Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Karen - Day 87 - The Bronze Star

Karen sends her updates from Burbank, CA

Today my brother, the Sgt. Major, is awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq.
He didn't want us to make a big deal out of it. Which is too bad because it's a big deal and we're going to make a big deal out of it.
He said to me, " I don't do what I do for a medal."
I replied, "I know. That's why it's an even bigger deal."

The Sgt. Major and me. I am so proud and honored to be here.

Yes, there's a Vietnam medal in there among others.

Tammy, The Sgt. Major and me.

More proud family.

The ceremony.

The Sgt. Major's wife, Rosalie, had a wonderful celebration party afterwards. Rosalie and The Sgt. Major were High School Sweethearts and have been together forever. Rosalie has been his strength through 2 wars. It is not an easy life to be the wife of a warrior. When The Sgt. Major went to Iraq she kept his boots by the bed waiting for him to return. Which, thank God, he did. Rosalie endured sleepless nights knowing The Sgt. Major was willingly putting himself in harms way. She quietly endured the terror and heartache with grace.

Rosalie and Seth. Seth is Rosalie and the Sgt. Major's son.

Everything was beautiful.

She loves a theme.

So pretty.

This flag flies proudly all year round.

The celebration dinner.

More love.

It was a grand and noble day.

To my brother, and all the men and women in the Armed Forces I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are all amazing.
To my sister in law, Rosalie, I want to thank you for always being there for my brother. Your constant support and strength has always been an inspiration to me.


  1. Thank you Sgt. Major... for keeping us safe and doing it with honor and humility.

    I am proud of our Armed Forces, because of people like you.

  2. karen i tried to post earlier in the day but couldn't...i was so very touched by your post and with all my heart to your brother and sister-in-law and their son-- THANK YOU and to all of our service men and women my heart bursts with gratitude. thank you for sharing that element of your family life. SEMPER FI!!

    now to the FSE(french skinny experiment) you look BEAUTIFUL in the above picture...keep up the great work you look all healthy and glowey too. yeah for you and all the hard work.

  3. Thank you so much Jennalynn and G. I will pass along the love to my brother. SEMPER FI!!!
    Thank you for all the encouragement with the FSE. It keeps me going:)

  4. Congratulations to your brother...what an honorable man.
    And yes, you look so beautiful in these photos!