Thursday, March 4, 2010

Love for my favorite Army man!

I know that I can't complete this blog without crying. So I won't try! How do you describe the man in your life that voluntarily protects his country? Do you say he is courageous, honorable, brave, etc!? You would have to say all of those things plus many more adjectives to describe the man I am talking about. I have blogged about Mr T and his wife in previous blogs:Dr Shipley Visits and Shreveport Getaway. I would link them but I don't know how! (Open for directions.)

Last night we went to Grandma and Grandpa Ortego's house for a big dinner for Mr T before he goes and plays army over seas. There were so many faces that I loved seeing. Old co-workers, partner bridesmaids, and great friends. Although we were reluctantly late there were nothing but smiles when we walked into the door. Heck we could not even make it to the door before they were pouring out of the house to greet us and pull Potato out of the car. He is not loved at all. Any ways Matthew and I were so excited to see Tanner and we made sure to get our hugs and kisses. We made our rounds around the house and then made sure to eat the incredibly fattening but oh so yummy grub that was cooked.

So back to Mr T. He has been playing army for a while now and for his first tour we were so scared to lose our friend. It was a very long year to wait but he came back in one piece and we were fit to be tied. Mr T has been there for my mr and I through everything. He helped settle arguments when we were dating and he even let me live in his apartment when I had no home. I have taken care of him when he was sick and to no surprise he became more than just my friend. He was always a brother to Matthew, but for me to gain a big brother....well God knew I needed him in my life.

Mr T looks at this year coming as no big deal and takes it in stride. Thank God he is the strong one because I was a blubbering idiot last night and when it was time for our one last hug for a while I broke down and could not release my hold on him. How do you let someone that means the world to your your entire family go into a war zone? We let them go with the knowledge that he is the bravest, most courageous and honorable man you know. If there weren't men like this then we would not be a free country and I would not be able to let my baby grow up to follow proudly in his Parrain's footsteps if he so chooses. So now that the tears are flowing I am going to wrap this blog up by saying I love and cherish you, Mr T.

PS To Dr Shipley, my sister, we love you so much and I am so freaking glad that you were crazy enough to marry my brother. He completes you as you do him. Our hearts are with you during this long wait.


  1. What a great post - we are a proud military family too - my husband was in the Army for 10 years. :-)

  2. Well said Kayla! You made me get all teary too! Kristopher still says to this day that if he had the chance to do it all over again - to give his life to help another have a chance at freedom; he would. Military persons are so important and more people should recognize them for their sacrifice and bravery! So kudos to you girl! We will keep him in our thoughts and prayers for sure.

    By the way... I'm not sure how to DESCRIBE linking to other posts but I know how to do it. Remind me to show you next time I'm around. :)


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