I’m excited to introduce you all to my very first guest blogger today, the lovely Janie Reinart. A lady I first met a few months ago when she invited me to appear on her own website www.loveyoumorethanyouknow.com giving me the opportunity to talk about my experiences as a Forces Mum.
Anyways, without further ado here she is… Please feel free to leave a comment in support of the fabulous work she does.
Happy reading, everyone x
When my son, Joe was deployed to Iraq in 2004, he wrote us a heartfelt letter after the loss of one of his fellow soldiers and several of his own brushes with death. A part of the letter said:
I think a lot of nights, restless nights, of the days to come. I ponder and daydream of the good and the bad and the anxiety weighs on me like a ton of bricks. Will I make it back? Will I be so different from when I left? What will I do with my life? Will I be successful? Will I be happy?
I answered him back: I will dance at your wedding and sing lullabies to your children.
Joe made it back in 2005. He is happy and successful. In two weeks my son is getting married. I will dance!
Father Dan sang the wedding mass and gave a wonderful homily. He compared a giant redwood to the love and support of family and our church community. The huge tree has a root system that is only 4 to 6 feet deep. In the redwood forest, the roots of that tall tree entangle with neighboring trees improving its stability. Our family and church community will support the newlyweds so that they will stay strong in their union surrounded by our love and prayers.
I am blessed to have the lovely Mrs. Katie Reinart as a new daughter and friend.
The reception was so much fun. We celebrated the joining of our two families. And I danced with my son.I am waiting for the day when the second half of my prediction comes true and practicing my lullabies.
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About Janie Reinart
As an author, teacher consultant, National Writing Project Fellow, storyteller, and poet, words are my tools. Janie seeks ways to give people a voice to tell their own stories through prose and poetry. She and her husband, Ed, are grateful for their five children and 10 grandchildren. Most weekends, you will find Janie praying and singing with the choir at Holy Angels Catholic Church.