I have a profound respect for our troops. I’m in awe of their sacrifices and immeasurable strength. I’m equally in awe of the strength of their families. I look at my children and I can’t imagine having to be apart from them. Seeing these families reunited is hard to watch without tears. However, its necessary to watch so that we get even a small glimpse into the ultimate sacrifices they make for their families and for you and me. In the chaos of everyday life, in the struggles of parenthood, in the midst of the craziness that we sometimes want to escape, remember their sacrifice. That should be enough of a reminder to love the beautiful mess of motherhood just a little more deeply and to hold your babies everyday, as there are many who can only love from a distance.