I've given the grocery store a huge chunk of change in the past week. #1 son, DIL and BabyGrand will be here tomorrow and #2 son arrived last night around midnight -- the first time in two years that he's been here for the holidays. My pantry is filled to overflowing. The turkey is thawing in the fridge. My freezer has no more room in it. I have recipes in a pile on the kitchen counter, ready to start cooking in the morning.
We'll be having this.
Which looks like this when it's "cooked."
Doesn't seem quite fair, does it? That soldier's life is in danger, and I'm lounging on the sofa watching a rerun of CSI. He's looking out for roadside bombs, and I'm keeping an eye on my waistline. She's wishing she could get the sand out of her underwear, and I'm wondering if I should throw a load of laundry in the washer or just let it ride another day. After all, I have at least 14 days' worth of undies in the dresser.
I know their mothers wish they were able to sit around the table at home and visit with the family. I hope next year our soldiers will be home safely and their mothers will be chatting excitedly about how their children are coming home for the holidays.
Thank you to all the men and women serving in our armed forces around the world. We appreciate you.
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