Perspective….

You know…its VERY rare that i see an email that just stirs me up and moves me, but i received one this morning that I just have to share. God Bless America and a sincere and grateful THANK YOU! to all the troops fighting for freedom.

Your alarm goes off; you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10 minutes.
He stays up for days on end.
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You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water.
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You complain of a “headache,” and call in sick.
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.
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You put on your anti war/don’t support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.
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You make sure you’re cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.
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You talk trash about your “buddies” that aren’t with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.
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You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.
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You complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.
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You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
He doesn’t get to eat today.
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Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.
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You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn’t have time to brush his teeth today.
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You’re angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
He’s told he will be held over an extra 2 months.
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You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.
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You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells his love’s perfume.
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You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they’ll ever meet.
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You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.
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You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.
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You see only what the media wants you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying around him.
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You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don’t.
He does exactly what he is told.
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You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.
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You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.
He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be woken by gunfire.

You sit there and judge him, saying the world is probably a worse place because of men like him.

If only there were more men like him!

Goin to California? Been there done that.

Cali Palms

Just returned from a SUPER relaxing trip out to Orange County, California. We have some dear friends that live out in Irvine, so we hopped on a jet and set our sites on the coast. Nothing like good food, good friends, and a fantabulous location for a little R & R. Unfortunately, California is in the throes of a heat wave so it was a little warm. All in all we hit several beaches, made a trip to San Diego, did some shopping and ate a lot of good food. Im just thankful there werent any earthquakes while we were there.