Thursday, November 15, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Today the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter (OWLS) came and did an education program for the entire Toucan Team at Heroes. OWLS is a non-profit wildlife hospital where injured, sick and orphaned native North Carolina wildlife is cared for in a professional and compassionate manner. Their mission is to rehabilitate and release the thousands of animals admitted to their clinic each year and to teach fellow North Carolinians how to happily and peacefully coexist with wildlife. Today they saw a great presentation about Birds of Prey and were able to see a falcon, a barred owl and a screech owl. Later today in class, they dissected owl pellets and the kids are bringing home their owl pellet treasures today! Yippee!
I was not able to go but Zach's awesome teacher just emailed all the parents pictures.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
If you asked me what I was doing last Tuesday or the Tuesday before that, I wouldn't be able to tell you. But if you asked me what I was doing on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 I can tell you exactly where I was and what I was doing.
I was 7 1/2 months pregnant with Grace and was at work at Wallace, Morris and Barwick in Kinston, NC. Dave was deployed and was in Kosovo at the time. I had gotten to work and was sitting at my desk, turning on my computer and about to get my day started when my good friend and co-worker, Sonya, walked by and said a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. All the paralegals in our little group of offices immediately got up and went to the lounge where we had a tiny TV and there were already a few attorneys sitting around watching the news coverage. We sat there all day...glued to the TV...not able to believe what was unfolding before our eyes. One of my first reactions was of course Dave and the fact that he was deployed and was supposed to be home in time for the birth of our daughter. I thought with this happening and the fact that America had just been attacked, there was no way that he would be coming home from deployment.
Throughout the day, I talked to family and loved ones and friends who lived on the military base where we lived. Security was immediately heightened and I was warned to be prepared for a very long wait to get back on base because of the security and ID checks. I'm trying to remember if I heard from Dave that day and I'm almost positive I did not. In fact, I believe they shut down all communication where he was and it was several days before I heard from him. But amazingly enough he was only delayed coming home by about 10 days and did get home in time for the movers to come and pack us up, move to FL and welcome the birth of our daughter, Grace.
September 11, 2001 changed the lives of so many. Even though we did not lose a loved one or a friend and actually knew no one that was directly involved in any of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon or on the flight that went down in PA, our lives were also changed. As of September 2001, Dave had been in the military for almost 9 years and we had already decided that he was going to get out. He's a pilot and thought that he might fly for the airlines upon getting out of the military. Because of what happened on that fateful day back in 2001 and the events that followed, Dave decided to stay in the military and here we are 10 years later. We've gone through several more deployments and nights apart, missed holidays and birthdays and are on our last tour as he will retire from the United States Marine Corps in May 2013.
But as I write this today and am saddened by the tragedy of the events and all the lives lost on September 11, 2001, there have been many more lives lost since that fateful day. According to Faces of the Fallen in The Washington Post, 6,026 US Service Members have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (as of June 5, 2011). These are husbands, sons, fathers, brothers, friends, wives, mothers, daughters and sisters but rarely do the deaths of these service members get the media attention that they deserve. So, on this day I will pray and remember those that died on September 11, 2001 but I will also pray for all the families who have lost loved ones who were serving our Country since that terrible day in 2011 and I ask you to do the same.
And for all my military friends and spouses, I leave you with this.