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Service and Sacrifice

My brother-in-law is a treasure for so many reasons.  He is the most thoughtful and compassionate of the 3 Thompson brothers. He is an extremely hard worker and a very loyal and dedicated man.  He is smart and silly. He has three daughters and a lovely wife which leaves him VERY outnumbered in his household.  I think he is awesome. He is a professor of engineering at West Point and a Major in the Army.  I respect him for these roles that he leads and feel very proud of him for his accomplishments professionally. However, I have never loved my brother-in-law more then last week when I saw this picture of him on facebook. He and his wife just added twin girls to their family a few months ago and when my sister-in-law got the opportunity to go out he did not even pause when he sent her out to have fun with her friends. I'm sure things weren't all smooth the whole time she was gone but that didn't stop him from making the best of it and giving his wife a much needed break. I admire this attitude.  I have seen it in so many relationships and it is always very touching.  It is an attitude of sacrifice and service. Many loved ones in Inheritance of Hope do this for one another.  A spouse who takes on an extra job while her husband goes through chemo.  A teenager who makes meals for his younger siblings while mom and dad are at the hospital for mom's most recent surgical recovery. An IOH volunteer who for 4 days on a Legacy Retreat does everything he or she can do to give all members of the family a much needed break.  It is a beautiful picture of love though service and sacrifice. I am privileged to love and serve alongside these people and I can't wait to grab both of these babies and give both my brother and sister-in-law a break when I get to see them in July. Strap on the baby carrier and hand me two bottles.  I'm ready!

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Life's Most Urgent Question

I was reading an article the other day that proposed "life's most urgent question".

It was not...

1) Where is the best sale today?

2)Who is the prettiest/sexiest/wealthiest person alive?

3) What is the most lucrative career?

It was....

What are you doing for others?

I love this!

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Worth the Effort

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A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?"

"I wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied.

"Just say what you hear Mommy say," the wife answered.

The daughter bowed her head and said, "Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"

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Boots are Made for Walking

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My father-in-law is a Chaplain in the Air National Guard.  He is currently deployed to Manas, Krygystan where he is serving at the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing Chapel.  This Transit Center ministers to many permanent party staff and also to hundreds of service men and women as they come and go from their deployments to home.

In addition to providing chapel services and counseling, the chaplain also tries to make life easier for these men and women by offering them things they might need, like a razor or a cell phone to call home.  My father-in-law has shared that many times people who come into the chapel just want someone to talk to, someone who will listen to their problems and be a friend.

Recently, an Army private came into the chapel sharing his problem.  He couldn't go home because the boots he needed to wear were already packed and loaded.  He had on his mountain boots and now needed his tan boots.  (This may seem irrelevant to those of you who have never experienced military life, but let me assure you, this is an important issue.) He would not be able to wear his mountain boots for his flight home and his E-2 salary would not afford the major purchase of buying new tan boots.  He was at a loss so he came to the chaplain for some encouragement and wisdom.

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