Image courtesy: Pfc. David Hauk, U.S. Army. Kandahar, Afghanistan, November 12, 2009

Monday, March 21, 2011

Because my daddy fought for me

Images courtesy: Crissie Carpenter

In the wee morning hours of March 18, Landon Paul Carpenter entered a world that his father left as a hero.

Baby Landon's proud mother is Crissie Carpenter, who I interviewed shortly after the tragic February 19 death of Landon's father, Lance Cpl. Andrew Carpenter, who was shot on Valentine's Day in Afghanistan.

Mommy and that wonderful 8 lb., 4 oz. baby are said to be doing well, with a proud daddy smiling so brightly from the heavens that I would be willing to bet the sun was shining just a little bit brighter last Friday in Columbia, Tennessee. Crissie posted a caption on Facebook to the above photo, which I wanted everyone to see:

"Andy picked out this Teddy as his first toy," the new mom wrote. "He is also wearing a onesie his daddy bought him! I will post a pic of it later. We love you, daddy!"

Another onesie was made for baby Landon by a nurse at the hospital where he was born.

"Born free," it reads. "'Cause my daddy fought for me."

Congratulations to Andrew and Crissie Carpenter on the birth of their beautiful son.

Note: Contributions to "Landon's Fund" can be made at any Regions Bank in middle Tennessee.


  1. God Bless this baby and his momma....

  2. God bless this mommy and baby who will never know it's daddy. Yet, Landon must always be reminded that his dad was a HERO among men! Thank you for this heartwarming story.