He's about to deploy to Iraq for another year for his THIRD tour. It doesn't seem right during the Christmas month.
My heart is heavy knowing in a week he will be in one of the most dangerous places on earth for a whole year. and though our family has had to do these twice- it does not get any easier.
We are so proud of him. SO VERY proud.
My friend Tony Guiterrez is the Chief Photog for one of the stations here. [He actually was my first photographer when i worked as a reporter.] He interviewed my brother for a story last night and since he didn't have a reporter with him, tony had me stand in and ask questions. It was a sweet moment shared with my brother. Tony put together the following video...
so as SAD as i am... as heavy as my heart is.... after watching that, how can you not be proud?
i am SO PROUD.
Fallon, if you're reading this, the Christmas present in my hands is the postcard pillow i bought for Marco. I chose this fabric for his pillow because i wanted him to be reminded of home. On the back, mine and twinkie's personal message was:
"Our Dearest Kuya (filipino for brother),
Keep this pillow with you each night & know your family is at home waiting for your safe return. You're our Hero. Our older brother who's always protected us. Now you get to do it in a bigger capacity.
the twinkies "
*lava you is our inside joke for love you.
Fallon, he texted me and marianne this morning to say he slept with his AWESOME pillow last night. He was so thankful.
Thank-you for rushing it out to me as fast as you did.
It was the perfect gift. xo