Friday, January 6, 2012

A long-term deployment on the homefront

The countdown is on. Our oldest nephew, Matt, at left with fellow soldiers in Afghanistan, is mere hours away from a decidedly new tour of duty: parenthood. His wife, Sara, whom he met while deployed last year, is poised to give birth in Tennessee, a world away from her family in Sweden.

Matt and his father, Art (my brother-in-law), are at-the-ready, waiting to welcome the baby and share their family pride with the world. My dear sister, Melinda, making her grandmotherly debut, has prepared a boat load of healthy food to nourish Sara and Matt in the days and weeks ahead.

Come hither, dear one.

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