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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day

I come from a long line of Soldiers.

My Great Grandpa, John Leo (Donohue) Kelly fought with Australia against The Boxer Rebellion in China.  He most likely worked as a Railway Man during the rebuilding of china.  He later immigrated to the United States as a Railway Man Supervising the maintenance of the way.  He had three children, the second was my Grandma Pat (Green).

My Great Grandpa, Herman Elias Green fought in WW1 Stationed in France, as a Horseman in in the trenches.  After the war he became a Railroad Conductor and Railroad Dispatcher.  He had five children, the oldest was my Grandpa, Keith Green Sr.

My Grandpa Keith Green Sr. Served in the Army Air Corps in WW2, as a pilot who flew supplies (gasoline and Chinese troops) over the Himalayan mountains between India and China.  He received a medal from Chan Quai Chek  representing The Order of the Flying Cloud.  After the war he became a general contractor Operating Diesel Heavy Machinery.  He had five children, the oldest is my father.

My Father, Keith Green Jr. Served in the Air-force during the Viet Nam Era.  He was Stationed in Italy, and Japan.  He was a Radio Intercept Analyst.  He learned several languages during his service.  After the war, he used his language skills to become an adult Education teacher, teaching students from many countries to speak English.  He has six children, I am the second.

My Maternal Grandfather Monroe Ellis Bounds -Served as a Sailor in the Navy Durring WW2.  He got Rheumatic Fever, and was in the Hospital on the Mainland for most of the war.  He later became a Tool and Dye Maker.  He had six children, my mother is the fourth.

I have often wondered what would have happened if my Grandpa Bounds had never gotten sick.  Would he have been on one of the many ships which were lost in battle?  Would he have been on the U.S.S. Arizona when it sunk in Pearl Harbor?  Many sailors were killed during World War 2.  Many of every branch of the military were killed in each of these wars.  But if any of these men in my family had died at war, I would not be here.  

On this Independence day, I wish to honor those who have served to protect this country, specifically these men of my family.  And I wish to thank my God, for preserving the lives of the soldiers of my family.  I love them, and am honored to be their daughter.  

Happy Independence day Daddy, Grampa, Pops, Grampa Kelly, and Great Grampa Green.  I love you. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy Sixth Anniversary Husband!

16 things I love about you

  1. I love that you are so so funny, and that you love to do silly little things to make me laugh.
  2. I love that you think I'm funny.  Even though, sometimes I have to remind you to laugh, when I say something funny. 
  3. I love that you have Nicks Deli on speed dial, and that you made me put their menu on our fridge.
  4. I love when you tell me that I look pretty, or that you like my outfit, or my hair, especially when I am in a t-shirt and jeans, or just have a messy side braid in my hair.
  5. I love how you work so hard to provide for our family, and that you worked for several years to become a firefighter, and that you stuck with it, even though it was tough, and even though tons of people told you it was almost impossible to get hired, but you did it anyway.  
  6. I love how when you are home in the morning, you get up to get JP when he wakes up, so I can have a few more minutes of sleep.
  7. I love how you trust my intuition, and inspiration.
  8. I love how you drive like a race-car driver, even though it scares me when you thread the needle, because I know, that you know what you are doing, even though sometimes I act like you don't.
  9. I love how much you love our son, and how sweet you are with him, and how you run around and play with him.  He really loves you.  We are both so lucky to have you.

10.  I love how you like to surf and play sports, and that when you do, it makes you so happy.  I also love to watch you surf, and play sports, because I think you're hot, and you are good at all of them.
11.  I love how you appreciate me.
12.  I love how you always empty the trash, and do laundry, and dishes, and so many other things that  help keep our home clean and running smoothly
13.  I love how you love everyone, and how you really make people feel welcome and appreciated.
14.  I love how you see right through me, and call me out, even though I usually tell you that you are wrong when you do.  You are usually right.
15.  I love how you sometimes jump up in the middle of our living room and ask me to dance with you.  I love dancing with you.
16.  I love your face.  The same as I did when we were dating, and even more now.
    Happy anniversary Mikey!  These past six years have been awesome.  I have been through the greatest trials of my life, and you have made each one bearable.  You are truly my help-meet.  I will always love you, and support you.