Monday, November 10, 2014

My Soldier

How many times are you allowed to recycle a blog post? There's probably an unwritten blog rule somewhere that says like, "never"...or something. But whatever. I recycled this post last year and I'm recycling it again because it's my favorite post I've ever written. So I'm posting it again. Cause I love it so much. And I love my husband so much. 


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

A while ago I went to an 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...Google 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"

 photo Carissa_zps53ecb502.png


  1. You can recycle this post every year forever because this is so sweet I'm crying and i love you and you guys are so cute and THANK YOU Nathan and I read this like 5 times because I love it so much and now I'm just trying to see how many times I can say "and" in one comment

  2. I'm commenting again hi i love you

  3. i love this post every time you recycle it - and honestly this can NEVER be recycled too much!

  4. Love this post every time I read it!

  5. Love this awesome post!! Thank you to your husband for his amazing service and happy (belated) Veteran's Day!! (I'm a little behind, catching up on blog posts from this week ;)

  6. I just came to read this again, and where the heck is my comment ?! :( I hate blogger .

    Anyways, this is my favorite post you've written (besides the ones I'm in duh) and I had also said Happy Late Veteran's Day Nathan but now it's super really extra late

  7. You are a very lucky woman to have him as your husband, and he is as lucky to have you as is wife. I think this post deserves all the repost you have. Haha! Anyway, being a veteran is a lot of honor. And we are all very grateful for their dedication and sacrifice. Thanks for sharing this with us, Carissa. All the best!

    Brad Post @ Jan Dils



design + development by Strawberries and Wine