On Sunday, our family got the worst news imaginable. Our oldest son was killed in action in Iraq on 10 December. Apparently he was a gunner on an up-armored humvee on a late night combat patrol in Baghdad when they were struck by an IED. Believe me, there's nothing worse in this world than having an Army colonel and chaplain show up at your door. No -- I take that back. What's worse is going upstairs to tell your wife.
He was a tremendous patriot doing what he dreamed of doing his whole life. He was a paratrooper and lived life to the fullest. Words can't do justice to the devastation to the family, but faith is carrying us.
If you have kids, don't waste a moment -- savor every minute of time you have with them.