Saturday, July 4, 2009

What's in a name?

In my last post, I mentioned that my dad, and grandfather served in the military. I had asked my mom for pics, and she got them to me just a little late. However, I could not have these beautiful reminders of my heritage without sharing them.

I am a Nydegger by birth. What's in a name? Well I will tell you...

Irvin B. Nydegger...isn't he handsome?

My grandpa was wonderful. He loved his family, cherished his wife, and was so devoted to taking care of their every need. He was truely a man of god, who honored his priesthood, and left through his name a legacy that to this day I am reminded of often.

Frederick John Nydegger...quite a looker himself!

My daddy! The noble name of Nydegger lives on through him. I am so grateful for his example, and love for life. I am so blessed to benefit from his wisdom, and insight.

Even though I am now blessed to be a Kunz, I will always bear the Nydegger name in my heart. It helps me remember the great responsibility I have of honoring them, as well as my Heavenly Father. Thank you for the legacy that you have created, and continue to create. I love you!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

As I have reflected on this beautiful place where I live, I can't help but feel so very blessed for the freedoms that I take for granted everyday. In this post I want to pay tribute to many people in my life that have, and are serving our country, and all of us so bravely.

Both My dad, and Aaron's served in military positions, as well as many Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. Both in times of war, and peace. In the states, and abroad. I am, and will always be grateful for their sacrifices for us and our country.

However, I can't seem to get someone out of my head. My brother in law Rawlin is in the National Guard, and has served many activations during the past few years. Rawlin, Shelly, and their kids have sacrificed so much for our country.

Rawlin spent a year in Iraq helping those people gain their Independence. I can't imagine being as far away as he was, and missing as much as he did. The one semi-positive was the advancements in communications. Can you imagine during any other war waiting weeks inbetween letters? The toll that must have taken on both soldiers, and their families would be unbearable. During that time my nephew Kaden was the man of the house. What a true little soldier. I love this picture of Kaden. He has such a brave look on his face, scared but ready to take on this challenge.

Seeing all that their family went through during that time has made me appreciate him so much more. So THANK YOU Rawlin for your service, and all others who so bravely, and often times without much thanks and support serve our country. Rawlin, I love you, and am so proud to call you my brother!

I am not usually a political person, however the direction that our country is headed does scare me. But I believe that as long as we have our freedom, freedom of speech, freedom to worship our own God, and that we have brave men and women who choose to protect and serve this great country...we'll be alright.