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My name is Rosalie and I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC in a small town near Asheville, NC. |
I have been a Federal Special Agent for over 20 years. Ten of those years I was a field agent, then a Special Agent in Charge and I am currently an instructor for new Special Agents in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC area. My job keeps me on the road and I cherish the times I am at home. My husband is also a Federal Special Agent and currently involved in liaison work in the DC area. The most traumatic time of our career was during September 11, 2001 when the terrorists attacked the Pentagon.
We have two daughters and a son and two grandchildren who light up our life! We have been truly blessed. It does not take long to realize the best things in life are not things.
I found out about leaving tokens via a "God wink" because Daughter of an Angel left a token on my father's grave site. It was so heartwarming to see a remembrance on my Dads grave site I want to do the same for others.
I want to take this opportunity to say "thank you to each of you that has taken time out of your busy schedule to leave tokens on birthdays, angel days and holidays for my loved ones. May your thoughtfulness find its way back to you!"
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Memorial Day 2012
"From the president of the United States and grateful Nation."
I remember the words so clearly as they handed my Mother the flag. I had never heard those words before that. As I stood there on that cold November Day, thoughts came swirling in my head. I flashed back to my fathers entire demeanor. How he organized his clothing drawers were. How he lived with honor, how military he was. How he had wanted to be in the National Cemetery and I was so against it.
It was like it was all coming together in my head, I was seeing experiences known only to those understanding military tradition.
He was part of this white sea of headstones belonging to the men and women who valiantly defended our nation. His military back bone had always been there.
He served as a Chaplin ministering to Vets at the Minneapolis Veterans Hospital for years. He was on the honor guard for awhile. He gave blood routinely as he was AB negative, the rarest blood type in the world. Many nights he would get a 2 am call and out the door he would go to give blood because someone was in need. It took me years to understand what a military man is. He lived our nation and preserving it's goodness my entire life.
Memorial Day means so many different things to our society. The start of summer, picnics, it is the official end of winter where I live.
To veterans it is a time of reflection, of their courage, sacrifices, pride and loss. My son has lost 2 friends to the Iraq war, and another that came back severely injured and is struggling with his injuries and each day is a gift as those days are slipping away from him.
Memorial Day we bring into memory those that have fought for our freedom. I would like to thank you, for your Father, Son, daughter, husband, ancestor, or maybe even you, for the scarifies your families have endured to keep America out of harms way.
That as we begin Memorial Day 2012 our families remain strong and we are enduring together what our nation is all about....
"First in WAR ... First in PEACE ... and First in the HEARTS of his countrymen."
Added by Diane ღ on May 26, 2012 8:35 PM
|Robert Duran ~||Spainishangel|
Thank you so much for your prayers for my nephew Angelo. He is now doing so much better. I appreciate your support. Take care my friend and sorry it took a long time to answer. Bye...`
|Derrick Hodgson||Merry Xmas|
Merry Xmas and happy new year. God Bless you and your family and stay safe.
Your friend from New Zealand
Thanksgiving Day Blessings...
Thanksgiving as a kid we had Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and then Christmas it was like leading up to the Super Bowl. In Minnesota it was almost worth the Halloween snow storm that does not stop until May. You got three wonderful holidays and it ended with presents. How much better could it get?
I remember one year my Mom had slaved over 4 pumpkin pies. She wanted them to cool quickly so she put them out on a ledge that actually was a cooling ledge right out side the kitchen window. It took about a minute and a half for the squirrels to find it. They had a party. There was about 7 of them swimming in her pies. I remember her standing at the window just looking out. All of us came running to see what she was looking at.
Squirrels were throwing pumpkin pie at each other one was running back and forth to feed another squirrel who was too frightened to approach the window. You could hear the holiday bliss and squirrels almost singing through the window. Their little furry faces were orange and they were chewing as fast as they could. Two of them thought it would be a good idea to take one home and were trying to drag a pie off.
I remember it was just mayhem out that window. Here she was, with 5 little children standing with her watching us, watch her face. None of us giggled or moved or even were breathing for a few minutes as we all stood there.
What would she do? She had been making pies for 2 days. I kept thinking she is going to explode any second. She left the window, went over to the freezer and pulled out 2 store bought frozen pies. Put them on the counter and looked at us kids.
In a low deep voice she said, "who did you think I was baking those pies for? The squirrels have to have Thanksgiving too".
It was so funny, I remember her reaction was almost as funny as what was going on outside that window. We laughed and watched. She was just going to be alright with this even if it killed her.
For days there were squirrels with stained orange faces jumping around the yard and all she would say is....Well, I know which ones did it, and I will be watching for them come Christmas.
Now I look back on those precious days so differently. It is about being together and seeing your family. Some that only are able to come for holidays due to distance. It is about seeing that one or two family members that always leave you shaking your head. It is about the new life, the babies and kids that are living the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Super Bowl.
We all have our memories of those who have gone before, don't let those memories make you sad, keep them close to your heart because those memories are what keep them near to us, they live on, when we can smile and see the squirrels faces covered in pumpkin on a cold winters day.
May the Joy and Hope of Thanksgiving bring you into the Christmas season refreshed and ready to party on.
Added by Diane ღ on Nov 22, 2011 11:47 AM
|Bonnie's Daughter||Bonnie Mosier|
Thank you for remembering my Mother.
|Forget me not!!||Merry Christmas|
America has had many fine moments. Our ability to love, to create and defend peace and safety to the world is our strength for brighter days.
It has always been at a great sacrifice to our nation but we stand on principal. We are Americans, our ancestors came on ships, and unthinkable hardships followed. We founded a county that stands on faith, hope and love.
As we enter the holidays and this Thanksgiving I remember that we do have golden wings, sailing on freedoms wind across the sky.
Thank you for friendship, hope and love, as we stand together as one people, we are thankful for our family's and futures yet to come.
We have not seen our finest moment, WE are our finest moment.
Golden Dream - A Tribute
Added by Diane ღ on Nov 23, 2010 8:59 PM
|Valenciaღ Angel of Mine 💕||Precious Rosalie,|
❤~Just saying thank you will never be enough for your thoughtfulness in remembering my precious angel. Your visits make a lasting impression in my heart~❤
|Diane ღ||july 4th|
We are so lucky to live in America. Home of the free and the brave. I get nostalgic about the 4th of July. The memories of childhood came back so clearly to me. Where I grew up everyone knew their neighbors. Evening walks were taken with people greeting each other with a "good evening." There was no fear in the air. People out grilling, you would walk by and they would say "come have a dog with us!" Friends were easily made with a smile.
My Mom as a child had a large horse, a draft horse. A farmer during the depression could not feed and water the horse. He gave it to her because he knew that her family would take care of it. The horses name was "Big Bill". She loved that horse.
She would ride around town, looking to help people with her horse. Sometimes she would find a car that the soft shoulder of the road had pulled into the ditch. She loved to amaze people with the brute strength of the horse. A little girl, with a strong rope would hop off that big horse and climb under a car to attach that rope to the frame and hopped back on that horse to slowly pull the car out of the ditch.
I see her on her horse, meandering through the fields where coarse prairie grass sways to and fro in the summer breezes. It is funny to me that today my nostalgia is my Mothers childhood, not my own.
This 4th of July I wish you blessed memories, new encounters to make memories, and that loved ones are happy and safe.
Always remember, the land and waters are speaking to you.
They are asking us to protect them.
This is our heritage, our pride, our hope.
Our America! This land is ours.
Stand tall, we will not fall.
Added by Diane ღ on Jul 04, 2010 12:56 AM
|Bluejean♥Blessed w/Memories||***HAPPY JULY 4th***|
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, it's important to remember the true meaning of this important day. On the birthday of our nation, we celebrate freedom and democracy while saluting the heroic efforts of those who have fought for and defended our liberty since July 4, 1776.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
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