Sunday, December 14, 2014

Merry Christmas from our house to all of you.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A Different Christmas Poem

A Different Christmas Poem
By Michael Marks


The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light,
Then he sighed and he said "Itʼs really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fatherʼs before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."
"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

Thursday, November 06, 2014

I know that I can do nothing without the Lord. I have to have faith that God will take care of this situation.

Asking for prayer for my Daughter-in-law Mirta, my son Aaron's wife, she is having surgery tomorrow at noon to correct a twisted colon. Part of the colon died so they have to remove the dead tissue and reattach. Prayer for the surgery, swift recovery and for Aaron and their three children, Lincoln age 3, Aiden age 2 and Elliott age 2 months. Aaron is in the navy and has had to take leave to be with the three children. Mirta has been in the hospital since last Saturday night and we are not sure when she will be able to return home. Please pray for all of them through this trying time. Thank you.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Birthday to my adorable granddaughter Ava Joy.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pumpkin patch

My son Aaron and his son Lincoln at the pumpkin patch on our visit.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Aaron


This picture is of AJ on his first Birthday.





From Living for the simple things in life


My baby is now 25th.
Happy Birthday Aaron!


Thank you for serving our Country. Hopefully, I will see you next week.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

School is back in session

It that time of year again for our children to return to school for EMU to get busy with students eager to learn. It is fun and exciting for me when our building is busy. It's Bo's last year in high school. The end of getting 6 children through high school.

Hold on tight and let the school year begin!