Okay, I know that Monday’s have been set aside for Crafty Military Wives…however, today I didn’t have anyone lined up for it. So, I am going to tell you all about an amazing Military Mom, my mother-in-law, Linda Murray. As you know my husband is in the Army National Guard. I can’t tell you how very scared, worried, proud, and most of all mad at the recruiter Linda was when she found out Brad was joining the National Guard.
She was a very dedicated mom! She and I drove all the way from NC to Ft. Sill OK to see Brad graduate from Basic Training. We consoled each other as Brad was away in various locations for training, Officer school, etc. Yes, she made me crazy sometimes but that is what mother-in-laws do sometimes. I loved her just the same though.
She sent a package (at least one) every week to Brad when he was deployed to Iraq. Brad often had so much stuff he shared most of it with his soldiers. She and I would talk endlessly about what we were going to see him next.
I should probably tell you that I was pregnant and ready to burst when Brad was due to deploy. Linda always call, texted, emailed, instant messaged me to check on me and make sure I was eating healthy. Well, luckily Brad was able to be there when I gave birth to our beautiful and amazing daughter. Guess who else was there at that hospital too? You guessed it our moms (and a few other very special people).
Well, Brad had to leave on deployment two weeks after our daughter was born. Though he didn’t leave the country for another two months. He was able to come home and be with us at our Church when our daughter was dedicated.
Linda was a very proud Grandmom too. She always had photos of her grandchildren and stories to share with whomever would listen. Whether it was someone in the store (She was an avid coupon-er!!) or someone at church. I often find myself wanted to call her and tell her something that my daughter says and does.
While my husband was deployed Linda’s cancer came back. This time melanoma cancer. She had already gone through what the doctor’s said was breast cancer, then lung cancer. She was a fighter!! She didn’t let anything (especially cancer) stop her. She kept busy coupon-ing, shopping, teaching, but most importantly playing with grandchildren and send packages to her deployed son.
Linda Murray inspired me more than most people! She was a dedicated mom, mother-in-law, wife, grandmom, teacher, giver to the community, etc.
We lost her to cancer on July 5, 2010. We still love her and miss her very much!!! Our daughter claims to talk to her sometimes, as she looks up toward Heaven.
The picture of the wind chime that I use as my logo picture on my blog, Facebook, and Pinterest is of the windchime I made in remembrance of Linda.
Photos courteous of Sassyfras Studios. (An amazing sassy sister photo taking duo.)