Sunday, November 11, 2012

~ Soldier Boy ~

'Soldier Boy
Oh, my little soldier boy
I'll be true to you'

I was just  6 years old when that song was a hit. But I remember playing it over and over again and singing along.  It struck a chord with me
Who knew I'd one day be married to my own
Soldier Boy?
Being married to a career military man was not easy.  
Needless to say, it's not a life for everyone. 
So here's a big Salute to all the those who have served and a special thank you to their families too. 

Our family like so many others has pictures lining the walls of family members through the generations who have proudly served our country in the Armed Forces. 
We honor them 
One family member in particular stands out, 
My husband's Uncle Bus

He was destined to live the life less ordinary right from the start. 
After surviving a tragic childhood accident wherein he was burned over 90% of his body
he spent years recovering.
But he grew straight and  strong and was even a Golden Gloves Boxer
He was a champion swimmer & diver
who swam with Johnny Weismueller ( the original Tarzan).  The two of them would challenge one another as they swam between the piers in Lake Michigan.
He was the Indiana Jones of the family. 
Traveled everywhere, took daring adventures,

and came home with fantastic stories 
He was a living legend, whom everyone wanted to be near. 
As it seems with so many of those who grab life and live it to the fullest,
He died all too soon.
 After fighting in both WWII and Korea,  his ship hit a mine and was sunk in Viet Nam.
All that are left now, are the stories we tell . 
And the souvenirs, lovingly carried home from far flung places around the world. 
Like these beautifully carved figurines.
This Happy fellow

And his scary faced counterpart.
The teeth are carved from ivory and fit inside the mouth like a pair of dentures. !!

This pair of beautiful wooden bowls

And this sweet little seashell holy water font

Today we honor our heroes. 
Many from foreign wars long ago
and all the brave souls still fighting today. 
Though there are some larger than life characters, who seem to garner most of the attention
let us not forget
they are all heroes.

And a special thank you to my own hero.

Mr. Wonderful is front row first from the left
My own sweet soldier boy.
to whom I still sing ( off key)

"I'll be true to you. "


  1. That was so sweet my love thank your very much

    MR W

  2. Amen .. and thank you to all that serve. This is a wonderful tribute Terri. Excellent photos and your husband's Uncle Bus sounds legendary. To survive all that.. how do people do that?

    Enjoy the start to a new week.


    1. Thanks Leslie. I'm sure every family has stories of their own heroes. May we never forget them.

  3. Oh Teri, what a beautiful post. Thank you to your husband, uncle and family members who served in the Armed Forces. Your uncle sounds like he lived life to the fullest. I love the seashell font he brought home. What a gift!
    I'm sharing your post for all to read.
    PS: Thank you for your kind words today. It's hard to believe it's been three years. It actually seems longer! Have a great day!

    1. Delores, you've made my day by stopping by my little Dressed Up Cottage. I've been such a fan of yours for years and to have you stop by for a visit is like having a celebrity at my house!! A comment from 'Vignette Design'?....why I've hit the jackpot!! LOL. Seriously, thank you for your sweet words and taking the time to stop by. It's appreciated more than you know.

  4. I love the photos, Uncle Bus sounds like he was a very interesting fellow! Thank you Uncle B, Mr W, and all of the other brave men and women who have served, currently serving, or will be serving in the future! Because of you we are lucky enough to call this beautiful country our home!

    1. Thank you my sweet little PeaceLover. Would that all the world would be Peace Lovers and we wouldn't need to send our husbands and fathers and uncles and brothers to wars.
      Maybe someday.....

    2. Yes, wouldn't that be nice! HOPEFULLY someday! There's always hope!

  5. Lizzie, I loved your post! Thank you to Rex for serving our country honorably and loyally and to you for sharing him with a country in need. It wasn't easy for you, either, with long spans of time alone so he could serve. Let's not forget the wives' and children's sacrifices, either. Love ya.

    1. Thanks Lucy,
      We ALL had a job to do. :)
      And yes, the families left behind to take care of the homefront deserve a big salute as well.

  6. Hi, Terri - A wonderful tribute. I once received an email from a young lady serving overseas. She wrote to tell me she reads my blog reminded her of her garden at home in the U.S. Thank you for this post. I enjoyed learning about Uncle Bus :)

    1. It's so wonderful to connect with people all over the country and even all over the world through this blogging medium. I can truly understand how that young lady would find your blog with it's gorgeous gardens a comforting reminder of home.
      Thanks Loi...and have a great week.

  7. I love this post. My father and both grandfathers served in various capacities in the armed forces and I am so proud of them all. My daddy served in Vietnam as a barely 18-year-old, and to this day, I just get proud as punch as I talk about it! :)

    1. As you should be. It's always a good thing to remember...and say Thank You! :)

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