Our life was thrown into a spiral on Sept.21 and it continued to travel that course for 2 months after.
|My sweet sorrowful niece.|
This is just one of the thousands of stories, to some it was just the daily headline, but to nine families and countless relatives and friends it is a day that will remain with them forever. My sister in law Danielle Baldwin and her four young children were one of those families effected by the horror of Tuesday September 21, 2010. That was the day a helicopter carrying her husband, LTC Robert F. Baldwin and eleven other men crashed in Afghanistan. Rob and eight others lost their lives on that day. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, there were many in attendance.....he had died a hero and we mourn the loss.
|Danielle has such strength|
I have tried to write many times...I had many drafts saved, but it just seemed so unimportant, I would start and never finish. When we got home from Arlington, we tried to fall back into our daily routine. I had a hard time when it was quiet, my thoughts would wonder to Rob, to Danielle, the kids and all those left behind in the wake of the tragic event. The poor men, left behind to pick up the pieces and having to continue to serve and complete their mission as if nothing had happen. I prayed Danielle would have the strength and energy to be the full time mother, as she had been before. Things would never be the same.
|Daddy making cookies with the family|