It goes without saying that I am thankful for our military men and women who give up their family, their jobs, their time, and sometimes their live, to defend our country. To my brother-in-law Matt currently stationed in the Middle East for the next year. For my husband who came to Turkey. For Philip and Tristan and our friend Brandon currently in the Pacific ... thank you.
I especially wanted to thank the family I met as we got ready to board our flight to come back to Turkey from Germany. He was a surgeon. He was one year out of residency -- just like JB. He had two little kids. And they were saying good bye. For six months. I asked his wife, Jen, how she was doing. "I'm a mess," she said. "But having to explain it to the kids and talk about it makes me have to be strong."
Pray for Jen and my sister-in-law Danielle and my good friend Brittny -- all living without their significant others and some even raising children by themselves. They need our thanks too.