Wednesday, July 30, 2008


We took the kids to the park last night and brought a pizza along and decided to stop and rent some movies. We don't know what to do with our new found freedom, for those of you who don't know Tyler decided not to play football for a season. It was a tough decision and he waited until the very last minute, I mean literally an hour before practice was starting. He just explained to us that he is so burned out from baseball he feels like he has not had much of a summer. He has been playing since 5 years old so I think it crushed John a bit at first but Tyler assured him that he would play next season and the more John thought about it he said it was for the best because he is pretty tired too. And this way maybe Tyler can actually gain some weight by not constantly exercising. He is going into the 5th grade and only weighs 55 pounds. So lets keep our fingers crossed for a growth spurt. Anyway back to my Movie. It was such a debate for me to rent Stop-Loss. I have a very hard time watching any war movies or anything that consists of soldiers for that matter, but John said he heard it was a good movie and assured me that if it got to be to much we could always stop the movie. Oh my gosh what a great movie, it was VERY difficult to watch everything reminded me of Todd. But it really opens yours eyes let me tell ya. What our government does to our Soldiers is not always fair. Even though there have not been a lot of US Soldiers being killed in Iraq recently we forget what these poor Soldiers must endure over there everyday and what they will go through the rest of their lives, the nightmares that will forever haunt them. Our government does not want us to see this, it makes people uncomfortable. They want us to just forget what this war has done to our heroes and in our case what this war has cost our family. Our love one is gone, never to hold his daughter again, I am reminded daily. By the end of the movie I was just crying so hard my stomach hurt. I dreamed of Todd all night. In one of my dreams, he would not look at me, I was begging with him not to go back to Iraq, not to leave and he just kept walking never looking back. I was restless the entire night. We still have not forgotten you Todd, we love and miss you. God bless all the Soldiers.....


Jennifer Witham Buck / Graceful Expressions said...

Hi Shelly!
Thanks for your message on my blog! It is so great to hear from you! Mandy's blog has actually connected me with a few other "lots' friends! It is so good to get back in touch with everyone again, it has been too long.
I had no idea that happened with your brother in law. We have two cousins (Mandy's and mine - both on my mom's side) that are in Iraq now, and I prayer for them and the rest of the soliders and their families many times a day. We have not seen "Stop Loss" yet, but it is on our list. Thanks for the insight!
Your kids are ADORABLE - I love seeing the pictures! I cannot believe that you have a fifth grader!!! We just have a furbaby so far... hopefully a little one soon!
Email anytime -
It would be great to catch up with you!