Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Dear Gabe,

I started this journal for you in 2004, when you left for Basic Training. Perhaps it was more for me than it was for you. In the letters to follow I wrote words of faith, encouragement and love. I drew strength from my need to believe those words as I typed them. My fear of the unthinkable was kept at bay as I tried to convey my faith in your safety first through basic and then through your deployments in Iraq.

A mother's fear is often suppressed and hidden as she tries to comfort and support. It is over. You are out. I can now, for the first time in years, really breath easily.

I am so proud of you for your commitment to your country and the world. But I am so relieved that your time is up.

Welcome to civilian life Gabe. It's time to relax. You've earned it.

Love you always,



Blogger garnett109 said...

Thanks Gabe For your service to Old Glory!

March 11, 2009 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Thank you so much for honorably and bravely serving our country Gabe.
Enjoy your new found civilian life!!

March 11, 2009 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger GrapevineTexan said...

Gabe, Hooray! Thank you for your service. I wish you every success and happiness in life. So glad you are safe and sound.

March 11, 2009 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Astaryth said...

Wow! It's been 5 years!?! It doesn't seem like it's been that long. Time flies.

Congratulations on serving your time and Thank you for everything you have done for us. I know your Mother is thrilled that you are headed back home safe and sound, and so am I!

{{{{Hugs}}} I'm wishing you every happiness and success in all that you try in your new civilian life.

March 11, 2009 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Congrats on a commitment well made, lived and completed, Gabe. I thank you for myself and my family.

Jodi!!! Yeah for you too! I wish you both many hugs and long happy conversations.

March 12, 2009 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger james oh said...

Great salute to you, Gabe. Glad to hear that you are back to your civilian life. Look forward to hearing your news,

April 16, 2009 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger CINDY said...

welcome home, and thank you.

July 13, 2009 at 5:13 AM  
Blogger Joann said...

I know my comment is almost a year late... but I was just reading your journal 'Letters to Gabe' and it brought tears... please tell your handsome son that someone in So. California thanks him profusely for his service, I'm very proud of him.

October 18, 2009 at 9:02 PM  

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