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I am a Dad to two beautiful girls and a husband to a very gorgeous wife. I am very proud of my family and the way they give me so much support. I guess I do not need to win the lottery, I have already won.

Monday, December 28, 2009

HEADING BACK TO MISSISSIPPI

Well I head back to Mississippi today and so I will get on as soon as I get a chance and let you know how things are going. So if you don't here from me in a while you know why, no Internet. Well see you when I see you and I will write as soon as I can.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

THE TIME HAS COME

Well I know what you are going to say, where have you been? I have just been around and keeping busy and did not have anything good to write about. Well as the title says the time has come, it is about a week to go and we have to report in and get ready to go. The time is finally here and reality is really sinking in and I am realizing that I am going to miss my family tremendously. We are heading for lovely Camp Shelby Mississippi on Dec 6Th and will be down there for approximately 2 months. Then we head to Iraq. I will try my best to keep up with the blogging while I am gone so this way you know if I am staying out of trouble or not. I am doing good and my family is doing good but I think the closer the day comes the harder it is going to be. I am actually looking forward to going and serving my country and I know this is what I signed up for. Well I just want you all to just say a prayer for me and most of all say a prayer for my family because I think they are going to need it. I have been away before and it has only been about a month but a year is going to be a different story. I think they are going to be fine and they have so much support around them with the church and her parents are here too. I promise to stay up and keep all my readers informed of what is going on from day to day. Well I need to go and I hope you all have a great day. I will write again soon.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

MISSISSIPPI

I just got back from 3 weeks of training in Mississippi and I had a pretty good time. The one thing that really sticks out to me is, there is only one thing constant about the army and that is change. If you like to go to a place that is very hot and humid, Mississippi is the place to go. You can always count on a rain shower at some part of the day so the heat can get even stickier then it was. It seemed like it rained the same time everyday, just as we were going to chow it would rain and then we would have to eat in a wet uniform. As I look at it I had some really good training on the ranges and firing all these different weapons. We also qualified with the M-4 and the M-9, but I really enjoyed firing the 50 cal. Now that was fun feeling all that power in your finger tips, it was loud and I had a great time. The barracks there have a lot to be desired they are old and dusty. They are open bay barracks and once one person gets sick it just spreads to everyone else. You think all the money that goes through that place that they would be improvements and modernization but NO. We had a lot of soldiers go through there and they have a small PX and with that said you know there was always a line. All in all though I had a good time and got some good training. Now it won't be long until we go back there again to Mob and head out for our deployment. Well enough said there, I hope you all have a great day and everything comes your way. Remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel and with my luck it is probably a train.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I AM HOME

Well just in csae you were wondering where have I been hiding? I have been down in wonderful Camp Shelby Mississippi for the last 3 weeks. I did not have a computer to get too for the first two. When I did get to a computer it was in a internet cafe sponsored by the army. It was blocked and I could not get on. So I am sorry if I missed anything fun and exciting, I will try to get caught back up. I am just hoping everything is good and that everyone is fine. It won't be long now and I will be back in Mississippi getting reay to MOB for our deployment. Well just stopping by to say hello and read some blogs I missed. You all have a great day.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

PONDERISMS

PONDERISMS
I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

Never take life seriously Nobody gets out alive anyway.

There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.

Life is sexually transmitted.

Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about see ing UFOs like they used to?

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again

All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

In the 60s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal

How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole @#?}%&! box to start a campfire?

Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?"

Who was the first person to say, "See that chicken there? I'm gonna eat the next thing that comes outta its butt.
If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?

If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?

Friday, August 28, 2009

DEPLOYMENT IS GETTING CLOSER.


Well I haven't just written in a while and been just copying and pasting things. Well I just got done reading coffee pots article when and it really had me thinking. When did summer end and where did the time go. It seemed like it was just yesterday that we got the word on our upcoming deployment. It seemed like it was just yesterday that my girls were still toddlers. WHEN did they grow up. We went away the other day for some good family time alone and it was great. I took some time off from work and we went to a place called Fall Creek Falls and we loved everybit of it. Now it is coming closer and the National Guard is keeping me busy. I just got home from a weeks training at FT. Campbell KY and I am home for 3 weeks and then I will be gone for 3 weeks. Then I come home for 2 weeks and gone for another week. WHEN did time become so important and now I know WHEN. It became important a year ago when we got alerted and now the time has come and time is even more important. I only have a little time left before I will be gone. So I don't know when WHEN happened but it happened to quick. I want to say thank you to the blogs that I read because they make me laugh and as coffee pot says they make my eyes sweat. Thanks to all of you and again. Here is a pic of my girls now. My wife is on the left and younger daughter in the middle and older daughter on the right.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

THE MUSIC STOPPED

THE MUSIC STOPPED
For those who are unaware: At all military base theaters, the National Anthem is played before the movie begins.
This is written from a Chaplain in Iraq :
I recently attended a showing of 'Superman 3' here at LSA Anaconda. We have a large auditorium we use for movies, as well as memorial services and other large gatherings. As is the custom at all military bases, we stood to attention when the National Anthem began before the main feature. All was going well until three-quarters of the way through The National Anthem, the music stopped.
Now, what would happen if this occurred with 1,000 18-22 year-olds back in the States? I imagine there would be hoots, catcalls, laughter, a few rude comments, and everyone would sit down and yell for the movie to begin. Of course, that is, if they had stood for the National Anthem in the first place.
Here in Iraq , 1,000 Soldiers continued to stand at attention, eyes fixed forward. The music started again and the Soldiers continued to
quietly stand at attention. But again, at the same point, the music stopped. What would you expect 1000 Soldiers standing at attention to do ?? Frankly, I expected some laughter, and everyone would eventually sit down and wait for the movie to start.
But No!!... You could have heard a pin drop, while every Soldier continued to stand at attention. Suddenly, there was a lone voice from the front of the auditorium, then a dozen voices, and soon the room was filled with the voices of a thousand soldiers, finishing where the recording left off:
"And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave, o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave."
It was the most inspiring moment I have had in Iraq and I wanted you to know what kind of Soldiers are serving you. Remember them as they fight for us!
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Pass this along as a reminder to others to be ever in prayer for all our soldiers serving us here at home and abroad. Many have already paid the ultimate price..
Written by Chaplain Jim Higgins
LSA Anaconda is at the Ballad Airport in Iraq , north of Baghdad

Saturday, August 8, 2009

BUMPER STICKERS SEEN ON A MARINE CORPS BASE.

Certified Counselors to the 72 Virgins Dating Club""
Water-boarding is out so kill them all!""
Interrogators can't water board dead guys""
U.S. Marines -- Travel Agents To Allah""
Stop Global Whining""
When In Doubt, Empty The Magazine"
Naval Corollary; Dead men don't testify."
The Marine Corps -- When It Absolutely, Positively Has To Be Destroyed Overnight""
Death Smiles At Everyone -- Marines Smile Back"
"Marine Sniper - You can run, but you'll just die tired!"
"What Do I Feel When I Kill A Terrorist? .... A little Recoil"
"Marines -- Providing Enemies of America an Opportunity To Die For their Country Since 1775"*
"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It"
"Happiness Is A Belt-Fed Weapon"
"It's God's Job to Forgive Bin Laden -- It's Our Job To Arrange The Meeting"
"Artillery Brings Dignity to What Would Otherwise Be Just A Brawl"
"One Shot, Twelve Kills -- US Navy Gun Fire Support"
"Do draft dodgers Have Reunions? If So, What Do They Talk About?"
"My kid fought in Iraq so your kid can party in college"
"Machine Gunners -- Accuracy by Volume"
"A Dead Enemy Is A Peaceful Enemy -- Blessed Be The Peacemakers"
"If You Can Read, Thank A Teacher. If You Can Read It In English, Thank A Veteran"
"Except For Ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism, and Communism, WAR has Never Solved Anything.*
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem." - Ronald Reagan

Friday, July 24, 2009

FRIDAY FUNNY

Dear employees,

As the CEO of this organization, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barack Obama is our President and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way. To compensate for these increases, our prices would have to increase by about 10%. But since we cannot increase our prices right now due to the dismal state of the economy, we will have to lay off sixty of our employees instead. This has really been bothering me, since I believe we are family here and I didn't know how to choose who would have to go. So, this is what I did. I walked through our parking lots and found sixty 'Obama' bumper stickers on our employees' cars and have decided these folks will be the ones to be let go. I cannot think of a more fair way to approach this problem.They voted for change; I gave it to them. I will see the rest of you at the annual company picnic

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

DON'T FORGET ABOUT NEXT SATURDAY!!

As you may already know, it is a sin for a Muslim male to see any woman other than his wife naked.
He must commit suicide if he does.
So next Saturday at 4 PM Eastern Time, all American women are asked to walk out of their house completely naked to help weed out any neighborhood terrorists.Circling your block for one hour is recommended for this anti-terrorist effort.
All patriotic men are to position themselves in lawn chairs in front of their house to prove they are not Muslims, and to demonstrate they think its okay to see nude women other than their wife, and to show support for all American women. Since Islam also does not approve of alcohol, a cold 6-pack at your side is further proof of your anti-Muslim sentiment. The American government appreciates your efforts to root out terrorists and applauds your participation in this anti-terrorist activity. God bless America ! It is your patriotic duty to pass this on. If you don't send this to at least 5 people you're a terrorist-sympathizer and are in the position of posing as a national threat.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tennessee’s largest Guard unit to deploy

This is the Unit that I belong too.


The Associated PressPosted : Monday Jul 13, 2009 18:26:52 EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s largest National Guard unit, the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, has been ordered to mobilize for an upcoming deployment.
The specific date and location of the deployment were not announced Monday, but Tennessee National Guard officials have said the unit won’t deploy until the 2010 fiscal year, which starts in October.
The unit has been on alert for a possible deployment since last year when the military said the Knoxville-based unit was one of four National Guard units that could deploy to Iraq.
Last month, the military completed a withdrawal of combat forces from Iraqi cities to outlying bases while more troops have been sent to Afghanistan.
“The world situation is constantly changing after seven years of deployments, and the current situation will determine how and where the regiment is utilized as part of the Global War on Terror,” said Brig. Gen. Max Haston.
The commander of the regiment, Col. Jeffrey Holmes, said the units’ soldiers have been training collectively and individually for the past six months in anticipation of the deployment.
“Our soldiers and families are prepared, and we’re ready to get it started,” he said.
The regiment comprises more than 3,000 soldiers from across the state. The regiment last deployed in June 2004 to train Iraqi security forces and assisted with provincial elections.
“We began this process three years ago and it will be gratifying to have the opportunity to finish the job,” Holmes said.
The regiment will go to Camp Shelby, Miss., for training before deploying.

Monday, July 13, 2009

EMBRACING IMPERFECTION

This is a story a friend e-mailed me. I liked it so much I thought I would share it. Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass - it's about learning to dance in the rain!

Embracing Imperfection When I was a little girl, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned toast in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that toast and eat every bite! When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the toast. And I'll never forget what he said: “Baby, I love burned toast.” Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides - a little burnt toast never hurt anyone!” You know, life is full of imperfect things.....and imperfect people. I'm not the best housekeeper or cook. What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults - and choosing to celebrate each other's differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.
And that's my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where burnt toast isn't a deal-breaker! We could extend this to any relationship in fact - as understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship! "Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket – keep it in your own."

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy 5th of July

Well the 4Th is over and all the celebrating is done. Now we sit back and clean up the mess and wonder what did I do yesterday that got me so wore out. I think it could of been from the games we played or and I dare to say it, all that food we ate. Today we wake up get ready for church and start another day. Yesterday we remembered our Independence and we thanked all the men and woman who have served this great country. I am very thankful for them but it is the 5Th now and we must still remember that they are still serving and defending our country and keeping us free. As my time comes closer to relieve some of these men and woman and let them come home, I am ready to do my part and do it proudly. I started thinking and so did my wife that I won't be here the next 4Th of July and she will be watching the festivities by herself and not cuddled up with me. She got a little sad but when she said I am proud of you for doing what you are doing it made it all the better. I am proud of my family for their support and most of all for there love. To all my fellow service men and woman, keep up the good work and come home safe. Happy 5Th of July.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

PLEASE ALLOW ME TO VENT


Well a big thing happened this week, we lost two famous people, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. I am not venting about that but about the media. It is a shame that a person dies and 3 hours later we have a hour long show on their lives. Here is my vent, I am tired of seeing the news media give all this great attention to a sex symbol and a very weird man and not to our men and woman who gave the ultimate sacrifice this week. We had soldiers die and wounded this week and all we get is a little blurb. I believe that when we lose a soldier we need to honor them just like if they were famous and let the world know that this person gave the ultimate sacrifice. I am sorry for the loss of these people and the loss for their families but I have brothers and sisters fighting a war and dying for this country. Now that I am writing this I realized that what we do this for is so that the media can do what they want because we are fighting for the freedom of the press and the freedom of everyone else. I am sorry for complaining but I am glad that I am serving my country and getting ready to go over myself. I guess all I have to do is love my family and come back home. I know they are proud of me and I believe that is all that matters. Here is a pic of my family keep them in prayer after I leave. Thanks to some great blogs I have been following and I love reading all of them. Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

ANOTHER WEEKEND CLOSER TO LEAVING.

Well we had a normal two day drill this weekend. It felt really weird just going for two days and not three and four like we have been doing. We will be on a normal schedule until September when we leave for our three week annual training. Right now we are getting ready for a PT test in July and I am going to try and beat my old score of 256. That is a good score for a man who is 44 and still beating these young guys in my unit. The one thing I learned with the National Guard is you need to stay in shape on your own. That is one thing that I do and I lead by example. I guess it is just pride but I love getting out there and pushing these young guys by yelling that they should not let this old man beat them. I always do and I know one day they will get even with me. Well as for me I am getting my mind ready and I just ordered some cd's on how to speak in Iraq language, this shall be fun. Well I am glad that I have this blog it is always good to look back at what I did write about. One thing I am glad for is a very supportive family and that is what you need to get by. Have a good day.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

FAMILY TIME

I had a wonderful time last night. My daughters went out and worked for their Grandmother so they can earn money to take their mom and I out. I am so thankful for my girls and their willingness to do things for others and not just themselves. They did it so we can do something together as a family before I got deployed and was gone for a year. Well here is the fun part they took us roller skating and I had a great time. It was a good workout and it was fun. The one thing you got to watch out for is all those little kids who cut in front of you and they don't even look where they are going. I want to say thanks for the memories that have been placed in my head to always look back on. I have a lot of those memories and as they get older there are going to be a lot more. So I want to say a big THANK YOU to my daughters for taking us out. I am very proud of you and I know we will do it again. Y'all have a good day.

Friday, May 29, 2009

TIME KEEPS ON SLIPPING AWAY

I am amazed at how fast time goes by. It seems just like yesterday that my youngest was born and now she is 13. My oldest will be 15 in Oct. Time keeps going no matter what you do and there is nothing you can do to slow it down. I have a bout 6 months left at home and I will be gone for a year and I hope it goes by as fast as the days coming up to leaving has. I started realizing the things that I will miss while I am gone and one is my 20Th wedding anniversary and my older daughter turning sweet 16. I know they will be ok and I trust God in everything that goes on in my life and that He will take care of them. I just know time is very precious right now and I need to take advantage of it as much as I can. Remember we are but a blur here and time just keeps on ticking whether we like it or not. I hope you all can look back and see where you were a month ago or better yet where has 2009 gone, it is half way over with. Just think it won't be long and we will be singing Christmas carols again. I hope you all have a great day.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

THANKS FOR OUR FREEDOM.


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.

Friday, May 15, 2009

WELL I AM BACK

Well I have not been on in a while so I thought I would pop in and say hello. I had nothing interesting to write about lately so I did not write. Well we have been busy with training lately and it has been fun. I just finished and passed the Combat Life Savers Course. It was a very interesting course and I got a lot out of it. The one thing I was not looking for was having to stick someone with an IV. I got my chance and I was nervous but I did do it and it was a whole lot easier than I thought it would be. I guess what helped was that the person I stuck had very good veins and you can hit it easily. Well I am sorry for not writing lately and I will get back on the ball and keep people informed about what is going on. Thanks to all my readers and most of thanks for reading. See you soon.

Monday, April 20, 2009

ATTITUDE


I have a shirt at home that says" It All Starts With Attitude" and I got to thinking about that. You know when you start your day it all starts with your attitude and if you wake up with a bad one you will have one. I wore this shirt to the gym this morning and it just had a smiley face and the word SMILE on it. It seemed like everyone I passed read it or just seen it and smiled or they read it and said the word SMILE. I think I might have changed their day by wearing that shirt because they did SMILE. So try something new this week and start you day off with a SMILE and see how many people SMILE back at you. To all the people who read this I hope you all have a great day, a great week, and a great month.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE


Well this is the week that we celebrate the person who has given the ultimate sacrifice. That is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He came down to this earth as one of us and he went to the cross as one of us. He suffered and died on that cross so we can have the freedom we have today. Our soldiers are doing the same thing by defending our country so we can have that same freedom that Jesus died for. I am very blessed to be a part of His kingdom and thankful for what He has done for me, without Him things would be a lot tougher. I am glad and being in the military He is mt Commander in Chief because I serve Him and He is always there for me. If you do not know who He is, then I suggest you find out and ask about Him. You can ask Me and I will share because I serve in the U.S. Army and I am also in God's army. Let's remember Jesus this Easter and everyday for giving us the Ultimate Sacrifice for our freedom. I praise you Lord for dying on the cross for me.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

DROPPING IN TO SAY HELLO

Well I thought I would drop in and say hello to everyone. I am getting ready for another 4 day training mission with my unit. I like these times and the reason that is is because I am one of the instructors and I don't actually have to go through all the training. There is one thing I do like to do and that is teach soldiers. I should think about doing it full time someday but for now that is the last thing on my list. The first thing on my list is to get things in order and ready for this upcoming deployment. This may sound strange but I want to go, just because I know I will be replacing someone else and they get to come home to there families. Well the weather here in TN is suppose to be nice this weekend but a good chance of storms tonight and you know the Army's motto if it ain't raining it ain't training. Well I am off just wanted to drop by and say hello to all who reads this. HELLO.

Friday, March 27, 2009

THANKS

The Soldiers Life
Submitted by: Roxy J
Author: SSgt. Scott E Hilligoss


The soldiers life is not for all
A soldier must be willing to give his all
He is overworked and underpaid
A truer patriot was never made
Ready to go at any time
Wherever there is trouble or the first sign
His courage and honor are unsurpassed
Ready and willing to complete the task
Travelling to lands both near and far
He stands his post and looks at the stars
Wondering what he might have done
If he had not chosen to carry a gun
Remember the next time that you are driving by
And see the flag flying proud and high
That somewhere out there a soldier stands
Weary and cold in a foreign land
Protecting our country from our foes
Standing tall and proud come rain or snow.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

FRIENDS LEAVING

Well today I said goodbye to two friends. We were at church today and two of my friends are leaving this coming week. It is hard to say goodbye because on the one hand you are glad it is not you and on the other you wish you were going with them. I know that my time is coming and that it will get here soon enough, but the more you think about it the faster you want the time to go. I know it will get here faster than I want and I will be saying goodbye to my family and I know that will be a hard time. They are getting ready and no matter how ready they will be it will still be hard. I think the hardest thing in the world is saying goodbye. I know my friends will be OK we prayed over them and sent them on there way with God as the leader. I think that is what we need to do is pray more for our troops and always remember why they are there. I sometimes feel like this is a venting station and I am glad that I can write here and vent. Well let's always lift up our soldiers and most of all the families that are keeping the home fires burning. Guys and girls you are forever in my prayers.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

RUNNING

Well I finally got back outside running today and it is a lot harder than the treadmill. I hurt my foot about a year ago and been nursing it. I finally started running on a tread mill about 6 months ago and was doing great. I had to get outside because it is better air and you get to see where you are running not just the 4 walls that surround you. Well I got outside and I ran 3 miles and it felt great and I am so glad that I am better. I like running outside because you get to pick where you are going and what scenery you want to see. Well I am just really excited to also get back out with my friends. Well as you can see I like running and they say it is a good calorie burner. I am also still working out with the weights and getting into shape. It is starting to pay off because I can notice a difference in myself. Well enough said about that and I want to say to whoever reads this that you all have a great day and I really enjoy the blogs that I follow. To all you soldiers out there you are in my prayers, let's get the job done and come home safely.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

JUST STOPPING BY.

Well it has been a while since I wrote last and I wanted to stop in and let everyone know that I am still here. We had a four day drill weekend for training and it went real well. The weather was OK but the wind could of eased up a little bit. We were out in the middle of an open area and it seemed you could not get away from it. I am really starting to notice how the time is going by. We have another Family Readiness Meeting this week. This week's meeting they are having a representative of the Red Cross come in to explain there role in things. I think we got a real good family readiness group. I am really going to start getting myself going physically so I can be ready to go. Strong body ,strong mind is what they say . So I am going to really start pushing myself so I can be ready when the time does come. Well you all have a good day and remember to always pray for our soldiers and that they come home soon but not before the mission is complete. Have a good night.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

4 DAYS OF TRAINING

Well today is our first day of a 4 day drill. I never really liked the first day because it is a day of just getting things ready. You here all the changes that is going to happen and just so they can change back. The only thing constant about the army is change. I know that once we get to where we are going and you get into the thick of things it becomes fun. You become the person or soldier you were meant to be. I really enjoyed being back in the guard these last 5 years. There is nothing like the friendships you make at your drill. You don't see everybody for a month and you come right back into it like you never left. Well I guess what I am trying to say is this I really like being apart of the Tennessee Army National Guard. It is who I am and who I will be. Well off to training, thought I pop in and let you know everything is cool. Have a good day and an even better weekend.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

FED UP

I was watching the Today Show this morning and they had an article on what the first lady was wearing. It is a shame that we get more coverage on the first lady's clothing options then we do on our men and woman serving overseas. The article covered her wearing sleeveless dresses, she is a very pretty woman but let's get real here. She is not running our country and I think they should be focusing on what is going on in this world besides a sleeveless dress. We have men and woman dying and getting wounded and we don't hear about that. This war does not make the news anymore because it is not news and it should be. What about our soldiers in Afghanistan, you don't even hear about them. They are doing a great job and I believe the world needs to hear about that. Let's stop hearing all the bad news and let's start hearing some of the good news about what is going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. There probably is a lot going on but we don't hear about it because it is good and the media just likes the bad. Well I am glad I can vent hear because I know I can and I really don't care what the first lady is wearing let's keep our troops safe and get them home when the job is done. We will always have a presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, that is what we are here for. I am glad that I serve and go where I am needed but let's get the good news out too. If you have any please let me know and post it for everyone to see. Thanks again for letting me vent and thanks for reading. I think I will go out today and wear something sleeveless.

Monday, February 23, 2009

A REAL HERO


I was thinking about all the men and woman who are so graciously serving there country. I think of what a hero is and you always think of them as someone who saved a life. Someone who sacrificed a lot for someone else and someone who gave there life for someone else. I really let that sink in and I realized a real hero is our men and woman in the military. They are over seas protecting us and saving our lives so we don't have to fight over here. They sacrifice a lot by leaving their families to serve our country and go far away so we are protected. They are sacrificing their own lives for us who are so comfortably living here in our own homes. A hero is someone who will do what he needs to to protect the ones he loves. I am so thankful for all the heroes we have serving our country and sacrificing their time and energy so we don't have too. Now this is not just for the soldier overseas this is for every soldier who puts on a uniform. To all my friends in uniform I salute you. Keep up the good work and come home safely.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

FAMILY READINESS.

This Saturday is another meeting we are having with our Family Readiness Group(FRG) and the lady that runs it is doing a great job. I am assuming you all heard of FRG and this months meeting is on home safety and protection. I am going to this with my wife so I can help her get things ready for when I am gone. This is a great group of people that will be there for support for my family when I am gone. My wife also has some great support from our church and her Mom and Dad who live close to us. It seems strange but the time is going by fast and it won't be long and I will be saying goodbye for a year. I am trying to take as much time as I can being with my girls and helping out with whatever I can help out with. I am still trying to keep myself going to the gym and to be in the best physical shape I can be in, I am also always working on the spiritual part of it. I can always be a little closer. Well I am writing today because if you know a good FRG to become a part of please become a part of it and help out if you can. Usually the person who runs these groups is a wife who's husband has been deployed and she is trying to keep all the other wives motivated. So I ask that you lift up in prayer all the people who run these groups sso they themselves could be lifted up. Thank you to the FRG for all they do and all they will continue to do. My FRG is in Lebanon TN. Thank You.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

VALENTINES DAY


Well Valentines day has come and gone and we did the usual. I took my wife out to dinner and we went to a movie and we had a great time just spending time together. These are days you cherish, the kids were gone to Grandma's house for the evening and we had some great quality time together. I did do something special and this year instead of buying a card I wrote my own. I think it is so wild all the things you think about when you are writing. I have learned that I have a great wife and friend. I also have a great Mom for my kids. She is not just there Mom she is also there teacher and friend and it is so cool seeing how well they get along together. I am glad to have a family that loves me and most of all supports me in my missions in life. Well all I can say is thank you Lord for a great family.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

BLOGS.

I want to say thanks to all the blogs that I am following. I have been following for a while now and you all write so well and I enjoy reading them. To all the soldiers who are writing thanks for doing what you are doing. I am a soldier and I deeply appreciate the hell you are going through so we can be safe over here. To all the other ones, thanks for the support. This is something we need to get us through the days and just knowing we have support is a great feeling. So to all the blogs I am following,THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

WELL MONDAY IS OVER.

Well I got to say that I had the most busiest day on Monday and the day just flew bye. I cannot complain though because I got off an hour early. I had to go do the yearly tax thing and that turned out great too. I don't have a lot to write accept that it is going to be a good day and I hope everyone has a great day too. Stay safe and stay strong, we need each other to get us through life.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

HANGING WITH MY GIRLS


Well today was one of those days, you know it is Saturday and you still get up early to go to the gym. I did and ran my 3 miles on the treadmill this morning. I then went to the dreaded wal-mart to get my tires spin balanced and rotated. It is a free service but you get there and they tell you it will be about an hour, 3 hours later you are leaving. I think I know every square inch of wal-mart now. That was more than I wanted, I will not need to see inside wal-mart for a while. As I said it is Saturday and after all that I already did I got home and was checking my e-mail and it hit me, let's go swimming. I told the girls let's go swimming and they looked at me like I was silly or something. Then they said where and I said the YMCA. It took them by surprise that I even mentioned it or even suggested it. I like to keep my girls on there toes and every once in a while just go and do something off the cuff. Now swimming in the middle of winter, that is off the cuff if you ask me. I had a great time hanging with my girls, they are 12 and 14. I better take advantage of it now before I am gone for a year and missing them tremendously. When I told my wife she laughed and said have fun and the girls will love it. We did and had a great time too. Now is the time to spend a lot of quality time with family before you are gone. Well that is all for now we are going to sit back and watch a movie or something. Have a good night and will write again soon.

Friday, January 30, 2009

JUST FOR LAUGHS.

You know you're getting older if:

1. You and your teeth don't sleep together.

2. You try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks and discover you aren't wearing any.

3. At the breakfast table you hear snap, crackle, pop and you're not eating cereal.

4. Your back goes out but you stay home.

5. When you wake up looking like your driver's license picture.

6. It takes two tries to get up from the couch.

7. When your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio.

8. When happy hour is a nap.

9. When you're on vacation and your energy runs out before your money does.

10. When you say something to your kids that your mother said to you and you always hated it.

I hope you got a good laugh out of these.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

MESSY AGAIN TODAY.

Today they cancelled schools again because of bad weather. I guess the weather is bad in some places around our county. Where I live the weather was cold and wet, that is all. The kids are loving it because they do not have any school. Did you ever notice work never gets cancelled because of bad weather and either does day cares. I always wondered why they cancel schools but the day cares stay open and they could make it.Kind of makes you wonder. Well my day is going good anyways and I will survive this little bit of cold weather we just got. I guess I have to it is winter after all. Well you all stay safe and have a great day.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

ANOTHER MESSY DAY.

I was born and raised in Scranton PA. and I remember we would need a lot of snow before they would cancel schools. I know live in Middle TN. and we got rain and lots of it, but the temp dropped and it got cold. The cars had ice on them and so did the grass but the roads were fine. They closed the schools, and around here if there is a chance of snow it seems everything shuts down. I can't imagine what it would be like if it really hit, I think people would be in a panic. The main problem we have here are drivers, they do not know how to slow down and we end up with a lot of accidents. I woke up this morning and looked outside and seen the deck had ice on it, but I still heard cars going down the road. I still went to the gym this morning and so did everyone else, it was crowded as usual. That shows you how dedicated we are or how stupid we are. Well we home school are girls so guess what, they will still have school today. The funny thing is they do not want to miss any school. Well I hope everyone elses day goes well for them. Mine is messy but good.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

MOUNTAINS

You know the world is full of all kinds of music country, rap, soul,rock,etc,etc,etc and music always finds a way to reach you. There is one song that I really like and it is by Lonestar and it is called Mountains(lyrics on the bottom of page). It kind of spoke to me that in life we are going to get knocked down but when we get knocked down we can not stay down. We need to get back up, wipe ourselves off and continue going on. I taught about New Years resolutions to my Sunday School class and one thing I said was, just because you broke the resolution does not mean it is over. You can always start again. That is the way this song spoke to me, it told me life is easy when the road is flat, but the good Lord gave us mountains so we can learn how to climb. That is what it takes sometimes, we need to learn to climb and not give up just because we fall down. I have fallen down a lot and I have gotten back up and learned from why I fell. You need to learn from it because you might have a friend someday who falls down from the same thing you did and you can be there to give a helping hand. You also become the person who can teach this friend how you got back up. Life is to short to stay down when we fall, so let's get up and grab some friends as we get up and keep going on. You can find the song on youtube too and watch the video. Thanks for letting me write my thoughts and I hope you enjoy it. Please read the lyrics.





MOUNTAINS, (Lonestar)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEQYN1DC220

Lucinda Jones working at the IHOP
Ten years worth of bacon, eggs, and tears.
She's waited on every creed and color
While waiting on this day to get here.
Graveyard shifts, two bit tips,
Making every quarter count.
It's worth it all to see her son in that cap and gown.


There are times in life when you gotta crawl,
Lose your grip, trip and fall
When you can't lean on no one else,That's when you find yourself
I've been around and I've noticed that Walk-in's easy when the road is flat
Them danged 'ole hills will get you every time.
Yeah, the good Lord gave us mountains so we could learn how to climb


Private Bobby Dunn came back from the war,
Lost his leg but they couldn't take his will.
Hell bent to run in that local marathon.
He trained through the endless pain and pills
It hurt so bad that sometimes he just had to cry.
He didn't stop until he crossed that finish line.


There are times in life when you gotta crawl,
Lose your grip, trip and fall
When you can't lean on no one else,That's when you find yourself
I've been around and I've noticed that Walk-in's easy when the road is flat
Them danged 'ole hills will get you every time.
Yeah, the good Lord gave us mountains so we could learn how to climb

This world ain't fair It can knock you on your butt
You can just lie there or you can get back up
You gotta get back up

There are times in life when you gotta crawl,
Lose your grip, trip and fall
When you can't lean on no one else,That's when you find yourself
I've been around and I've noticed that Walk-in's easy when the road is flat
Them danged 'ole hills will get you every time.
Yeah, the good Lord gave us mountains so we could learn how to climb.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

MOTIVATION

Motivation is something we all need, it helps us get through things and it helps us when we are trying to do something we don't think we can do. Well I found something that is harder than motivation and that is self motivation. Try being up at 4:30 in the morning and you are drinking your coffee thinking, I do not want to go to the gym today. I could wake my wife or kids up and say you need to motivate me to go the gym. I think they would kill me, so you need to motivate yourself. I have a saying that I tell other people at the gym and that is " all you have to do is make it to the door ". That is so true because I found out this morning that it does work and I made it to the door. I got to the front door of the gym and went in and had a great workout after all. See sometimes you have to push yourself harder than other people will push you. So just remember that if you need a little motivation to get you going, remember all you have to do is make it to the door and everything will be alright.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

ARE YOU READY

Today was one of those days that you think about and ask yourself, Are you ready? What I mean is ready to go, I started thinking about this and was wondering, there are 3 things you need to be ready. You need to be mentally ready, spiritually ready and physically ready. I am a christian so the spiritual part is always being worked on and you can never get enough or close enough to God. This is one area I know that I am doing good in and there is always room for improvement. The other area is mentally and this area is the hardest because you are always thinking about the future and what is going to happen. This area is one area that can always use improving. The area I am really working on now and that is getting physically ready. I go to the YMCA and work out about 4 days a week and you know it is the best I have been feeling in a long time. The hardest thing is accountability, I changed my hours at work and now I go in at 6am instead of 5am and I am on my own. This is where the self discipline comes in and you just go out there and do it. The 3 things I am referring to is me dealing with this upcoming deployment but if you think about it it can also be used in life in general. So are you ready to move on and deal with the things that come your way? Remember never give up when life gets hard because God is there even when you don't think so. I know He is with me.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

SUNDAY MORNING.

Well it is Sunday morning and it is a day that I look forward too. It's the day I get to go to church and worship my Lord. I am a christian and yes I am also a soldier and the two work real good together. I think one of the other things I enjoy about Sunday is my class. I am a Sunday school teacher and I love to teach because the Lord just seems to work through the subject I am teaching. He seems to give me ideas and words to say that are not in my outline but it always fits. This lesson I am teaching is titled "In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day". The author is Mark Batterson and this week's lesson is on fear. We all have fear at times especially when you have an upcoming deployment. I do not feel the fear yet because we are still far away but as the time comes closer you start to think about it more. The one thing this week's lesson is teaching is you have to face your fears and that helps you get over them and it also helps knowing you have a God that is right there with you going through this fear with you. I believe He helps us get through them but letting us go through them and learning about what we just went through. If He took it all away all the time life would be boring and easy. We all know that it is the challenges of life that makes our life interesting. The main topic this book is talking about is this, what if the life you really wanted, and the future God want's for you, is hiding right now in your biggest problem, your worst failure..... your greates fear? Let's face our problem's, our failures, and our fears and let God guide us through them. I am ready to teach my lesson because I know once I get there God will be there helping me teach. Thanks for reading and I hope you get something out of it.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Countdown to Activation

Well we were informed that we are going to be activated in October to start getting ready for our tour of duty. This is something we knew was coming but now it is becoming a reality. I started looking at the time and realized that time is going to fly by. I am looking at 8.5 months until we get activated and begin the transition into full time military people. I am really looking forward to it and that may sound weird but I am ready and my family is getting ready. They understand what is going to happen and that I will be gone for about a year, they tell us 12 -14 months. Well now the count down begins and as the time ticks away I will be sharing more and more of what is happening. We have gotten some good training and now it is time to put it to good use. Well for now that is it and I will write more as the days tick off.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I AM BACK.

It has been a long time since I posted anything on here and I will start again. Start watching for some great wisdom from the citizen soldier and the soldier part means a lot to me especially in the upcoming months. So be prepared and I will be writing again.

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