We spent some time writing notes of thanks and encouragement to an Army soldier who is deployed. Our kids were shocked to learn that this young man will be away from his sweet wife and two-year-old little girl for an entire year. They couldn't believe the sacrifice. It is pretty incredible.
Tomorrow we'll send a little package in the mail to this special soldier, Dan Shaha. He doesn't know us at all, but we know his parents and his siblings quite well. It seems a small gesture, considering his amazing efforts, but we are glad to do a little something to thank him for his service. President Obama tells us that war combat is over, but we know that thousands of soldiers like Dan are still separated from their families, keeping the peace in distant lands.
As we talked tonight, I couldn't help but think of the anthem, "God Bless the USA." I found a touching video on YouTube that seems perfect to share tonight. I am proud to be an American!