Friday, May 8, 2009

Military Wives Cookbook Give-A-Way Winner!!!

Thank you to everyone who left all their heartfelt comments on Monday, May 4th for the Military Wives Cookbook Give-Away. It has been a wonderful experience sharing these days for Military Spouse Appreciation Day with you and taking a moment to remember those who keep us...I found this letter and thought I would share it with you. Before I announce the winner, why not take a moment to read through the comments left by the entries here...Thank you to everyone who visited for sharing your stories. It has been an enlightening experience that I truly appreicate. The winner is below...

Letter to a military spouse

While I have never had the pleasure of meeting you or your husband, I felt the need to write you and express a very deep feeling that I have in my heart.

I, as a person, am not brave. I do not tackle things head on, as I hate confrontation. I will travel 100 miles out of my way just to avoid a conflict. I am an American woman that has no idea what is going on in the military other than what I hear on the news.

I have never had to let go of someone so that they could go fight for people that they didn't know, people that sometimes do not appreciate or understand what they are fighting for.

I have never had a sleepless night of worry because of a report that another bomb has exploded and I still haven't heard from my husband.

I have never had to wait for months on end to hold the one that I loved so.

I have never had to tell my children that daddy wasn't coming home tonight because he was so far away fighting for something that they aren't yet old enough to understand.

I have never had to hold my head high and suppress the tears as I hear that it will be at least another six months of separation before my loved one gets to come home.

I have never had to deal with a holiday away from the one that I thought I would share every day of my life with.

And I have never had to feel the panic rising in my heart at the sound of a ringing phone or knock at the door for fear that it is the news that everyone is terrified of getting.

For the reasons listed above, I can not tell you that I understand how you feel. I can not tell you that you must be strong. I can not say that you shouldn't be angry, because you "knew what you were getting into when you married a military man". I can not say these things because I have never had to walk in your shoes.

What I can say for certain is that because of your unselfish acts of bravery and your husbands willingness to stand up for those who see him as "just another soldier" - - I will never have to walk in your shoes.

I do understand that as a military wife you are expected to uphold a certain amount of control, but I never understood how you could do it, until now. I have figured out that you are not like other women. You are of a special breed. You have a strength within you that holds life together in the darkest of hours, a strength of which I will never possess. The faith you have is what makes you stand out in a crowd; it makes you glow with emotion and swell with pride at the mention of The United States of America.

You are a special lady, a wonderful partner and a glorious American.

I have more respect for your husband than I could ever tell you, but until recently I never thought much about those that the soldier leaves at home during deployment.

Until this moment I could never put into words exactly what America meant to me.

Until this moment, I had no real reason to.... Until I heard of you.

Your husband and his military family hold this nation close, safe from those who wish to hurt us...but you and those like you are the backbone of the American family. You keep the wheels in motion and the hearts alive while most would just break completely down. Military families make this nation what it is today.

You give us all hope and you emit a warming light at the end of a long dark tunnel.

Because of you and your family...I am able to be me. I am able to have my family. I am able to walk free in this great land. Because of you and your family, I can look ahead to the future with the knowledge that life is going to be okay. Because of you and your family, I can awake to a new day, everyday.

I realize that you are a stronger person than I will ever be because of these things and I just wanted to take the time today to say thank you to you and your family for allowing me that freedom.

I will never be able to repay this debt to you, as it is unmatchable. However, I hope that you know that no matter where you are...what you are doing...what has happened today...or what will happen tomorrow...Your husband will NEVER be "just another soldier" to me.... And you, dear sweet lady, will never be forgotten.

You are all in my prayer's everyday and I pray that God will bring you back together with your loved one safely.
May God Bless You!
(Author Unknown)

The Winner

I used the Random Integer Generator to pick the lucky winner of the Military Wives Cookbook. Here is the comment left by Nic Please get in touch with me Nic so I can send you and your wife the copy of the book and...thank you:)

Nic said...
Wow - I've been in for 18 and my wife for 19; and who would have thought I'd first learn of spouses day on a cooking blog! Guess that's my first thing learned.

But, my real 'learning' was more from reflection on the rest of your post and the other comments. I noticed that while it's hard to see someone go away, we've actually got it better than in the past. We don't have rations books (I have some of my grandparents); and unlike grandma in WWII and my mom in vietnam, we can call and use the internet, instead of waiting and hoping for a letter... while reading newsprint of thigns that happened days or weeks ago. It's still by no means easy - but with a 24 hr news cycle and better communications; we're at least not waiting 'as long' for word from the one's away. Having folks gone is a big dark cloud, and this little bit of lining does not change that... but it is a small help.


  1. Congrats to the winner! And I love that letter. It perfectly expresses how many of us feel!

    Happy Mother's Day! I hope you get your Wii!

  2. Congrats to the winner!

    Sorry Louise-I have no idea who Nic is.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog-I will check out the GW recipes. :)

  3. It is a beautiful letter, isn't it duckie?

    Hi Bobbie Jo,
    Thanks for trying. I think you will enjoy the Gone with the Wind recipes:)


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