Dear Eric, Stephanie & Gracie:
I just found this site and had to write. I am the past president of NAWIC (National Association Of Women In Construction) Chapter 335. We were privileged to be part of the team that worked on getting your home built. Our chapter acquired funds from various organizations and lighting fixtures for your home. I was privileged to meet Donna, Stephanie and Gracie. The first time I visited your new home Gracie was so excited. She marched me right into her new "room". Of course all that was there were the wall studs and her name written (painted) on the floor - that was Donna's idea.
Our chapter was invited to the key ceremony and I was so looking forward to attending. I wanted to personally thank you, pray with you and be part of that very special day. Then as fate would have it, I broke my right tibia, fibula and ankle on September 28. I had surgery on September 30 and was released from Pitt Memorial on October 2. I was determined that I would be attending your key presentation. My husband had even decided the best mode of transportatin for me would be via medical transport. Unfortunately, the mind was willing but the body was not. I know you can identify with that!
Every since then I have wondered how the Edmondson's were doing. I have new employment and we have an operation at Pamlico. Every trip down east I wonder how things are going with you and pray that God continues to bless each of you.
During my first visit Stephanie shared with me that she wasn't a great cook and that her specialties were hamburgers, pizza and spaghetti. Donna was giving her tips and pointers at the time. I hope her culinary skills have improved.
I too have ties with the military. My father was retired Air Force (20 yrs., 3 mo). He passed away May 19, 2005. My oldest son is in helicopter pilot training at Ft. Rucker AL (graduating in July) with a follow up assignment to Ft. Bragg. He was in Irag in 2005. He will be deploying to Afghanistan in October 2011.
My youngest son was in the Air Force. He served in Afghanistan in 2005 and returned as a civilian twice since then.
Yes, I'm a PROUD military mom. I applaud you and your family. Especially today, thank you for your sacrifice. May we as a country never forget our men and women that are currently fighting and those that have fought previously so that we can have the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.
God bless you, Stephanie and Gracie and your parents.