Thursday, August 07, 2008


Today, My Kristi Girl, swears in to join the Army National Guard.

Please, Please say a prayer for her and me. I am heartsick that she decided to not take her 3 year scholarship to AIB to become a Federal Court Reporter and instead joined for 6 years to serve our country. You are probably as surprised as I am.....I don't think she understands the full realm of what she is doing. She has never been away from home and will be gone for 7 months for basic training and then off to AIT.
I looked to the sky and said to God, "Haven't I had enough already?"

I know He has plans for her, ones I cannot see or know and I need to find some comfort in that. In the meantime, I think it is only human to have a heavy heart when this decision of hers came out of the blue.
When I found out, just 3 weeks ago, I don't know what was worst, watching my Dad die from cancer, getting cancer myself, or watching my baby girl go off into the military.
You see, there is not one Iowa Guard Unit that hasn't gone to Iraq or Afghanistan and that is why my heart is heavy.

Please pray for her, pray for our troops and pray I find something positive in this whole ciaos that I am going through. And please don't blast me for being upset, I am from an Army and Marines Military family and I was an Air Force Wife for 12 years. So I am very pro-military. I am just in shock over the whole thing.
Hugs and Love, Amy


Recycled Rita said...

I feel for you! I would feel the same way you do but I am thinking positive and she will be okay and learn so much from this experience! I will put you in my prayers... Sorry about Uncle Duane but glad he is out of pain!
Take care, hang in there!
karen b...

Connie said...

Honey cottage chick, I could never blast you for worrying about your little chick. Nuuuuuu, my heart is heavy for you, but I trust the Lord will take care of her. My son went into the Marines 25 years ago and I called that recruiter and went up one side and down the other and WE'RE A MILITARY FAMILY!!! I just didn't see my baby fighting. Well, it made a man out of him. He couldn't have gotten the experience any where else. This is not to say it'll be fine for Kristi. But prayer and hope will bring her home safely, sweet chick. I cannot tell you how to feel, but I can tell you I'll pray for HER/YOU and for peace and comfort for both of you. She's a gorgeous young woman and we have to sit back and let them make their own decisions. Ohmygosh, I'm getting serious! What will people think??? Yep, I'm funny, but when hearts, children and defending my country are the issues, I am QUITE serious.
Smoochies, hugs and LOVE coming your way, chick,

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi Amy, I am sorry to hear of your Uncle's passing. You have my condolences.

The Lord will watch over your Daughter, I will keep you and her in my prayers. Such a BRAVE young lady, you should be proud of her!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I'm sorry to hear that. I don't blame you a bit for having such a heavy heart. I'd feel the same way. I can only imagine how depressing this has to be so try not to let it get you down. We're all here for you. Twyla

Anonymous said...

Sweet Amy,
You already know how powerful prayers can be & your daughter will have many praying for her as she starts this journey in the military. I know this must be very hard for you after going through so much already. She is a beautiful young woman & God must have something very special for her. She & you will be in our thoughts & prayers in the days ahead. I know you are very proud of her & she of you. You will be each others strength! Love & hugs to you Amy & your daughter.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Amy - We are a military family and I have to tell you...sometimes it is in the blood!
My mother almost died of worry when I decided to join the army....Thankfully I was kicked out! LOL
My 4 brothers are all military (NAVY) is no longer with us. He did not die in battle...but get this...of cancer, this past Spring. He spent 12 years in the Navy and came home to die of gastric cancer!!!
Please don't worry about Kristy!!!
I have a feeling this war is almost over and she will be fine!!!
I will pray for you and for her every night, as I pray for my brothers, nieces, and nephews on active duty!!!
A warm hug to you, my friend!!!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

First of all, Kristi is a beautiful girl; look at that great smile! :)
Secondly, I can only imagine the heavy heart you are feeling......
Please know that I'll be praying for you and for Kristi.

Shab-n-Chic said...

Hi Amy...I would be devastated myself, but hopefully she won't be called to Iraq. You have raised a fine young lady there!

Miss Jean said...

Amy: I know how you are feeling. My son joined the military 17 years ago. Was I ever shocked, then worried. He has not been to the middle east, but because of what he does, it's just as scary. I had to come to the conclusion a long time ago that he is not mine. He belongs to the Lord. All I can do is pray for him (and his military officer wife) and be proud of them both.

I can't promise you anything but the strength that God alone can give you.

Susan said...

Oh, Amy...I will just keep you and your sweet girl in my prayers. You have been through so much but you are strong. I pray that she will get to stay here and serve.d

Bless you always!

prettyshabby said...

gosh Amy..your stomach must be in've really been wrung through the mill of late on this rollercoaster we call life..keep strong and keep positive for your beautiful girl.. we're all thinking of you x

I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle too. x

Tina ~ Blessings Friends. said...

Will be keeping your daughter in prayer. I can understand your "heavy heart". I think it's a fear that every mother has.

May God Bless and watch over you and your family.

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Amy,

I can only imagine how heavy your heart that God knows what he is doing and that he will keep an army of angels around your dear daughter. I will be praying for you both.


The Urban Chic said...

Amy, how beautiful is Kristi. I will pray for all of you. My cousin is in intelligence in Iraq, so who knows they might meet each other. Big Hugs gf. Pat

Denise said...

Amy........I would be feeling the same way but I trust that God will keep her safe. She looks like such a great kid with so much to give..I know she'll do great. I feel for you tho......hang in there.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a gut-wrenching post.

My 22 year old daughter went from Montana country girl without a care in the world to a city girl in the drug-infested streets of Brooklyn last year. It is distressing for me when I think of it too I know, in some small way, how you must feel.

She was/is just a couple of credits away from her accounting degree when she decided to follow God's leading to work in the inner city. Her too frequent stories of drug dealers, gangs, prostitution and death make me cringe but I know God is watching out for her and will bless her sacrifice...just like He will bless your daughter and also bless YOUR sacrifice.

It is so hard to see them leave. We give birth, sacrifice everything to raise them and then they leave us! After 3 kids leaving home, it still doesn't compute in my heart... even though my head says that it is normal.

I love you and will be praying for you. One mom to another, Sheri :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, my, I do know how you feel. My daughter, almost, joined the Navy and I was heart sick. Luckily she changed her mind.

This is such a major step in her life. God Bless her!


Judy said...

Hi Amy,
I'm so sorry about you uncle. I understand completely your concern for your daughter. When my son joined the Navy years ago I was heart broken. I did not want him to go. He had never been away from either. He told me years later the first night away was the lonliest he had ever felt.

Anna T said...

Sometimes we need to worry because it reminds us to pray.You have every right to worry about Kristi that's what most Mom's do, forever worry about their children..Your friends will pray and rest assured your beautiful daughter is in Gods watch.
Love you because of who you are.

Jillian said...

Hi Amy,

Our thoughts are with you on this one! My Step son is at boot camp as I am typing this...he also signed up for six years to serve in the army.

My Dear Hubby was not able to talk him out of it. There must be big plans in the big scheme of things that we don't know about! Helps us get through it.


lulu said...

I think any mother can understand your feelings.All we can do is have faith and pray when our children grow up and make their own decisions.
Prayers for you and your beautiful daughter.

Suzie Button said...

Hi Amy, what a beautiful daughter you have! I am a certified court reporter myself, but I knew when I was in court reporting school years ago that I couldn't see myself in a courtroom really, and I went in a different direction and became a broadcast captioner for television. Your daughter is young and has a lot of life ahead, I pray for God's protection for her while away from her family, she has so many opportunities and I'm sure will do wonderfully in anything she chooses!