Eric Church concert.

I know you're probably thinking "and these two go together, how??" but stay with me...

At the Eric Church concert he sang his song "These Boots," and if you haven't heard it.
But he sings about his pair of boots and all the places they've been, and what they've seen over the years, and it got me to thinking about my husband's boots.

His Army boots.

And all the places they've been and things they've seen.

Those boots were laced up every morning for over a year, to run missions all day that lasted well into the night, often times through the night. 
They carried an extra 100+ pounds of gear, and withstood the heat of the Iraqi summers.

Those boots have been dusted with the sands of Tikrit and the dirt of Mosul.
They've walked along the gravel near the Tigress River.
And they sat crammed next to bunch of other boots on a C-130 for hours to get there.

Those boots stood next to both Iraqi forces, and young locals; 
all in the name of a better Iraq.

Those boots spent Thanksgiving and Christmas, and rang in the new year overseas.

Those boots were there, on the floor of Saddam Hussein's mother's palace, when Nate was planning our engagement.
Those boots have seen a lot, heard a lot; most of which, I'll never know.
But those boots came home on the feet of my husband...alive and in one piece.

These days, those boots spend their time in the mountains of Arizona, chasing deer and elk, and anything else that has four legs. 
But they come back home at the end of each day.
Just as they should.
Thank you to all those who have served, and are currently serving our Country over seas.

"Honor the fallen, thank the living"

My favorite soldier

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  1. Aww I love this! Such a beautiful post!

  2. You got me teared up at work lady! Love this!

  3. This is the sweetest post I have ever read! You two are so sweet! Thank you to Nate for his service :o) Have a great day!

  4. Beautiful post :) made me tears eyed!

  5. ALso..give your man a big hug and thank you for me!

  6. oh my gosh - FLOODS of tears.
    please tell your husband a big ol' THANK YOU!
    what a beautiful post - and so puts things into perspective for all of us who haven't served.
    recycle this post yearly girl - it is beautiful.

  7. Brought tears to my eyes, friend. So beautiful. So thankful for men and women like your husband that have sacrificed for us!

  8. So sweet. Love our military. So thankful for each and every one of them.

  9. I'm glad you reposted because I didn't get to read it the first time around! :)

  10. You gave me goosebumps all over! This was so beautiful. You married a hero! :)

  11. This post brought tears to my eyes, I'm so glad you recycled it! :) Thank you to both of you for your service!

  12. and what a stud he is too!! this is such a great post :)

  13. What a great post Carissa!
    So thankful for your husband and all the men and women like him who are and have served this wonderful country! They are such brave souls!

  14. Okay, I am crying. I didn't read this post last year, but this is an incredible Veterans Day post. Love you girl.


    Lauren Alexis

  15. This post made me tear up. So so good! thank you for reposting it otherwise I probably would never have read it!



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