“Hi my name is Makenzie Pickens and my dad is SFC Michael Pickens, he just came back from Afghanistan. While my dad was gone, my whole room was filled with American flags and pictures of my dad and me.
Also, when my dad was gone, my friends would cheer me up if I were having a bad day by giving me hug or something like that. Ever since I was five I have wanted to be somebody that saved lives like a doctor.
An Essay From A Military Daughter
When my dad was deployed I really got more and more interested in the Army. If there was a fundraiser or something like that, I would try my best to go or if I could not go I would ask my mom a lot of questions about what she did that day. My dad has opened a lot of doors for me like when I went on my first roller coaster ride or when I rode my first two-wheel bike.
When my dad was gone, our friend joined the army and deployed. When he deployed he lost both legs and one arm, it was really hard on my parents since my dad was deployed. I was so excited the day my dad came home for good from Afghanistan and knowing that he was safe again was a pretty good feeling. I got the first hug too and that was awesome!
A couple months after my dad was deployed I started looking for verses for him and this is one I found… “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. Going through this deployment I saw high and low emotions, that taught me that freedom is not free. God bless our troops!”
[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”curled” width=”auto” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Makenzie is 9 years old and is the daughter of SFC Mike Pickens and Amanda Pickens. She is very active in the community and many times has been the hands and feet of Jesus. She has even started Bible clubs in her backyard for her friends. Makenzie is currently homeschooled :). Please keep her in your prayers as her family will be leaving Ft Bliss soon and heading to their next post with the military. [/dropshadowbox]