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The Candle stays Lit in My Window

June 20th, 2007

Bronze Star Medal @ 09:16 am

Our son, Pfc, Benjamin Frahs,

 has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal  with Valor device

while  serving a little over two months of his fifteen month deployment

in Iraq.


The only details I have at the moment is that his unit came under attack

while stationed at an outpost in Baghdad.  A fellow soldier was

wounded badly and Ben, without thought to  his own life,  ran in harms

way through mortar fire to rescue this soldier and bring him back

to a safe and secure area.


Although receiving the Bronze Star Medal  is common during times of war,

the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device is not that common. 

When awarded for bravery, it is the fourth-highest combat award

of the U.S. Armed Forces,  and the 9th highest military award

 (including both combat and non-combat awards)

  in the order of precedence of U.S. military decorations. 


We can't thank you enough for the prayers you have given in Ben's

behalf and for the letters and packages you have sent him.  I will update

as I hear more.


With Love and a grateful heart,

Carol and Steve


May 29th, 2007

After Memorial Day @ 10:37 am

Current Location: home
Current Mood: satisfied satisfied
Current Music: birds outside
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Good morning.  I can't ever remember a spring being this wonderful before.  For the past week and a half, it has been perfect.  I took the dog, Fred, up on the hill behind our house this morning and I really didn't want to come back down.  This year we have a bumper crop of delicate Lady Slippers.  Instead of being in a small section by themselves, they are now along the walkway leading back down to the screen porch.  To my five year old granddaughter, Sally, they are fairy flowers.  She insists this is how they are born.  Hey.....who's gonna tell her she's wrong????  Certainly not me!!


My Victory Flower Garden is growing well with it's impacients, bagonias, bleeding heart, petunias and lilies.  I'm going to pick up two packages of morning glories this week.  One red and the other blue to creep up on my trellis.  Out in front where my antique plow and flower wagon sits, I am going to make an area with shrubs like a firebush, verigated hosta and holly.  I'd also like to find a weeping pussy willow again.  Next year I will try to expand that area by the rock and maple trees.


Now that Memorial Day is over and everyone is back to work, I have a lot to do over the next couple of days.  Today is laundry day, organize the computer room, clean Rikki's cage, organize the bedroom shelves day!!  No being lazy, sitting out in the screen house day.  Oh, yeah, I have to go over the bills today too!! Yuck!!  I'd rather clean the toilets.  Anyway.......I'm not getting anything done around here if I'm on the computer.

Have a good one


May 14th, 2007

Mother's Day @ 02:29 pm

Current Location: home
Current Mood: content content
Current Music: the hum of the computer and dryer.

The last three days have been a whirlwind of emotions.  By the time Saturday night hit, all four of my children had been in contact with me.  I had talked to Chris on the phone and earlier in the week I had spoken to Ben on the phone as he didn't think he would be able to get a call out to me on Mother's Day.  Saturday , my son Adam and daughter Dee came over to our house for dinner, both with flowers in their hands for me.  Three generations of the Women Bridge.  Sally was with us too.  I could sit and watch that child all day.  She reminds me so much of myself when I was five!   I can't begin to describe my love for her.  Anyway......we had a great time together and we were even able to eat out in the screen house.

Yesterday was just for Steve and I.  We traveled up Maine to have dinner at a favorite resteraunt that we love.  It's an American Buffet.  Not many here in New England.  Steve knows that I prefere country roads over highways and we wound our way around small mill villages and farms.  Most of the textile mills here have been turned into apartment housing which is so much better than being left to ruin.  Most were built in the 19th century and are rich in history that should be preserved.  

My Mother and Grandmother also grew up in some of these areas.  How I wish I could have had them with me on this trip.  They would have loved it so.  I miss them both so much.  I wish Sally had been able to know my Mom.  They share a birthday and because of that, Sally shares her middle name with mine and my mother's middle names.  "RuthAnn".

And so.......today.......when I thought all the celebration was over for this year, I received a wonderful heart rentching Mother's Day card from my son, Chris.  And wouldn't you know it......I received my first letter from Ben in Iraq.  I am so blessed to have these four children along with two fantastic daughter in laws and six grandchildren.  Rachel, Ben's wife will be blessing me with number seven when she has her fourth this coming Fall.

With all the laughter, tears, hugs and "I love you" going around this weekend, I am emotionally exausted, but in a nice way.

Time to be off this computer and into my chores.

May 9th, 2007

The phone, your lifeline @ 05:17 pm

Current Mood: content blessed
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The phone rings and you finally hear his voice on the other end.  A million questions fill your mind and only a short period of time to talk.  He tells you he's fine and it's in the middle of the night there and he will soon be off on another mission.  That's how it was when Ben called me today.  Funny how you take things for granted.  I talk to my other three children on the phone, never once thinking it could be my last time hearing their voices.  When will I ever be able to speak to Ben without a lump in my throat and tears streaming down my face when we have hung up?

Every time I send a package or letter, I say a silent prayer as the postal worker takes it from my hands.  As though what I am sending may offer a little extra hope from home.  I can't imagine what it must be like to be in a strange land so far from family and comforts we take for granted on a daily basis.  I can't imagine seeing and hearing what he lives with when he's out on missions.

There's a soldier in Ben's unit that hasn't received any mail or packages since he's been deployed.  I'll make sure a package and letter goes out to him when I send Ben's.  I can't think of anything worse than being out in the field, fighting for your country and never hearing from home.

Enough for now.  It's getting close to supper time.


May 1st, 2007

Victory Garden @ 02:29 pm

Current Location: home
Current Mood: busy busy

Ahh, the month that I have been waiting for.....May.  Winter is behind us and I have started working on my Victory Flower Garden!!  It's still too early to plant the flowers, but I have been preparing the soil for the petunias and impacients I will be planting in a couple of weeks.  My Bleeding Heart is growing nicely as it has for the past four years now.  I'm not sure that my roses made it through the winter.  I'll find out soon.  I still need to go to Ben Franklin's to pick up my red, white and blue rope lights for the arbor and garden edge.  We found a metal star in Red, White and Blue over the weekend.  It looks good on the wall by the porch steps.

Steve got the screenhouse all set up for the summer and I have Sally's sandbox and picnic table all ready for her when she visits.  I'll pick up a small pool for her sometime in the next couple of weeks  How she loves to visit with Grandma and Grandpa.  I wish Ben and Rachel's children...Eden, Israel and Celestial....lived closer so that we could have them over as much as we have Sally.  They are down in Georgia at Ft. Benning.  We plan to go back there again this coming fall when Rachel has the new baby.  I hope Ben can get his R&R during that time.  This will be the only child he hasn't seen born.

Tomorrow night is our Blue and Gold Star Mother meeting in Concord.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone.  After our local "Gathering of Eagles" rally in March which we attended in support of our Eagles, we had this title attached to us. "No Fury like a Mother Scorned" so, I made up a T-shirt transfere just for that reason.

I plan on wearing this shirt to the meeting tomorrow night.

Got to get more housework done......
Until Later.....

March 23rd, 2007

Spring @ 09:52 am

Current Location: computer room at home
Current Mood: lazy lazy
Current Music: birds outside
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Good morning!  Spring has sprung here in the North East and I can feel the changes even though there is still some snow on the ground.  For the most part we are now getting into the 50s.  It's been so nice the past two days that I have had the heat turned off and some of the windows opened.  Next month I will start to create my Victory (Flower) garden!  As long as my son, Ben, is serving in Iraq, flowers in my garden will bloom and lights will shine through the night.  Not sure what I will do for the winter months...maybe red, white and blue illuminated trees.  I'll see!!

It's Friday, the end of the week.  I have lots to do, yet, here I sit, writing away.  That's ok.  The work will get done and my journal will be in tact.  Well I best be on my way for breakfast, shower and housework.