As Christmas rapidly approaches, I don't necessarily have 'visions of sugar-plums' dancing in my head, but I am getting very excited at the prospects of being reunited with treasured loved ones. Our daughter, Emily, will finally be back home and Aunt Nancy from Chicago will be with us as well. It promises to be an exceptionally special Holiday Season!
One of the things that I particularly appreciate about living here in Kitsap County WA is being part of such a large and valued military community. The Kitsap Peninsula is home to Naval Base Kitsap, comprised of installations in Bremerton, Bangor, and Keyport - including the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bangor Subase, and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. Many of my most enjoyable past clients have been active or retired military.
Many times, we tend to take our freedom and liberties for granted. Regardless of your own personal opinions or attitudes regarding the War in Iraq, we all owe a tremendous debt of thanks and gratitude to the men and women in uniform who willingly and selflessly sacrifice so much in order for us to have 'so' much. These brave and dedicated protectors spend their Christmas Holidays far from home and family so that the rest of us have the blessing and good fortune to do so.
So as Christmas Day approaches, I extend a personal, heartfelt "Thanks!" to the men and women of our Armed Forces. To all of you, have a very Merry Christmas, and God Bless Us, Everyone!