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#1 Peggy

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 06:30 AM

A very, very, sad and worriful day today for our family as our son has left for overseas military duty for a minimum of 10 months. I know he is well trained and I'm very proud of him but I also know that I will completely stress about this until he is home and safe. He is worried about what this will do to me as I'm not doing so well the way that it is. Please keep him in your thoughts, his name is Brad.

Thanks and keep warm.

Peggy

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 06:53 AM

Peggy, this is probably really hard for a mother, a situation I just cannot imagine right now. But I can assure you Brad will be in my thoughts :) Emmi

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 06:59 AM

Your family will be in my thoughts. I have two brothers who have recently retired and am always worried that they may be called back to active duty. It is difficult not to worry, but try to acknowledge your feelings and then set them aside. I find that the Scarlett O'Hara route works best for me. "I'll worry about it tomorrow".

You don't need to be reminded what stress can do to us. Your son is just as concerned and would assure you that he can take care of himself and to do the same for yourself. His courage, strength and committment for our country is a testiment to the same characters that I am sure his mother possesses. Our enemy is a wicked one in both cases and only we can make a difference in surviving the ordeals we are faced with.

I wish there were words sufficient to explain how grateful I am for you and for your son. Sacrifices made unselfishly are the ones that change the world. Thank him for me and you are receiving many positive thoughts. -TJ

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 07:35 AM

Absolutely, Brad will be in my thoughts, Peggy... as will you and yours, who will also have him in your constant thoughts.
It is a wonderfully brave and honorable thing he is doing.
Take care of yourself... for Brad, as well as your family. Of course, keeping stress at low ebb IS easier said than done, but do your best... please. Brad needs to know that you and the rest of his family are going to keep the home fires burning, so that when he returns, it will be in the loving arms of his loved ones.

Warm, Soft Hugs,
Susie
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 08:38 AM

Peggy,
Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 09:53 AM

Peggy, Please know also, that your son and your family will be in our family's thoughts I, as a mother, know how difficult this is for you. My 23 year old son is not in the military, but a couple of my "adopteds" as I call them are and they went overseas and I'm glad to say made it home. Both of them pulled Two tours of duty. Your son is a brave and noble man. Try your best to stay strong.
Peace :)
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 09:54 AM

All I can say is I have been in your shoes. My husband was deployed all of last year over seas. All I can say is be positive when he calls, write him lots and keep him in your thoughts Are you aware of motomail? It's a form of mail you can e-mail him letters that they will print out and give him, takes about 24-48 hours. Feel free to message me if you need help.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:53 AM

Oh Peggy,

I can't imagine what this must feel like for you. You, Brad and the rest of your family are in my thoughts. Sending you positive and loving vibes.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 03:23 PM

Peggy,
Brad, you and the rest of your family will be in my thoughts. I hope this time flies by for you and the months will seem more like days instead.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 06:39 PM

Peggy I will keep Brad in my thoughts. I can only imagine what families are going through and it breaks my heart.

Do take care of yourself.

Love,
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 03:39 PM

Peggy

I will also keep all of you in my thoughts.
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 05:24 PM

I have definately thought of you ever since I read your post. Thank you for sharing this with us so we can share your grief as well. My husband is in the police force and was on the frontline for 3/4 of that time. Now he has a position that keeps him away from danger which settles me alot. Both my son and daughter are now talking about joining up when they leave school and my son esp is wanting to be on the Armed Defenders Squad and has mentioned peace keeping over seas. I get so frightened about it and tell them its not as glamourous as they may think and at the end of the day, I know I can't stop them, as much as I would like to, if thats what they really want to do. I just want to say, how incredibly brave and courageous anyone is who puts themselves in a position that puts other people before themselves, it blows my mind because I really dont think I could do it. I remember having dreams (while my husband was at police college) and finding that I had become a police woman and so upset and frightened because its not what I wanted to do, I had hand trouble even then and in the dream I had no strength at all in my hands to apprehend this guy, it was horrible and glad to wake and find it wasn't real phew!!! There are things so beyond our control, it would be nice to be able to let go and live like 'what ever will be, will be' and to rest in that. Ive along way to go. But Ive tasted it and know its possible and I hope for that for you too. I also know that my worrying and anxiety all these years have not changed a thing.
Well, I surely have rambled havnt I.
Hugs Hugs and more Hugs
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 06:02 PM

Peggy, I can't even imagine, what you and so many other families go through. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts. Take care.

Jackie S.

#14 Peggy

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 06:35 AM

We signed up for "skype" which is a program that allows us to talk to him through a web cam. He had his set up at his before he left for abroad and to see him on the computer screen and talk to him was fantastic! We hope he is able to do this when he gets there as I know if I can see him I will feel better too. It's so hard not think about him and worry about him 24/7.

Thanks for all of the good messages and sincere thoughts. I really appreciate it!

Love and warm hugs.

Peggy

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 07:43 AM

Isnt technology just wonderful!! I really hope it works too, it will make all the difference.
Rest up Peggy
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Posted 09 March 2008 - 01:37 PM

Peggy:

I will remember you, will you remember me? Just as I was sending this note to you, a snippet of this song came on.

Sounds like such a close bond there. I firmly believe your son is holding that bond close to his heart as he heads out.

So young, so innocent, he depends as much on you as you on him. This too shall pass, as my beloved Aunt Bessie used to say. Write, write and write each day and if he's fortunate to have a laptop email daily. He loves you and you him; such devotion does not come with tribulations.

God speed.

Linda
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