I chose this photo of my dad to send you because it is one of the few that has been taken in the last several months of our family somewhat together. This is because Dad is serving in Afghanistan. I am so proud of him because he is keeping our country safe from terrorists. I also chose this photo to show what I love the most about my dad which is his sense of humor. Even though he works 12 hours a day, every day he is always positive and in a good mood. He makes the entire family laugh.
When he is in Afghanistan, he has a tradition of growing his beard as long as he can. Normally, he is clean shaven and does not have a beard. In this photo he braided it. He likes to tease my mom about it. She says "I am not kissing you until you shave as soon as you get home!" So they go back and forth and the whole family laughs.
Thank you, Dr Laura, for allowing me to do send you this. It makes me feel better to be able to share our family's sacrifice and I know you respect and admire our military.