Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day weekend

I had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! I was able to spend a lot of time with family. I took my kids to the Memorial Day service at Beechwoods Cemetery, where my relatives are buried. We had many conversations about what Memorial Day signifies. I know that my kids won't really understand yet, but it is important to start having conversations. I also walked with my family for the wear blue:run to remember in honor of my cousin Michael who was killed in Iraq. This weekend I learned a lot about my heritage. I took pictures of tombstones of my relatives that are Veterans. Here are a few pictures.

This is me and my kids all dressed and ready to walk in honor of my cousin Sunday night. It was rained out so we actually walked Monday.

My Great-Great-Great Grandfather James Welsh served in the Civil War.

My Grandpa Billy Preston was a WW2 Veteran. 

 My cousin Michael's tombstone. He gave the ultimate sacrifice in 2007.

My Aunt Nancy and my mom walking on Sunday for the memorial walk.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day

This weekend is Memorial Day.  To some it is the start of summer, to others it is a weekend full of fun going to picnics. To me it is more than that. I will enjoy family for a picnic and enjoy the great weather, but I also will be honoring those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Growing up my mother would drag me to the cemetery every Memorial Day to honor those that have fallen for our country. I never really understand the significance and meaning behind it until I was older. If it is not for those soldiers that leave  their families, their comforts, everything about their lives we could not enjoy those same things. So this Memorial Day I will be dragging my own kids to the cemetery so they can start honoring those that made the ultimate sacrifice for them.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Wear Blue

Will you be running this weekend to remember the fallen. I will be. I pledged to run in honor of the fallen soldiers at my local cemetery, some of which include my relatives. I pledged through an organization wear blue: run to remember Check out there website and read about how it was started. Then pledge to run/walk in honor of the fallen and help wear blue to reach their goal.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Adopt a brigade?!?!

So I decided that I needed to adopt another soldier. I am hopeful that some day I can adopt many soldiers but my husband gave me a budget. I still need to be able to feed my own family. Well I signed up to adopt another soldier through Herobox and to my surprise that one soldier turned in the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. I have already been contacted by the SGT, who informed me that they are in the most humid part of Afghanistan. I am so excited that I can help out these troops. I am also thankful for my family who has been buying items and donating postage. I could not do it without you. I almost done for the first round of boxes. Today I was able to get 28 razors for them. I spent $9.80, but saved $40.82. I feel God working though me and I hope that the troops feel that through the boxes.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Run for a Hero

I am so proud of my husband. My husband, Greg, is running on a relay team in the Pittsburgh Marathon this weekend. He informed me a few days ago that he signed up to "Run for a Hero." Through the U.S. Army he is running in honor of a military hero.  Today he picked up his race day information and received his army band, which he will wear with pride on race day. He is running in honor of hero Robert Bishop of the U.S. Army. I am so proud that he did that on his own and was telling others about it.