I have a scheduled flight tomorrow as I travel to Ft. Knox, in Louisville Kentucky. In my first blog I mentioned my aunt Maribel before, her husband David was being deployed. Soon after that day she was ordered to report to Ft. Knox for Recruiting school. As a SFC (Sergeant First Class) in the Army and having been a Drill Sergeant, here she is adding another accomplishment in her Military career. I am so proud of her. Maribel is a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend and a soldier! She carries all these titles willingly and successfully.


Since joining the Army in 2001 she has handed over herself to the Army, for safe keeping, so she may be called on when her season comes – Paradidomi. She has verbally committed to protect this nation against all enemies both foreign and domestic. She has taught civilians to be soldiers, who are serving today. I am sure that she has left hope, motivation and confidence in those soldiers. She does this daily in the lives of her children, her family and friends, it is woven in the fabric of what makes her, her. She has given herself, her service and her time to the Army – Paradidomi. 


As she goes on to her future assignment in Texas to recruit individuals​ to keep our armed forces strong and “at the ready” to defend our country, the glory of what God has purposed will be revealed. The beginning was a struggle but she comes​ out armored in strength, honor and integrity. The road here was not easy, but it was worth it. When I see her, all I see is Paradidomi! She has handed over herself, unselfishly before the Lord and for our Country.

Thank you for your service, for your continued sacrifice. Remember, its all worth it.


  1. to give into the hands (of another)
  2. to give over into (one’s) power or use
    1. to deliver to one something to keep, use, take care of, manage
  3. to deliver verbally

P.S. James says, “Federalihood” (from the movie Blue Streak), check out the link here for your entertainment.



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