Friday, December 4, 2020

From sacrifice to celebration for military family

Spring 2011.

Spring 2011.

By Marilyn Honahan

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails. Corinthians 13:4-8a (New International Version)

This is the quote that Navy Command Master Chief, Chris Aldis, has requested be part of the Renewal of Vows that Coastal Breeze News is planning for him and his wife Paula on Marco Island on September 24. Thus far, Coastal Breeze News has received many offers of help and support for this most deserving couple from local residents and various businesses on Marco. Chris will be returning from Afghanistan a few days before coming to Marco Island with Paula and their two adopted children, Tyler and Kari.

In a recent letter from Chris, he tells us that

Chris, Paula, Kari & Tyler.

Chris, Paula, Kari & Tyler.

he and Paula have shared this kind of love throughout their 20 year marriage and that recognizing that their Love comes from God is very important to them. He went on to state that the sacrifices his family has had to make have made them who they are. He had to cut his correspondence to us short as he had to leave to travel to the battleground and visit one of their units who he said had been in a tough fight recently in their area of operations. When we suggested that he and his comrades were heroes, he stated, “I have a hard time with people thinking I’m a hero when I get to meet with, walk with, talk with and look into the eyes of the real heroes each day. Most of them are between the ages of 18 and 25 and are responsible for more than 99% of our population could ever handle. Yet they do their jobs with honor, courage and
Chris with Warriors.

Chris with Warriors.

commitment each and every day and ask for nothing in return.”

When we recently spoke to Paula, who was without electricity on their base in North Carolina after Hurricane Irene, she said that the hardest part for her was doing everything without her partner. She is an amputee due to complications of childhood diabetes and struggles to be both mother and father to her Tyler and Kari in their father’s absence. She said that they have had a strong marriage and that “Chris completes me and has made me who I am. My friends tell me that I am able to handle anything and nothing holds me back. I owe it all to the support I get from such a loving and supportive husband.”

Coastal Breeze News, once again asks that anyone wishing to, may join us on the beach at Marco Beach Ocean Resort at 11 AM September 24 to support and celebrate this most deserving family. Please let us know if you plan on attending, contact Marilyn Honahan at marilyn@coastalbreezenews.com

 

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