7.03.2012

to those who serve


To the mother that held her son for the last time,


to the mother whose son was returned to her, broken.


To the daughter who will grow up without her father,


to the young man whose mind was marred by the tragedy of war.


To the father that missed the first year of his baby's life,


to the grandfather shattered with grief.


To the sister whose brother paid the ultimate price for his country,


to the men and women that give selflessly,


Thank you.

28 comments:

Mandy@ a sorta fairytale said...

This is beautiful!! Thank you!

Jess said...

Beautiful, as always, Karli. Such perfect exposure to get such gorgeous color in the flag, especially backlit like that.

(And somebody shut the front door. Mark III, girl?)

Naomi said...

This has me a little emotional but it has been that kind of day. Amazing photos Karli! Amazing!

Sarah Halstead said...

WOW! Love these!!! You are so amazing!!

Cropped Stories said...

What a beautiful post! Gorgeous pictures! Have a great 4th!

Natalie said...

Beautiful words to go with your beautiful photos. I love the light shining through the flag. Stunning.

Kat said...

what an absolutely beautiful post and gorgeous shots. Happy 4th.

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

WOW- this is one amazing post!!!! Thank you for putting it together. The images & the message- gives one deep pause.

Frida said...

What a wonderful tribute!

Mom of M&Ms said...

Great post... Loved being in Lincoln..love being back in Nebraska...

Kristal said...

Girl... you motivate me to try new things. How do you come up with these ideas? I think the heat {and no a/c} has fried my brain lately.

Eva said...

Gorgeous photos.

And well said!

Happy 4th!

sfcitymom said...

this is just beautifully done. thank you.
-adel

Kara said...

GORGEOUS photos! Love them. The sun flares are just.. beautiful. and I am dying over the silhouette-ish ones! So sweet. Happy 4th!!

Andrea said...

Amen, and thank you! Beautiful, Karli. Just beautiful.

Liza said...

Welcome from all of us! Love these, you know!!

karren said...

Well, now I'm sitting here in a flood of tears! I love the last one and all of them are AMAZING!
BEST 4th pics I have ever seen!

Tenille said...

I am full of tears!!! This was such an awesome post...just beautiful!!!
Love the pics!!!

Marvett Smith said...

What a beautiful post! Your images and your words! LOVE!

Brooke said...

Beautiful pictures, and a beautiful post coming from a beautiful person! I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July!

alicia said...

These are fantastic! I need a smaller flag. lol. I tried this and was not half as successful. Bravo. And props to the little guy for being so willing. :)

alicia said...

Beautifully said.

Diana said...

As a military family, I cannot even begin to tell you have special this post is to me. Thank you so much.

Michelle Reed said...

Oh, my.

1. I'm crying tears. What an insanely beautiful tribute!!! Our military/law enforcement personnel hold a special place in my heart for what they're willing to do for us - and this is so my heart too! yes, THANK YOU!!!

2. Oh my word! Did you read my mind??? I saw some cool pics of kids holding flags and wondered if I could get one of my nieces/nephews to help me out (didn't happen. bummer!) But I'll just enjoy yours instead!!!

3. GASP! You changed your slideshow header!!! (I'm prob way behind times and that's old news now!) Love it!! Although I had to giggle -- the bonnie five sure seems to mostly be the bonnie one. LOL!!! Maybe it's cause TT is just way too cute!!!

4. So you left a comment on Jill's blog where N was sad cause her siblings were stealing the show, and how TT had a similar reaction -- um, share, please??? LOL!!!

5. These images are exposed/composed so beautifully!!! I'm melting at the light, the color, the emotions..... Seriously, can I grow up to be you, please??? LOL!

6. Miss you!!

xoxo
Chell

jess@notyouraveragemommy.com said...

This gave me chills.
What a beautiful tribute!

Carrie said...

Absolutely beautiful tribute! I love this.

Jeska said...

This is soo wonderful and it gave me chills. You are amazing.

Life with Kaishon said...

You came to mind today and I just wanted you to know I thought of and prayed for you and your family this morning. Hope you are doing well! Love, Becky