There are any number of categories I could have placed this blog. Military, Relationships, etc.
The night of February 19, 2007 at about 9:40pm there was a knock at our front door.
My 23yr old daughter's friend screamed up the stairs "There's two men at the front door with military uniforms on." My heart sank. My wife and I ran down the stairs to see two soldiers in dress uniform standing at the front door.
My daughter was already screaming "NO NO NO NO THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING THERE HAS GOT TO BE A MISTAKE"
As the Army guys came in they did just like it happen on TV. "On behalf of the United States Army, we regret to inform you that your husband Sgt Buddy James Hughie has been killed in action." It was difficult to hear anything else they said. I was just numb with pain, both for my daughter but also for their three month old son, Cooper.
It's been just over two weeks now and I can still see and hear Alexis just sobbing NO NO NO I LOVED HIM SO MUCH, WHAT IS COOPER GOING TO DO HIS DADDY IS DEAD?.
Although we know that God is a Sovereign God and that He was not taken aback by this tragic event we still morn the loss of our Buddy.
Sgt Buddy James Hughie was in a convoy on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border in the mountains. They were ambushed by the Taliban (who had the high ground). Two Afghani Army Nationals were wounded. Buddy, being the Medic, rushed to the aid of his downed comrade and in the process was killed. A single rifle shot caught him just above his flack jacket. There is no one to help the medic. Buddy's best friend called Alexis that Wednesday morning at 2am our time. Through his tears he told Alexis that he had never seen so many grown men cry for so much for so long. And too, that the soldier that Buddy had rendered aid to had survived. Alexis said that she felt a bit better knowing that although Buddy had lost his life he at least was able to save another's...perhaps another little boys daddy.
For his selfless act Sgt Hughie received two bronze stars and the purple heart.
As I mentioned before, we know that God is Sovereign. We know that in Holy Scripture (Romans 8:28) He says that He can make a way where there seems to be no way. That it is easier for heaven and earth to fall from the sky than for one letter of His Word to return void. We still love our Lord and know that it was not He that arranged this tragic event but it was the destroyer of all things good.
I tried to post on the prayer request but have not met the minimum to qualify for prayer on this blog. If one of you who is qualified to ask for prayer on here would please ask for prayer for our entire family.
I suppose all things considered we are doing remarkably well. God's grace abounds. We also know that one day in the future we will be a happy... even flourishing family once again.
God bless us all