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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Hard Path of Duty

Encouragement is something the trainees at Basic need. The Drill Sergeants, Recruiters and Military families that have done Basic will let you know, the trainees love receiving mail and encouragement.

I am reading a book about Abraham Lincoln, who happens to be Sam's favorite President. I have been able to share many quotes from the book with Sam in my letters to him.

Here is one I thought we all could use .. the daily news, the constant storms in life and in the weather .. sometimes you feel all out of steam. After reading this advice from Abraham Lincoln, I smiled and said to myself, keep on keeping on .. do what you can to make your neighborhood, community and family feel loved. Do not let the WORLD get you down. Keep your eye set on the goal and the dreams you have.

Abraham Lincoln was asked the best advice to give a young person. Lincoln looked to his own life, remembered how hard he had worked as a young frontiersman, and said, "It is much for the young to know that treading the hard path of duty .. will be noticed and will lead to high places."  Lincoln talked much about the "hard path of duty." It meant not only working hard to help others, to support your family, to live a life of integrity, no matter how hard it might be at times. For Lincoln, being ambitious, achieving things, and acquiring material wealth was not enough. The "hard path of duty" meant to be responsible and do what you had to do, not just what you felt like doing. 

At times we feel like crawling in that hole and saying "Forget It" .. but we are and can be LIGHT needed for just that moment.

As our Nation prepares for another hurricane, I send prayers and love to all.

We did receive a bulletin from Fort Jackson where Sam is stationed for Basic training. 
The base is preparing for high winds and lots and lots of rain.


  1. I have been praying for Sam's safety and health. You are such a wonderful mom! To read this book, and send him quotes from it! Especially knowing how he felt about Lincoln. I think you are both so blessed to have each other.

  2. Ass Carla that is definitely inspiring. I'm sure this is a hard time for you. I hope that Sam stays safe and knows what a wonderful Mom he has.

  3. Carla, you are such an inspirational mom. Sam is so very lucky to have a mom like you. Prayers for Sam's safty and for courage to stay on the right path.
    Hugs, Julia

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  5. Carla you are such a great mom. Sam is going to do so well with this career path with how you raised him to be a good man in life. I love that you are sending him the quotes. Praying that he basic training continues to go well.

  6. This is a great post, Carla. Jesus never said that following him as the Light of the world would be the easy way, but to 'take up your cross and follow me.' I'm not sure where we in the west, especially, came up with the health, wealth, and happiness idea, but the hard path of duty is certainly what Scripture teaches us. Lincoln was a remarkable man. (And no, I didn't know him personally!) Lol. So wonderful that you are such a loving mom and an encouragement and inspiration to your son(s) who is following the hard path of duty.

  7. Wow, what a great lesson and quote for all of us. Thanks for sharing, Carla!

  8. Carla, you continue to inspire me. I love this quote and I think we can all take something important way from it. Love to you and prayers for Sam...xo

  9. What a great quote and so true!! I love this!! Will keep prayers going for Sam and for you too! Love and hugs sweet friend!

  10. I certainly feel like I'm running out of steam! This is a beautiful post and thank your for sharing Abraham Lincoln with us.

  11. Such a lovely post Carla …

    All the best Jan


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