Friday, February 17, 2012

fresh ink

Special guest post by Lawman

In late September 2011, I was told I would be deploying to Afghanistan. An all expenses paid, 1 year trip. I love my country and would do anything for it.

I have always thought about a tattoo but never really knew what I would get if I were to get one. In October I came home from drill weekend with the National Guard and had it all figured out. There are three things that I feel very strongly about - - my God, my Country, and my Girls. I had made up my mind, I was going to get a tattoo.

Last Friday I spent 4 hours at the tattoo parlor. Nancy and one of the girls came down to check on me while I was in the chair. It was uncomfortable. Ok, it hurt. I hate to admit that being the alpha male that I am but that's the truth of the matter.

The cross represents my God and the sacrifice He made for me. The flag, my country and the freedoms I have.  The names of my girls are a reminder of my family. It's located near my heart as a reminder of the love we share.

I'm just over 90 days out from the date I report for duty.  Once you receive word you'll soon be deploying, you begin to see the daily things with a different perspective. Every minute counts. Every thing matters.

I ask that you remember those that serve this great country. They are every day people - - just like you. Just like me.

I got my tat. My one. My only.


Wren said...

I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for your service. I'll be keeping you and your family close in my prayers..

Sharon said...

Wow. I'm not a fan of tattoos, but I LOVE yours. I'm a HUGE fan of service men too. You (and your beautiful girls) will be in my prayers the whole time.

Thank you so much for what you do. I will never forget it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, so great to hear Dale's voice :) Your tattoo is just perfect. So symbolic of what is important to you.

Thank you. I'll be praying for you and the 3 blondes.

Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

Ouch! lol! :) I like it...and everything that it represents. You are a blessed man. Thank you Dale for giving of yourself for our country...for your family and for's good to see true dedication. Thank you will continue to be in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for serving your country. I pray for you and your family and hope you return safely to your girls as soon as possible.

Years ago my husband served in Desert Storm - we weren't married at the time, and I was always so impressed with how the wives and mom's held things together at home. I wish all of you well and again thank you from the bottom of my heart for serving our country by choice.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Love ya!

~Carla~ said...

Love it!! :) God bless you & yours!

Sarah H. said...

Looks good, Dale! I wish you all the best in your deployment. You will represent America well, and those of us back here who know and love your family will be happy to help keep them busy in your absence.