Sometimes it is hard to imagine we had a life before kids, sometimes those memories are just a blur and seem like they belong to someone else. While most are a blur there are some that every detail is as clear as if it happened yesterday. My wedding day, all 3 times I became a mother, the day we were sealed together as a family in the temple, and September 11th.
I remember waking up to get ready for work and turning on the radio only I didn't hear the normal music blaring from the speakers. I didn't understand exactly what was being said but I knew something was very wrong. I turned on the TV and watched as the second plane flew into the tower and couldn't believe what I had just witnessed. I managed to pull myself away from the TV and get ready to go to work. I can still remember the look on my bosses face when I walked in the door and the first words she said to me "did you ever think you would see the day when our country went to war?"
We were all huddled around the radio listening as another plane hit the pentagon and another crashed in a field. We only left our seats by the radio when we were needed. I was happy when my shift was over and I was finally able to go and find Rob. I found him and Tim huddled around the tv watching the coverage, they both worked at the airport and had been sent home when they started shutting down the airports. We didn't move from the TV for the rest of the night, we just watched whatever coverage we could.
It is amazing all that has changed in 10 years, I am now married, we have 3 beautiful kids, we have lived in St. George, Alaska, Kansas, and now finally back to Utah. We have experienced many things and changed in many ways, but I don't think I will ever forget how that day changed me and my feeling towards my country.
I don't know what the next 10 years will bring but I do hope that I will never forget. That I never forget all the men and women who have stepped up to defend me, my family, and this great country. All those who were stirred to action after September 11th, and all those who have lost their lives.
Thank you to each of you and also to your families for all you do and sacrifice to make our country great!!