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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.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Well another Christmas is upon us and we have to sit down and wonder, where did all the years go. I remember being a kid and one of the gifts I got was an erector set. I remember building a windmill out of it and I was so excited when I hooked the battery up to it and the windmill started turning. I also remember for a few years all I wanted was a racetrack and I got one every year for about 3 or 4 years. I also remember that my Mom and Dad would stay up late decorating the house and the tree so it would seem like Santa came and did it. I think the hardest part about Christmas was that we had to wait until they got up to open presents. As you know they were up late putting things together and decorating so they were tired. I think one of the nicest gifts I got so far was from my niece April. She sent me a pic of my Mom and Dad dancing together and it brought tears to my eyes. My Dad has been gone now for almost 20 years and I sure do miss him. The years sure have been going by fast it seems like yesterday that my kids were kids now they are 16 and 14. I am also thankful to be home for Christmas. I want to thank all the soldiers who are not home for protecting our freedoms so we can celebrate Christmas. I remember a time when I was gone for Christmas and I was telling my wife that it seemed like just another day when I was gone. I am so thankful to be home. Now I want to say to all who read this Merry Christmas to you and I hope your day is great. I hope for health and good prosperity through out this next year. May God bless each and every one of you. I am attaching a pic of me and my 2 new friends I met last night at the Opryland Hotel.
MERRY CHRISTMAS

Thursday, November 25, 2010

THANKSGIVING

Well it is another thanksgiving and there are a lot of things to be thankful for. The one thing I am thankful for the most is being home with my family. I started thinking about it and if we completed our full tour of duty I would not be home right now. So I am very thankful for being home and celebrating thanksgiving with them. I also think about all our military who are not home and I wish them the best thanksgiving that they can have being away from there families. I know it is hard being away from the ones that you love over these special holidays. I remember once spending Christmas away from the ones I love and it was hard so I have been there. I remember when I was gone over Christmas and my Girlfriend (now wife) left there Christmas tree up for me until I got home. I got home in February and they took the Christmas ornaments off and put on hearts for valentines day. It was the best Christmas I ever had. So I know what it feels like to be away from home. I wish everyone who reads this a very Happy Thanksgiving. So remember today no matter what is going on in our lives to always be thankful for what little we have or how much we have. So what are you thankful for.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

WHAT IF !!!!!!

What if, the two biggest words in the English language. We all asked ourselves the question  and we sit back and wonder what if. I know this is a tough question and as I was running this morning it had me thinking about myself and asking myself that question.
What if I did better in high school?
What if I did go to college?
What if I stayed in the military the first time I was in?
What if I stayed selling insurance?
What if the company I work for did not take me back after I left?
These are all questions that I think we can never answer and when you think about things you can what if it to death. What if we would have do this? What if we did it this way? Today is election day and I started thinking about that and I started asking these questions to myself.
What if the President did what he said he would do?
What if Congress took there job seriously and not just a position?
What if our Senators really did what they said they were going to do?
What if they looked at themselves and took the blame for there mistakes instead of blaming someone else?
What if? What if? What if?
I heard this song this morning and here are the lyrics.

What if the armies of the Lord

Picked up and dusted off their swords
Vowed to set the captive free
And not let satan have one more
What if the Church, for heaven's sake
Finally stepped up to the plate
Took a stand upon God's promise
And stormed hell's rusty gates
Chorus I:
What if His people prayed
And those who bear His name
Would humbly seek His faith, yeah
And turn from their old ways
And what would happen if we prayed
For those raised up to lead the way
Then maybe kids in school could pray
And unborn children see light of day
What if the life that we pursue
Came from a hunger for the truth
What if the family turned to Jesus
Stopped asking Oprah what to do
Chorus I:
What if His people prayed
And those who bear His name
Would humbly seek His face yeah
And turn from their own way
Chorus II:
He said that He would hear
His promise has been made
He'll answer loud and clear, yeah
If only we would pray
Bridge:
If My people called by My name
If they'll humble themselves and pray
If My people called by My name
If they'll humble themselves and pray
Choruses:
What if His people prayed
And those who bear His name
Would humbly seek His face, yeah
And turn from their old ways
He said that He would hear
His promise has been made
He'll answer loud and clear yeah
If only we would pray

What if we really did pray for the ones who are running our country? I think better things would be happening and our lives would be a lot better. Let's not think of what if we prayed for our country and seriously get on our knees and pray. No more what ifs and lets just do.

Friday, October 29, 2010

A NEW MILESTONE IN MY LIFE

Well as you all know from a few blogs ago that my oldest daughter turned 16. Well she has just gotten her drivers license. It is a weird feeling seeing your daughter drive away in the car. It is also a weird feeling when you are so use to being together and now it is just you and your wife. I know my daughters are loving the freedom especially my younger one, she is really liking it. I am just so proud of my daughter and for all her effort into learning how to drive. I know when the time came for her to take the test the rear view mirror fell off the windshield. They had to stop by and get there grandfathers truck which she never drove before. She was a real trooper and did just fine with her grandfathers truck. Well she is on the insurance now and she can drive herself around. I guess one thing that is good about it is we don't have to take her everywhere anymore, she can just drive herself. Now we can also use her to drive her sister around too and me and my wife can just hang around the house. I guess it is a good milestone but also a sad one one because my girls are getting older and soon they won't need there dad anymore and they will be on there own. Well Elizabeth congrats on getting your license and you are doing a great job.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

REALITY

Well I just got back from vacationing in Gatlinburg, we are calling it our second honeymoon. I spent 4 days with just my wife and I in the mountains of the smokies. It was nice to get away and we had so much fun together. I think the one thing that was nice was it was just us, the kids were with there grandparents. It was great and the scenery was even better.

The fall colors were almost breathtaking and I sat there in amazement and wondered how people can say there is no God. We also went hiking on a small little trail to a place called Laurel falls. The sign said it was 1.3 miles but it was uphill the whole way. I kept saying to myself that I hope this walk is worth it and it is not just a guy with a garden hose making the falls. We got there and it was worth it.
We did get time to relax a little and bit and enjoy our time together. The cabin had a very nice hot tub on the back deck. We did take advantage of it, after walking through the tourist trap all day in Gatlinburg it was very relaxing.
I must admit that it was so much fun that we did not want to come home. Coming home means getting back to reality. So we had to say goodbye to our second honeymoon and we hope we don't wait another 20 years to take another.
It is now Sunday afternoon and I just got done watching my Titans beat the Eagles and now to start preparing for the week. I guess the bad thing about being gone is someone filled in for you at work or at least you hope so. It is so nice to get away but you do have to come back to reality and get back in the rat race. I want to thank my beautiful wife for the last 20 years and the many more that will come. I hope you enjoy the pics. Gatlinburg is a great place to visit in the fall. Y'all have a great week.

Monday, October 18, 2010

SMILE


 Happy 20th anniversary to my beautiful wife, you still make me smile.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

16

Well my oldest daughter is turning 16 on the 12th of October. I have been sitting back and thinking how time has flown by. It seems like it was just yesterday that we had her. I remember the night she was born and my wife was in labor all day long. She was a stubborn little thing and just did not want to come out. Then we found out she was turned the wrong way and they had to do a c section. She was born at 8:54 pm on a Wednesday night and it was nice because a lot of the youth group we were in charge of showed up to see her born. I never looked and felt so proud when I carried her out to show my little girl off. Now she has her drivers permit and ready to take her driving test for her license. I also started thinking about when I turned 16 and it was so long ago that I do not remember what I did on my 16th birthday. You know I thank the Lord for both my girls and that they are healthy and strong and if I don't watch myself they will pass me out in height and be looking down at me. So to my daughter Elizabeth I want to wish you a Happy Birthday. Well I guess the best way to end this is by asking what did you do when you turned 16?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

VOICES

So I am going to start out this blog this way, what voices do you listen too? I know as a runner I sometimes just got to motivate myself to just do it. I start thinking before I even start running how I can get out of it and not do it. I know everyone feels this way and we listen to the voices in our heads and we tend to follow them. So what voice are you listening too. While I was out running today and struggling and listening to my voices a song came on my ipod. This song just started to motivate me and I listened to it the rest of my run, I just kept hitting the back button and listening again and again. It made me think about the voices that tell you you can't do it or there is no way you will accomplish what you are about to do. These voice stop us before we ever get started and then we wonder why we can't do what we need to do. The name of the song is The Voice of Truth by Casting crowns and here are the lyrics;

Oh,what I would do to have
the kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves
To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown
Where Jesus is,
And he's holding out his hand
But the waves are calling out my name
and they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
time and time again
"Boy, you'll never win,
You you'll never win
But the Voice of truth tells me a different story
the Voice of truth says "do not be afraid!"
and the Voice of truth says "this is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth
Oh, what I would do
to have the kind of strength it takes
To stand before a giant
with just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound
of a thousand warriors
shaking in their armor
Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand
But the giant's calling out
my name and he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
time and time again
"Boy you'll never win,
you'll never win."
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
the Voice of truth says "do not be afraid!"
and the Voice of truth says "this is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth
But the stone was just the right size
to put the giant on the ground
and the waves they don't seem so high
from on top of them looking down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
when I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
singing over me
But the Voice of truth tells me a different story
The Voice of truth says "do not be afraid!"
And the Voice of truth says "this is for my glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me (calling out to me)
I will choose to listen and believe (I will choose to listen and believe)
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth
I will listen and believe
I will listen and believe the Voice of truth
I will listen and believe
'Cause Jesus you are the Voice of truth
And I will listen to you.. oh you are the Voice of truth.

Let's listen to that still small voice and tell us we can do it if we just put our strength in Him. We must listen to the voice of TRUTH.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

RUNNING

Have you ever watched runners as they are running? I am writing this because I am a runner and I enjoy running. I have always noticed before I got into running is that runners never seem happy. Now I know why because it is hard work putting in all those miles that we do. I got to say and I will be honest and that is when I start running I need about a half mile or so to get my groove.  Once I get going it seems to get a little easier until you hit that first hill and then you are saying to yourself" why am I doing this". I am out there at 5am and I try to do anywhere from 3 to 4 miles every time I run.  I am also very aware now that I am a runner to watch them as they are running especially on the roads. I know we are not special but we need to watch them so we do not hit them. I am one of these people who run against traffic. I tell my wife that I run that way so I can see the face of the guy who is going to hit me. I guess you could say I want to be the last thing that goes through his mind. She does not like me talking like that so I don't. I am really enjoying running and I hope to be able to do it for a long time. Another reason I like it is that I am older than a lot of guys in my platoon. I always tell them that you need to beet me in running and so I give them a goal to meet. Kids now a days are just lazy and they have not beaten me yet. Well I got to run talk to you later.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

CELL PHONES

What is a phone, it use to be a device that you talk to people on. It use to be a device that you stayed in touch with people from across the country. Times sure had changed, have you noticed we don't talk on them much anymore? We don't talk because we text and I believe this use to be writing a letter but now it is quicker than the mail. I have no problem with texting as long as it is used in the right places at the right time. I guess what I am trying to say is we don't talk anymore. These devices called cell phones has changed the way we live our lives. I have seen texting and driving and you hear the stories of how accidents happen because of this, people still do it. There is so much technology in that little device we carry everyday that if we left it at home our lives would be in total chaos until we got it back in our hands again. I started to just watch people now and see how long they can go without picking up there phone and it is interesting that it is not a very long time. Yes I do have a cell phone and a limited texting plan and the reason I have this is to get in touch with my soldiers. I did not have texting on my phone for a long time because I guess I am too slow at it (still am slow at it). I have tried calling my soldiers and the call would go into there voice mail and I would leave a message. I would not get a call back and I would try again and still no response. So here is why I have limited texting, I would text them and just put in these words CALL ME. I would receive a call back within a few minutes and I can pass on the information I need to pass on. I guess I am still just old fashioned and would rather talk then text. I have 2 daughters and both of them can't wait to get cell phones but there is only one that wants to text on it, that is all she wants to do. I guess I need to just flow with it and catch up to the times and not complain about it. I am one of these guys that I have to have my keys in my pocket and if I don't I start feeling lost and start panicing about where my keys are. I guess now I will have to worry about both my keys and my cell phone. I guess I am just complaining a little bit but it is a part of life and sometimes we just need to catch up with it. Cell phones are great and they come in handy when your car breaks down or you are lost but have you ever noticed that when you breakdown or are lost you are in an area without a signal. I have AT&T for my phone service and the only reason I use them is they are the only phone that works well where I live. Well enough of my griping I need to go text a friend and see what we are doing today. TTYL.

Monday, September 6, 2010

DISTRACTIONS

I was at church yesterday and our pastor talked about distractions and I started to think about all the things that stop me from serving Him properly. I started wondering about some of the things that distract me and I realized Facebook was one of them. I get up in the morning and the first thing I want to do is check and see what is going on in Facebook world. It is a great little gadget but it keeps me distracted. How many times a day do you go to it just to change your status or see if there are any new updates. It has become a distraction to me so I am taking a break from it for a week and just not get on it. Now think about what is distracting you and maybe you need to take a break from it for a while. I also noticed that we are always so busy that as soon as we get out of bed in the morning we are already thinking about the day and wondering where we need to start and how are we going to do it. I start my day off with God and it is always a great way to start my day. So just sit back and think about things that distract you and stop you from doing other things or stop you from just concentrating on our Lord and savior. I will be back on Facebook in a week but it is just good to sit back and take a break with no distractions. I hope you can find what is distracting you and just take a break from it.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

THE OLD MAN, A BOY, AND A DONKEY.

An old man, a boy & a donkey were going to town.

The boy rode on the donkey & the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding..
The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right,so they changed positions.
Then, later, they passed some people who remarked, 'What a shame, he makes that little boy walk.'So they then decided they'd both walk!

Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey.

Now they passed some people who shamed them by saying how awful to put such a load on a poor donkey. The boy and man figured they were probably right, so they decide to carry the donkey.

As they crossed the bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned. The moral of the story? If you try to please everyone, you might as well... Kiss your ass goodbye!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

ASSORTED THOUGHTS

1. Save the whales. Collect the whole set.
2. A day without sunshine is like...night.
3. On the other hand,........ you have different fingers.
4. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
5. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
6. Remember, half the people you know are below average.
7. He who laughs last thinks slowest.
8. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
9. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese that is in the trap.
10. Support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.
11. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
12. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
13. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
14. How many of you believe in psycho kinesis? Raise my hand.
15. OK . . . so what's the speed of dark?
16. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
17. Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
18. Every one has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film.
19. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
20. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
21. What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
22. I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.
23. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
24. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened?
25. Just remember - if the world didn't suck, we would all fall off.
26. Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
27. Life isn't like a box of chocolates. it's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.
28.there is so much good in the worst of us and so much bad in the best of us is doesn't behoove any of us to poor mouth the rest of us.
29.I used to complain about my old worn out shoes until I came across a man that had no feet. So, I took his shoes......hell, he didn't need em !
30. Hookt On Foniks Werkt Fer Mi
31. SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES ..... THEY ARE NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING ... BUT THEY STILL BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN YOU PUSH THEM DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS.
32.Calling an illegal alien an "undocumented immigrant" is like -Calling a drug dealer an "unlicensed pharmacist."
33.Any married man should forget his mistakes, there's no use in two people remembering the same thing.
34. REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL
35. Always remember the words of Mark Twain: "Don't expect too much of human beings. We were created at the end of the week when GOD was tired and looking forward to a day off."
36. Rap is to music, what an Etch-a-Sketch is to art.
37. Good looks will get you a good looking woman with a good body but only $$$ will make her tail wag ---that's why they call them "Bitches".
38. "Ever stop to think...and then never start again?"
39. Remember, what is common knowledge to some is a revelation to others.
40. "We cannot expect the Americans to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of Socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism."Soviet Leader Nikita Khruschev, 1959
41. "If in this life you have a good wife, at least one good dog, 1 good horse, 1 great fishing boat and a decent truck to pull it with and enough sense to know which is the most important then you have truly been blessed."
42.More Gov't control is easily translated into= If you turn your guns into plows, you'll spend the rest of your life plowing for those with guns.__________________
43. " Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young."
44. "True friendship is like sound health;the value of it is seldom known until it be lost."
45. He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of his devotion.
46. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

RELAXING


Well it has been almost a week since I got home and it feels great. I spent the last few days just hanging with my family. We went to the movies and just got caught up on everything that I missed. I even went back to the gym this week and now I know that I am out of shape( round is a shape). Things are going great though just relaxing. I do not go back to my job until the 23rd of this month. It is good still getting paid by the military. Today we are having an open house for all my friends and family. My wife has it arranged for people to come by between 3 and 7 today. This way if they are not at church tomorrow or working tomorrow that can stop by and see me and welcome me home. I am getting back into my groove again and now I am looking at the grass and saying that it needs to be cut again. Well I just thank God that I am home and my whole unit came home safe. We had no problems. Well thanks to everyone for your prayers and your support.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

HOME AT LAST.




Today is a very special day and the reason it is special is I am at home. I am sitting here drinking coffee and updating my blog in my own house. Oh what a feeling. I arrived home around noon time on the 2nd of August. It was so nice to see my family in person and not on skype or hearing them on the phone. I guess you can say I will miss the guys I have been hanging out with over the past year but there is some I will not think about again. It was a very special day to get that hug from your family and just feel them in your arms. My daughters were excited and just seeing the change in them was great. One change was when I left they had braces and now they are off. I cannot say it enough but I am so glad to be home. I think one of the good things is I can wear what I want now and not wear that uniform for a while. I get to make the decision on what to wear and not wear. It was really great to see my loving wife and just see her smile at me the way she does and she looked great when when she picked me up too. Now it is time to unpack everything and get back to the world of being a civilian again. I really missed my family and I hope this does not happen again for a long time, at least I know now that they can handle it and be OK. Well I am going to go and enjoy this day.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

ALMOST HOME.

Well I am on the slow journey home from Iraq. We left Baghdad Iraq on the 22nd of July, there we went to Kuwait and spent about 4 days there. Then we finally got the word that we are heading home. It was a very long flight and yes it was very boring but we endured and now we are in Camp Shelby Mississippi demobbing. They are really stretching it out here and if we did it all straight through we would be done by now. They are having us go through one station at a time. Lets say for instance today we cleared dental and it took 2 hours. That was it and we got the rest of the day off. We are all sitting around doing the army motto and that is hurrying up and waiting. I believe we could have been home by now but oh well we are on our way. We will be leaving here in a few days and I am anxiously waiting to get back home to my family and friends. The heat in Mississippi is so much more humid then in Iraq but like anything it is easy to get use to it. Well I will write again in a few days when I get home. I want to say publicly thanks to my family for all there support in this deployment. Thank you Lord foer a safe trip so far.

Monday, July 19, 2010

RESPECT

I was always told that respect is earned and not given. I was also told that you must respect the position even if you don't respect the person. I guess this is a griping day for me. I looked up the word respect in the dictionary and it said it is a deference to a right, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges; proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgement; respect for a persons rights; to show respect for the flag; respect for the elderly. The condition of being esteemed or honored; to be held in respect.

Now the reason I wrote this is I have to give respect to a position and not the person. I have met some people who I respect them and there position and that is awesome. I have to many people that I have to report to in whom I do not respect them as a person. I do it because of there position over me. I am not sure if this is wrong but with everyday that goes on that respect keeps diminishing. It is a shame that a lot of the guys that are under this person is losing respect for this person too. I know when I get home I will miss a few of these guys but there is some I won't even say goodbye too. I guess the respect is being lost because of hearing "it is a team thing" and when we do things as a team this person is not there and I feel if it is a team thing the whole team should be there. It is coming down to "Do as I say and not as I do" and that is something I won't do when I become in charge of a group. Well enough griping for today and I am glad I have a place to vent and thanks for letting me do it. Have a great day.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

IT'S BEEN A ROUGH YEAR

But not everyone is as lucky as I am........

The economy is so bad that I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

I ordered a burger at McDonald's, and the kid asked, " Can you afford fries with that?"

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient funds" you have to call them and ask if they mean you or them.

Hot Wheels and Matchbox are trading higher then GM.

McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

Parents in Beverly Hills and Malibu are firing their nannies and learning their children's names.

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.

Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.

Motel six won't leave the light on anymore.

The Mafia is laying off judges.

BP Oil laid off 25 Congressman.

And Finally

I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, and our bleak future, that I called the Suicide Hot line and was connected to a call center in Pakistan. When I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.

Monday, July 12, 2010

TIME IS WINDING DOWN.

They say time flies when you are having fun and time does go by fast when you are busy. Well we have approximately one week left and we have nothing to do. Time seemed to have stopped and the days are dragging by. I guess you could say we are looking forward to going home and that could be making time stop. It is like we are waiting on Christmas morning when we were kids and the closer it got the slower it came. I remember when I got called back into the army during Desert Storm One. Now here is the military thinking I got called back in in January 1991 and they sent me to Germany to train me for the desert. Now that is an oxymoron, but I said that to say this. We got to Germany and they said we will be here 2 weeks before going over to the desert. We started our training and the first week went by fast then the war ended and we sat around after that waiting to go home. I guess I just need to plan my days better. Right now my days consist of sleeping during the day and then I can't sleep at night, watching movies and eating. I guess I should be happy because our missions are over and we are staying on the FOB until we leave. I guess I am ready to be home and get back to a normal routine and see my family. I really miss them tremendously and they miss me. Well I guess I cannot rush the military when there motto is hurry up and wait. I will be home soon and I am very thankful that the time has finally come and we can leave. I want to thank the people that are following my blog, I am not the greatest writer in the world and I write about my feelings. Thanks for following and thanks for letting me follow your blog. Signing off for today and you all have a great day.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

VICE PRESIDENTS VISIT.

Well we had the honor of the Vice President Joe Biden come and visit us here in Iraq. I think the funny thing about his visit is that everyone is hush hush about it. We were told we had a VIP coming to visit us but they did not want to say who. So if you are a good soldier and wanted to find out you just go to Yahoo or Google. They had the story coming out of his visit and where he was going and why he was here. Everything is suppose to be OPSEC but Yahoo and Google already put it out. I did not get the pleasure of meeting him but I did get the pleasure of being one of the guys who sat on the side of the road waiting for his motorcade to pass so we can stop traffic and let it go by. I think it is funny that they said he was here to celebrate the 4Th with the troops and a lot of us troops worked so he can go to where he wanted to go. I guess I am complaining a little bit but it was boring just sitting out there and waiting, then you get the word he is coming and it is over in minutes. Then we wait to do it again when he is done with the meeting. We had to sit out there for 2 days and it was not fun but it is interesting when you block traffic for about 10-15 minutes how irritable people can get because you stopped them. I guess it gave us a piece of home because as Americans we are always in a hurry too.

There is one thing I noticed here over the 2 days I was out there. The Iraqi people have a great care to take care of there own. I sat there and watched as people just stopped and picked up people who were walking. I don't think they knew them they just stopped and picked them up. The other thing they do is they will stand on the side of the road and just wave and people stop and pick them up. It seems like they know and trust there own to just pick up a stranger. That is something we will not do in America because we lost our sense of trust.

I think the funniest thing was we had to block the road one more time for the Vice President to go to the LZ so he can catch a helicopter to leave Baghdad. It was no more than a minute or two after the birds took off the alarm goes off Incoming, Incoming, Take cover. A lot of times you here this and nothing follows but this time something followed and there was an explosion from the incoming. I don't know how close it was but I got my but back into the MRAP where I had a little more protection than being out in the open. Well I guess all in all he had a good visit and no one got hurt.

Well he is gone now and we go on like he was never here and we continue the countdown until we leave this country. That is something that I am looking forward too. Well enough about his visit I just hope it was worth the trip.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

FRIENDSHIPS

There are a few good things that came out of this deployment and one of those things are the friendships that I have made. You really don't think about it much but all along you were friends but on a different level. I have posted in an earlier blog about the friends I have made and how people are different when you get to be with them 24/7 and you see there little quirks. Some of the people that I have hung out with, they will just stay acquaintances but some have become good friends. Like my roommate for instance, we were good friends before we were deployed but since we hung out together and shared the same room our friendship has grown. I believe that friendship moved on to a whole new level. I know things will change once we get out of here but our friendship has grown. I am really glad for that because they know how we are and if this ever happens again and we get deployed together, we can request that we room together.
Now let me tell you about another friend that I got close to while I was over here. That friend is my wife. She has been a real trooper while I have been gone and you don't realize what you got until it is not there everyday. I have to thank technology because they let me see her everyday on Skype and that is a great tool to have. I was told once that you have to get close to God and you can get closer together. That is what we did we got closer to God during our separation and as we got closer to Him we got closer together. The way I can explain this is imagine a triangle and God is at the top. Now put yourself and your wife on each side of the triangle. As you get closer to God you get closer to each other. We had a saying that we ended our letters with and that was "See you at the top" or "Still climbing".
I am proud to say that come this October I will have been married to my best friend for 20 years. Sometimes you don't like to be apart but sometimes being apart brings you closer together. I love you Vickie.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

BALANCE

"God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day.

He inquired, 'Where have you been?'

God smiled deeply and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, 'Look, Michael. Look what I've made.'

Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and, 'What is it?'

'It's a planet,' replied God, and I've put life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a place to test Balance.'

'Balance? 'inquired Michael, 'I'm still confused.'

God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth. 'For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. Over here I've placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things.'

God continued pointing to different countries. 'This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice.'

The Archangel , impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land area and said, 'What's that one?'

'That's Pennsylvania , the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, and plains. The people from Pennsylvania are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to travel the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, carriers of peace, and producers of good things.'

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, 'But what about balance, God? You said there would be balance.'

God smiled, 'Not very far from Pennsylvania is Washington , DC . Wait till you see the idiots I put there.'"

Thursday, June 24, 2010

ANOTHER DAY CLOSER TO PARADICE.

It is so funny how you look forward to getting to where you are going and when you get there you start looking forward to leaving. We are getting ready to leave here and I cannot share the date yet but it is soon. Our mission here was cut short because of the drawdown of troops in Iraq. I am not saying I mind and I will be glad to get out of here. I have enjoyed it somewhat. I have enjoyed the friendships that I have made. I guess when you only see eachother a weekend a month it is hard to get to know people. When you are with them 24/7 you get to know more than you want too. There are some people here you think would be cool and then you hang around them and they are compltete idiots. I had a great opportunity to hang out with some officers on my missions. The only thing I can say is they were great. Sometimes when you see an officer they have this you are below me attitude. Not the ones I met and had to work for. I worked for generals, colonel's, major's, lt colonel's and even some captains. I will tell you this they were the greatest people to be around.

Well now that we are winding down, you don't realize all the stuff you accumulated over the months. Most of it is stuff people sent you and you just hung on to it. I have already mailed home 2 big black boxes of stuff. Most of it was things they made us pack and we did not use at all. Let me give you a for instance, they had us bring an extreme cold weather suit, poly pro tops and bottoms and a lot of snibble gear that we did not need or use. I guess they were taking precautions. You never know if it gets cold here. Well enough on that.

I am not going to gripe on this one because I am thankful for this opportunity to serve my country and be here. I always said when people asked me why are you going to Iraq? My answer would be so someone else can come home. Now there will be someone coming to replace me and I can go home. Well like I said I am very thankful. Soon I will be home and get back to my wife and girls.

Monday, June 21, 2010

I HOPE YOU MISSED ME




It has been a long time since I blogged last and I figured it is about time I did. I have been keeping a journal instead of being on here and I thought it was for safety reasons. Part of it was and part of it was the connection speed and the internet going off and on. I have been doing real well and the mission we were on was the best mission anyone could be on. We are doing a PSD( personal security detail) mission and I cannot say what we were doing or who we were doing it for until after I get home. I will share some of the fun stories without giving all the opsec away. I have been doing real good here and I am really glad that my family is doing well at home without me. It is amazing the support I have from my family and yes they miss me but they are also doing a fine job without me.




My wife always wondered how she would be without me around and she did a great job. Let's share some of the things she accomplished so far while I am away. We live in TN and as you know TN had there 100 year flood and we got a lot of rain. The last thing I heard was around 18 inches in 3 days. Now for TN that is a lot of rain at one time. Well our driveway washed away and of course it was gravel and it became a big part of our front yard after it was all done and overwith. She handled that well and got the driveway all taken care of and she just handled it and as I always told her that I am real proud of my wife. She got the basement all dried in by the help of Olshan and now my basement will not be getting anymore water in it. Her next big project is getting the second bathroom put in. A man with 3 woman at home needs a second bathroom. She has already got that lined up and will be done before I get home. I am real proud of my wife.




Now my girls have accomplished some things too. My youngest (14) Katie has song a solo in a talent competition called Fine Arts and it is put on by the Assembly of God. It was her first time singing a solo in front of judges and for a competition. She did real well and missed the next step by one point. I am so proud of her too and she sent me a copy of her singing on a disc so I can be a part of it too. Now my oldest (15) Elizabeth she was at the same competition and did a piano solo for the second year in a row. I wish I was like her and can pick up things as fast as she can. She also missed the next level by one point. She has also been driving on her permit now for almost a year and she is so looking forward to getting my truck. She might be disappointed because I am not giving it up. Well again and I cannot say it enough I am really proud of my wife and girls.




I have been with a great bunch of guys and I would serve with them again in a heartbeat. I will be the first to tell you that the army has not changed in a long time. They are still doing stupid stuff and making everyone else do stupid stuff with them. When I got out the first time back in 1990 and I stayed out for 15 years and got back in. The one thing I pondered was surely things have changed. No it has not and what happened was the people doing the stupid stuff before are still in but now that just have a higher rank. Sometimes it feels like the higher up you go the more brain cells you lose. Now mind you this does not go for all of them but a few I know right here in Iraq it fits to a tee. I have been back in the guard now going on 6 years and I have 3 left on this contract. I guess over the next three years I have some thinking to do. Well I wrote enough for now I hope everyone who follows me reads this and continue to follow. I am back folks and will be updating this blog a whole lot more. Thanks for reading.




























Monday, February 22, 2010

FINALLY MADE IT TO IRAQ

Well after spending 2 glorious months at lovely Camp Shelby Mississipi and then a great time in Kuwait I am finally here. We made it to Iraq destination is to remain unonimous for secerity reasons. The weather here is not bad so far and I know it will be getting hotter. I spent the last couple of days doing the army stupid stuff. Let me explain we had to get all our gear on a bus instead of a truck like we were suppose to get and then we had to cram in the bus and find our seats. All this time we have gear on our laps and then we do the hurry up and wait thing. The bus did not have the air running and so we sit with gear in our laps and we are sweating because of the heat. Wait it gets better, then we finally get moving and we get to our destination. Guess what happens next we have to get off the bus, now remember our gear is on our laps and go make sure our weapons are cleared in the clearing barrel before we can go into the FOB we were going to. I believe this was the reason I got out the first time. I thought after being out 15 years things would have changed but no they have not. I think it is just the stupid people from when I was in before just moved up in rank and are stupid still but getting paid more now. Well enough complaining I am doing fine and since this is my first full day here, I will not complain to much. I hope everyone who reads this is doing good.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

MISSISSIPPI

I have been down here for a while now and I still think that Camp Shelby sucks. The weather has been good then bad then good then bad. It just can't make up it's mind. The training is going good and I am glad to be getting it but I am ready to go and get my tour of duty started and done. My family seems to be doing good so far and I am calling everyday and hearing there voices. I am glad to be able to do that and just talk and video chat with them. They are coming down to visit me in a few weeks and I cannot wait to see them. It feels like it already has been forever but it has not. Well I am glad to be here and it seems like we are all getting along pretty good so far. That is a plus and we seem to still be able to laugh no matter how stupid some things get or how bad the weather is. I guess if we are still laughing things are still going OK. I hope the laughing continues.

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