Friday, July 29, 2005


I spoke with Grandma Teru today.  She's well, sort of.  She has had a little trouble with her heart lately and is being tested for specific problems.  She says not to worry until she says to worry.  Anyhow, she had some kind of good news.  My brother (Uncle George) is in the process of trying to get back in to the reserves.  He's already completed and passed the first series of applications.  He's still waiting to find out if his past will affect his re-enlisting.  Anyhow, if he is allowed to re-enlist, he already knows that his reserve unit will be attached to YOUR unit!  How cool is that?

I spoke to Doris and Larry last night.  Larry is at Belvoir. It was so nice talking with them.  I can't wait to get back together with them.  Don't know when that will be.  Who knows, if I make a trip out your way to see you and my grandbaby before you leave, I might be able to swing up to VA and see her too.

Dad said you were starting to pack when he spoke to you the other day.  I didn't need to hear that.  Its less than 2 months away.  I'm worried sick, and you haven't even left yet. 

I've been discovering the wisdom in your request that I don't watch the news while you're overseas.  I cry infront of the TV every night.  One of my journaling friends lost her son last week.  I never want to go through the hell she is living in, do you hear me?  So keep your head down and be safe. 

Miss you and love you,


Friday, July 22, 2005

SPRING CLEANING.... a little late, or maybe I'm early

We spent the whole day cleaning and guess what, the house looks great.  Well, except for the bedrooms of course.  Your dad even helped out a little with the dishes this morning!  Tomorrow, or actually today since its after midnight, we will go crawdadding!  Woo hoo!

I probably wouldn't have been a productive today if I hadn't have been in such a sad mood.  One of the ladies I know from AOL lost her son in Iraq this week.  She was the one who kept telling me that you would be alright in basic and if and when you went to war.  And I would tell her that her son was okay even when she didn't hear from him in a while.  I've been crying off and on all day, pretty much every time I think about it.  And then I start worrying about you.

I wish you didn't have to go, but I know you have to.  God has his hands full watching over all of the soldiers over there, so you're going to have to do your part and be safe.  And when you get there, you look out for the others as well.  They will be your family out there, they are all your brothers and sisters.  You know what its like to look after the little ones, the ones who cannot always look out for themselves.  I'm telling you this now because I may forget as the time draws nearer and I get more goofy with fear.

Most of all, now and always, I love you!



Sunday, July 10, 2005


It must have been soooo hard to get in that car and drive away last night.  I know, I remember all of our goodbyes so vividly, but I could not imagine leaving my baby with the uncertainty of not knowing when we'd meet again.  You are very strong, son.  I hope that one day you will be able to relax more and enjoy being a parent as much as I do.  For now, just enjoy that you are temporarily relieved of doodie-duty.

I left a message for Kayle at her house.  Both she and her mom were out.  I'll try again tomorrow if I have time.  Auntie Val and Uncle Ken are due to arrive sometime tomorrow.  Once they leave later in the week I'll be able to sit down and print off some pictures for you and Kayle. 

And yes, the cousins have left.  The house is so quiet now.  Shhhhhh, don't tell anyone, but I miss the little guys, especially Little Miss Miki with the big mouth!  Uncle Jay was talking about maybe swinging out this way again in the wintertime.  Hopefully they will all stay well and be able to make the trip.  That would be so nice.  This visit only gave us two days to spend with your Aunt and Uncle.

Well, hang in there Gabe.  The weeks will pass quickly and you'll be able to spend more time with little Zachary.  And I will keep my fingers crossed that you get to pick him up and come out this way in August.  Heck, I'll even drive out and pick you up myself since I'm not working any more!

Take care.  Miss you, Love you!