By Paula R. Stern..Years ago…when I first started this journey of being a soldier’s mother, I don’t think…no, that’s not right…I knew, I knew that it would be something that would change my life and the life of my family. What I didn’t know was how hard or scary it would be. But I also didn’t know about the joys along the way. Months into Elie’s first year, I found myself with a married daughter and a soldier son away for the Hanukah celebrations. Hanukah is the Festival of Lights and for seven nights we had lit the candles, sometimes together and sometimes not. The last day, I wanted to do something special with the three children who were still in the house. Read the full story.