Christmas traditions

December 21, 2009

It is the Sunday before Christmas, and our early Christmas is messing with my mind. Somehow, even though it was really fun, and I am glad we did it…the sentiment in our second book is correct. It is a lonely little Christmas. I think that there is truth in the statement that we are creatures of habit and tradition. Many Military Families change up the rules on many occasions, but still, there is a price to be paid.
I know that this is a passing feeling. The days will come and go, the New Year will make it’s appearance and normal will come around again (whatever that is!) I would love to hear what traditions you have on Christmas, and what you would miss if you had to change things up.

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One thing I am truly hoping this year, that I can get swept up in the truth, that I might look into the manger, and see my Lord and King. Hope you do the same.
Merry Christmas!

Big Christmas Cards and Banners for your Military Love

December 14, 2009

1422No matter if it is your husband, son , or the kids want to get in on a giant card for Daddy, this company is wonderful! They have offered free banners for quite some time now, and we have had the joy of placing the huge banner over our garage to welcome home our soldier!
While Justin was in Iraq, we sent him the giant card (it is really big!) It comes in a big box to send it in ,and we had everyone from family and friends to former coaches and teachers sign it. It was fun to send it as a Christmas card!
To all Military Families who have a loved one away from home, here is a way to put a smile on their face, or to welcome them home!

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The Rewrite of the Song!

December 9, 2009

After my complaint about the song I wrote of in the last post, my friend and business partner Paula did a re-write.
I often am amazed by her talent to take the written word and transform it. There is no wonder that children love the rhymes in our books! I don’t know if the teacher will make the changes, but I posted them. I love the way Paula takes my anger and actually does something positive with it! Here are the new lyrics:
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Bring Him Warmth, Santa

Dear Santa, I need to change my Christmas list
There’s one big thing I missed
My Daddy serves his country far away from here
And I know, Santa, I asked for a Barbie doll
And a brand new soccer ball
But I’d trade it all, for just one gift this year…

Bring him warmth, Santa, bring him love from Mom and me
Let him wake up Christmas morning, and find all countries free
You can join with us and pray, and bring some comfort in your sleigh
So he won’t spend Christmas all alone
Bring love from home

And Santa, here’s a picture that I drew
Of him in his dress blues
Give him a country that remembers him there
That honors his sacrifice, honors him good
And I was hopin’ you could
remind America to keep him in prayer.

Bring him love Santa, bring him victory and speed
Let us wake up Christmas morning, and find we’re still free.
Can you help us stand tall as he answers his call?
So he won’t spend Christmas all alone
Bring love from home

Bring warmth from home.
Bring hugs from home.
Bring love from home.

A Christmas Song that should not be sung.

December 8, 2009

I found this song on a blog post. The writer, a young mother, questioning the wisdom of the 1st grade teacher who had asked the children to bring pictures of deployed parents to show while they sing this, as part of a Christmas program.
I would love to hear your take on this song. What kind of thinking is behind telling a child that Santa can deliver his/her deployed parent as a Christmas gift? I also take offense that the song suggests that Santa fullfill the prayer of the mother. My own personal opinion is this teacher may have an antimilitary bias, or that she knows nothing about children. The loss, that is the reality of deployment is cruelly played with here.

Bring Him Home Santa
Dear Santa, I need to change my Christmas list
There’s one big thing I missed
You see my Daddy’s working far away from here
And I know Santa, I asked for a Barbie doll
And a brand new soccer ball
But I’d trade it all, for just one gift this year…

Bring him home Santa, bring him home to mom and me
Let us wake up Christmas morning, and find him standing by our tree
You can pick him up on your way, he could ride there in your sleigh
Don’t make him spend Christmas all alone
Bring him home

And Santa, here’s a picture that I drew
Of him in his dress blues
Mama says our country needs him over there
And you know Santa, this whole year I’ve been good
And I was hopin’ that would
Do all you could to answer her prayer…

Bring him home Santa, bring him home to mom and me
Let us wake up Christmas morning, and find him standing by our tree
You can pick him up on your way, he could ride there in your sleigh
Don’t make him spend Christmas all alone
Bring him home

Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home

The mother asked if it was too much for people to have a little sensitivity for Military Families during the holidays…I would have to keep my little one home from this one.

We Are the Free and Unconquerable People of the United States of America! Teach kids about Pearl Harbor.

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Please take a moment to listen to this radio address by Eleanor Roosevelt.
You will hear the words she spoke (click on her name)as the world began to hear about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Children need to hear about the history of our nation. It is our job, to keep the history alive ,to teach children that many have made the utimate sacrifice to secure their freedoms. Listen to the language used, Eleanor Roosevelt acknowledges the emotion of the moment, fear, and tells the nation, that “we the people, are ready for action” and that “we are the free and unconquerable people of the United States of America!” We still are, though there are those who do not know it. They try to convince us that this is no longer true. Teach the children, that honor, bravery and good are displayed in our great military. We need to begin to look at the way we saw our nation then, and the dangerous changes we have made. Bring back that sureness, that we are a nation of people, united, who will not bow to evil.

May our nation continue to be blessed.

The Compressed Week of a Military Family

December 6, 2009

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I am sitting at my computer in an upstairs room, listening to the last snatches of conversation , football on the TV, and noticing the blue winter twilight beginning to descend on our home. Tonight we are at the end of little over a week of celebration, soaking in each others company and laughter. Don’s father, brother, our son Ryan and our oldest, Justin are all leaving in the morning.

Tonight we are still huddled in the circle of family. Morning light will scatter, Don’s father and brother back to New York, Ryan to Kansas , Justin to Germany, to serve our country on another shore.

We have had Thanksgiving , our big turkey dinner, and grateful hearts. We have had Christmas, complete with stockings and gifts beneath the tree. We have sat in the hospital waiting room as grandson Landen had his tonsils out, and like a travelling troupe, marched into his room to watch him suck on a grape popscicle… so many of us, that there was barely room to turn around. . We had a steak dinner with a cake that looked sort of like a flower, to celebrate our grandaughter Devon’s 8th birthday today. We took a photo of four generations of Edick men. The house has been full of dirty dishes, laundry , noise, lost shoes, lost game pieces, and basic chaos.

I’m missing it already.

Thank You Lord, for the gift of family, of being together while we can. To other Military families who compress a whole bunch of living into a few short days..may you make beautiful memories together! Don’t forget, We Serve Too!

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As the world swings…

December 1, 2009

Tonight I am listening to Christmas songs from a CD, playing in the upstairs bedroom. An attempt to lull my grandbabies to sleep, which, thank goodness, is finally working. I think about the last few days that we have been together. We have just had a weekend event that was both Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was hectic but fun. Now things are hanging in the balance. Life is about to take some of those hard swings of change.

From the next room , a soft melody, “Mary did you know…“? So true. We do not know the next step, or the next breath if we are honest.
As Paula and I tried to come up with a good analogy for Military life, one from my past seemed to fit best. A mobile.

When my husband and I adopted our baby girl from Korea (the baby is now 23) a caseworker told us that life would be like a mobile. If something is added, or removed, the mobile swings wildly. It begins to settle though, and each person finds his or her own space, and then the mobile balances… for a time…until something is added, or taken away. It helped to know it was not a bad thing, just a normal part of life.

Life feels like that now. We will all have to readjust, balance our weight ,and see how it all settles. Our children are going different directions. Do we stay where we are? Do we take on retirement or another whole new adventure? I wonder if you too are living this analogy? Are you facing deployment? Reunion? A new family member? A move?
Just remember, if you are not now, soon you will be. Change for sure, for all of us. Remember too, the wild swinging is normal, don’t worry, hang on tight, it will be Ok!
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