I realized this morning that I got so wrapped up in what I was writing yesterday that I completely forgot to tell all of you what we, as a family, do every year on January 3rd.
For those of you who never got to know Brad, he was obsessed with the Monster Energy drinks. Not just any Monster, but the blue Monster. His obsession was unreal and definitely unhealthy. Unfortunately the obsession transferred to me and for a very long time I had at least one every single day.
I kept that tradition alive up until I got a kidney stone the size of a Skittle which promptly convinced me to quit. Now, I only drink them for special occasions like road trips and, of course, January 3rd.
I’ve got it easy. I actually love Monsters. Jesse though, in honor of Josh’s addiction to Pepsi, drinks at least part of one every year as a tribute even though she doesn’t like them. It may seem odd that this has turned into a tradition but it’s one we both really enjoy.
The one other tradition we have is putting Brad’s, Josh’s, John’s, and Brian’s names all on individual balloons and have a little moment of silence as we (well not me) watch them float off in the distance.
As you might imagine, a moment of silence with a five, two, and one year old only lasts about three seconds. Before we let them go though we always take a little time to explain what we’re doing and why. There will be no doubt that our kids will understand the sacrifices our military members have made and continue to make every single day.
I want to take a minute and thank all of you who took a little extra time to leave comments, send messages, and let my family and the families of Brad, John, Josh, and Brian know that you were sending thoughts and prayers our way. Never doubt whether or not your support has made any difference.
So many of you have been on this journey with me since the very beginning and I am grateful for you and for all you do.
Thank you all for reading my blog and sharing it with your loved ones. Have a great weekend and God bless!