On memories, gratitude, sacrifice and service...

Most of us are sick today.  We're snuggled up together in our pajamas reading books and watching football and documentaries among tributes to 9/11.  It makes me teary-eyed and I hug my husband and my children a little tighter.

Ten years.  It's hard to believe that much time has past since I was sitting in front of the TV in my boyfriend's (at the time) dorm after my morning music theory class.  I will never forget what I saw.  I will never forget how I felt.  I will never forget suddenly not feeling as safe to live in this country.

I grew up in a patriotic family.  I have a deep-rooted, strong love for my country...faults and all.  I know there are a lot of opinions on that day and what has occurred for years after.  Today I just want to publicly thank all those who keep me and my family safe and protected from all the different threats we could face.  From our local PD on up.  I am truly grateful.

My heart goes out to those who lost people they cared about that day, and to those who have lost people since- no matter the circumstance.  I know how memories like the ones spurred today can make you miss your loved ones.

I have learned a lot about complacency in my short life.  If nothing else, my only hope is that the anniversary of 9/11 helps people to remember to be grateful for what they have.  Always live to remember that you could lose everything in the smallest instant.

We all make sacrifices.  Some are much harder than others, some are much braver, some are recognized, some are not.  I think the important lesson that we can learn from all those who stepped up to help that day is that we need to be there for others.  Protect them, love them and DO NOT judge them.  Instead, find out what you can do to help.  Even in the simple way of being a true friend.  Serve others.

In the spirit of this, through blogging I have discovered a situation that happened to a family recently.  I don't know them, but it breaks my heart.  They are the Martins and they have just been through a very difficult situation.  Please click here to read their story and help them in any way you can.  I also have some friends, Aaron and Lexie, who opened their hearts to a little girl named Bella and said "yes" when many would have said "no".  Please visit their facebook page. At the very least, please send prayers or kind thoughts to both of these families.  Better, share their stories with your friends or on your blog.  If you can, helping them monetarily would benefit them the most.  Thank you for anything you can do to help.

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