Thursday, July 19, 2007

Summer Vacation - The Briests

Well, we're back. We just returned from a week long trip out West to visit family and friends in both South Dakota and Iowa. We had a great time visiting with people, and as usual, took lots of pictures.

Our trip officially began when we stopped in Yankton, SD to visit with Corey Briest and his family. We hadn't seen them since a chance meeting in Storm Lake, IA about 6 years ago. Corey, who was wounded in Iraq, and is unable to see, was in really good spirits. He and his family had only recently returned from California to a much deserved hero's welcome.

Here are some photos of our visit.



This is a very well done video showing the journey that Corey Briest has been on since he embarked on his mission to Iraq in 2005. When I watch this video, I am inspired not only by the courage of Corey, but by the tremendous strength of his wife Jenny, and his mother Diane. This is a family that defines inspiration.

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