Lainey had a special visitor come to meet her this week come alllllll the way from Jacksonville, North Carolina, over 1,200 miles away. Her Uncle Bud! My brother-in-law (Emily's husband) is a very special guy and I am so glad that Lainey got to meet him before his deployment. Bud is a Sgt in the United States Marines and he will be deploying to Afghanistan in October for 7 months as an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal). He took a long weekend to travel from NC home to Minnesota and visit his family before he leaves and kindly spent the majority of his day on Thursday on I35... driving down to Iowa to meet his first niece, Lainey! She spent the majority of his visit sleeping but did wake up to play before he headed back to Minnesota.
Please feel free to keep the Thomas family in your prayers ... that Bud and his team would be kept safe, protected and encouraged during the entirety of their deployment, that time would go quickly for Emily and Claire and they would enjoy their girl time together while Bud is away. I have a hard time thinking about their circumstances without tearing up. Thank you to Bud for sacrificially serving our country and to Emily for being a supportive military wife so that Bud is able to do his job and do it well. We love you both very much!