Sunday, March 26, 2006

Happy Anniversary Chad! I love you!

Today is our 9th anniversary. The years have definately flown by! I'm so thankful I met you 10 yrs ago, that you "liked what you saw" and yet were still happy on being just me "friend" until my eyes truly opened up and I saw not only a good friend, but this amazing man who knew almost everything about me by being my unconditional friend and confidant. Thank you for your love and friendship. You have given me more than I ever dreamed of. I thank GOD everyday for you.

I LOVE YOU! Happy Anniversary Honey! I look forward to the next 50 years of making memories!


I'm sorry it's been so  long since I updated. Chad will  be home for R&R in a little over a week! I'm really excited! I  have a 2 night stay for our family down in Garmish at a military lodge and resort! We're all excited about that. On our way down there, we're going to stop in Munich and do some site seeing. We're also planning on going to Austria while we're down there and exploring and do some shopping, but mostly we just plan to relax. We may extend for an extra day  but we'll decide that while we're there. Chad will be home for Easter!!!! I'm so thrilled about that, at least we'll have him for ONE holiday during this deployment! I have a small turkey in the deep freezer so I'm going to make a traditional holiday meal that our family loves, he'll leave a couple days  later so at least I can send him off with a good meal! :)

The boys know he's coming home, but don't know when exactly and I'm not going to tell them...going to let them be surprised when we go to pick him up!

Chad's not been online much. A few weeks ago the base camp where the rest of his unit's at, was attacked by a rocket being launched into their camp and landing just feet away from t heir barrack's and injuring 14. Well this past week, a rocket was launched into Chad's camp, it landed about 2 football field lengths from Chad's room. I still have amazing peace over all of it, which is  honestly so new for me, because by nature I worry.  God's just given me amazing peace.

Please keep Chad in your prayers though for his physical safety and also pray for him emotionally. The 24th marked 7 yrs since our daughter was dx with leukemia. It's been kind of a full circle thing being back here in Germany. We are planning on visiting the hospital she was tx at for 6 weeks when initially dx once Chad's home. I need to email her oncologist so that when we do have the time to go that way, we know he'll be there.

God Bless

Friday, March 3, 2006

Never Forget The Sacrifices

Your alarm goes off, you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10 minutes.

He stays up for days on end.

You take a warm shower to help you wake up.

He goes days or weeks without running water.

You complain of a "headache", and call in sick.

He gets shot at, as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

You put on your anti war/don't support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.

He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

You make sure you're cell phone is in your pocket.

He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

You talk trash on your "buddies" that aren't with you.

He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

You don't feel like helping out your dad today, so you don't.

He does what he is told.

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.

He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

You complain about how hot it is.

He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.

He does not get to eat today.

Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.

He wears the same things for months, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You go to the mall and get your hair redone.

He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.

You are angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.

He is told he will be held an extra 2 months.

He does as he is told.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for that night.

He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.

He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.

You ditch class to go to a movie.

He goes where he is told.

You roll your eyes as a baby cries.

He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.

He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own government and remembers why he is fighting.

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of the men like him.

He hears the gun fire and bombs.

You see only what the media wants you to see.

He sees the bodies lying around him.

You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.

He does what he is told.

You stay at home and watch tv.

He takes whatever time he is given to call and write home, sleep, and eat.

You crawl into your bed, with down pillows, and try to get comfortable.

He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be woken by gun fire.

You sit there and judge him, saying the world is a worse place because of men like him.

If only there were more men like him


I'm not sure of the author, I am going to email my friend she might have written it, she's talented so if it was her I'll be sure to add her name to it.