Thursday, January 22, 2015

In Which I'm Proud of my 'Little' Reading Buddy


 
Last weekend I attended my youngest brother's welcome home party from boot camp. How strange that my little brother is now a U.S. Marine! I am so INCREDIBLY PROUD OF HIM!! Not only did he make it through something that is grueling-- mentally and physically-- but he's now serving our country in an extraordinary way.
 
 
To see him doing something so honorable with his life makes me super happy. And a bit sad, knowing he'll soon be off to who knows where. But in the midst of all this change, I hope that he can still find a way to read, as I used to load him up w/boxes at a time when he'd come to visit. My older brother reads too, but our tastes are different. Josh likes MG & YA so first thing when he'd come down, we'd head to the bookcases to select his next haul. It was so enjoyable to peruse the shelves, hunting down my favorite reads to share, or cautioning him against 'meh' or so-so ones.
 
 
My husband is not a reader and so far all my almost-three-year-old likes to do is push the books as far back on the shelves as they'll go (he loves picture books of course, but Mama's books aren't those). So having someone to browse and talk books with was fun. But now Josh will be out creating his own adventures and experiencing amazing things, and I just have to repeat myself again here and say how super proud I am of him. Hoo-rah!!! (or however that'd be spelled...)
 
~Leandra

12 comments:

  1. This is AMAZING. Huge congrats to Josh and your family, and of course a big, huge THANK YOU to him for what is sure to be incredible service for our country. You must be insanely proud of him. I love the picture of the two of you--you must frame that one. :-) I will be sending all positive vibes and prayers his way! looks like it was a great party too, that cake is beautiful and looks delicious!

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    1. Thank you! The cake was yummy- I had two pieces. ;)

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  2. You should definitely be a proud big sister! I'm proud of him and I've never even met him-- except through your awesome post, of course... Be sure to thank him for serving our country!

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  3. Thanks for sharing, Leandra! Both you and your brother have every right to be super proud of his accomplishments, and his dedication to our country.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie, I feel like that too. =)

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  4. Good looking family! Wishing your brother much luck and success.

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    1. Me too! I'm curious to see where this will take him in life.

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  5. Ooh-rah!! (I think hoo-rah is fine, too haha). My dad is a Marine vet.

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    1. Ah, I see, the 'h' is silent! =) Thank you to your dad for his service!

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  6. Thanks to your brother for serving our country. Wishing him all the best. I think it is awesome that you both love to read and you can chat about books. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. It is great when your siblings are readers too!

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