This Friday Favorite is my thanksgiving that Major Paul Krattiger gets to spend Memorial Day with his wife and daughters. Like every other military family, each member of their family has sacrificed. Although they're human, I've never heard them complain. They have something many people lack these days: honor. Paul and Alison are some of the best human beings I know. (You know those friends who make you want to be a better person?) They love their life together--even when it's apart.
|I swiped this pic from Alison's Facebook page. It was called "Let's finish this!"|
I met Alison while we attended OU and have been blessed with our friendship ever since. Although we don't see each other often, she's one of those people to whom I've always felt connected. And Paul? They make the perfect pair. It wouldn't surprise me if everyone feels as Garrett and I do about them.
When we lived in NJ, Paul and Alison were at West Point and delivered their first born within a week of our arrival. They were the first non-hospital people to meet Max.We were so lucky to have such great friends nearby. We shared Easter dinner with them. We traveled to Philadelphia when I was pregnant with Max (and not much of a good traveler, but they didn't complain). They attended my surprise baby shower at Lady Mendl's tea room.
We're pretty sure this moment is the reason Max prefers older women.
|Max receives his "first" kiss|
They've moved a couple of other places since West Point. They were blessed with another beautiful daughter. Paul was deployed. And now he is home.
This weekend, please remember all the men and women who died in service to our country.
|The Krattiger family reunited|
|Doesn't this pic say it all?|
|May they live happily ever after!|
The moments above were captured by Photography by Kim Paine. Click here to see even more. Caution: I fight tears each time I do. If you're in the Colorado Springs area, you should hire her!