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#21 Michal Costner

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 07:04 PM

I am now 30, Daniel is 31, and our children are 7 and 4. I love my family dearly, but sometimes it feels like I'm a single parent with Daniel away so much for his job in the military. He has been deployed for just under two months when I received a letter in the mail.

My worst nightmare. Dear Mrs. Finley, we regret to inform you... I didn't get past the first sentence before tears blured my vision. Daniel was been killed in the line of duty. Family and friends come by and comfort my family, and I stay strong for my children, but I'm heartbroken. My other half is gone.

Just a week after I heard the news of Daniel's death, I got another unexpected piece of news--but this time it's good. I'm just about two months pregnant. I burst into bittersweet tears, feeling that this child is a blessing but also knowing that his/her father will never get to see him/her.

I stayed strong, refusing to let myself go in the direction of depression. I love my children fiercely and would never let myself put anything before them, even if it was my own feelings. About seven months after I found out about my pregnancy, I gave birth to a seemingly healthy baby. As you held my newborn close, crying with joy and with sorrow that Daniel couldn't be there, the doctors checked the baby's vitals. He is crying like a normal baby, and opening his eyes, but something seemed different.

After a further examination it appears that the baby was born blind. I felt awful, as if it was my fault for not having a safer pregnancy, though the doctors assured me there was nothing I could have done about it. It had something to do with genetics, and then I remembered one of my uncles was born blind. I still love the baby to the moon and back regardless, and my other children do too, though they became fiercely protective of him, as I suspect they will be for the rest of their lives. It warmed my heart to see how much the siblings love each other--that they really appreciate those they have because they know how quickly someone can be gone, even at their young ages.

The Finley Family:

DBF: Daniel Augustus(KIA)

DGF: Georgia Alice

DD: Ava Sofia

DS: Elliot Josiah

DS: William Alexander

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 08:58 AM

Annabel Juliet Sutton Finley (me)
Peter Cassius Finley (my late husband)

Ashton Jacob Alistair Finley (our firstborn, a son)
Price Henry Nathaniel Finley (our second child, a son)
Kay Amelia Charlotte Finley (our third child, a daughter)

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 04:25 PM

The Carter Family
Scarlett Carter (Connelly) {30}
Julian Magnus Carter {31}
-Soldier [U.S. Marines]

DS: Azariah Michael Carter {7}
DS: Russell Josiah Carter {4}
DD: Cecily Love Carter {nb}

Scarlett w/ Aza, Russ, & Cici.

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 08:50 PM

DW: Delilah Juliet Blake (nee Sanford) {30}

*Bookstore manager who writes books on the side

DH: Adam Julius Blake {31}

*US Air Force

*Killed in LIne of Duty at age 31

DS: Alexander Michael Blake {7}

DS: Elliot Nathaniel Blake {4}

DD: Margaret Elizabeth Blake {NB}

Lila Blake

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 11:44 AM

Sadie Flora Riley (30)

Aiden David Riley (7)
Elliot Louis Riley (4)
Cecily May Riley (nb)

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