Adopt a Soldier

Sam’s Medical Status:

As I’ve said in the past, Erin is very playful with Sam when she is talking to him. Today she asked Sam to give her a kiss, and he pursed his lips for her. And of course, the two love birds kissed! I asked her if this was just a coincidence, and she said he did it a few times for her.

He still has periods of deep sleep where he doesn’t really respond to anything, as would any person that was really asleep. But in his periods of ??? awakeness, he is getting pretty animated. Another amazing thing he did today was when his father was leaving the room for the day—Erin asked him to say good-by and he moved all the fingers in his hand in a wave movement. Erin picked up his arm and asked him to do it again and he did.

Last week he was just barely moving a few fingers just about a 1/2 inch when we asked him…and then it was only after about 30 to 45 seconds. Now, he is responding within seconds of being asked.

soldier's angel emblem

Adoption Opportunity: I had coffee with two ladies in my church choir last week and they were both very excited to tell me that they are “adopting a soldier” after reading about this wonderful program sponsored by Soldier’s There are still ways in which you can make a difference by supporting one of the many charities that help take care of our troops in Afghanistan or Iraq. Here is an excerpt from the Soldier’s Angel on-line forum:

Hey All,
Today on Soldiers’ Angels Forum, Patti put out a call for Angels. It seems they have 120 new soldiers up for adoption and only 40 Angels on their waiting list for approval. Some of you expressed and interest in adopting another soldier. Here is the forum link it has great stuff on it! Many Angels don’t even know about it so I thought I’d give you the link:

soldier's angels main menu If you’re interested in adopting a Soldier or Marine, go this this web site: Soldier’s and click on “Adopt a Soldier”. You can also set up an account to make monthly donations or make a one time donation.

This organization is so aptly named. Our families are living proof of the incredible work of this charity. We have had countless trips by family members that have been paid for by Soldier’s Angels. They not only pay for the trips to and from Washington DC from Sacramento, they make all the arrangements for us. All we have to do is call the Marine Liaison office at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center and tell them what we need, and they call Soldier’s Angels who make all of the flight arrangements for us and send the itinerary back to the Marines who forward it on to the family member.

“If anybody is wondering: Where are the young idealist? Where are the people willing to devote themselves to causes larger than themselves? They are in uniform in Iraq, straddling the divide between insanity and order.”

David Brooks – NY Times


5 Responses to Adopt a Soldier

  1. Lisa Filbert says:

    I want to back up Mr. Neria’s call for Soldier’s Angels. I’ve previously been an Angel, and I’ve recently adopted a new soldier in Iraq. Adopting a soldier through this orginization is such a great way to support the troops and make a new friend. Most of the soldiers out there are just like Sam, they are young and far away from everyone and everything they love, it really makes their day just to get a piece of mail. I know from experience what a thrill it is to recieve mail when on a long deployment, it really makes you feel special knowing that somone is thinking of you. So please, please, adopt a soldier today. If you think you won’t be able to keep up, get an office pool together and adopt a soldier, that way your soldier gets mail from all kinds of people. All it takes is a little bit of effort to make someone’s deployment that much easier.

  2. We know who holds the key to victory here, and we will not surrender our Faith…this news today proves one thing that ” A Kiss is NOT Just a Kiss”, and As Time Goes By, there WILL be many more Kisses…Thanks be to God!

    2Ti 1:12
    For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

  3. Chris Sheler says:

    Sam’s progress is amazing. I think he will come out of the coma soon. God is working. Sam and Erin, you are always in our prayers.

    God Bless,

  4. Liz Finberg-Timmerman says:

    Wow, I am so happy to hear about Sams improvement. I am so proud of Erin, being so strong and helping Sam everyday to a full and speedy recovery. I almost wept for joy after reading this blog. I will keep praying every day. I love you guys! God bless.

  5. Lee & Karin Grutchfield says:

    All the folks at North Ridge Country Club are praying for Sam and Erin and their families. We will follow Sam’s recovery through his brother, Donny Nichols, who works at our club, and through this site. We thank you all for the sacrifices made on our behalf through Sam’s service to our country. God’s healing power is at work.

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