Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Our soldier is coming home!

For the past 12 months we have had a very dear friend of ours fighting in Iraq. It has been the toughest journey we have endured with another family so close to us. Kip and Bill go hunting together, Tina and I go to Bible Study together, and our families just do life together. We celebrate holidays and birthdays, joys and sorrows, good times and bad. This past year has been one to check off the list and sign off on. Last year on Memorial Day weekend, Tina kissed her husband good-bye and Dylan and Kylie hugged their daddy, unsure of what the next year of their life would look like. Kip and I have never had someone we knew go off to war. It was a scary thing. Bill's verse is Joshua 1:9 and we just claimed it as God's promise over our friends life. It says "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Well tomorrow afternoon we will get to finally see our sweet, strong, and brave soldier face to face! We are meeting up with them in Jefferson City for a celebration event for all of the soldiers in his unit! We are so thrilled! We have been witness to God's provision and faithfulness during this year. And we are so grateful that OUR soldier is home! We are so very proud of all of the soldiers and the amazing work and progress that they made in Iraq! The Crawford Family is so proud to be Americans and that the freedom that we profess so boldly has been hard fought by soldiers. We do not take the sacrifice of our American solders lightly. From the bottom of our patriotic hearts The Crawford's say THANK YOU!


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