"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Monday, May 25, 2015

Not Forgotten

Our nation has Memorial Day set aside to remember those who died while serving in the armed forces.


The price is sometimes heavy.


And although time marches on, the families never forget.   Time freezes the soldier in the age that they were killed. 

Yet the family continues on.




The weeks following the loss of a loved one must seem like 
years.
But time marches on.
Children grow up.

I love America.
I am thankful to be living in this nation.
I hate knowing exactly what is sometimes expected
from those that are in our military.

No matter how old I get, no matter how much time passes
by, I am, and always will be the baby that was born too late.
The reality of Memorial Day is that in perhaps the next year or so
I will become a grandmother...but in my heart, I am always the little girl
that wishes ever so much that she was a daddy's little girl.



As for the photo of the children and mom...
 The update is this.

Pictured front row left to right
Peter age-2~48 years later married 26 years, 2 sons. John age 3-48 years later single and busy in Texas.  David age 4 in the photo-48 years later 4 children, 1 son-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law, 7 grandchildren. Liz age 4 in photo-48 years later, 3 children, 1 son-in-law, 1 granddaughter. Cathy age 5 in photo-48 years later married almost 30 years, 2 children.  
Back row-Mom-age 29 in the photo.  Remarried had one more daughter and a stepdaughter.  From these two daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 5 grandchildren.  And the baby...me, Jenny to my family~married almost 27 years, 4 children.  2  daughters-in-law and 2 grandbabies on the way.

Dad...remains forever 28.  
In memory of Captain David P. Gibson
KIA April 8, 1967



* I forgot to add that Mom passed away in 2011.  She outlived Dad by 44 years.
* reposted from last year and edited to reflect this

6 comments:

J. Silva said...

I thank your family from the bottom of my heart for serving our great country. Not forgotten. Never.

Humble wife said...

J Silva-Thank you for your kind words, they are deeply appreciated.

Mrs.Rabe said...

God bless you, Jen! I know that you all missed out on having your dad with you while growing up. You all sacrificed for our country.

Anonymous said...

Jen,
You and your family were in my thoughts and prayers yesterday. Not forgotten.
Hugs,
LizinNY

Humble wife said...

Deanna and Liz-thank you both so much! (((hugs)) to my blogity friends.

Pat said...

How proud you must be! Thankful to your family then and now for their service...to keep me and all of us free!

Thank you!