Right after high school, Brianna, my daughter, enlisted in the US Army. Through her junior high and high school education she was always wanting to be part of the police and military. There is that certain respect that a person in uniform gets and they get to do things that regular citizens don't get to do.

After Brianna's basic training and her first duty stations at Ft. Campbell, KY, and then Ft. Benning and three boys later, the U.S. Army finally said, "You gotta go," so with pride in my heart, tears in my eyes, and a little fear, the U.S. Army has deployed my baby girl to Kabul, Afghanistan.

She arrived at Ft. Hood, TX, last night. She has her battle buddy with her, a tough box by her side and God watching over her.

God willing, she will return home safe to our arms in February 2013. Knowing that she is in a far away land and not a few hours distance from us is really hard to imagine. Even though when she has a few minutes, hopefully, we will be able to Skype her and visit.

By the time my baby girl's deployment is done. We will all be a little older, a little wiser and a lot prouder of my daughter who is doing her part to keep us free.

So I thought I would share some pictures of my Brianna, her husband Will (who is staying behind to watch the three boys), Tre, Brandon & Elijah.

God speed baby girl! We want you home soon! And, Oh Yes! Momma Bear & I will be sending you care packages! Lots of them.

You can do your part to help our service men and women overseas by helping out a local group called U.S. Troop Care Package that sends THOUSANDS of soldier care packages to our troops every year. Help them out if you can. $10 to help send troops socks and hygiene items. Mail to U.S. Troop Care Package, P.O. Box 3445, Pasco, 99302. For more information,  call 509-521-7508.

And for my daughter your love, thoughts and prayers are a blessing and we THANK YOU!