Sunday, December 21, 2008

Something that made my day!!!!

I just received a wonderful surprise...a call from my brother in Afghanistan! This morning my daughter woke up with a rather croup-y sounding cough so, we opted to keep her home from church and sent the guys. So, it's just her and I hanging out. A was watching "The Wiggles" and I was checking my email and my brother had sent me a message with several photos of him in his room. I was just starting to reply when....the phone rang, and it was him! Isn't that cool? I told him I was just replying to his email when the phone rang. If I had gone to church, I would've missed his call. :) We were having a great conversation and he said that he had received alot of packages from family and friends and many from strangers. That really touched my heart. He began to tell me about this program called Adopt A Platoon, where families or organizations adopt a military platoon and send them care packages and things they need while they are overseas. Isn't that awesome! He said he walked into his room one day and there were 8 packages on his bed! I told him that there are tons of people who so appreciate their service and want to give back in some way. He was so blessed by the generosity of strangers. Sometimes we might thing that the things we do for others are so small but, they mean a ton to the receiver. I just want to say that as a sister of a brother in the military THANK YOU to the families who blessed my brother and his platoon, even though I don't know who you are! It meant so much to him and in turn means alot to me! Here are some pictures of my bro sportin' his Santa hat and his lovely bald head! I think he looks good as a baldy!

He will be coming home for some R&R (as they call it) in January. Pray that he and all of the others get home safely!
Thanks to everyone who supports our troops!

22 comments:

Marvyn said...

Speaking of surprises, my wife "ruined" my surprise gift to her. She accidentally discovered it a few days ahead of Christmas. At least I got to see the OMG look on her face.

About the Adopt A Platoon program, there was a segment on the local news about a family who were collecting some specific item (can't recall, but it was something that wasn't government issued, but was needed for daily survival) and it turned into this major collection—by the palette loads. It's so inspiring to see our country rally and support our troops.

My brother-in-law was stationed in Iraq twice. I know how it feels to worry about family members fighting abroad. I wish your brother and all the US troops a safe and happy holidays.

Sarah said...

Thank you for the info on adopt a platoon my husband and I are signing up today.

Samantha said...

HI, I found your blog through another blog.... :) What awesome pictures- God Bless our Troops!!

momma said...

we support our soldiers at my school (small christian school) by writing letters and cards. the response from the soldiers has been amazing!

as a family, soldiers are in our daily prayers - and today, we will specifically remember your brother. thank him for all he has sacrificed to keep us safe and free!!

(stopping by from sits - congrats on being featured)

Vodka Mom said...

I will pray for your brother and all the brave men and women who are doing such an incredible service for our country.........and for others........

sandy said...

How awesome is that?! The adopt a platoon program sounds wonderful. Please tell your brother Thank You for his service:) We really appreciate what he and his fellow soilders are doing for our freedom.

Amy Fichtner said...

That is really neat that your brother called nd that you were actually there to get it!! I guess God had plans when he let your little girl get sick;) Also Let your brother know how much we appreciate his service!!

Noah's Mommy said...

Looks a lot like my husbands room...funny...they decorate all the same....

Noah's Mommy said...

and I wish him all the best in coming home safely....and thank him for his service...and thank YOU for all your support....

anti-supermom said...

My BIL just left a few days ago for his second tour. Thanks for this great post, making me smile and remembering him!

Nice to meet to SITSa!

Cathy said...

That is so awesome! My brother did two tours in Iraq....Thank God for them and their willingness to serve our country! I will be praying for his safe return.

Midwest Mommy said...

I am praying!

Beverly said...

Thank you and your brother for his service.

The Muse said...

heaven bless our troops!
with much respect,
The Muse

Orah said...

Here is to all those who are out yonder protecting our country. I hope they are all brought home soon safe and sound.
Saw you on SITS
Take care!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

What a great and wonderful thing. My blog friend thistle started a helping hands project this season where bloggers share how they or others they know give. I'm going to check this out.

BoufMom9 said...

I am so glad to see this post! One of my blogging buddies and I actually adopted a soldier for the year and have been sending care packages and it's nice to see the end result (even if your brother isn't our soldier)
I so so so appreciate all your family is sacrificing for my family and wish him the happiest of holidays!

Happy SITSday!

The Pumpkin Pink Cottage said...

Being a Military Marine Wife for over 16 years,,,i thank you for passing the word to support our troops...hugs, lisa

Jess said...

Sending lots of prayers to your brother and others!

Corey~living and loving said...

What a wonderful thing! :)

I'm here from SITS....and liked this post.

Have a great Christmas!

Michelle said...

PRECIOUS!

HE's big!

jennykate77 said...

Hey! Here from SITS☺ Great blog! Tell your brother "THANK YOU" from me. I know you don't know me, but I wish I could personally thank each and every person who so selflessly serves our country. I've been a part of adopting troops and platoons before. I think it's just so rewarding to do something like that...giving back to them, even if in the smallest way. He's a hero.

Hope you guys have a very blessed and Merry Christmas!