They Bleed Red So We Wear Red
Red Shirt Fridays: There are a couple of web sites out there that advocate wearing red on Fridays to show support for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m not sure exactly who is the originator of this idea in the US—I think it actually started in Canada by the wives of some Canadian troops in Afghanistan. But regardless of when or where it started, I would like to show my support for our troops by wearing red on Fridays. In fact, I’ve got a couple of Marine Corps tee-shirts I’ll be wearing. Here is a quote from

The mission of is to show support for our servicemen and women. We are not a political organization. We do not care whether or not one supports or does not support the war. We care only about making our support of our servicemen and women known to our fellow Americans and the world. We are a silent majority that does not wish to remain silent anymore. We need to let our servicemen and women know we support their sacrifice and we will not forget them and we will do this by wearing red on every Friday.

Sam’s Medical Status (from Sam’s Dad Eric):

Good Morning All!

I sincerely enjoy writing to you all and telling you of the amazing progress God is making in Sam and Erin’s lives…Yesterday, through the help of the Holy Spirit, My brother Greg, and Erin; I came to realize something rather clearly. To say Sam was not having a good day would be an understatement. He had another urinary infection, no doubt brought on by the bacteria that resided in his body that he picked up in Iraq. Although painful; I’m not sure it is worse than the meds he’s getting that make him tired, irritable, and lethargic. Wherever it comes from, he feels lousy; and more than that I believe it fatigues his morale. Erin said along about Wednesday he ceased all talking without some real coaxing on her part…Yesterday, all we could get out of him was “Hi Dad,” and a few whispered words to Erin. Whether this be intentional on his part or a result of the meds, or just because he doesn’t feel good enough for banter, is not to be our focus. My Pastor said it best, “This is not 2 steps forward and 1 back; but a step to the side, or just in place until God pushes him forward again.”

I absolutely love to be able to find something about my visits to share with you all that will edify you and lift your spirits regarding Sam’s condition. (I find great joy in this) I will continue to do so and always remember to give God thanks for his mercies and grace to Sam…BUT, even as I give no credence to bad reports, the good ones should be just a matter of fact as well. You may ask; “Well, what else is there, Eric?” Our focus should be on the unchanging and inimitable power of the Word of God. If you remember Abraham in the Old Testament, regarded not his own body and believed without failure in the word of God, and was 100 years old when Isaac was born…(I believe Sarah was 90)…God plays no favorites; what he did for Abraham, he will do for Sam; and that is a creative miracle for total restoration, or an acceleration of his own God given natural healing ability…In all love a friend of mine recently told me that Sam may be restored as much as God wants him to be; well I’m here to say that I totally reject that as an evil report, and will only entertain the thoughts that are brought under submission to Christ for his total restoration…..

Sam Agitated_5_17_08_Kentfield Soooo, as I visited with Sam yesterday; I didn’t see a young man with some physical challenges lying there, but a Son of God patiently waiting for his Heavenly Father to fulfill his promise to heal and revive his spirit, mind, and body…and you know, that brings more joy than if I had sent a picture of him gleefully loving on Erin as he did when she arrived…the picture I am sending is of Sam awake; but either too tired to keep his eyes open, unable to because of the meds, or just wanting to escape it all by shutting his eyes and retreating until he feels better…Yes, I already know it; he is handsome even on his less than stellar days…Ha!

Until next time, God is Love…Love creates Faith…God Honors Faith and it is the Only way to please him…Wow!…what a pattern he laid out for us….



7 Responses to They Bleed Red So We Wear Red

  1. Erin Nichols says:

    Just to clear up the bacteria issue, it”s actually not the bacteria from Iraq (acinetobactor) that’s causing the infections. He has had psuedomoneous in his urine since about August. It’s a highly resistant bacteria and becomes more so each time you treat it. Lately he’s had VRE, which is a strain of bacteria resistant to a specific antibiotic. Together they are beating up his urinary tract. The source of the bacteria is still unknown. In April when he was at Marin General they looked and looked and were unable to find anything like a stone or an abcess from a piece of shrapnel that might be harboring the bacteria. We have 2 infectous disease doctors banging their heads against the wall trying to figure this out.

  2. Thank you for sharing the not so good days as well as the good, We keep Sam in our thoughts and prayers and on our spiritual healing and energy work lists. we know that his healing will continue.

  3. Debbie Bickford says:

    Please continue to give us reports, we look forward to them so. I pray daily for both Sam and Erin. To Sam, you are entitled to have a bad do too. There are so many good days ahead to look forward to.
    You are both loved.

  4. Kris Abbruzzi says:

    Hey there Sam, Erin & Families –

    Stopping on by to let you all know that every single day you’re all in my thoughts and my prayers. Saying some extra prayers that the source of the bacteria is discovered and shmooshed. Erin, reading your comment – you write like a doctor, I had to look a bunch of terms up! I think maybe a class or 2 and you could be a full fledge MD!! 🙂

    Sam I do hope and pray that you are feeling better dude – hey everyone can’t be having great days all the time, eh? And like your dad says, it’s only a step sideways – NOT back – no way, uh uh! Get some rest brave hero and stay strong – you’ll be feeling better soon. No worries, Dr. Erin is on the job!! 🙂

    God bless you Sam, Erin, Tony, Eric, and everyone. Thoughts, prayers support and LOADS of Angel Hugs come your way every single day and they always will. May He shower you all with the strength, peace and comfort that you need to continue and get through this. And you will get through this – and Sam will be restored. He has to be, there are BIG plans for him!! God bless you all and giant hugs to everyone.

    – Kris, a Soldiers’ Angel from RI

  5. Aunt Tammy says:

    Hi Sam, Erin and everybody else,

    As I was driving home from work on Friday afternoon, I was listening to a national talk host on the radio. He was talking about how proud he was of the men and women who are fighting in the wars all over the world. And how we should as a nation tell the men and women in the military how proud we are of them. Then he played a song about a man who was proud to return to America and received a plot of land in Arlington Cementary. I cried. I want all the men, women and their families to know how proud my family is of these people who make sacrifices everyday so, we can enjoy the freedom we have today. So, this Memorial Day weekend the guys and I are going to the parade downtown to wave our flags and let military personal (current and retired ) how proud we are of them. And Sam, you are always at the top of our list. God Bless you.

  6. Kris Abbruzzi says:

    Just wanted to let you know Sam that you were in my thoughts and my prayers in a very special way this past weekend, being Memorial Day. I am so very thankful and even more proud and honored to be a recipient of the sweet precious Freedom and Liberty that you have given, done and sacrificed so very much for. All of our brave servicemen past and present were in my prayers this weekend in that special way, especially the heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. Kilo battery heroes Cpl. Zindars, LCpl. Lynch, Cpl. McRae, and Hospitalman (FMF) Noble and all who have given their lives for us were all in my prayers.

    Thank you all so very much. Thank you for my way of life, for my freedom. God bless each and every one of you and your families. To say a mere “Thank You” just seems so inadequate.

  7. cpl joseph moore says:

    hey sam today is the one year and i just wanted to let you guys know that never will you be forgotten and you will always be loved. FRATER INFINITAS brother

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