Saturday, August 16, 2008

On the homefront | | Woodbridge Sentinel

On the homefront Woodbridge Sentinel: "With her husband, U.S.Marine Cpl. Brian Kevin Joseph, 25, preparing to be deployed for his first tour in Iraq, Melanie L. Joseph is doing some preparing of her own. She now has to take care of their household and their four children without him.And she plans on taking each day one day at a time.

"For me and our children - Gabriella, 13, Alexander, 9½, Adelina, 7½, and Samayah, 17 months, we have to live with this every day until he comes home," said Melanie, as she sat at her kitchen table May 31 at her home on Liberty Street in Fords. "When I woke up in the morning, Brian was already at work, so I didn't see him anyway. But when 4 p.m. rolls around and he does not walk through the door, it just hits you, especially during dinnertime."

"I also keep decorating the house with a patriotic theme- it justmakesme
feel better," saidMelanie, who added that she decorates her house for every
holiday. "The Our Soldier at War flag with the blue star [which represents a
familymember serving in a war] that the military gave us is hung on our front
door and the decorations will remain up until he comes home, even for
Christmas," she said. "

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