So we had a rough week. We found out that our second IUI didn't work and a baby isn't happening for us in the next 9 months. I didn't take it as gracefully as one would hope, so Jared and I decided to just take it easy this weekend. The History Channel had a Band of Brothers marathon that we decided to watch (especially since there are no Pampers commercials to cry about on the history channel). I now love this series and it has inspired my grateful Sunday for this week.
I am so grateful for history, that we can study it and learn from it. Since around 6th grade I have had an interest in WWII (as morbid as it sounds). I have read many books about the war, the Holocaust, etc. but I have always wondered how war actually works. You always hear the location of the war, the casualties, the living conditions- but I never could invision what the actual battle looked like. I feel like I have a better understanding of what they went through on the daily basis.
I am so grateful for the people who have not only fought for our freedom, but also for the freedom of others. It was so touching to listen to the first hand experiences of the actual men who fought in the war. Their immediate goal was to protect themselves and who they were fighting next to, but they all fought for the greater cause. We have people who are doing the same thing for us right now.
Finally, this show made me realize how blessed my life is. There is a part in the movie near the end that really hit me hard. Throughout the entire series you are blown away by the horrific experiences these young men are going through. Then at the end, they stumble across a concentration camp where the guards have fled. The American soldiers are not even aware that such camps exist. They open the gates, and the prisoners rush over to them. An older male prisoner comes up to a young soldier and begins to sob and kiss him on the cheeks. I could see on the soldiers' faces exactly what I was feeling. I have NOTHING to complain about. Jared and I were talking about it, and he said every hard thing that we have been through in our entire lives combined does not even compare to 10 minutes of what these prisoners experienced. I have an amazing life and I am so blessed.
I have put a video clip below (hopefully it will show up). It shows a few scenes that I have written about. There are a few bodies in the background at the end, since it is a very realistic reinactment (just a warning).