Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dear SPC Ryan

Son, please know that I wanted to be there with all of my heart, with all of my being, to welcome you home from Iraq.  I wanted to shout MOVE THAT BUS, to feel the vibration in my chest of American Soldier being played as you charged down that field.  I wanted my eyes to be the first eyes to see your feet upon American soil.  I wanted to get weak in the knees when I finally searched you out in the crowd.  I wanted to be there to be caught up in your giant hug and to give thanks to God for your safe return.  Instead, I spent the hour of your arrival searching YouTube for 1st Cavalry Homecomings, weeping as if I were there with you.  Feel my arms around you.  They have been there all along, directly underneath The Hand of God, Who protected you, and now returns you back to me, my first born child, my baby boy.

(This is not a video of your return of course, just one that I really liked)

Welcome Home, Heroes of the 3-8 1st Cavalry. 

Well done soldiers, well done.

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23 comments:

yoborobo said...

Hurrah and Huzzah!!! Welcome back home, to all the 3-8 1st Cavalry!! Big hugs all around!! :) So happy for you, Deb - this has made my day! xoxo Pam

sherry ♥ lee said...

So beautiful Deborah...he knew you were with him all along...he could always feel you...and now it won't be long before you can give him that big hug you've been dreaming about doing!! :)

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

*HE* has been with them, as well as all who love the soldiers......God bless y'all!

XXOO!!
Anne

Sonia ;) said...

Welcome Home Soldier...Proud of all our Military...

xoxoxoxoxxoxo (ex-usmc wife)

Anonymous said...

I. AM. SOBBING. p.s. I am also a sucker for men in uniform walking in unison in slow motion. So glad your baby boy made it back safe!

love krystle

Manon Doyle said...

Yay, yay!! Your post made me cry!! Welcome home SPC Ryan!!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Oh Deborah! Beautiful & touching post! You made me tear. I am so happy that your son is home safe. :)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh hallelujah! And welcome home.
Thank you to your son, and his comrades. They are the backbone of our country, our most precious resource.
How wonderful that he is home!
Cass

Ces said...

Sorry Sorry I am late. I went to see the old doctor today so he can check my heart.

Right now my heart is beating wildly at the excirement and as soon as I saw the banners Welcome Home Heores, I had goosebumps and my ears tingled.

Ryan will have another special homecoming in AZ. That is going to be one beautiful homecoming.

Welcome home Ryan and THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU very much dearest Ryan for making this world and this country a safer place.

Ces said...

It's a good thing the banner writers and makers can spell because I sure can't spell when I type! WELCOME HOME HEROES!
WELCOME HOME SPC RYAN!

Ces said...

No that is not ADHDABC123, it is the brain's naturak tendebcy to overcorrecy mistajes. You see what I mean?

Silver said...

happy, happy dance!!

love,
~Silver

kj said...

i wish i knew how to make a dozen of those hearts of yours. pretend i did, okay?

xoxoxoxoxoxxox times 100

Diana Evans said...

oh how wonderful !!!! Deborah you must be so excited to have your baby home...and I know he is far from a baby...but our first born sons will always be our babies!!! you must be so proud of him and I am so excited that he will be home safe and sound for the Holidays!!!

Hugssssssssssssssssss
Diana

Bella Sinclair said...

Deborah, your elation and thankfulness and joy and love...I can feel it all from here. What a beautiful and moving video. All that is nothing compared to the squeals and tight embraces and tears that will come when he arrives on your doorstep.

Welcome home to homeland soil, our heroes! A thousand hugs and kisses to you!!!

Ariadone said...

Hi Deborah, Put YOUR arms around his SOUL more even than around his body. And when he is home show him Milo in the Mideval little chappel near my home in The Netherlands, in a quiet playful moment and mood. For isn't Milo travelling the world not so very much the symbol for your outreaching arms and your outgoing heart ? And so he knows he is being prayed for like the peoples of good will in Irak.
Godeliva

LDWatkins said...

Oh, yes! Welcome Home! I'm so happy for you that he is back, safely and home, I hope for good!!

Javajune said...

Oh Deborah, I watched this cried for you, for Ryan and every family and soldier involved. There was so much raw emotion in that video, I couldn't watch it all- I retreat when emotions are too much. I can't imagine being in your shoes. Enjoy every moment and hair on your sons head. This is a precious time. I'm so happy for you all!!!! This is a good day!!!
All my love,
Junie

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

~Tears~ Sniff sniff. No words.


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Renee said...

Darling I hope you checked out my Christmas song today and mostly the picture.

It is specifically for our Private Ryan.

Love Renee xoxo

Georgina said...

I'm sobbing as I write this comment. God bless you all!!

xxoo,
Georgina

Carolyn said...

probably the best news you`ve had all year !
Welcome home SPC Ryan , you must be so proud of him !
I know he`ll be itching to give you a great big hug along with tears of joy .

Angie Muresan said...

Oh Deb, I'm shedding happy tears for you. A mother's prayer answered: the safe return of her baby, her first born son. May God continue to bless him and protect him.