Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Today I have been thinking of those who serve in the Armed Forces and more directly the Army, because that is where most of my family and friends are.  A friend lost her husband yesterday in Iraq and it is just so tragic and heartbreaking.  It causes me to think of my brother in law Lim who has been there 3 times and possibly a 4th before the end of the year.  I am so grateful that he has made it home safe every time, he had some close calls that had the holy ghost not directed him may not have turned out well.  I think of Travis who is just starting his Army career and probably faces Iraq soon also.  I can't really explain why this has me so emotional, I cry about 15 times a day thinking of my friend.  Maybe it is because Britt is away from us right now and maybe it is because this is the only soldier to die in this war that I personally knew, but I am struggling to hold it together.  War stinks.  I am forever grateful to those Men and Women who devote their life to serving our great nation and my family.  Thank you Lim, Travis and Andrew you are in my prayers.

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leslie mae said...

Thank you Crystal! Your prayers mean a lot. It's definitely a lot closer to home now but honestly, I lean A LOT on D&C 122:9 - Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.

Send your friend our condolences and love; they will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Horn Family said...

Crystal! You are so sweet and Awesome!!! Thank you so much for your sweet words and prayers!!! I am grateful to have my hubby serving in the Army, because we have been able to see the Lords hands in our daily lives! He has been there to comfort us in time of need, and strengthen us as well, in the times we have felt weak.

Turning to the Lord and leaning on him is what has given me the strength to be the wife of an Soldier! My heart aches for your friend and her and his family! I do Love the scripture that Leslie posted for we are in the Lords hands. : )

Through all of his deployments it has strengthened our testimonies incredibly!!! I find myself often reading my hubbies patriarchal blessing. I think I have read it more then I have read my own at times! hahahaha ; ) It is a great source of comfort and gives me insight.

Your friend is in our prayers and you have been in our prayers and will continue to be in our prayers!!! It is hard to have our hubbies away, but it will bring a new strength, that you never knew you had!!!! It is a Great Thing!!! Of course when they come back it is a Great Blessing and so nice to have them be there.

With Great Love,
Lim, Erin & kids