Hello there! Wondering where I’ve been? Well, we had yet another road trip across the US from Florida to Colorado and back for an early spring break! We got in some skiing, saw my brand new little nephew, and had some wonderful family time with my husband’s family. I meant to post a few pictures as our trip went but then I got some tragic news and I’ve spent the whole time thinking about how I was going to write this post instead.
If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that I’m a military wife. Military spouses are fairly independent, highly social, adaptable, entrepreneurs, and create close-knit bonds in short amounts of time. When your husband or wife is gone a lot and you’re dropped into a new location every couple of years, you learn to find close friends pretty quickly. Each of the many women I’ve been honored to call “friend” over the last 10 years in the military is an astounding person who has blessed my life in so many ways. Out of these, there are several extra-special ones who I love as a sister and I look up to for their kindness, the way they live their lives, their abilities and their plain ol’ awesomeness.
Sarah is one of those. Let me tell you about her family.
Sarah and I met when we both arrived at our husbands’ squadron hugely pregnant with little boys. She was just two weeks ahead of me and we bonded over pregnancy, babies, and a more natural lifestyle. We had so many of the same interests and enjoyed sitting together and talking as our little boys both grew and began playing together. As often happens, we ended up moving away and here we are several years later. Sarah and her husband, Reid, wanted a big family and had planned to have the kiddos close in age. Now, five years after the first little one, Sarah just gave birth to their fourth baby 6 weeks ago.
We were devastated to learn last week that Reid was involved in a plane crash and did not survive. As our little community is reeling from the heartbreak of this, we are doing everything in our power to support our dear friend, Sarah, and her children. This amazingly strong and graceful woman is having to endure one of the hardest things she should never have had to endure. Reid was a great pilot and respected at his job but I saw him much more through Sarah’s eyes. He was a very loving and involved husband and father. He truly cherished his family. As his funeral and memorial services are being held at this time and in the week ahead, I ask that you will remember Sarah and their beautiful young children in your prayers. Also, for his parents and siblings as they too grieve for his loss.
If you’re touched by this family and would like to help them, there’s a donation fund that has been opened for Reid and Sarah’s children. You can reach it here for Captain Reid Nannen Memorial Children’s Fund.
Because my words seem so completely inadequate, I’m adding a few links to other articles about this fallen hero and his wonderful family: