Good wishes…

I’ve been trying to decide what to write about today.  I’ve tried about a bunch of different topics…

I was going to tell you about a funny conversation I had with a friend, but I want to save that for another day.

I was going to tell you about J and his crazy obsession with the cable company and with saving money on cable.  It’s really a sickness.  But again, I want to save that for a different day.

I was going to tell you about the weather and how it’s freaking cold here.  It was 1 degree when I took the dogs out this morning.  1 degree!  And it’s going to snow Wednesday night into Thursday…about 8 inches.  That’s enough to cancel work.  Of course, I’m already off on Thursday anyway.  Snow does me no good unless it gets me an extra day off work.  But there really isn’t that much to say about the weather and …the weather isn’t that interesting or that important. 

I was going to get all political and talk about how I voted for Obama in large part because he promised that all the troops would be out of Iraq by the end of 2010, but he lied, because it’s now 2011 and troops are still going to Iraq.  But politics isn’t really what I want to talk about.

Honestly, there is really only one thing on my mind today and it’s more important than the weather or J driving me nuts and it’s so much more personal than a rant about the president and politics, in general. 

What is really on my mind and what I really want to talk about is the soldiers that have to go to Iraq.  Specifically, I want to talk about this

I know sometimes clicking a link is a pain, but I hope you will click this one.  If you click do you will find a video of  Allyson and Neal talking to their local news about the realities military families face during wartime.  Neal left this morning for a 13 month deployment to Iraq.  It’s his third one. 

And it sucks. 

There’s probably some more eloquent way to say it, but no matter how you put it, the reality is that it sucks.  On so very many levels. 

So, today, what I want to say is this…

To Neal…I wish you and the rest of your unit a very safe 13 months. 

To Ally…I hope the time goes very fast.

To the men and women serving and their families…thank you so much for the sacrifices that you make for the rest of us. 

Please take a few minutes today to say a prayer or send some good wishes to Allyson and Neal.


  1. I can’t watch the video at work but I can’t imagine how hard that would be. Good luck to both of you.

  2. I can’t even imagine how difficult it would be to say goodbye to your spouse for over a year. A year in which you have to worry about their safety and well-being.
    My prayers are definitely with Ally and Neal that the next 13 months fly by, and are filled with many phone calls filled with laughter and love.

  3. I will have to watch the video when I get home from work but I will say this – I’m crying right now. I hate the thought of more and more men and women going back over there and to other areas where we are “fighting/making freedom etc”. My cousin is currently still gone and thankfully will be home in about 100 days. I pray for all our men and women in the military. I too hoped we would be finished with all this but honestly I think Obama made his promises before knowing the whole story. You don’t have all the info until you get into the White House I’m sure. That being said I still stand behind wanting everyone home and I feel just like you do. Lots of my vote was swayed due to that.

    Ally – we are here for you girl and Neal we are praying for you! oxox

  4. Thanks for saying this! I totally feel for what they have to go through. It really tugs at my heartstrings. I, too, hope this time passes really quickly for them – and all the other families experiencing this.

  5. Thank you so much, Shana, for giving some much-deserved love to the 352!! As an Army wife, it can be very frustrating when it feels like America has forgotten about our Soldiers, putting themselves in harm’s way everyday…even when deployed to a “safe zone”…even when they are training here stateside. When I was in massage school, I had a teacher whose sister lost her husband in a chopper accident in California. When your husband (or wife) dies in the line of duty, it doesn’t matter where it happens geographically. It is no less painful. And separation from your family during mobilizations (stateside) and deployments (overseas) are equally as difficult. So, I am ALWAYS an advocate for Americans showing their support for our troops 24/7/365, whether during war or peace. And you are helping to further my mission by posting such emotional pieces on your blog. So, THANK YOU!! Thank you from the 352, the families of the 352 and all of our military and military families. Without your all’s support, what we do everyday would become unbearable.

  6. Thank you for this, Shana. What an important reminder to all of us. I will click on Ally’s link later when I have sound on my computer~I wish the best for her in these 13 months and I will hope and pray for a safe and speedy return for Neal.

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