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November 6, 2009

~MY HEART IS HEAVY~

Good Morning my Friends, I know I was suppose to announce the winner of my 200 post give away today...But I never did take the time to even put the names into the Random number thingy last night....Those of you that come by my blog all the time, knows I have a very deep love of my country and our service men and women, and that love can only be matched by the love I have for my family....All was great on my mountain top yesterday...When my daughter Dawna called me crying and asked if I was watching the news ?? She started to tell me about Fort Hood and I felted my mountain sliding off it axles....Dawna found out on her lunch hour about the shootings at Fort Hood and got so upset and sick she had to take the rest of the day off...Mentally she could not work...You see her son and my grandson Jacob is stationed at Fort Hood and has been since June 09 and she had not heard from him...It was over 2 hours before we knew he was safe THANK YOU GOD...But the rest of the day I spend watching it all unfold at Fort Hood...My Heart is so heavy from what I seen...The many that died and were wounded right here on our soil at the one place they should be the safest...

I have lived many a year now and never worried about Homeland safety until 9-11...I think just like all of us we took it for granted they we would always be safe...Since that day I have never taken our safety and Freedom for granted...

As a child growing up in the 50's We had the Freedom to just run the streets and hang out with our neighborhood friends, without having the need for a cell phone...we just knew when the streets lamps came on it was time to go home to our family for dinner ...We took for granted that we were safe at our schools...We took for granted that when we went out for Halloween all the homemade Candies and Popcorn balls were safe to eat....We also knew that when we were bad that our Mom and Dad were going to be dealing us a spanking and send to our room....We also knew come Sunday we would be in Sunday School...We also had the rights in our schools to say our pledge to GOD and then to our country.....

I have not a clue why I'm writing this...But I feel like so many things since I was a kid that I took for granted our now slipping away and I find my heart very heavy right now...My heart and my prayers goes out to all our Service men and women at Fort Hood...This is the one place they should take for granted that they are safe...So PLEASE take the time today to pray for service men and women and our country...
This is my Grandson Jacob and my 5 month old great grandson Jermiah...Thank you GOD for their safety...

If you have not entered my 200 post give away Please do here....May all of you have a safe and great day on your side of the mountain....PS. I just closed the drawning for my 200 posy give away...Need to do my post now on the winner...Thanks to all that entered....

Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

41 comments:

Madeline's Album said...

Gloria I am so glad your grandson is safe. I will continue to pray for not only him but all of our servicemen and women and their families. Thank you for your comment on my blog. Have a good day. Madeline

Deborah said...

My Heart is Heavy also, I cryed last night and this morning for all the American people. How sad for them not to be safe at an American base in America. My heart goes out to everyone of the families. I am so glad your grandson is safe. May God Bless America.

Eileen said...

I feel the same. Such hateful, senseless acts.
It burdens the heart.
God Help us all and Give us strength.
~ Eileen

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It is always so shocking to hear something like this. These time are so hard to understand. All my prayers go out to the ones involved in this horrible tragedy. Love you and God Bless. Hugs, Marty

Sandra said...

Oh Gloria, I am tearful here. I am sooo glad that your grandson is safe.
Hubby and I were talking about this earlier. My BIL (hubby's brother) just retired this year from the Army. He served for 20 yrs. Even at one point, was stationed in Fort Hood. He still has many friends that live there.
Ugh, my heart goes out to all that suffered and to those that died yesterday in Fort Hood.
HUGS Gloria.
Sincerely,
Sandra

Connie said...

I, too, was stunned when I heard the news on the radio, honey. Is nothing safe or sacred (life especially) anymore. I pray for the families as we are an ex-military family and they truly do stick together.
xoxo,
Connie

Rebecca said...

Peace be to you and your loved ones and my God's grace continued to cover us all. Praise God for those who survived this horrible tragedy and may His love carry those families whose lives have been changed forever.

Don't worry about the drawing. It will be there when you get to it.

Prayers going up~

Love, Rebecca

texasdaisey said...

So glad to hear your grandson is ok. Another of my blogger friends had a nephew shot in the knee. This is so hard when things like this happen. I know it must be especially hard for those soldiers who had this happen so close to the beloved families and soil they fight for. Praying for them all.
Debbie

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Gloria,
I am so happy your grandson Jacob is safe! My heart is heavy too, what a horrible thing. Hubby and I watched the news last night for hours, so scary, so sad. My step-son and daughter are both 19 and that is the age of so many of these kids. They are just so so young still. Life was a lot simpler when I grew up. Hugs and prayers, Cindy

Lynette said...

Oh Gloria - how awful for you and Dawna to have to wait to hear of news about your great-grandson - I am so glad he is safe.

I know why you took the time to write what you did - it wasn't that long ago when I was able to run and play without fear and like you, we didn't have to worry about the things that my daughter had to worry about! We played until the street lights came on and knew if we did what half the kids did today, there would not be "a time out" our mom would get out one of dad's belts and lay into us!

There was no such thing as a "Homeland Security" because our "Home" was secure!

OK - I'm through - thinking of you and your family and all of our blogging family today as well!

Stephanie said...

Thank God your loved ones are OK. What a horrifying tragedy. This is close to my heart as well; my husband is in the military, an Iraq war veteran, and this hit him hard. It's bad enough when you know the danger is coming from the enemy. But on an army base? From an officer? Terrifying and heartbreaking. Again, I'm so glad your family is safe. God bless.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gloria... I just had a chill go through my whole body. I kept telling a friend of mine that I knew someone at Ft. Hood, but I couldn't think who. AND IT'S JACOB! I must have felt your anxiety, my friend. Oh, I'm so relieved he's okay, Gloria. This makes me want to cry tears of relief.

I'm so upset over this, too. I want to just scream. And my favorite cousin (my first cousin's son) is over in the Middle East (his second time to go) right now. I was going to post his picture on my blog. Anyhow, I am thinking of you because this surely hits close to home, too close, as I am also thinking about the families of those who lost loved ones.

I hear you loud and clear, about the way the world has gotten. I long for things to be good the way they were.

Sending you big hugs and much love...

XO,

Sheila

Fairy Footprints said...

Gloria Amen to your families safety. God bless you for praying for the fallen. I am sending my prayers out to the fallen and the family who have lost, how tragic and dis-heartening.


Blessings,
Heidi

Melissa Miller said...

I too feel just feel sick about this. I agree I thought my husband was the safest at work. I guess not....:(

I'm so happy he is allright. My prayers go out to all of the familes.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I am so glad your Grandson was safe. I remember very well the difference in growing up in the 50's and what is like now. We played hard, no one worried about us and our tummies told us when it was meal time.
Have a great weekend.
Glenda

Pat said...

((((Gloria))))
Hope these hugs help you today my friend! I am so very grateful that your loved ones are safe. It just breaks my heart that this has happened...on U.S. soil that we have had security in the past. Unfortunately, we don't now. My prayers are with you, your family and all those affected at Ft. Hood. I posted something about it too as I volunteer with Soldier's Angels.

Love to you!

Linda Q said...

Gloria, HUGS!!!
I know, the news this week, just heart breaking. Things like this were rare and far between when we were growing up, simpler time.The shootings at Ft. Hood, horrible, now another shooting in Orlando today. Before that
we had a policeman purposely shot and killed on Halloween in Seattle. His huge memorial today on TV etc. He leaves 2 small children and his wife. It is just heartbreaking and infuriating!
We have to be thankful everyday when God keeps our loved ones safe.And pray always that God stops this unneccessary violence and brings our world peace somehow!! God Bless us all and God Bless America!
Linda

Heather said...

Praise the Lord that your grandson and great-grandson are safe.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I was watching Oprah and talking to my daughter when they interrupted Oprah with a special report and reported on the shooting at Fort Hood. How awful. I'm glad that you Jason is safe and feel sorry for the families that were affected. I posted about the difference between the 50's and now. Click here to see.
http://nittanyinspirations.blogspot.com/2009/02/1957-vs-2007.html

Thanks for visiting my latest post.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Gloria-First, I am so glad your grandson is safe. I'm a little younger than you are, but life as a child in the 60's was also what you described. Now, every day there is another horror story. We have to terrify our children and grandchildren in order to remind them to always be on watch for the "bad guy" that might get them. Today there was a shooter in Orlando, where my daughter lives. In that first moment when it came on television...my heart stopped. I found myself so glad it wasn't where she was working, but still someone else died.

Dont' worry about the giveaway. Take time to feel, to be sad. We will all be here when you get around to it. Sue

ceekay said...

Gloria...I am so glad your grandson and family are safe. It is hard as the days pass to see the nation that we have always loved, change. We no longer can count on the securities and benefits once afforded us. I don't understand how something like yesterday could happen....who is watching? anyone??
Aside from, that I know God is STILL in control. I pray God will continue to bless America and what she has always stood for.
Enjoy your blessed weekend with your wonderful news!

ann said...

Hi Gloria.I am so glad you brought this up.I know most of us are thinking about it anyway.
I'm afraid life as we knew it will never return.I remember the safety too.Our parents never had to worry about us.Let alonehaving to worry about all our people as today.
We all owe our service men and women so very much.Too many have lost there lives now.But where is the end?
thank God your grandson is okay.I bet it was murder not knowing for so long.
Pray my friend pray.Only God can help us now.............Ann

bj said...

I am thankful your grandson is safe. I am keeping the families of the victims in my prayers, too, Gloria.
I took all those things for granted, too, when I was young. Not today, tho. NOTHING should ever be taken for granted. We must count our blessings every single day and night.
xo bj

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Gloria,

So glad to hear that your Grandson is safe. Such tragic and terrible news and makes me feel so sad to hear of families that have lost loved ones.

Hugs
Carolyn

Janet Happy Girl said...

As a mother of a soldier who has gone to Iraq twice I was very upset and still am. Those are someones sons and daughters and I just couldn't imagine, much less on our own soil in the safety of a secure military base. It is just so senseless and well, I'm gonna say it...I feel that America is slowly slipping away from God and it scares me. Without His hand on us we are set up for these kinds of things. We let child abusers out on the streets and think nothing of it...and eventually they rape and kill again. I pray for our country because it's OUR country and we should pray. Ok off my soap box, but please don't feel alone with you tears and heart aches....it is understandable...at least to me.

Really Rainey said...

So thankful my friend... So sorry that the day was so stressful for you...
Sending love and light...
Always
Rainey

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Gloria; I am so happy that your grandson is safe.. My heart goes out to all the families who have lost a loved one,, I keep them all in my Prayers... God Bless them and keep them Safe... hope your weekend is a nice one...

Hugs;
Alaura

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So thankful that your grandson and great grandson were safe! My heart breaks for those families who lost their loved ones who were willing to sacrifice everything to protect us to such a senseless act as this. It's so tragic and sad.

xinex said...

Oh Gloria, I am so glad your grandson is ok. I am in London right now so I did not hear about this right away. I was chatting with my daughter Tina on Skype last night and she told me, so I turned the TV on to news and only then did I find out and it is very sad indeed. You wonder how something like that could happen especially in the base when security is so tight. But I know you and daughter are both relieved now but you are right, we should continue praying for our servicemen and for our country's safety....Christine

Kathleen said...

I am happy your loved ones are safe. And I too am so sad about this event.
We can't take anything for granted..Living in NY and knowing so many who perished on 9/11, I am always worrying about the next event. Not if, but when..
Prayers for the families of the wounded and those who were murdered..

Tootsie said...

Oh Mom...I am so happy to hear that he is okay. I agree with this post...it is just so sad when we have to protect our kids even when we are letting them play in the back yard!
It was wonderful to speak to you on the phone today...I wish I was closer...I'd give you a hug!

onlymehere said...

I'm so glad your family is safe. I agree with your post 100%. As a child I would play hide-and-seek with the neighborhood kids until late at night in the dark. I had three aunts/uncles who lived side-by-side and we had a wide area to hide. No one was worried about some pervet whisking one of us away. We could go on all day bike rides as long as we were home by the time the sun set. I don't know why the world changed but it is scary. I actually still felt quite secure until 9/11. I no longer feel safe. I hold my children closer and worry about the world my grandbaby is growing up in. I worry when my 16-year-old daughter works and closes up the store at 10:00 p.m. that someone may come in and harm her. I pray for all of our safety. My son-in-law joined the army a few months ago. Right now he's in ROTC and the Army Reserves but when he graduates from college he'll be deployed who knows where. I thank God for good people like you and others out there who live good lives and strive to make our world safer. God bless your dear tender heart sweet Gloria and may God truly bless America. Cindy

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Gloria
What a horrible ordeal you went through not knowing wether or not your grandson was safe. Thank God he was and God Bless him and everyone in the Arm Services. My heart aches for the families and victims of this horrific tragedy.
We all need to remember what our boys and girls are going through and get down on our knees and pray for their safety and to bring them home where they belong.
I will also click to the new friend on the block and welcome her. I know how it feels I am knew too.
Be sure and enter my giveway too
Maggie

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It is so good to hear that your grandson is okay!

My heart has been heavy, also.

Jessica said...

My heart is heavy, too. This has been devastating to our entire nation and Texas. So glad to hear Jacob is safe....after many hours trying to get through on the phone, our friends are safe, too. I pray for the families who lost loved ones....this is the home of the brave...not cowards who kill unnecessarily. Just my opinion.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh Sweet Gloria...

I'm so relieved that your grandson is safe....and I so agree with your post regarding our safety and freedom. My heart aches for all of our military heros and their families. What an evil act.

I'm sending you a hug sweetie...

Spencer

Connie said...

Dear Gloria,
It was a horrible yesterday, but I am glad your grandson is all right. I am with you about the safety of our country and what a good life we had growing up secure and loved. The scary part is that things like this don't come on overnight and why aren't they detected sooner.
Peace to you and your family............

Justine said...

{{{Gloria}}} I was so shocked and saddened when I heard the news. One man in uniform turning against his comrades for no rhyme or reason? It's just horrible. We've lost these men who dedicated themselves to defending our country, and for what?

Justine :o /

SmilingSally said...

Ah, Gloria, the country mourns with you. What a tragedy. I'm so glad that your special someone is safe, but I do hurt for those who lost their loved ones.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Gloria. I am thankful. SO thankful!
I am off to watch the News and see what is happening with the situation at Fort Hood. Makes me so sad...for all.

Queenie said...

Oh Gloria....As the events unfolded that day...I watched and prayed...I am so sorry that your grandson has been touched first hand, by this tragedy. I am so sorry he lost his friends. I can only imagine how he must feel. My heart really goes out to all who have been affected....you and your family. God Bless you sweetie and God Bless our soldiers and their families. We can never understand these sort of things. All we can do is just pray, for God to ease the pain.
Big Hugs,
Queenie