Military Spouse Appreciation Day
I admire their faith and perseverance
Mrs. Leinenger kept hoping to find her daughter, captured by Indians. Nine years later both changed and could not recognize one another. Colonel Bouquet who had freed Regina encouraged the mother to sing something familiar. She sang, in German, “I feel my Jesus always nigh, He comes my lonely hours to cheer.”
Regina yelled, “Mutter!”
I admire their ingenuity and hope
Kerenhappuch Turner refused to believe a doctor that said no one could save her son’s leg. She suspended a large tub from the rafters. She drilled holes in the tub and constantly poured cool water into the tub, to drip over the wound. It worked and doctors copied her method.
I admire their spunk
In the War of 1812, Rosanne Farrow received news that British soldiers had imprisoned three of her sons. She rode off with a rifle, stopped at an American camp where she asked for six British prisoners and exchanged them for her sons.
I admire their patriotism
Dolley Madison cared more about our original documents than her personal possessions or her life. When she heard the British planned to march into D.C. and burn the White House—she spent every minute gathering documents and loading them into wagons. She barely escaped, but saved two wagons full of important papers.
I admire their service
After Sheila’s husband died in Afghanistan and her son screamed nightly for two hours, she studied, became a grief counselor and helps other military families.
Karen Whiting (www.karenwhiting.com), author of Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front: From the French and Indian War to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is a military widow and military mother.