"These happy golden years are passing by, these happy golden years." Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Eight and a half years ago, Mr. Mac and I said farewell to our eldest son as he enlisted in the United States Army. A journey that has matured and sharpened a young man and helped him see just how fortunate he is to live in the land of the free. Today, I proudly can say that his tour of duty as a tank crewman is officially over. He will be making his way home during the next week with a few stops along the way to visit his grandparents and a goodbye dinner with relatives. Thank you son for your service and for all of the other young men and women that selflessly give years of service (even life) to their country.

This is the BEST birthday gift this mom could ask for!


Northeast Iowa Mom said...

Welcome home, Patrick!
Happy birthday, proud Momma!

WV: nkelp. What you say when you need to be rescued as you are being swallowed by a giant anaconda.

Mrs. Darling said...

Wow what a remarkable feat. What a brave boy! Welcome home! I bet you are so happy to have him back safe!

God Bless the USA!

Maggie Ann said...

Your post has brought tears to my eyes...I'm so glad you have your son on the way back home to you and we thank him too for the service and sacrifice he gave to keep America free...and help others less fortunate. What a priceless, precious Birthday gift to you for sure....praise God!

Pat said...

Welcome home to a much loved son and brother. We are proud and thankful for your time given to protect and serve this wonderful country and thankful to God for keeping you safe. You and all those who serve are a blessing to us all!
Happy Birthday my friend...no one could top the gift of having your son home and safe...but enjoy a piece of birthday cake for me to!

Terry said...

Oh! Oh! Oh!....There are tears in my eyes.
How I thank the Lord....Love Terry

God bless Patrick and God Bless America!!

Happy Birthday Mrs. Mac.

Trish said...

What a wonderful birthday gift!
I know you can't wait to lay eyes on him!!!

Amrita said...

Happy belated birthday Mrs Mac.

Love you new template.

And Happy St Pat 's Day

Crown of Beauty said...

Eight years was a long time to wait for your son to come home. He must truly have matured compared to where he was when he just began his journey as a soldier. What a great birthday gift indeed. Happy Birthday Cathy! I'm really proud of you, and glad to have "met" you.

Anonymous said...

Heartfelt thanks your son for his years of service to protect us.

Heartfelt thanks to his family for the sacrifice of separation.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Mac!

Anonymous said...

I know what a wonderful feeling it is to have your son home from a war. Please tell him thanks for serving our country so well.

Terry said...

Dear Mrs Mac
Every day I come by a few times to see if Patrick is at the family table yet.
Will you be seeing him soon?....Love Terry

I hope it makes it in time for the Little Gifts 13th birhtday!!!