The Martin family would like to thank all who voted for Heather's video in the YouTube Awards! Also thank you for all of the prayers and kind remarks.
This song is not meant to make a political statement of any kind. It's simply about a family that is missing a brother. The young man who joined the army did so of his own free will. He was 20 years old and his parents played no part in his decision to serve his country. They are proud to have such a brave son.
I am only the best friend (for 34 years) of the mother, Cindy. It is my honor to post this video on YouTube. All of the wonderful messages that I have received are being forwarded to Heather and her mother.
Heather loves to sing. Since she was small she has always tried to get to the microphone first at church so she could sing. She always loved karaoke and would beg for the mic. She still loves singing more than just about anything. Heather loves her brother and misses him. She has many memories of him. He comes home every chance he gets and will probably get to come home for a short time in February or March.
Before I truned on the camera Heather was really acting silly and laughing. What many of you have said looks like crying at the first is just Heather rubbing her eyes like any 6 year old might do. end edit
6 year old Heather Martin sings a song that her mother wrote for her Brother Shaun who is serving in Iraq. The song is written from Heather's point of view.
You were almost sixteen when I came into the world. Mom and Dad had you first then 3 more boys I'm the baby girl. I sure have a lot to look up to in you, you're really smart and funny with a big heart too. After one year of college you knew what you had to do. It's just like you wanting to help with the war. So you joined the army when I was only 4. This time of year we talk of big plans but you're over seas in some distant land. You can't be here for Christmas, I don't understand. Chorus: When are you coming home, Shaun? When are you coming home?! We lit up the house like we always do but it doesn't seem bright 'cause we can't have you. In my prayers I ask God to keep you safe. And I'm trying to be really brave. Tell me that the fighting's through. Come home! I really miss you.
It's hard to enjoy the holidays without you. But we're so proud of you and all the red white and blue. Remember that Jesus is your best friend, And someday our families will be together again. Wow! You know we'll have a great big party then.
I want to show you how tall I've grown and introduce you to my new friends at school. Maybe we could go and get some ice cream together but I really don't care what we do.