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“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb & clap as they go by.”~ Will Rogers
Last month I had the privilege of accompanying 102 World War II Veterans and 33 volunteers on a day trip to Washington, D.C. on the Music City Honor Flight to see the World War II Memorial built in their honor. I spent the day documenting the trip and getting to hear many of their amazing stories.
And the best part was that these Veterans weren’t going to Washington, D.C. for the praise and recognition. As far as they were concerned, they simply served their country in a time of need. The end. They quietly and humbly accepted all the attention, still not taking all of the credit they so deserved.
I encourage you to check out this amazing organization that is giving something back to The Greatest Generation. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit that transports Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials. If you’re in the Nashville area and are interested in volunteering, or know a Veteran who would like to come to D.C. on an Honor Flight, you can visit this website to contact volunteer coordinators. With over one thousand World War II veterans dying each day, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.
Anything narrated by Tom Hanks has my attention, but this video is especially moving. I have never seen anything on these amazing guys before. Yet another reason we are so, so blessed to live in this beautiful country.
- I love that he wears ties during the week and work boots on the weekends,
- I love that my friends have his cell number programed in their phones,
- I love that he answers my calls in the middle of meetings,
- I love that he’s always doing something for someone else,
- I love that he tells everyone he meets that I’m the best photographer in Nashville,
- I love that he enjoys life so much, in spite of its hardships,
- I love, most of all though, that he’s MY dad.
Happy Father’s Day, Daddy. I love you,
There are very few things on this earth that can bring more joy than a child. Their endearing smiles, uninhibited affection and contagious laughter have the ability to instantly drag us out of even the darkest of moods. They also have the ability to unknowingly help us get through some the hardest times life, such as losing someone we love.
A couple of years ago, this family – and the countless number of other people who loved her – had to say goodbye way, way too early to an amazing woman. I was one of the lucky ones who got to be in her life – and she in mine – and there’s not a day goes by that I don’t think about her. To say that she left a huge hole in all of our hearts is an understatement.
But as God is so famous for orchestrating, our biggest blessings seem to come in the midst of our darkest moments, just when we need them the most. And that is exactly what this adorable little 18 month-old is: a BIG blessing. She’s already so full of life, of curiosity, and well on her way to becoming as beautiful – inside and out – as everyone else in her family.
My sweet, sweet nephew Ty is almost a year old. If he could talk, he’d probably tell us that it’s been a rough first year. His well-intentioned older siblings – ages 7, 4 and 2 -can’t get enough of him, and unfortunately there’s only one of him to go around. But even though he may start the second year of his life with a few more bumps and bruises than the average baby, he’ll have 3 little people right there beside him cheering him on every step of the way.