Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mission complete

The death of Usama Bin Laden was definitely an emotional day for me. I finally felt like I had some closure. This horrible man who was the mastermind of the murders of so many innocent people on 9/11 and the military men and women who lost their lives fighting this war on terrorism has finally had his day of judgement. Before he left for Afghanistan, Rob looked at me and said “We will hunt Bin Laden, we will find him and we WILL bring him to justice”. Through bravery, determination, and endless perserverance, our US soldiers did hunt him, did find him, and DID bring him to justice. I’m sure most parents had a hard time explaining UBL’s death to their children. This was not the case in our house. We had a magnet on our fridge at one time that had a photo of UBL stating “Wanted dead or Alive” with a monetary award listed on it. Eva used to ask who this man was. I told her it was a very bad man. She asked “The bad man who killed daddy?” Well, in all actuality, yes. So, every time she would walk by the fridge she would say “This is the bad man who killed daddy. He’s not nice.” So, I decided to take down that magnet. But the morning after the news broke of UBL’s death, this is the conversation I had with Julia: “Julia, do you remember that magnet we had on the fridge of the bad man?” “Yes.” “Well, the soldiers finally found him and now he is no longer on this Earth or able to hurt anyone ever again.” “I’m sure daddy and God helped with that.” Again, she never ceases to amaze me with her insight and wisdom. ☺ Although UBL is gone, I’m still very nervous about the aftermath effects of this. This is far from over. I continue to pray that every service man and woman fighting this war makes it home to their families safe and sound. I am so proud of each and every one of them. So, Rob, you can stop rolling in your grave now. Justice has been served. Your mission is complete. I love you.


Lisa J. said...

Dena, when I heard the news of UBL's death I thought of Rob and his sacrifice (and yours) made in furtherance of this mission. We are relieved to have Usama bin Laden no longer able to pose any threat to others. We know the war on terrorism is far from over, but the accomplishment of this objective is significant. Thanks for posting your thoughts and Julia's observations on this important event. Best wishes to you always!

Papa Ray said...


Papa Ray

The Bender Bunch said...

Dena, beautifully said. We love you girls so much and know there isn't a day still that goes by that you aren't thought of by thousands! We continue to wrap you in our warm embrace, even from miles away. God Bless you all.

Heather said...

I, too, am so relieved to have this evil man wiped from the face of the Earth and I know he is not keeping Rob company in Heaven. Rather, he is in Hell, where evil resides.

Your girls are so lucky to have a mom who is so open and willing to help them understand the happenings in our world. What happened on Sunday directly affects them and your family. Rob's mission was to protect our country, and he did that so well. I am sure he helped on this mission too, the guiding light for those brave men entering that compound.

God's Blessings to you and your girls. Rob can rest easy now!

Heather in Helena, MT

Maggie45 said...

Dena, thank you for this. You are a remarkable woman, and it's looking like your and Rob's girls are becoming just like you. You and your girls and of course Rob are still on my daily prayer list, and will continue to be.

Always Appropriate Laughter said...

Hello, I'm just scanning through the blogs and came across yours. As a prior military servicemember and a spouse to an active duty service member I thank you and your family for all that you have done for our country.

Your heartfelt post is very touching and it just amazes me how children can cope and understand in situations like this.

Again, thank you and best wishes to you and your family.

gusDon said...

Osama was already supposed to be dead from the first, but is politically intelligence was held and did not immediately make it complete!
I got the info is like that, because if he was quickly arrested, it would be difficult for politicians to get additional funding to progress against the terrorists more like him...
Nice note!

Anonymous said...

May our Almighty and benevolent God continue to bless you and your girls!
You 3 are no doubt an inspiration to many. And know that even on the bad days that inevitably come and go, know we have a Redeeming Savior who no doubt has Rob safe with Him!

God Bless you all,
A Fellow Soldier