Friday, May 30, 2008


Dear Gabe,

You're finally home, and I know I should be concentrating on your time here but I can't help dreading the moment when we have to take you back to the airport so that you can rejoin your buddies back there.  I wish we had more time but that would only prolong the inevitable so I guess this is for the best.

I hope you can relax during this time and enjoy your little family.  Kimmie has been such a trooper during this time.  She has never acted worried in front of me, she never complained about being on her own.  I don't think she knew what she was getting herself into when she moved away from her family but she hasn't given up.  She is a very strong woman and you should be proud of her.  I know her mother must be.  I sure am.

I still remember when you were just a tiny baby.  Never did I imagine that one day you would be flying off to fight a war in a distant country.  Watching you grow as you have has just made me realize that there are no limits to the amount of pride or love a parent can have for their child.  It is not something one ever grows out of.  I am sure you are already realizing this of your own sons.  But their greatest accomplishments will come much later.  Do not hesitate to let them know how much you love and respect them.

I love and respect you son, for all you've done, for all you have risen above and for that which is yet to come.

Love always,



Anonymous princesssaurora said...

What an awesome letter to your son... and what a picture... my heart stopped on this one... just heavenly.

be well,

May 30, 2008 at 6:30 PM  
Anonymous dbp2000 said...

I love this picture and am so happy for all of you to be together again. After a two year absence from AOL journaling I am back and if memory serves me correctly, when I left was about the time you/Dornbrau and Dickie Doo were buying Gabe fire resistent underwear. I cannot believe he has already finished his first tour and signed on for a second. God bless you all!!

Gabe, thank you for what you are doing on behalf of our country. We are proud of you and hope that you continue to be safe.

Take care -


May 30, 2008 at 10:38 PM  

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