My family. My Country.

May 13, 2008

#Life#The Flinger Family

This one is for my Brother-In-Law who was deployed on May 3rd. This is the only website he can get to for a piece of home. Apparently group websites like flickr, myspace, facebook and twitter are off limits but blogs about farting and being driven crazy by two small children are a-ok. Who knew?

A lot of people talk about supporting our troops but wish we’d spend less on our military. A lot of people say they love our country but vow to vote in someone who will take the last bits of what makes us unique away. A lot of people want to thank the people who fight to keep us the United States Of America but don’t know how.

Here’s your chance.


I thought I’d donate one dollar per comment here to their family to help offset the cost of living. My Brother-In-Law has a second job to help pay for his family of four, including his new 5 month old daughter. He works at two full time jobs, one for the Air Force and one for a movie theater. While he’s away, he suspends his work at his second job, forgoing that pay, to serve his country.


Are you teary yet? No?

The families of these men and women living on base, being a community together, working toward a common goal are heroes, people with children, people like you and me. Only better. I saw moms I could relate to but who had a much stronger spirit than I could hope to obtain. Moms whose children would watch their dads go off to war. Moms who would give baths alone. Moms who would read the bedtime stories, tuck in the children, make the lunches, and get up to feed the baby alone. They do it because they love their husbands and because they love their country and because they have a pride a lot of people can not fathom.

And I had a hard time not seeing my husband and baby boy for four days? I can not imagine four months.

Splish Splash

Me n My Niece

So, to my brother-in-law, thank you so very much for taking care of us. For being an awesome Dad to my nieces, for standing by my sister, for serving our country, for having a pride that separates you from the crowd. Thank you for everything you do and know we’re all here loving and appreciating and admiring you.

All of us and my muffin top

And for every comment here, I’m giving one dollar to help the family. Here’s your chance to support our troops, y’all.

With much love and many more videos and photos to come:

Mrs. Flinger, your sister.


  1. I’ll play along! my husband is in the army reserves and has someone managed to avoid being deployed lo these 3 1/2 years. only 2 1/2 to go (insert superstitious practice here). with 6-18 month deployments, it’s a wonder *any* family survives having a parent gone for so long, let alone those who are short an income while mommy or daddy is away! we’re proud of you, too, brother-in-law and sister!

    By sarah gilbert on 2008 05 13

  2. Super idea. I was going to say “Splendid idea” but that sounded nerdy, so I said “Super”...turns out that is dorky, too!!!

    I hope you get hundreds of comments on this post!

    By Paloma Lisa on 2008 05 13

  3. Now I’m all inspired and in awe and weepy and what not.
    You never cease to amaze.

    By rachel on 2008 05 13

  4. What a great thing to do. I couldn’t image being away from my family for that long. Or missing my husband or dad for that long. It’s truly amazing what our soldiers endure to protect us.

    By Christine on 2008 05 13

  5. My sister and her husband are both in the army.  I could not do it, but am thankful for those who serve.

    By Angella on 2008 05 13

  6. these people are my heroes(and not in that cheesy way it came out).

    I cannot imagine having to be that strong.

    By Mackenzie's Momma on 2008 05 14

  7. I’ll be praying for your sis and brother-in-law. I can’t even imagine what it is like.
    My cousin went to Iraq. He has been back about a year now…

    By hilary on 2008 05 14

  8. Fabulous post!

    Thanks to him for keeping me safe!

    By margbm2 on 2008 05 14

  9. For the families, and for your awesome brother-in-law!

    By Carrie on 2008 05 14

  10. So can we only leave one comment?

    Stories like this make me cry because I know first hand what each of these families feels (I am reminded of my own overwhelming emotions each time I see and hear these stories).

    Take care “brother in law” of Mrs. Flinger and know that everyone is thinking of you and wishing you a quick and safe return.

    By SJSFalter on 2008 05 14

  11. I have many people I love who have deployed, so this just makes my heart (And eyes) full.

    By Loralee on 2008 05 14

  12. Tell him “thank you for his service” from me please!

    By VHMPrincess on 2008 05 14

  13. My husband just returned home from a 13 month deployment. We got paid extra while he was gone..they don’t? I’m confused by that whole thing because usually you get family separation pay and hazardous duty pay..then there’s the per diem they get when they get home and so forth. I would think it’d make up for the money he wasn’t bringing in from his second job…but perhaps I’m wrong? Perhaps I’m wrong.

    By Abby on 2008 05 14

  14. Count me in. This is awesome! smile

    By Frances on 2008 05 14

  15. I am always astounded by the bravery of soldiers and their family.  There is so much strength in making the choice to fight for your country.  I am forever greatful.

    By Stephanie on 2008 05 14

  16. Very Touching!

    By Brandi on 2008 05 14

  17. Fantastic post!  And nothing like makin’ someone else pull a dollar out of their pocket for a good cause. wink

    By Amie on 2008 05 14

  18. god bless your brother and his family. i hope they all know how much we the people truly appreciate what they do. a while back i put a care package together http://www.anysoldier.com/

    i think it is time to do another one !!

    By feener on 2008 05 14

  19. My husband and I were both in the Army and he was deployed for 6 months when our first child was 2 weeks old.  It was hard, to say the least.  I know what your family is going through and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Brother-in-Law, I’m praying for your safe and speedy return home!

    By Jessica @ A Bushel and a Peck on 2008 05 14

  20. I think this is wonderful.  They will be in my prayers!

    By Jen on 2008 05 14