|To a Brave American Soldier:
Thank you so much for serving in our armed forces. You and your fellow soldiers make huge sacrifices so our country can be a better place to live. I’m a writer, words are my passion and I wouldn’t be able to speak and write so freely if it wasn’t for your bravery.
Whenever I think of where you are, my heart goes out to you. I just cannot imagine what it must be like to constantly live with danger going on all around you. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for your service to your country. Some of you are so young, leaving your homes to venture into enemy territory. You do it, not because you have to, but because you want our country to be free.
Then I think of our married soldiers, leaving their wives and children to fight in these wars. This enemy is an aggressive group, who doesn’t care who they hurt. I am humbled by your sacrifice; I cannot thank you enough and I hope and pray it will be over soon. Just remember you are not alone, God is watching over you.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I live in rural Minnesota on a hobby farm where we raise sheep, one llama, ducks, geese and chickens. Our grandson, Nicholas, eleven years old and our granddaughter, Leah, eight years old, stay over for the summer. They love taking care of the animals of which they’ve already made into pets. We have two German Shepherds named Louie and Bow. Louie is a sweetheart and Bow is really Big Bad Bow. He picks and chooses who he likes.
We also grow vegetables that we sell at the farmer’s market. Our grand children like to come with us to sell our products, and our customers get a kick out of it. Nicholas and Leah love going down the long aisles of tomatoes, the green foliage dotted with lots of red tomatoes makes for some pretty pictures that we show at the market. They love to help pick them off the vine to get ready for the farmer market.
The sheep graze nearby and can be seen from our house. With all this rain we've been having, our pastures have greened up. It makes for quite a picturesque setting with the white sheep grazing on the green pastures. Our llama is black and white and does silly things like lie on his back with his feet up in the air. Sometimes we call Bosco, that's his name, to make sure he's alright. He doesn't say much, but he is very curious whenever something is going on. He makes a sound like urrr, urrr to let us know he is watching. We love him for his silly antics and he's great for watching over our sheep, keeping them safe from coyotes. He'll charge at anything that's unfamiliar to him, such as any wild animal. He's our watchdog in the pastures.
At the farmer’s market, we have a flag flying overhead. I see our freedoms in that flag that we all hold so dear; this is what you are fighting so bravely over. I look at it and wonder how much longer we’ll be fighting these foreign wars? I think I’m not alone when I say that we would like to have you and your fellow soldiers back home with your families again.
So, just to let you know once again, wherever you are stationed, you have my heartfelt gratitude for your sacrifice. Our flag is flying freely throughout these United States because of you and your fellow soldiers fighting so bravely for all of us. Take care now and come home safely.