Nov 11 2011

An American Story

Freedom isn’t free.   Service doesn’t come without sacrifice.  Honor those that have served today on Veteran’s day by telling their story.  Read about mine on facebook at klove/Amanda and then come back here and tell me yours. 

Today I am thankful for John Marker, and his service to his country.  He was a farmer.  His Dad was a farmer, His Grandfather was a farmer.  He was the last to work on the family farm in Bement, Illinois.  He was a hero.

Lieutenant James Marker served in WWII. He flew 23 missions with the 15th Air Force in Italy. He was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, the Presidential Citation, the E. T. O. ribbon with five battle stars for participation in the battles of the North Appennines, Po Valley, Central Europe, the Balkans, and Southern France.

One month after being home on furlough in 1945, he married my Grandmother, Emily.  After the war, he came home, they had 4 children and worked on the family farm. 

John Marker was my Grandfather.   I never got to meet him.  He died in 1956 of a heart attack out in the fields of his farm. My mother was only 6 yearsold. My Grandmother, Emily, became a single mom of 4 children in the 50′s.

His simple story and sacrifice made my family possible.  He survived WWII, came home and started a family…set a strong example of hard work and sacrifice.  I’m thankful that he gave my children and I, the American Dream.  

Land of the Free.  Home of the Brave.

I look forward to the day that I get to meet him in heaven, and tell him thanks.


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Nov 10 2011

Real Love

When you are young and you have that “just in love” feeling you think you get what real love is.  Not so fast. 

I don’t know about you, but to me, real love, is when everything is a mess, a challenge, and you choose to love anyway…kind of like how God loves us.

Tell me what real love is to you…

Saw this thing where a group asked kids “What does love mean?”  Here are some of my favorite answers: 

'When my grandmother got arthritis , she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore.. So my grandfather does it for her all the time , even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.' 

Rebecca- age 8

'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.'

Chrissy - age 6

'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.' 

Terri - age 4

'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.' 

Tommy - age 6

'During my piano recital , I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. 

He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.' 

Cindy - age 8

'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.' 

Mary Ann - age 4

And the winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. 

Upon seeing the man cry , the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. 

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor , the little boy said , 

'Nothing , I just helped him cry.”  

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