Deployment to Afghanistan

In my family, cousins are close as siblings. Even though I am the only granddaughter on both sides, I am in pretty amazing company with the grandsons. On my mother’s side, there is Brian (24) and Noah (12). I wouldn’t trade either of them for the world, but Brian and I have had our moments. When we were younger, we’d fight, argue, and beat on each other until one of us bled or tattled to an adult. Now that we’re older, and our tolerance levels have increased, we are much closer. I’m grateful for our relationship, but more importantly, our friendship. I’ve watched him grow into a handsome young man with a big heart and carefree spirit. I am so proud of him. I missĀ Brat Face Brian so much, I haven’t seen him since Christmas!

It’ll be a while before I see him again because he leaves tomorrow to Afghanistan as a Soldier in the U.S. Army.


Brian is going to kick my butt for posting these pictures, but I found them on his Facebook page so technically it’s his fault for posting them!

How ’bout this amazing chili-bowl?!


… or this Halloween costume?!


One of the “perks” of being in The Army and living in Louisville, Kentucky is getting to participate in Derby festivities. Not only has Brian been a part of security services, but he’s also guarded The Kentucky Derby trophy at Churchill Downs. If you’ve watched the Derby on NBC, you have definitely seen Brian on the tee-vee!!!!


Aside from his military duties, Brian takes birthdays very seriously. Everybody in our family wears this silly hat and we all get silly gifts. Brian gets a box of rocks from our Aunt Kathy with the same number of rocks as his age. The crazy gift exchange also includes a set of the world’s ugliest towels that gets passed around to someone new every year; Noah gets a bag of frozen chicken nuggets and box of Kraft Mac-n-Cheese while I get a roll of Charmin toilet paper. Fortunately, money is always hidden inside our gifts!


… Nana’s Precious Babies.


I am definitely going to miss Brian while he is gone for the next nine months. He’s going to see things and have life experiences that I cannot imagine, but I’m so impressed by his selflessness to serve in the Army. He’s definitely a hero in my eyes.


Brian, be safe and come home soon …. sushi at Sapporo is my treat! Love you bunches.



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  1. Regina @ Floating... June 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Praying for his safety and grateful for his service.

  2. Celeste Zachry June 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Ok, so I’m sitting in Papa Murphy’s crying. Thanks. Just love the dedication and selflessness of a soldier.

  3. Mayre Lee June 26, 2013 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Although I have never met your cousin, I have tears in my eyes. He is indeed a hero. I will pray for him by name. Let me know how he is doing!!

  4. Jill House June 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Great story – I’m fortunate like you to have very close cousins! I was beginning to really worry about you – you were way overdue for a post!

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