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newlywed game

We got together several weeks ago with some of our ‘deployment’ friends.  We hadn’t seen each other in several months.  The women, were significantly monumental in helping one another pass the time while our husbands were overseas.  However, it became more clear to me how important the men were to each other.  And, how well they actually got to know each other given the tight confines, sleepless nights and life threatening missions. 

So…we played the newlywed game that night.  It was just like the old show.  The answers sometimes bordered on obscene but all-in-all just dealt with daily life.  What became the most interesting part of the game, however, was how the men could answer for each other.  They knew the others favorite foods, described how they ate, chuckled about their idiosyncrasies, and never let up on each other.

Sometimes, it isn’t just those that we marry that know us well.   Within a few months, the soliders will have been home for as long as they were gone.  It is hard to believe how fast time does move.


bronze star

I had to google ‘Bronze Star Medal’ to really understand its significance. Tim was awarded this honor from his Battalion Commander in Iraq.

According to Wikipedia…The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration which may be awarded for bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service. When awarded for bravery, it is the fourth-highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces and the 9th highest military award (including both combat and non -combat awards) in the order of precedence.

This medal was awarded for Meritorious Achievement (i.e. Tim doing his combat job well over a period of time). I am considerably proud of him but he was most proud of bringing all of his men home safe from the deployment.

He would prefer to keep this on the down-low but I think it is worth recognizing. Congratulations!