Friday, May 7, 2010

From one spouse...

to another.

I'm going to dedicate today to a military spouse I've never met, and to those like her. Today, like many days before I'm thinking about Mrs. Rachel Porto. A lot of you know her story and follow her blog. Which is to say on Sunday 14 March, Rachael's husband, Cpl Jonathan Daniel Porto was killed in Helmand Province Afghanistan in a roll-over accident. On March 17th "Mrs. P" blogged about her loss and has since shared her grief and love of Jonny with all of her readers. 
Just yesterday she posted links to her husband's burial service and a tribute made in his honor. I barely made out the sobs of from his family through my own. It was very moving. Jonny's father spoke towards the end of the service and expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of love his family had received, even said that the funeral home has his contact information if anyone wanted to get in touch with him. The part that touched me the most; literally took my breath away was when Rachel made her way to the podium to speak to the group. There's no words. I couldn't even imagine. Her grace and love of her husband really touched my soul. 
Today, as the days before she's a military spouse, a Marine spouse and she should be recognized and appreciated.
Happy Military Spouse appreciation day- I appreciate you all past and present. 

6 comments:

~*Sammie y Gary*~ said...

My heart goes out to her...and all of us spouses praying, every day, for a safe return.

Amber said...

Happy Military Spouses Appreciation Day to you too!!!! WE all deserve it.

I think we all think of Rachel and other wives who have made the ulitimate scarifice.

Tulum Living said...

It is really nice, and really important that you guys have that sort of support system. You guys are in a situation that no one else can understand - even among strangers it is needed and good.

A Lady in Waiting said...

Just started tearing about reading this post and I already knew Rachel's story. Well said and thanks for the sacrifice you and the hubby have made!

Kate said...

God Bless all my fellow military spouses out there past and present (and especially those like Rachel who've had to do the thing we all fear most).

Great Blog :)

Reina said...

I felt the same way when I saw it. I was moved beyond tears if that's possible. I honestly didn't know that you can feel somebody's pain as I do for Rachel. Thanks for blogging about this :)