On the 11th of July Russ and I celebrated our 15th Anniversary. Although we were apart, it was still an amazing day!
On the 9th of July my entire family went to the Farmers Opry in Chumuckla, Florida. It's a big barn where they have lots of big name bands come and sing country music. They also serve dinner there. It was so fun having all the family together to eat and then have the entertainment. The Sawmill Band played that night and they were amazing. Intermission came and they recognized birthdays and anniversary's. Alexis was upset with me because I did not tell them it was Russ and I's anniversary. I told her it was okay and went back to watching the show. Evidently this was not good enough for Alexis. She marched herself up to the Manager and proceeded to tell her it was my anniversary and that Russ was in Iraq. After a few more songs the band leader stood up and said, "We have another anniversary in the house. Will Kimberly please stand up?" I look at my daughter and she has a big smile on her face. I walk up to the stage and the band leader tells the crowd that my honey is in Iraq. He sits me on a stool and asked me if I was okay. I shook my head yes. I knew I wasn't going to be in a few minutes. I sat on the stool and they started to sing to me. They sang "Proud to be an American." Immediately I started to cry. It's one thing to miss Russ dearly on our Anniversary but then add the singing and I'm a goner. Oh Jeez. Now I'm balling on stage and everyone in the crowd is standing, and they are crying too. The keyboard player then placed a flag in my lap. Oh my! Now everyone in the crowd is singing and crying. About this time the kids come up to the stage and stand by me. Brandon pats my shoulder reassuring me everything was going to be okay. Alexis looks at me and smiles. That little stinker. Below is the video of the event. Grab a tissue. It's pretty moving. I was so grateful that night for the determination of my little girl. It was a fantastic way to celebrate our anniversary from afar.
Here are some of the photos that the Farmers Opry took for us. They were so amazing to my family.
Love the last picture.
Stay tuned. I'll be a blog maniac today and catch you up on the last 20 days of our life.