Happy Homecoming

Today I had the pleasure of meeting a sweet Army wife at her hubby’s homecoming!  Blessed to have the honor of capturing this day for her!

This week has been the hottest yet this summer, and today was no exception!  It was actually cooler outside because of the breeze vs inside the hangar, so we didn’t mind waiting outside!

Because the Army Post is redoing the airfield, our soldiers now arrive at the hangar via buses!  In the past, I had a great dislike for these white buses as they always were taking my man away, not bringing him home!  Today was much happier!

We saw him get off the bus and this smile says it all!!  They are HOME!

Sweet friends that help us get through the long deployments are why we call them Army Sisters!

In each others arms again!  Her eyes are such a gorgeous blue!

Thank you for letting me capture this moment for you!

There is nothing like being at a military homecoming ceremony!  I always get teary eyed when I attend one!

I would love to chat with you on Facebook ~ or follow me on Pinterest!  See what a “few of my favorite things” are!

Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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There is nothing quite like home.  What makes a house a home?  Family.

Watching the plane land always makes me teary eyed!  I actually get more emotional at other homecoming ceremonies than our own!

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There is nothing like a homecoming ceremony.

And nothing like when they open these doors!!!

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My hubby was in the military, and we went through two deployments at this duty station.  I know what that long-awaited hug feels like!  Too many months without physical contact is a definite way to get those first kiss butterflies again!  ;)

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All is right in the world.  Their soldier is home.  Dances with daddy can resume.  ♥

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I enjoyed spending the very cold afternoon with these special ladies as they welcomed home their soldier after a long 9 month deployment!

Thank you, Jenny, for trusting me to capture these special moments!

Thank you for your selfless service to our country!

Welcome Home!

I would love to chat with you on FacebookTwitter  ~ or follow me on Pinterest!  See what a “few of my favorite things” are!

Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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My Thoughts on a Friday

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As Memorial Day approaches, I have seen so many posts about the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.  Most, if not all, were posted my military service members or their spouses.  Being married to a combat veteran, I better know the difference.  I am gathering from these posts that the general public might not?

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Most service members do not seek praise and they don’t always know how to respond when told Thank You for their service.  They are just doing their job.  Many have lost friends and battle buddies while “doing their job”.  They haven’t forgotten; nor will they ever.  I pray that as American’s we will never take the cost of freedom for granted.  I am always saddened when I hear of yet another hero paying the ultimate price; as a spouse and mother, my heart just aches for those left behind.

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So, I fully understand from where these informative posts are coming from.  It’s not that I disagree with them.  I fully agree that as American’s we really should know the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.

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In the midst of all these posts, a civilian friend posted a frustrated rant about these posts.  While I fully understand and respect the posts, she definitely had a valid point.  I think making sure we know our great country’s history would be better than bashing our civilian neighbors.

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With these recent Memorial Day “what not to say” posts, I am reminded of the many “What not to say to a military spouse” articles I have read.  Lots of them.  Not that they aren’t correct.  But I think they come across as a little harsh.  Of course the civilian world doesn’t know what to say or do; they don’t live in the military world!  It is a whole ‘nother world, that unless you have personally lived it, you have absolutely-no-freaking-idea.  That said, we should all use common courtesy when speaking.  ;) I don’t think we should widen the gap between civilian and military families.  We shouldn’t scare them from trying to talk to us!  We need each other.  In my married life I have been both, so I feel like I can sympathize with both sides.

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Don’t get me wrong.  I was one of the dorky proud Army wives!  There is nothing like being a military family and gaining those instant sisters!

So here I am, suggesting that we show grace and patience towards our civilian neighbors.  They really do mean well!

Blessings & JOY~

Sadie

 

 

*In case you wonder what the difference is:  Memorial Day is a day we set aside to remember those men and women in uniform who paid the ultimate price (death) for our freedom.  Veteran’s Day is the day we say THANK YOU to all the vets who have served our great country!