As I have gotten older I appreciate the little things so much more because I now know they aren’t so little. Small, unacknowledged moments like getting in the car to head to the church of our choice on a Sunday is really a big thing. Being able to speak our minds without fear is something we don’t think about as we utter countless words each day, but it is a big thing, too.
I have been blessed to travel around the world as I competed for the greatest country of all. Walking on the field wearing a USA jersey is one of my happiest and proudest moments. I have seen other countries and cultures, and feel more than ever how blessed we are to live in the USA. The many freedoms we have are not shared by everyone across the globe. Having seen how others live, I do not take ours for granted. I know freedom is not free. It has been fought for over countless generations, and many, many lives have been sacrificed so we can live the way we do.
I have had the privilege to meet some of the most amazing young men on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. I am in awe of the sacrifices these young men chose to make, and I am inspired by their optimism and determination in the face of adversity. I am proud of them, and of my country. I know that the pride in my country is because of the many who have fought and continue to fight for the daily freedoms we have here in the USA.
To express my family’s gratitude I do fundraisers, yes, but I could never really repay these men on the WWAST for their sacrifices or the example they set any more than I can repay the rest of our brave, courageous servicemen and women for their sacrifices, but I am eternally grateful to them and their families. I feel so very blessed to be an American.
All I can offer is another little thing, and that is a thank you from our family to yours!
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