Monday, May 25, 2009

Hello and welcome to our new blog! I will introduce us better later. Tonight I just wanted to make a blog entry.

I was trying to think about where I should start. Should I blog about my new bread making endeavors, the solar oven we are planning to construct, our crazy travel schedule, my midwifery journey, or the incredible workshop I just got back from on midwifery in third world countries. Did you know every minute of everyday a woman dies due to childbirth and 99% of these deaths occur in third world countries?
I finally decided to do a little reflecting on Memorial Day. I had a busy day of prenatals today. Our last appointment was a 24 hour appointment for the baby born yesterday morning. As I drove I listened to NRP which was highlighting Memorial Day. They had a very interesting story on the celebrations held at Flander's Field in Belgium every year. Each year the local Dutch speaking school children learn and sing The Star Spangled Banner in English to honor the many American men that died there liberating their country in both WWI and WWII.
As I thought about the ceremonies today, I thought about how thankful I was that I was not going to lay flowers on my husbands grave. Instead, in just a few short days we will be celebrating Sam's one year return. Even though it was late when I got home, we packed up the kids and went to visit the Fayetteville National Cemetery. Sam's mom called when we got and home to say she was glad Sam was home safe and sound this Memorial Day.
Aa a side note Fresh Air on NPR did an incredible interview of a Iraqi veteran who as written a book. Click here to listen.
Looking forward to blogging again. Good night all.

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