Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Today I am remembering all those who have fought for freedom but especially my Dad (above)who fought overseas in World War 2.

For my Dad although there was hardship in fighting in a war there was also a sweet Dutch girl that became his wife after the war was over.In the photo above my Dad is in the centre,Mom and Dad on the right and on the left my sister and I with my parents(later they had two sons as well).My Dad was a gentle kind and caring man. Although my Dad passed away 14 years ago I am thankful for the memories I have of a loving father.

The older I get the more I appreciate the sacrifice these men and women made for our freedom.

On this Remembrance Day I hope we will all take time to remember them.

This is a photo of that sweet Dutch girl now and she has her own story to tell of growing up in an occupied country,losing a young brother and then leaving her family and homeland behind to come to a far away country to start a new life but that is a whole other story!

Thank you for visiting,



Millie said...

I hope someone is writing down the story of your Mom for generations who follow.

Martha said...

It's a very special day and we should remember to say "thank you" for all that those soldiers did for us. Husband Jim is the keynote speaker at our ceremonies at our National Ceremony tomorrow -- I am so proud of him (a 3 tour Viet Nam vet).

You have a lovely story -- thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

What a wonderful posting. What city was your mother from? My father "befriended" a Dutch girl... which she, her husband, and my parents later became life-long friends. She is the only one who is still alive. I'd love to go see her.
Take care!
Ladybug Creek

Mary said...

Your tribute to your family members is precious, Carolyn. This is truly a day to honor all of them, both from generations ago, and our young men and women in uniform today. All of us must show them our support and gratitude...they deserve honor, not disgrace.

God bless,


Tato said...

Pretty history of life!
Special remember...

Anonymous said...

I just adore old photos of men and women from WWI and WWII the facial expression tells the story with a glance. We only have one of my FIL in Italy digging trenches, he was a NJ cop prior to the war, and when he came back he remained one. Even drove that great 'bike' in the winter time. But he so loved his profession. He became the c.o.p. for many years then retiring down to Fl and just prior to his death I sat with him as he told me many many stories that even his children never knew.

So thank you for bringing back those sweet memories of that time and yes I am very thankful for all those who have stood up and fought for this country.

Huggers Carolyn for a great post!

maría cecilia said...

Thank you Carolyn for this lovely picture of your mother, and for the tribute to your handsome father.
May all the men who fight be protected and blessed
María Cecilia

Madelief said...

Hi Carolyn,

It is good that we remember them indeed. I am still grateful for the fact that your father and other soldiers from Canada, Poland and the U.S. liberated our country all those years ago. Because of them we now live in freedom. I recognised the pictures :). Hope your mother is still fine. Have a lovely day!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Eileen said...

I'd love to read your Mom's story one day.
They aren't called 'The Greatest Generation' for nothing!
God Bless those good men and women who forged ahead for us.
And God Bless those that still risk all for us.

Lovely post.
All the best,

Cindy said...

Carolyn, I join you in remembering our fallen men and women, both past and present. I am so thankful for men like your dad, that they would serve our wonderful country for all of the generations to come after. Today, I am remembering, Lest We Forget. Hugs, Cindy S

Christa said...

Thank you for sharing about your mother and father. My mother is also a Dutch girl who came to America at 17 years old after marrying my Dutch Indonesian father. I love my Dutch heritage! Are you familiar with Dutch food? Croquets, salted Dutch licorice...?



DesignTies said...

This is such a wonderful tribute to your dad and mom. Thank you for sharing their story with us.

And thank you to all the soldiers and doctors and nurses and everyone else, past and present, who have risked and sacrificed their lives.


Anonymous said...

Thank you Carolyn for such a lovely post, your father was a very handsome man, and your mother is still a lovely woman and you captured your memories and gratefulness wonderfully.
Lest We Forget. xx

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

A lovely post and tribute, Carolyn! I remember both your dad and your mother. My Daddy died fourteen years ago too.


Sage said...

What a wonderful tribute on Memorual day. The picture of your dad is just like the ones I have of my 3 brothers who went to war(deceased now.) Hope your mother would sit with you to tell her story. How our world has changed since then,

June said...

What a lovely post Carolyn. What a beautiful mother...and a handsome father. I too, appreciate the sacrifice made by all our veterans.

Cottage Rose said...

What a beautiful tribute to your father.. I so enjoyed reading about your Mom and Dad and how they met. Her story I would love to read some time... Thank you for sharing;


Islandsparrow said...

I went to our Remembrance Day service this morning. My Dad was pilot in the war.

Have you ever read Journey Through The Night? A very good read about the German occupation of Holland. It's a children's book but most appropriate for ages 13 plus. Sarah and I loved it.

Lynn said...

Wonderful post. It's so important to remember those who have served our country. Also a sweet story about your parents.

nannykim said...

I so enjoyed these pics; thanks for sharing them! My youngest son(22) and his grandfather had a good celebration a day early by speaking at the JROTC at the high school!


Teri said...

Beautiful post!

I salute your father and his memory!


Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Carolyn....Beautiful post and tribute!~Patti

Carol at Serendipity said...

What a special post. Thank you for sharing the story.

May we never forget those serve so that we may be free.


Mrs Twins said...

Very interesting post Carolyn. Lovely story.
Hugs and Love Suex

Deanna said...

A sweet love story came out of this War.
I love a LOVE STORY.
God bless you,