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Honor Flight Review

We made our Honor Flight Trip to Washington, DC… on September 8-10th…
ALL I CAN SAY IS … “It was awesome”!…logo_header-150x120

We left on Southwest Airlines from Louisville… 
Bobby and I didn’t have a seat together…
AT FIRST!…
I sat between a nice young man who was a Fireman from Louisville… going to a convention…
and another gentleman who was interested in our conversation…
when I was telling the young man about our Honor Flight trip…
He insisted on changing seats with my Bobby where we could sit together…
Already had met a lady who lives around the block from us in our neighborhood who I had never met…
SO… as you can see … our trip was starting “RIGHT” from the very beginning…
We arrived in Baltimore, MD to greetings from Honor Flight volunteers… and Navy Girls with signs…
So sweet!…

We were then ushered to our shuttle that would take us to the Hilton Hotel we were staying at..
Conversation with driver lead to BBQ… my Bobby’s favorite…
They came to conclusion… NOTHING like Southern BBQ!…
At Hotel we were greeted by Jane (TLC/Lone Eagle/Solo Prpogram Director) and Diane (Executive Director)…
The best hostesses we could ever have had…
They organize these trips for Veterans and LOVE their job!…
We were presented with a packet of items and a lovely book about the Washington Monuments…

Bobby was in need of a rest… since Chemo had knocked his butt this time in that it being new drugs…
After resting we went down for lunch at the cafe/bar area…
All taken care of by Flight organization…
Later we had a drink with our tickets provided as we waited for Buffet Dinner… from 5:30 pm -8:30pm…
A slight break to meet several of the folks arriving from different places (states and cities)…
A couple we met were 95 and 94 years of age…
Eddie was a World War ll Veteran… His wife Naomi was a dear!… with red hair that expressed her spirit!

Just lovely!…
another gentleman was 96…
We found out we were the Lone Eagles…
especially chosen for issues in their lives… age… etc.
Bobby having terminal cancer diagnosed…
We met a young man that night at our meeting who was there from Southwest Air Lines…
They donate thousands to this organization providing trips via Southwest…
Robert being an executive with the air lines came as a guardian to be of any help to the Veterans participating…
We struck up conversation with him… learning he is coming to Kentucky for a vacation…
and the following day when we left to visit the Memorials he wanted to be with us…
We were elated… loved him already!…
He made the tour with us all day… And reassures us his wife and himself will be coming to Kentucky visit us… 

We had eaten a buffet breakfast at the Hotel dining room… and left at 8:00am on the bus…

approximately 45 of us total…
We were about an hour from Washington DC… so a short documentary was shown about the building of the World War ll Memorial…
very interesting…

We were escorted by Motorcycle Police the whole day from the moment we left the hotel until after we ate dinner in Maryland around 6:30pm…
We toured the Korean, Viet Nam, Lincoln

, World War ll

, Naval

, Air Force

, Pentagon (911 Memorial), Arlington Cemetary 

 downtown Washington DC…

 

Lunch was provided on bus by ARBY’S… and a large cooler of bottled water whenever needed…
Every detail was thought of…

I loved the Korean Memorial…

Bobby was bitter/sweet to view Viet Nam Wall… finding the name of a boy he had known, trained and identified when he was killed…
Seemed to bring a PEACE to him as he pointed to his name… a haunting that had stayed with him all of these years…

Golden Corral (one that has won awards for their food and hospitality) provided supper….
Bringing us in the side door to tables already set for us…
Great food and service…
Arriving back at Hotel… we rested awhile… read the cards, notes and letters sent to Bobby as a surprise…
They had mail call on the bus as we had traveled back to Baltimore…
Of course tears flowed… as we read them…
Bobby was exhausted!…
so he slept and I went down to visit a little with fellow Veterans, their wives, their grandsons, their guardians, their brothers, their sons…
we showed photos… and talked…

 

After printing out boarding passes… I came up to room to find my Bobby still sleeping…
and soon I followed…
After another great breakfast of prepared omelets, waffles, juices, coffee, sausage/bacon, fruits, pastries, bagels/toast, oatmeal with all the fixings,scrambled eggs…
NO! … we didn’t eat all of that… but, choices were abundant!…
Packed … and came down to say good-byes and board shuttle to airport…
all taken care of by volunteers every inch of the way…
Arriving back in Louisville at 3:35pm on the nose…
watching from sky as we flew above Kentucky Kingdom, Churchill Downs, Ohio River…

we knew we were back home…
Here we were greeted by Sherri… our Louisville coordinator of the Honor Flight…

The airport marquis announcing Bobby coming home… a welcoming sign…

Met the airport director… and a 3 Star General with the Air National Guard… greeting us with such respect …
but, when Bobby turned the corner and was greeted by approximately 40 of his friends, family and fellow Viet Nam Veterans…
It was overwhelming!…
Our son’s holding the American Flags… 

Homemade signs of Love, hugs and kisses, handshakes… from all who had come to give my Viet Nam Vet the Homecoming he needed and deserved 48 years ago…
Photos taken with our boys, grandkids…

and all who made this such a special occasion…

I say “THANK YOU”…. to all…

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Blessings Come in Many Ways…

Blessings come in many ways… and in many shapes…
People…
Presents…
Words…
and of course “GOD”…
Since my Bobby has been diagnosed with Terminal Cancer…
Our Blessings have been flowing around us…
“Overflowing”… actually…
I feel God knows I will have an exceptionally hard time when he is taken…
so I have been surrounded with the most caring… loving group of people…
To name each one would be impossible…
I share this in that I hope they will know by my words… and actions…
how grateful my heart is…
Blessings came in comforting words as I cried on some’s shoulders…
Blessings came in the form of cookies…
a sweetness that was devoured…
with the love that they were sent…
Blessings came with visits…
at just the right moments… just out of the blue…
Blessings came in acts of actual work… helping us when unable to go that day…
Blessings came from notes…
like a stone with sweet words of HOPE written on it…
Blessings of hugs… and sweet faces… that make you smile…
Blessings of phone calls… some daily… some with just the words…”how ya doing?”…
Blessings of chats… sitting and just letting each other’s words flow…
Blessings of a lunch… pizza… donuts… jam… something sweet…
Blessings of gifts… Thoughtful and memorable…
Blessings of laughter among tears…
and just laughter of things we do that is silly…
Blessings of friendships that have lasted for decades… that even as we are older… we still have a bond…
Blessings from a pet that feels my heartaches and purrs me to calmness… with her tiny rough kisses on my cheek…
Blessings of little faces that come for treats and a “Thank You” on their lips…
If God has shown me anything through this trial…
It is that HE never forsakes us…
He leads others to bid HIS LOVE in so many ways…
Thank you Jesus!

Blessed By Family/Friends…

I ordered me a new camera… an Olympus Digital…
I had used mine so much it was just plain wore out and then after dropping it…
it was never the same!…
Through Amazon I got this camera for only $2.02 …
On sale…
Had Discount points built up…
and Free shipping…
I was elated!…
I needed a good camera for photo taking when Bobby and I go to Washington DC on "Honor Flight"… in September…
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My cousin's husband and my Bobby have birthdays in July…
I made Peanut Butter Fudge for Jack and mailed…
From what I heard he REALLY LIKED it!…
simple recipe…
PEANUT Butter FUDGE
Boil 2-cups sugar + 1/2 cup milk for 2-1/2 minutes…
Add 1-cup Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy) + 1=teaspoon vanilla…
stir together quickly and immediately pour and spread into buttered pan…(8" X 8")…
I made a double batch to make extra thick …
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Yesterday was a Blessed Day…
Visits from my sister…a niece and my oldest Granddaughter with her dog Dexter…
throughout the day…
Phone calls from a nephew… cousin…
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Porch time sitting with neighbors…and…
Neighbors walking over and bringing Huber Wine…
I feel the LOVE!

Honor Flight…

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We had to have heating and air conditioning put in last month…
never had been changed … since we moved here in April of 1988…
It was Easter Sunday morning…
Family helped … especially a brother-in-law…
who later passed with a brain tumor…
way too young…
Leaving my sister and six children…
it’s funny how your mind works…
one thought leads to another…
anyway…
when the guys were bringing out the old furnace…
my bird bath that I had just made was broken…
I had to bite my tongue…
I was so upset…
especially since I had searched out the bowl for it and made it myself…
Oh well!…
The air feels so much better…
I imagine the old unit was struggling to work…
Of course it seems to pour sometimes when it rains…
because besides the cost of the heat/cool units…
I have had to have dental work done…
One more trip and a new crown will hopefully keep me going on my chewing …
Dearly hope so…
Chemo still an ongoing ritual…
and Bobby still holding the cancer at bay…
we both are a little more emotional I think…
but, doing OK!…
We made a short trip for Bobby’s Birthday… to French Lick Indiana…
Free room… free buffets…and a little money to play penny slots…
A good time…
Came home with some of the money we had set aside … which is always good!…
My sister went with us…
we travel well… together…
and get along… with sharing a room… and deciding where to eat. etc….
Bobby still going to the Live Strong Program at the YMCA… and I do my swimming exercises…when I can…
A friend across the street… who cuts our grass…
gave us a letter about a program called…
HONOR FLIGHT, INC. …
it is for Veterans with terminal illnesses…
This organization honors American Veterans for their sacrifice and achievements by taking (flying) them to Washington DC to see the memorials at no cost to the Veteran…
They want the Veteran’s guardian (care giver) to fly and be with them to make it a wonderful experience…
SO…
I wrote it up…filled out the paperwork…
and sent it to them…
Today…
we received a call from Honor Flight that Bobby was chosen to go…
all expenses paid… for 3 days…
I pay a nominal amount to go with him…
We will fly from Louisville…
have a buffet dinner at night with speeches from representatives…
staying at a Hilton Hotel in Washington DC…
the next day after breakfast…
we will be taken to all of the Memorials…to view…
and on the 3rd day after lunch… we will arrive back in Louisville…
WE are so excited to get to make this trip …
and so grateful for this showing of gratitude…
and making my Bobby’s last days even better!…
Thank you Lord!