LOVE YOU MORE THAN YOU KNOW
Mothers’ Stories About Sending Their Sons and Daughters to War
by Janie Reinart and Mary Anne Mayer
$14.95 • paperback • 240 pages
In these stories, 45 mothers of U.S. service men and women open their hearts and share what it feels like when your son or daughter leaves home to fight a war.
Some were stunned when they learned that their “baby” had enlisted. Others had long been familiar with military life. But all of these mothers knew their world had just changed the day their child called home and said, “Mom, I’m being deployed . . .”
They discovered the strange mix of pride and fear. The anxiety of not knowing exactly where in Iraq or Afghanistan your son is, whether your daughter is facing mortar fire or enduring heat and boredom. Elation at the arrival of the briefest postcard or email message. The daily dread, when returning home from work or a trip to the grocery store, of seeing a government car in the driveway and two soldiers at the door . . .
Anyone who reads their stories will admire their faith and courage–and better understand the sacrifices made by our U.S. service men and women and their families.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book will be donated to ReMIND.org, a Bob Woodruff Foundation initiative for injured service members and their families. The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund will also receive donations.
About Janie Reinart
A storyteller, educator, and freelance writer, Janie seeks ways to give people a voice to tell their own stories through prose and poetry. She and her husband, Ed, are grateful for their five children and grandchildren. Most weekends, you will find Janie praying and singing with the choir at Holy Angels Catholic Church.
Janie’s chapter,”Boots to Ground”in Love You More Than You Know, won second place in the National Federation of Press Women’s 2010 Communications Contest in the category of a chapter/essay in a nonfiction book. Her chapter won first place in the Ohio Professional Writer’s Communications Contest.
Janie’s blog Love You More Than You Know is a finalist for the 2012 Milbloggies (6th Annual) Best U.S. Military Parent Blog Award.
About Mary Anne Mayer
Mary Anne and her husband, Stan, reside in Medina, Ohio—a long way from Fort Greely, Alaska, where she was an army wife. Committed to the arts, Mary Anne enjoys teaching and co-directing junior high plays and musicals at St. Francis Xavier School. She and Stan have three children and delight in being grandparents.
CNN Exclusive with Barbara Starr
I was looking at your blog today and I wanted to share with you a CNN exclusive with Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr and producer Brian Vitagliano who travelled to the front lines of Afghanistan to document “The Journey Home” of wounded U.S. troops.
Thank you for the link. Barbara Starr helps us all to remember
what our troops are sacrificing every day.
PS I sent you an email.
I’ve been back in Iraq now working private security since 2008. I was just wondering if Mrs. Mayer could get in touch with me regarding her son. I’ve lost contact with Stanley over the last few years. I was in his platoon. I’ve seen Jeff Schuller as recently as 2009, but haven’t heard anything from anyone about Stan. Shoot me an email @ Jacobarnett@ymail.com or have Stan email me…Thanks!
I will forward your note to Mary Anne. I am the blogger. Take good care of yourself. Janie
It was a pleasure meeting you and hearing the stories you shared from your book. A very emotional evening. I’m thankful for all the young men and women and their families that make this country a wonderful place to live by their unflinching sacrifices. Their stories make me feel so humble by what they do everyday without question. May God bless all our servicemen and women, past and present. Thank you also for your dedication to our military and their families. Thanks, Kimberly
Thank you so much for coming and sharing the picture of your son! What a handsome young man! I will continue to hold Khalid and you in my prayers.
Thank him for his service and wish him a Happy Veteran’s Day! I will repeat your prayer: May God bless all of our servicemen and woman, past and present!
Thanks for stopping by My Yellow Ribbon, a fellow nominee for this year’s Milbloggies. I’d love to do a guest entry for your site and would use my first article from November 2010, http://my-yellow-ribbon.blogspot.com/p/my-yellow-ribbon-story-by-soldiers.html. I’d be happy to do the same for you and your site and/or book as well. Best wishes in the Milbloggies!
Yeah! I will post your article. You rock! Best of luck to you in the Milbloggies!
I think I am subscribed now, but please email me the link once it’s posted. email@example.com. Thanks!
Just s short note to let you know how very touched I am by not only your book, but by the recent post you shared about your son getting married. I am sending along prayers for a lifetime of abundant blessings for the happy couple…and for you, who has been a great comfort to me during our boy’s deployment. Thank you and may God continue to bless you.
Dearest Ranch Wife,
Your reply made me tear up. Thank you for your kind words and blessings. Prayers continue for you and your dear son during his deployment. Love Janie