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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Generations of Valor

When I look at this picture and think about the emotions contained within it, I get a bit overwhelmed. The newspaper that ran this supplied us with these details: Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas embraced Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr during a Veterans Day commemoration in Dallas yesterday. Graunke lost a hand, a leg and an eye when he defused a bomb in Iraq last year.(2005) When I received this a few days ago, my buddy that sent it to me also included a note at the end."Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and a Soldier. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom". When it comes to this kind of stuff, I can be a real softy. I look into both soldier's faces, and I get the cold chills. The look on the old soldier's face melts my heart. The hug, the embrace, and the gratitude that's being exchanged here.... well, I'm not sure if I got the words for it. I'm touched and I'm humbled, not only by the sacrifices of our Armed Forces in their endeavors to keep us safe, but also by the sacrifices of the Lord.

You guys know how I am, if I can't conceive of the words to express what I'm wanting to say, I can usually find a song or two. I think you will enjoy this..... haven't we all asked this question?

How did you spend your holiday? So far, I'm still whittling down, at the very end of my stuff. I plan to put quite a few things on Craigslist and have a yard sale to see if I can get rid of the rest of this furniture. I have most of the boxes, actually large plastic containers, loaded with the things I'm gonna take in my fifth wheel. I'm sure I'm taking way too much, but I'm getting pretty good at unemotionally cutting the clutter out of my life. I still have one roll-top desk, that was my mother's, and ended up being the storehouse for several generations of our family pictures. So I'm going to do one of two things. I'm either gonna box them all up and ship them to my brother's house in Florida, or I might get a photo scanner and put them all in a thumb drive. I've seen a pretty neat skinny scanner, on the infomercials. That would give me a lot to do when I'm out there boondocking.

That's all for now. I hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day.



  1. that picture says so many things. But mostly Thank You.
    I hope the wind quits here for tomorrows bbq. And I hope you have a wonderful day as well
    Sounds like you are making a lot of big steps in your clean out. Good Luck

  2. Good luck with the Craigs list sale . Make sure you post the link for us to look at.

    About scanning all your pictures. I had started doing that a couple years ago. It takes some time, but once you get into the routine it will go fine. May I suggest that as they are scanned title them relative to what and who and fill in as much info in the comment area as you can. Someday someone is going to find the file and wonder "Who the hell is that?"

  3. Hey!!! Don't know what you did,but finally I can read your page with out signing up!! And it shows in my list on myblog that you updated!.. Ya done good.. Don't know what you did, but it worked!!!

  4. Congratulations, Michael! You finally showed up on my readinglist!

    That picture is really something! So many emotions.

    I'm scanning pictures, too. I wonder what good it will do when the flash drive is obsolete.

    Cyndi & Stumpy @ RVly Ever After

  5. That is a great picture, especially for memorial day.

  6. That's one amazing picture isn't it? I would love to take the credit for fixing my blog, but I'd set it up wrong to begin with. But at least I figured it out. You guys are wonderful, thank you. I have to say, I really did enjoy the John Wayne Marathon today. I love our country.

  7. Okay, I'll try again. Posted a comment but don't think it took. I rarely if ever post a comment on anyone's blog but today I felt compelled to let you know how much I enjoy your blog.

  8. Justjo66~Thank you. That means a lot to me.