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Flying Free

September 16, 2010

“Fly free?” she asks

without a care

and turns, to sing

the wires, there

She knows not.

“Fly free?” she asks

with trembling chin

must leave this cage

still chained within

(but how… ?)

She knows not.

Fly free!” she soars

above the trees

and freedom, it is

she sees

She knows it.

I love this Lisa Leonard necklace. It’s one of my favorites.

For some reason, wearing it close to my heart

always reminds me of freedom.


Speaking of flying free, my amazing mother has finished an online move and has begun a fresh, beautiful new blog. And now, she’s beginning to tell her story.


The winner of the Moja Creations snack set is sweet Tracey of Make Room For…! Congrats Tracey!


Have you ever been separated from the one you love? I’m looking for suggestions, ideas and stories of how you, your spouse and/or your children have stayed connected during deployments and other separations.

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  1. Elaina says:

    I answered on the other post about kids staying connected during deployment but neglected to add a couple of thoughts about staying connected yourself to the one you love.

    I’ve never done this but think it’s a really cool idea. I have close friends who choose books to go through together and “discuss” via email their thoughts. Obviously, on both ends, it’s not always easy to keep to a schedule but I think it’s a neat way to strengthen and work on a relationship. I’ve heard chaplains suggest The Five Love Languages as an idea to work on while the Marine is deployed.

    In general, I have always made it a priority to write every day whether he could write back or not. There were days when I felt like I had nothing to stay so I always relied on ridiculous jokes or crazy news stories. I guess my reason for never missing a day was that I just wanted to make sure that he knew he was thought of every day…that not a single day passed where he wasn’t on my mind. That might seem like a no-brainer but sometimes, I think they struggle with that and wonder. Especially when they know their wife/significant other is strong and making life happen whether they’re there or not. Sometimes, I wrote out my prayers for him via email.


    September 16th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

  2. Jenny says:

    just read your mom’s story… heart is breaking…


    love your poem sweet friend… and can’t wait to read the stories that folks share with you


    September 16th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

  3. Tracey says:

    Oh yeah! I am so excited about this prize! I had to read it twice before I realized that it was me, I won!

    I can’t wait to run over and start reading your mom’s story.


    September 17th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

  4. Julie Todd says:

    I have been separated from the one I love for an extended period twice in our 28 years of being together.

    The first time we had just started our relationship. He was in the Coast Guard and stationed in Virginia. I was in Tennessee. He came through town we had our first date and within a week he was headed out to California for a 5 month’s radio school. Back in those days there was no such thing as internet or cell phones. It was snail mail and costly phone calls that kept our relationship alive. I would often get telephone calls from the pay phone… he would put his coins in until he ran out. Or he would call me collect, give me the phone number and I would call him back. Phone bills of $300.00 a month were common… Then there were the letters that came in the mail… I LOVED receiving them and savored every word written, reading them over and over until memorized. Once his school ended he headed back to Tennessee… within a week we were engaged to be married. His orders took him to south Florida. I remained in Tennessee until the wedding which would occur 3 1/2 months later.

    Although he was now stationed on land for the next 2 years, 8 months after our wedding he was called out to sea on a tds. He would be gone a month. I would have no access to him unless he got to port and could call. I thought the month would last forever….

    These are my stories…..


    September 18th, 2010 at 8:24 am

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