Today Ella and I decided to have a picnic in the front yard. The weather was absolutely PERFECT today. It was noon and the temperature outside was 70, the skies were blue, and there was a gentle breeze. We really enjoyed spending some mommy daughter time together, just the two of us.
As we were sitting I looked around and saw the many flags our neighbors had out and it reminded me of what today was, September 11. It took me back to 6 years ago when I was in the hospital. I had given birth to Aubrey the day before and we received a phone call in the hospital room from Joey's mom telling us to turn on the television. At the time, I don't really believe I understood what I was seeing or how serious it was. I was a little bit medicated and had just given birth for the first time, which had been traumatizing, so I wasn't really thinking straight or caring about what was on TV. It wasn't until the next day or so that I realized what had happened and how absolutely horrific it all was, how many lives were lost, and how many lifes were affected by it(which I believe was every single person's life on this Earth). It has changed our nation and way of life forever. I remember holding my new little baby in my arms and thinking about how much she is going to have to face in her life and how I just wanted to hold her and protect her forever. She was born the day before the world changed. It seems even in just the past couple of years that the evil in the world has even intensified more. Its so frightening when you have children- the responsibility that has been placed on your shoulders to teach them right from wrong, love them, and protect them the best that you can, knowing that you can't protect them from everything.
I just wanted to say how grateful I am to those that have fought and are still fighting in our behalf. I am grateful to them and to their families who are sacrificing so much. I haven't forgotten 9/11, I never will. My heart still aches for those families who lost loved ones on that terrifying day. You will be forever in our hearts. I am so grateful to be an American and for the freedoms we enjoy thanks to those who are fighting to preserve those freedoms.