Living to Serve

It’s a Family Thing

This is my cousin Kyle. He is a senior in high school getting ready to graduate and continue an already promising career serving in the United States military.

Kyle's senior pictures

Kyle’s senior picture

Kyle and I grew up in different states, me in Missouri and him in New Mexico, but throughout my entire life he has been one of my very best friends . Yes we are family and that made us close, but for Kyle and I we shared a passion for exploration and because of that we were connected at the hip whenever we got the chance to see each other.

I wanted to make this blog post about him because he is one of those people who has grown up showing amazing character and hasn’t ever asked for any kind of recognition. Always striving to do his best Kyle has maintained a can-do attitude and has worked hard to find his place in this world. Finally his hard work has paid off and Kyle has found his place, serving in the military.

Dressed in his uniform Kyle is smiling for real

Dressed in his uniform Kyle is smiling for real

As a member of his family of course I was worried about what my cousin had gotten himself into. He is a few months younger than I am so I always felt he was part of my responsibility, even though I was hundreds of miles away. But as one of his best friends I couldn’t be happier, more excited and maybe a little jealous of him! As soon as I got the chance to talk to him about this major life decision, I couldn’t get him to shut up about it! Even through the military lingo (half of which I did not understand at all) and random rants abut rankings I could see his passion. And because I saw the passion myself, I knew it was genuine.

Kyle being proud, even in black and white

Kyle being proud, even in black and white

I am SO proud of Kyle for everything he is and everything he will become. He has set some pretty high goals but I know he will reach every single one of them.

Thank you Kyle, for all the good times and for choosing the most noble and self sacrificing career imaginable.

All grown up together

All grown up together

Always smiling and looking good

Always smiling and looking good

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melanie Barry
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 17:36:22

    Alyssa-this is SO sweet!! Of course, I’m biased towards everything you’ve said about Kyle and I am immensely proud of him myself (while equally terrified for him). But it is so touching to see you share your feelings this way. I’ve always known you two were close, but it’s very moving to see you expose these emotions and the depth of sentiment you feel. Kyle is lucky to have such a close friend and cousin in you. You are a beautiful person with a beautiful spirit and I’m very proud of you. ❤

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  2. mb12090
    May 01, 2013 @ 02:45:48

    I really loved this post! It’s awesome of you to dedicate this to your cousin who chose to serve our country! I have huge respect for anyone who chooses that life. My sister and her husband are both in the army and I am extremely proud of the things she has accomplished! I also thought she was crazy when she first told me and of course a little scared of the things that could happen! I definitely understand the not understanding the lingo thing too! I feel like everything she says are words/phrases I have never heard of before! 🙂

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