A Mother's Day of pain and pride

SANDUSKY For Katie Smith, every day her son Travis is home, is Mother's Day. But today he isn't home and she has to sp
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

For Katie Smith, every day her son Travis is home, is Mother's Day.

But today he isn't home and she has to spend Mother's Day without him.

Travis left home Saturday, bound for Iraq.

This time, mom doesn't know when, or if, her oldest son -- now a grown man and a soldier bound for war -- will come home again.

"When he leaves this time, there's no guarantee," she said tearfully.

Mother and son grasped hands, sitting on the front porch of Travis' childhood home. Katie drew strength and comfort from her son's grip while they shared their story the week before he left.

"We want to make this time home very special 'cause there is no guarantee he's coming back to us," Katie said. "It's in the Lord's hands, so we just have to have faith."

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