Army

getting in some bonding time before he leaves

Sleeping babies

Yesterday morning Zoe woke up early, so Jake came down and went to sleep on the couch with her.  They both ended up sleeping for a while in this position.  This baby will be the hardest for him to say good-bye to, I think anyway.  We all are going to try and make sure she knows her dad when he comes home.

Happy New Year everyone!


hump day

Isn't that what they call Wednesday, the middle of the week?  I'm off today from Jury Duty.  I didn't get picked for a trial so today I'm off and I have to call tonight to see if I have to report on Thursday.  What I went through yesterday was pretty interesting.  There were 17 of us interviewed by the Judge and only 8 were picked for a 5 day trial.  I'm not sure if not being picked was good or bad.  One woman I was talking to said she has been called to serve 7 times and has never been picked yet to serve on a Jury.

My trip on the train was also rather interesting, all the business people heading to work in the city.  When you get off the train if you don't get your feet moving you'll just get carried along and hope and pray your going in the right direction.  I took a cab to the Federal Building as I didn't know how long it would take me to walk there, but on my way back I did walk.  I stopped in a book store and bought a couple of Knitting books and read one on the train going home.  I grabbed a sandwich for lunch seeing it was 12:30 going on 1:00 p.m. and I hadn't had any lunch yet and the last time I had eaten anything was 5:15 a.m.  I was wishing I had my camera with me, so much to see in the big city.

Yarn club was last night and I was glad to have been able to make it.  I'm working on a neck cozy right now. 

We had company Monday night, Drew and Jordan.  Both these boys are in the Army.  Jordan is here for a short visit on leave and Drew was injured in Iraq and lives near us and will be getting out of the Army in the Spring.  My throat choked up when I heard both these boys say how they loved coming to our home and hanging out with our boys.  These boys and our boys went back and forth to each others houses when they were growing up.

Two brothers 

So, of course I had to have them over for dinner along with Phil and Clare who wanted to visit with them.  I made a super dessert.  I found the recipe over at Kelli's, called Buckeye Brownies.  If you scroll down her post you will find the recipe.  I was going to make them for Christmas Eve but decided to make them at a later time so I made them for dessert.

Buckeye brownie 

I've must be off...I have some sewing to do for my ASG challenge for the month of January.

You all have a scrumpdilly of a day.

if that is even a word :)


veterans day

           Veterans day 2008

They Did Their Share

On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.

Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;

In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.

Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.

No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.

Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.

We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say "thank you" to every wearer.

By Joanna Fuchs

Even tho both our sons are no longer in the Army serving their country we will always remember our Veterans and never forget what they have sacrificed for this country.


The Last Jump

and the final days of being in the Army. His tour is almost over. This was another HIGHLIGHT of our trip, seeing Jake jump. I have seen a jump but not one that Jake was on. This one I actually saw him come out of the plane. A few prayers were said on this jump as well as the jumps before. Things can happen and things do.

Ready to jump

All rigged up and ready to go.

Heading for the plane

Heading for the plane that will take them up.

C-130

Here it comes and

Exiting

out they come.

Falling

One of these guys is Jake. Looking through the camera I lost which one he was, but Jim didn't.

Done

He's walking so that means no broken bones.....Whew!!!!!!!

Saluting

Saluting an Officer as he walks by.

J&J

All smiles. Life in the Army is almost over.


The most WONDERFUL news in the world is.......

Our Sergeant is HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennie called when he was 10 minutes out from landing and then she called again to say she got to see him for about 5 minutes.  She won't be able to see him for a couple of hours.  I could hear it in her voice how happy she is to have him home.

It is so hard to believe that after being separated with a deployment for 1 year and 42 days this couple will finally be together again.  It's been a long hard road for them.  Our Daughter-in-law toughed it out at Jakes home post alone away from all her family.  To keep busy during the long days alone, Jennie worked in her Nursing field on post, trained for a half marathon and even went back to school to finish her Bachelors of Science in Nursing.  Sometimes, times were good, and sometimes, times were down right bad. 

Jake's life during deployment wasn't easy either.  Being newly married and away from your bride is very hard and to top it off your country is counting on you to do your job.

He's home now so life can move forward for these two.  Jakes tour with the Army will end soon and life will be theirs to do as they see fit together.

Welcome home Jake!  We love you and we are very very PROUD of you, and Dad and I will see you soon.

Couple 

My prayers have been answered that he come back to us safe and sound.  Please don't forget those brave soldiers that are still away from home.

Judy


It's a "Job"

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I am not sure why I am writing about this.  Maybe because Jake will be home in about a month.  Maybe because when he gets out of the Army I am going to somewhat miss it all.  Up until Jake got married Jim and I have been very involved with our 2 boys in the Military.  Helping them in any way we could.  That will always be a part of us, their being in the Military.

Yesterday in the morning I went on a 6 mile bike ride.  About half way into it I came upon a jogger.  The jogger had on Army PT clothes (PT stands for physical training).  I stopped my bike and waited until he got closer and asked him if he was in the ARMY.  You can't tell anymore, cause so many people wear PT clothes and they have never been in the Military before.  He said yes that he was.  I told him "Thank You for serving our country".  His response to me was "Thank You, it's a job".

You can read people pretty easy when they say something and when he said "it's a job", I could see the pride of it in his eyes and I heard it in his voice.

I remember when Jake was leaving for Basic training.  Jason I believe was home on leave at the time (my memory is not helping me at the moment).  But I do remember what Jason said to Jake.  "Think of it as a job."

It's kind of ironic that I saw that soldier in the early morning and later in the morning Jake called.

So the countdown begins.  We can't wait until Jake gets home, but I know Jake's wife Jennie is probably a bit more excited than we are.

If you ever get the chance, say "thank you" to that person in uniform.  I do know it means a lot, even if it is "just a job."


Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day and I want to take the time to remember not only our son but all the soldiers who are still serving our country, but most of all, the countless others who have served and sacrificed for our country before him.
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FREEDOMS' MEMORIAL

This day is set aside
       to honor those
who took the chance to die.

But they have died in vain
       if we ever forget
      the reason why.

Freedom can be like time
       slipping away
  before we even know.

But we all have the choice
         more, a duty
    to battle freedoms' foe.

Let us give thanks this day
        to all those brave
who paid the highest cost.

Not take it for granted
       and realize
it easily could be lost.

by: Del "Abe" Jones