grateful for you | saluting our service members

When I stop to think about everything good in my life, everything I am thankful for, all the blessings in my life, I literally am overcome with emotion. I often allow the in-the-moment frustrations of everyday life  take over without seeing the big picture. I have so much to be thankful for.

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I am thankful, today and everyday, for the men and women who serve our country. They are brave, they are strong, they are selfless, they are heroes. I praise also the family members of those men and women because they, too, sacrifice in supporting their service members. They endure separation, loneliness, worry and single-parenthood all while feeling pride.

We were an Air Force family, my Dad served in Vietnam and elsewhere. My brother served in the Army. My Father-in-Law was a Marine before marrying his sweetheart {aka Nana}. My son is in the Navy.

I know what it is to be proud. And I am. I am also thankful.


  1. Monika, I totally get what you're saying. Not only was a Marine who deployed to Iraq in 2003 for the initial take-down, I come from a military family. My dad was a Marine in Desert Storm. One grandfather was a Marine in the battle of Tarawa. Another grandfather was a Marine and one of the Frozen Chosin and in the battle for Hue City in Viet Nam. I am very proud of my military tradition and am honored to have been able to carry it on. However, it is because of the support from people back home that keeps us all going. And for that, we THANK YOU! <3

  2. I completely agree.
    Not only do I have a long legacy of family who have served active duty in war, but I was raised in San Diego with navy and marines all around all the time. They are a unique and called out group of men and women. We are deeply blessed to be protected by such elite souls.
    Thank you for your post.
    The download is lovely.

  3. I am grateful for those who serve in our military and thinking of them this Veterans Day weekend. Love your print and saw it on 1825 this am. Enjoy your weekend!!

  4. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [12 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  5. Sending a BIG SALUTE to your son and the rest of your family that have proudly served our country!! Happy Vets Day to them all! :)


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