Next week is my wedding anniversary...#9...(glad we are able to be together this year) For whatever reason I get all nostalgic around this time and like to pull out the ol wedding video (which is still on vhs...yikes, really need to get thing converted) Anywho...the kids REALLY enjoy watching the video. No kidding, they really do. If I would let them, they would watch it 100 times a day. Jack thinks we are famous because we have a movie (ha!) Gotta love that =)
As we were watching the video, I had a moment. Not a moment where I was sad about the upcoming deployment and missing another year + of our lives, but another kind of moment. See, my granddaddy (who passed away in Feb) was the one who walked me down the aisle and gave me away. As we were watching the video and laughing about different parts, the camera scanned over to the part where my granddaddy saw me for the first time. That was such a special moment and now it means so much more. The moment when he saw me and was afraid to hug me....the smile on his face...how nervous he was walking me down the aisle...how healthy he looked...how full of life when we danced at the reception. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him and miss him. Not a day that I don't think about my Mamaw Beth all alone. Not a day. And though I do not wish him back here in all the sufferings of this world, I miss him and long to see him again. I am glad I have memories to hold on to, pictures to look at, and videos to watch.
Speaking of pictures, a friend of ours, Paul (who happens to be in my hubby's unit) was so kind to take some pictures for me of my granddaddy's grave site. Paul's granddaddy passed away Memorial Day weekend and is buried at the National Cemetery close to my granddaddy. Paul asked if he could take pictures for me and I am so glad and so thankful that he did that. He got some really great pictures so I thought I would share one here on the blog. The flowers you see on there, were placed by Mamaw Beth and the flag was placed by the Boy Scouts. The scouts place a flag on every grave at the National Cemetery...how awesome is that and I am sure a beautiful site to see as well.