I hate that it’s the end of May. Besides the extra weekend day, I’m sad for memorial day. I’m sad for my friends who celebrate it silently in their homes. I’m sad because I know them and of them. I wish I didn’t… I am so thankfully heavy-heartedly humbled and blessed that I do.
To the gold star families — far too real. I thank you, my heart is with you. Not a day goes by when I do not see your faces, and isn’t that crazy… I’ve gotten so little time with you… but I think of you all every day when I see my husband’s face. I know I’m beyond lucky — it seems sometimes that luck was the only qualification in this hell of a war.

3rd Battalion 5th Marines — the Darkhorse.
Sangin Afghanistan September 2010 – April 2011

Lance Cpl John Sparks
Cpl. Justin Cain
Lance Cpl. Phillip Vinnedge
Lance Cpl. Joseph Rodewald
Lance Cpl. Victor Dew
Lance Cpl. Irvin Ceniceros
Lance Cpl. Alec Catherwood
Lance Cpl. Joseph Lopez
Lance Cpl. James Boelk
Sgt. Ian Tawney
Lance Cpl. Brandon Pearson
Lance Cpl. Matthew Broehm
Lance Cpl. Randy Braggs
1st Lt. Robert Kelly
Lance Cpl. James Stack
1st Lt. William Donnelly IV
Sgt. Matthew Abbate
Lance Cpl. Colton Rusk
Cpl. Derek Wyatt
Sgt. Jason Peto
Lance Cpl. Arden Buenagua
Lance Cpl. Jose Maldonado
Cpl. Tevan Nguyen
Lance Cpl. Kenneth Corzine
Sgt. Jason Amores

The KIAs of the Darkhorse. I wanted to write you all something beautiful, but I haven’t the words. These men fought bravely beside their friends, and their families live bravely around you still. As you grill and love your Monday off, we will all celebrate their lives, but please be mindful of the loss.




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2 responses to “heavy-on-my-heart

  1. trustbelievefaithhopelove

    I love you sparrow.

  2. Thank you, beloved. Love and thanks to your beloved, too.

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