Hey everyone! I want to share with you why I have been so MIA in the last few weeks! My baby (not a baby anymore) brother is a United States Airman. We grew up very close, and have almost always been that way. We have always been able to count on one another to be a support system, and to have each others back. Even if we don’t always agree with what the other is doing, we ALWAYS support one another. Even as I am writing this, I hear my son on the monitor… “K let’s go play in your room!” Her response is, “ok! Let’s play barbies!”. And they are. This was us growing up! Many of times I can remember playing with the red convertible matchbox car… and Andy would play dress up with me. (yep, I said it!)
When he went off to basic training, I was just starting my own life after graduating college. At that point we were both adults.. breaking out of shells, and cutting apron strings. We realized that the world is so much bigger than we expected, and that as long as we always held on to our friendship, that we could get thru whatever we needed. I couldn’t be more proud of him, and the man he has become. We have both had our share of trials over the years… but during a moment of crises we can always count on each other as back up.
That brings to me this month. Over the last two years, he has been thru so much. A broken marriage, and 2 deployments. WOW. So when he said he was coming home on leave after his last deployment.. I decided I would spend every minute I could with him, and I also took that as a invitation to celebrate his awesome-ness, and throw him a huge surprise party!
Now, as kids… I could never one-up him. He was always one step ahead waiting for me with a pie to the face, or a bucket of water. So to pull this off… I needed to really step up my game and call for backup! (THANK YOU HAYLIE) In the end, he was completely shocked, and had NO IDEA this was happening. We had such a great time, and he was able to see some of the people that really matter most to him!
I made some great home-made decorations, and really made the place feel patriotic! I loooove banners, and our deck allowed for some great areas to hang them!
These adorable painted mason jars candle holders really lit up nicely at night! I love how they look sloppy and wonky, I think it adds just he right amount of hand-made love. Plus, they were easy for a 4 year old little nephew to help with.
Even though I know he probably won’t read this blog post… because we talked about this phenomenon while he was home. (“Why would he need to read about recipes and crafts?”) OK… ANDREW…. WHATEV! Ohhhh sibling love. I wanted to take this time to tell him (or the world, whoever reads this) how proud I am of him.
Here we are. What a rough road this life has been, but when we look back at it.. It doesn’t seem so long. I know that when you joined the military that you made a choice to leave HOME and do your best to serve our country. At first I was a little angry! I was purely being selfish… I wanted you home. I wasn’t ready to let you go off on your own, because I wasn’t ready to have you so far away. You and I always stuck together. And now I was going to have to do this on my own.
However, I soon learned that this military life is what you needed. You needed to find your purpose, because all along I was the one telling you what your purpose was. Every time you come home to visit, I see how much more you have grown into being a great man. I still may not agree with EVERYTHING you do, because I’m pretty over protective, and MUUUUCH more conservative than you. haha! But in essence…I WILL ALWAYS have your back. I am truly so sooooo proud to call you brother. And especially for my children to call you Uncle.
I love you so much… And I thank God that he gave me such a dorky, but awesome brother. Cheers to the next chapters in our lives. I know I can bravely step forward because you’ll always have my back.