Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday Tells a Story

These pictures tell a story.
A story of bravery, honor, trust, love, dedication, service, loyalty...family!






This is a man with 22 honorable years of Naval Service.

We are so proud to call you a friend!

Enjoy your retirement years...

Best Buds aren't just for little kids!

This is my Hubby with Old Salty Sailor.

The guy on far right is an astronaut, pretty cool huh!

Ok, back to my story...

So Hubby and Salty Sailor were deployed to the Middle East in 2003. Not sure how good your memory is, but I remember like it was yesterday. This deployment was supposed to be a 6 month "cruise" I am pregnant with baby #2...long story short, the ship didn't return when expected. They were on their way back to Hawaii, made it as far as Australia and were turned back around (New Year's Eve got the call) They turn around, return to the Middle East...the war begins. The baby is born. My mom at my side, I call my sister, who emails my Hubby, who just happens to check email before going to bed and miraculaously enough the email actually went through, something that doesn't always happen too easily. Hubby finds out he has a new daughter, runs and tells Salty Sailor. Congrats all around. Salty Sailor calls his wife, wakes her up at 3am to get the number to the hospital. Hubby calls the hospital, baby is still crying, not even weighed yet and we were able to share in one of the most precious moments together...over the phone...on separate sides of the world. So yes I have a huge soft spot in my heart for Salty Sailor and his family...they made this moment possible.

Congratulations on your amazing accomplishments and best of luck with the new job!

15 comments:

Amy said...

I just got the goose bumps hearing this Salty Sailor story! I am amazed that you gave birth while your husband was in the middle east. I didn't realize this! You are a brave girl!

Becky said...

Awww, what a beautiful story! I got a little misty there, girlymom!

You are blessed to have friends like that. Congratulations on your retirement, Salty Sailor!

Happy Days said...

You are amazing! What a great story! That must have been tough with out hubby by your side. You made it in to a positive story. You really do amaze me.
You have such an upbeat way about you and I love it! Thanks for sharing that story!

Cecily R said...

I love Salty Sailor too! How come I get totally weepy when I think about you two being worlds apart on that day? I'm so glad he's home now!!!!!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

love the photos and the story and beautifully put!

Courtney said...

I love the story, chills all around and tears in my eyes. What a wonderful friend he is.

Kathryn said...

That is an amazing story! Wow!

KATE said...

Oh my, I'm a lot more emotional than I thought. Wow, I got all teary thru that story! Salty Sailor is fabulous! Gotta love those Military Men!!

kim-d said...

Ya just gotta love a Salty Sailor who can also be a Softy when the situation calls for it. And then there is this...Salty Sailor, Girlydad, all the rest? There really IS something about a man in uniform, isn't there! :)

It was wonderful that you were able to have your hubby with you for Beauty #2's birth...awwww!

Have a wonderful retirement, Salty Sailor! You did good--many times.

Kellan said...

Congratulations to your special friend on a wonderfully prestigous career in the military. And ... that is one of the best stories I have ever heard - it brought tears to my eyes!!

Take care Sweetie - see you soon. Kellan

Angela said...

A lovely story I am sure that it was a hard but wonderful day!

Are You Serious! said...

♥ That's a great story! That's crazy how quickly he got your number! :)

Chelle' said...

Love Love Love this story. Love that you recall it as though it were yesterday.. .Love that you were able to share that moment with your husband... and LOVE that you call your friend SALTY SAILOR.

Happy Easter.

LaskiGal said...

What an awesome story! It must be divine intervention when things come together like that!

What a wonderful tribute!

Pam in Colorado said...

That is a beautiful story and precious memory. I now love Salty Sailor, too!