brown eyed fox

thank you veterans

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Remembering & honoring... all those who have served our country.
How grateful... how truly blessed we are.

uncle dick

We've had many in our family serve...
this year i wanted to share our marines.

Above... my uncle... JR "Dick" Smith... 
who served in Vietnam as a fighter pilot.
He is no longer with us today...
but what i can tell you...
he served with much honor... during his service and after.
He was a man you'd want standing right by your side...
whether it be to hear his great stories (ohhh he had them)...
or make you feel like you could set the world on fire.
He had quite the knack for lifting you up... making you laugh...
making you want to be better.

wt

This is my step dad... William Thomas White...
we call him WT... many call him Bill...
he served as a captain in Vietnam.
This was taken early on at his commissioning.
I love this photo... such a treasure...
that's his mom on the left...
and Major General Bruno Hochmuth on the right.
Maj. Gen. Hochmuth...
was the highest ranking military officer killed during Vietnam.

My step dad has tolerated my sister & me since I was a freshman in high school.
Can you imagine!
New "dad"... teenage girls... the crazy we brought?
I'm sure he wanted to holler out a few commands...
but he has always been there for us...
with lots of love... and through thick and thin.
And through our sneaking out...
getting caught driving his car when we weren't supposed to...
the parties... the talking back... ohhhhh... the list goes on.
Thankful this marine was in our home... and is now part of my life.

great granddaddy

And this is my great grand-daddy (and my mamie right next to him)...
he served in World War I.
I adore this photo so much.
 The love behind it... and the tradition & honor in it.
Great grand-daddy was the sweetest most soft spoken man.
I recall one particular day sitting outside with him...
as we discussed the buttercup flower.
Something so simple... yet for me... so profound.
I can remember vividly... like it was just yesterday...
his hand holding that delicate buttercup stem.
He seemed to know a little something about everything.


THANKFUL for ALL the BRAVE men & women who stood TALL... for ALL of us!
 ♥