Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Dear Gabe,

Its funny how quickly joy can fade to sadness.  I just opened your email and was so happy until I read about the loss of your friend.  I am so very sorry son.  I wish you hadn't been there when it happened, it must have been awful to see such a thing, but at the same time I am glad that he had a close friend near by so he wasn't alone. I'm grateful that you were with him.

I'm sitting here trying to write something comforting because thats what mothers should do in times like this, but Gabe, my hands are shaking so bad I can barely type, which is just as well because I can't see too well right now. 

I will try this later.  For now, know that I love you and I pray each night for your safety and that of those who serve with you.  Knowing that some were lost does not weaken my faith.  My faith is my strength.  So don't worry about us.  We're fine.  You just take care of yourself and your guys, and come on back home safe.

I love you son, and miss you.  May the Great Spirit watch over you always.



Anonymous jckfrstross said...

Gabe STAY SAFE praying for you


November 22, 2005 at 10:16 AM  
Anonymous mumma4evr said...

aww...DAMN!!!  I am so sorry, Gabe!!!! Know that there are many of us here who are praying that you all come home safe!  and soon!

November 22, 2005 at 12:22 PM  
Anonymous ppavis said...

I am so sorry Gabe. My prayers are with you and those who are serving with you. Thank you for all you do. God Bless! Phyllis

November 25, 2005 at 7:46 AM  
Anonymous hestiahomeschool said...

Gabe, I have never been in a war, and as a middle aged mom I am unlikely to ever be in a war as long as we have men like you protecting us, but I did sit with a friend who was dying from a car accident. We were hit by a drunk driver, and she died before the ambulance could get there. It was a terrible bloody mess, and I can still see it all these years later. I was a teen. I am glad that your friend died with someone he knew and cared for with him, and I am sorry that you had to experience such a terrible thing. If you want some unsolicited advice, don't STOP thinking about it, but try not to dwell on it, either. If you squash your feelings and the pictures in your mind, it will only make them come back stronger and hang around longer, and causes PTSD.  Don't feel guilty that it was not you that got killed--it is perfectly normal to feel relieved about being a survivor. I felt guilty as hell, and I was not even driving.It is also normal to feel horny, and to feel very hungry.
There are lots of people who care a great deal for you, and say a prayer for your safety, even though you have never met them.
love, Kas

November 27, 2005 at 1:38 AM  

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