I just got off the phone with my mother. She informed me that my 27-year-old niece who is in the army reserves has received orders to go overseas. She has been active duty here in the states for the past 18 months, and it looked as if she would be able to stay home. The plan now is that she will be sent somewhere in the Middle East on December 10 for 18 months. She is leaving behind her husband, and her two sons (7 1/2 and 18 months). Fortunately, as far as care for the children is concerned, her husband’s parents and my brother (her dad) and his wife live nearby where they will be able to help with them. However, I can’t help thinking of what her boys will be missing to have their mother gone for so long. As a mom, I can’t imagine what it would be like to leave them behind. I know this has happened time and again since the war in Iraq began, but I hate it. And, I particularly hate that women can be sent into combat. Obviously, I hate it that it is affecting my family directly as well. So if you think of it, please pray for my niece (I won’t publish her name since I don’t have her permission.) I also have a nephew who has been in Iraq for 7 months. He has a wife and 4-year-old daughter at home. So prayers for him would also be appreciated.