Monday, November 15, 2010

a good kind of pride.


i'm a navy brat.

so when people ask me where i'm from, i pretty much say everywhere, unless i feel like they are up to hearing about my whole life story - about all the moves we made as a military family from one country to one state after another.


because of this, i'm even more patriotic than your average 26 year old. i get teary-eyed and proud when i see a flag waving high in the sky or when i see my dad in uniform. i remember even seeing sailors in uniform walking up and down michigan avenue and felt a connection to them, even though i didn't even know them. i am proud of the men and women that have sacrificed and are sacrificing for our country.

so of course, i was more than proud on Veteran's Day last week, especially at the Veteran's Day parade which my dad marched in. it took place downtown and it was an absolutely crisp, gorgeous autumn day.


it made me glad to see so many supporters there, and quite a lot of parade participants - the mayor and his council, dance troupes, and high school bands. i enjoyed seeing them all there, but of course the pride swelled even more so when i saw the military servicemen in uniform.


when i was 11 years old, i remember wanting to join the military. dad took us to see recruits marching on the base. and in my 11 year old mind, i thought that all that they did. yeah, i of course know now they do more than that - and i also know now, that isn't the job for me; however, i am more than happy to be supportive of our soldiers in any way possible!



afterwards, we took pictures with our sailor. that last one of my parents and ashley crack me up. like i've said numerous time already, i am proud of my dad and of all the branches of the military. they are real people with real hearts who have given their lives to this country and in what they believe in. what an incredible example that is to all of us!

though Veteran's Day was celebrated last week, i still want to say thank you to every single US serviceman or woman Stateside or overseas. i recognize that the freedom we possess in this country today is because your service, so this is a small, sincere thank you.

and to the families of veterans, thank you for your sacrifice! you are a part of the mission - and our military would not have been able to accomplish their work with you. 

out of curiosity, any other proud military brats 
(or spouses) out there?


[happy monday, friend!]

29 comments:

  1. What a special day and your parents are so lovely:) Glad you guys had a great day. I can see you mom is loving your designs...She is wearing one of your clips, right?
    Happy Monday,sweetie pie

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  2. You and your family are so cute!!! So thankful for your Dad and all he has done :)

    <333

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  3. so proud of daddy!:) thanks for posting pictures. he looked so handsome!

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  4. so cool! and by the way, i love your cute lil sis poking her head up in that last photo. :)

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  5. what a lovely post and such fun pictures of your dad!!! Marks best friend flies for the navy and my family has some veterans, definitely a day to remember them!!!

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  6. You always take such lovely pictures! Looked like a fun day :)

    www.stephsstoryemporium.co.uk

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  7. What a lovely post Illene!!!
    I love all the photos!! You sister is SO adorable!!! :)
    Have a wonderful day!!!
    xoxo

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  8. fabulous pictures. You have a beautiful family! I am a new follower!

    xo

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  9. i'm an air force brat :) i know the feeling of trying to answer "where are you from?" all too well!
    great post, love the photos and hearing part of your story.

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  10. Love the pictures of you and your family! That last one is so cute. ummm, I also love the scarf you are wearing :)

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  11. what a lovely day that you got to spend with your wonderful parents!! :)

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  12. So thankful for people like your dad and all they do. I love that last photo as well!

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  13. Marine Corps Brat right. My dad is still serving the country 28 years later. :) I loved this post and it made me thankful for everyone serving in the armed forces. (Btw, the pic of ash with your parents made me die of laughter!)

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  14. Ohmigosh you and your family are truly the most adorable thing EVER! I am not a military brat; though, for some reason, as a child I always thought that it would be fun to have that title! :P

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  15. Love it! What a great parade. I wish we had one where we were.

    I get tear eyed too at high flying flags and service members in uniform. I almost cried the first time I saw my grandma and grandpa's wedding photo and my grandpa was in his Army uniform.

    Tell your Dad thank you for me!

    {psst! I've been meaning to ask you, where did you get those madison boots? I've been trying to find boots I love forever and I can't find anything and then boom! You are showing off a pair I love! please oh please can you tell me where you got them? Thanks!}

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  16. navy brat here!!! like you, i am super proud of the men and women who serve our country. my dad is retired navy :) and my lil' sissy is currently a dentist/navy officer. your mom and dad are so cute!!

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  17. happy monday friend! your dad is one handsome fellow in a uniform ;)

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  18. Hello! Wow, I loved your photos, I took a look at your older posts, and I must confess that I liked everything on her blog. Very nice even!
    Congratulations on your blog, you have much talent

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  19. Happy Monday, sweetie! Looks like it was such a wonderful day. This post is so very sweet :)

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  20. some of my best friends have been "military brats" as you call yourselves. i guess I just get along with people who are afraid of losing friends - that was the only horrible part: knowing we would have to say goodbye in 2 or 3 years.

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  21. This is such a great post! I am the SAME way (I'm an Air Force brat). I was swelling with pride this Veteran's Day as well.

    And when people ask where I'm from I usually just say: "America." :)

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  22. how sweet ilene. your parents are SO cute. and your dad in uniform?! amazing. thank you for sharing your thankfulness...!
    j.

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  23. what a lovely day with your family! thanks for sharing your story - makes me feel so patriotic too...

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  24. what an encouraging post. I am a military sister, cousin, and best friend, with a brother who is currently serving overseas. I totally understand the emotional part as I find my self tearing up over the national anthem now a days. Thanks for your beautiful post - my thoughts and prayers are constantly with those who have and are currently serving

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  25. so i'm just now catching up and i had to say that this post made my own tears flow, seeing all those sailors... i'm actually looking forward to moving to San Diego so I can see this on a more regular basis.

    thank you for your family's sacrifices.

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  26. Thanks your dad for sacrificing his life for the country. My hubby was in the Navy for 8 years, that's why we moved to Virginia Beach. :)

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  27. Your town is so adorably quaint! It's fun to see all the photos of your family, too.

    To be honest, I'm pretty strongly antiwar, but I have such a profound respect and admiration for our military servicepeople. It's such a personal sacrifice. Military servicepeople and their families are real heroes.

    I think a lot of my fellow liberally-minded people approach patriotism with a fair bit of reluctance, but I love the United States. Seriously, this country has so many things that are wonderful about it. There are so many things that are wrong, and I'm not sure that the American Dream works out for most people, but I really value the sense of individuality that our country fosters. I feel like America, more than any other country, values uniqueness, outspokenness, and having dreams. And I just love all of those things :)

    xoxo
    Sophi

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  28. Aw, this was a really sweet post! I love your Mom's pin! :) hehe. Your Dad looks so great in his uniform! What a lovely photo of the two of you.

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