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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.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence ?


1. Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

2. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

3. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

4. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

1. Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

2. Eleven were merchants,

3. Nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated.

Still they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy and eventually sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

Thomas Nelson, Jr., lost his home to the British General Cornwallis for his headquarters. Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently or not so silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free !

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

LETTER TO ME....

  I was out laying around in my new hammock I got for my birthday/fathers day present. It was a nice Saturday afternoon and I was done with the grass and there was a nice breeze. As I was laying there and put in my IPOD to listen to some music. I came across this song by Brad Paisley called "Letter to me." I started thinking about this song and was wondering if I was able to do that what would I say.

  That is tough but I would look at all the wrong decisions I made and tell myself not to go down that road that it leads to a life you do not need. I would have told myself not to hang out with those kind of people they will just get you into trouble. I would have said protect your mind and learn as much as you can so you can do better for yourself in life. I would have said respect your parents a little more they are only doing what is right for you.

  I know if you had this kind of advise that life would be easy and you would be able to breeze right through it. That is where we grow up in the roads we traveled, the people we hung out with, and what we did in school. I would not change anything about my life and how I was raised because right now I see my kids and I am so proud that I see where they are going and it looks good.

  I looked back and realized the roads I traveled were tough but I learned from them and I realize that this was my life and this is my story and I got to share it with my kids. They still have to listen to my music because all I play is classic rock when I am driving. My life was good.

  Enjoy the video.



Saturday, May 25, 2013

MEMORIAL DAY

Well it is that time of year again and I was thinking that I need to get a new mattress and I was wondering if I can find one on sale this weekend. Wait I found one right here and I get free delivery.

        
Then I was thinking That I need to get a new truck or car and was wondering if I can find one this weekend on sale.
You can find any kind of sale that you want this weekend or any weekend. This weekend is the official start to summer and the weekend to celebrate 3 days off from work.  What does this MEMORIAL day weekend mean to you? This is the weekend that we remember why we have the freedom that we do.

I was the MC for a Kindergarten graduation last night and I realized the freedom that we have to home school our kids. The freedom we have to meet in a group setting and not have to worry about breaking the laws of our government. We have this freedom because of all the soldiers who have gone ahead and gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can have this freedom.

We have our freedom because of Sergeant Thomas A Baker;

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty at Saipan, Mariana Islands, 19 June to 7 July 1944. When his entire company was held up by fire from automatic weapons and small-arms fire from strongly fortified enemy positions that commanded the view of the company, Sgt. (then Pvt.) Baker voluntarily took a bazooka and dashed alone to within 100 yards of the enemy. Through heavy rifle and machinegun fire that was directed at him by the enemy, he knocked out the strong point, enabling his company to assault the ridge. Some days later while his company advanced across the open field flanked with obstructions and places of concealment for the enemy, Sgt. Baker again voluntarily took up a position in the rear to protect the company against surprise attack and came upon 2 heavily fortified enemy pockets manned by 2 officers and 10 enlisted men which had been bypassed. Without regard for such superior numbers, he unhesitatingly attacked and killed all of them. Five hundred yards farther, he discovered 6 men of the enemy who had concealed themselves behind our lines and destroyed all of them. On 7 July 1944, the perimeter of which Sgt. Baker was a part was attacked from 3 sides by from 3,000 to 5,000 Japanese. During the early stages of this attack, Sgt. Baker was seriously wounded but he insisted on remaining in the line and fired at the enemy at ranges sometimes as close as 5 yards until his ammunition ran out. Without ammunition and with his own weapon battered to uselessness from hand-to-hand combat, he was carried about 50 yards to the rear by a comrade, who was then himself wounded. At this point Sgt. Baker refused to be moved any farther stating that he preferred to be left to die rather than risk the lives of any more of his friends. A short time later, at his request, he was placed in a sitting position against a small tree . Another comrade, withdrawing, offered assistance. Sgt. Baker refused, insisting that he be left alone and be given a soldier's pistol with its remaining 8 rounds of ammunition. When last seen alive, Sgt. Baker was propped against a tree, pistol in hand, calmly facing the foe. Later Sgt. Baker's body was found in the same position, gun empty, with 8 Japanese lying dead before him. His deeds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.


We have our freedom because of Paul R Smith;

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy near Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad, Iraq on 4 April 2003. On that day, Sergeant First Class Smith was engaged in the construction of a prisoner of war holding area when his Task Force was violently attacked by a company-sized enemy force. Realizing the vulnerability of over 100 fellow soldiers, Sergeant First Class Smith quickly organized a hasty defense consisting of two platoons of soldiers, one Bradley Fighting Vehicle and three armored personnel carriers. As the fight developed, Sergeant First Class Smith braved hostile enemy fire to personally engage the enemy with hand grenades and anti-tank weapons, and organized the evacuation of three wounded soldiers from an armored personnel carrier struck by a rocket propelled grenade and a 60mm mortar round. Fearing the enemy would overrun their defenses, Sergeant First Class Smith moved under withering enemy fire to man a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on a damaged armored personnel carrier. In total disregard for his own life, he maintained his exposed position in order to engage the attacking enemy force. During this action, he was mortally wounded. His courageous actions helped defeat the enemy attack, and resulted in as many as 50 enemy soldiers killed, while allowing the safe withdrawal of numerous wounded soldiers. Sergeant First Class Smith�s extraordinary heroism and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Third Infantry Division �Rock of the Marne,� and the United States Army.

Our freedom was paid for by Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Navy and Our Lord and Savior.They all gave the ultimate sacrifice. We owe them a weekend to remember and not just sales for mattresses and cars. FREEDOM ISN'T FREE


Thank you Lord for everything.



























   





Thursday, May 2, 2013

WHATS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD

I was sitting here wondering WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD? I know what is wrong with it and they are giving the wrong people the praise and they are setting the wrong example. Here is a story I read on Facebook and I don't know if it is true or not but it does set the tone. Here is the story,

This week NBA player Jason Collins announced he was gay. He was showered with praise, calls from high level officials, including presidents, and bestowed the coveted title of hero. However at Ft Campbell KY on Monday, SFC Greg Robinson, 34, became the first amputee to complete the grueling 10 day Air Assault School. SFC Robinson lost his leg in Afghanistan in 2006. I am an Air Assault School grad and can attest to its rigor. During the course, SFC Robinson's prosthetic leg broke several times, and the standards were never lowered. Did SFC Robinson make magazine covers or get national praise? Nah, true American heroes don't need praise, they just serve and protect us. Air Assault! This was from Allen West's facebook page.

Like I said I do not know if this is true or not but just seeing the story let's us know that there is a lot of people out there who deserve the recognition as hero's and they do not get it.
Here are just a few:

March 2013 Casualties

Sixteen Heroes gave their lives for our country this month

Spc. Cody D. Suggs, 22, of West Alexandria, Ohio
Tech. Sgt. Larry D. Bunn, 43, of Bossier City, La
Capt. Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, 28, of South Miami, Fla.
Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, 26, of Edmond, Okla.
Chief Petty Officer Christian Michael Pike, 31, of Peoria, Ariz.
Spc. David T. Proctor, 26, of Greensboro, N.C
Staff Sgt. Steven P. Blass, 27, of Estherville, Iowa
Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Henderson, 27, of Franklin, La.
Capt. Sara M. Knutson, 27, of Eldersburg, Md.
Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, of Naples, Fla.
Spc. Zachary L. Shannon, 21, of Dunedin, Fla
Chief Warrant Officer James E. Groves III, 37, of Kettering, Ohio
Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom, 31, of Hayward, Calif.
Sgt. Tristan M. Wade, 23, of Indianapolis, Ind.
Sgt. Michael C. Cable, 26, of Philpot, Ky
Chief Warrant Officer Curtis S. Reagan, 43, of Summerville, S.C

February 2013 Casualties


One marine lost his life in defense of our freedoms this month.
Staff Sgt. Jonathan D. Davis, 34, of Kayenta, Ariz

January 2013 Casualties


Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, 28, of Chester, Va.
Sgt. David J. Chambers, 25, of Hampton, Va.
Sgt. Mark H. Schoonhoven, 38, of Plainwell, Mich.

This list is just this year and I did not see there names on the cover of any magazine or the main heading on any newspaper.

I think it is time we admire the real hero's in this world and it is not someone who is a famous sports star, actor, actress, congressman, senator, or anyone else who decides to come out of the closet. This is just my opinion and I am sticking by it. I hope you all have a great day.











Sunday, April 21, 2013

TOUGH WEEK

There has been one thing this week that the president said that is true. He said Thursday night during his briefing that it was a tough week. Yes it was and we need to keep all the people that were injured and the families of the ones who died in our prayers. Then there was the fertilizer plant in Texas that blew up and killed many people.

There are days when we have tough weeks because of our jobs or the people we have to deal with but what happened this week our problems are small very small. I seen a quote this week and it said "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” (Fred (Mr.) Rogers).

Look for the helpers is such a good phrase because when bad things do happen we seem to put everything aside and start pulling together as a team or better yet as a family. If you seen all the videos of the bombings in Boston you seen people running to help strangers and it did not matter who they were, they came to help.

It has been a "Tough Week" and maybe we should look back on this and realize that our lives are not as bad as it seems and maybe we should start looking to HELP instead of looking to blame or ignore people.

Thank you Lord for everything you do for me.



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

IT'S TIME TO START WRITING AGAIN.

I took a little time off from blogging and basicly life itself. It seemed like I just put everything on hold for a while. I guess I could blame just work but that is not an excuse. I just got LAZY with working out, running and things in general. I have made it a point to push myself through this funk and get out of it. I am going to start off blogging slow and then get into it again. I hope everyone has not forgotten me. Time to get started again. Blogging again soon.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

WEATHER

As some of you might know but I live in middle TN and this week has been so weird as far as the weather is concerned. Our weather here has been so sporadic and so different. It seems to be doing this every year. Just last week we had temps near 70 degrees. The temps should be in the 30's. Here is where it gets weird. In the past week we had near 70 temps, tornadoes, rain, colder temps and then snow. This all happened within 3 days. I am not sure what is going on but it is weird. I guess you can say the world is changing and not for the better. I guess I cannot complain because I still have my health and that is a good thing. Well I guess I remember when I was a kid growing up in PA. that when it was winter it was winter. We would have the cold and snow at the right times of the season. It is even strange up there because my Mom is still there and she fills me in on that. I think that sometimes God is up there wringing His hands and saying "watch this". He is not doing that but it does make you wonder. Well enough complaining about the weather and maybe I should just look at it and say bring it on. Y'all have a great day.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

12 DAYS INTO THE NEW YEAR.

Well it is January 12 and the new year is off and running. I have seen the resolutioners start coming in because I have seen the class at the gym I take with some new faces. I was thinking this year might be different and I am workout a little harder this year. As you know as you get older it takes more time to recover from an injury. I was at the gym the other day at mt Boot Camp class and I felt my hamstring tighten up and my knee start hurting. I guess the one thing that is good is it is on the same leg. So know I am missing my class and running with my friends. I really need to heal so I can get back into the groove again. So since Jan 1st here are some things that has happened in my life. You just read the first one and the second one is that I put in for a transfer with my National Guard unit. My transfer was accepted and now starting in Feb I will be reporting to a new unit. This was an opportunity that you cannot pass up and so I took it. I have been with my last unit since I got back into the National Guard in 2005. It was a bittersweet to say goodbye because I was in a good platoon and we were starting to gel. Now I am on a new adventure and really looking forward to it. I guess in life you need to keep growing and keep learning so you do not become stagnant and just see life pass you bye. Work has been going good so far and we are very busy and that is a good thing. I was also put under new management at work because they are starting a new dept and putting shipping and receiving under on manager. It will be a change and once we get all the bugs worked out it will be a good thing. So you know what is going on in my life and I hope that 12 days in to the new year you are doing OK.

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