Friday, January 27, 2006


Dear Gabe,

Great news, Kayle has agreed to bring Zachary out for a visit in May when you come home on mid-tour!  Yahoo!  I am so excited I can't sit still!  I don't know how I'm going to make it until then, you know how impatient I am.

By the way, your son is fine.  He just had a touch of the stomach flu.  I guess it went through the whole house over there.  We've got our own little epidemic here, Big Zack missed two days of work and Rocky is now home from school for the second day in a row with a fever, sore throat and body aches.

Dad got a call from the personnel office in response to his application for the Range Control job.  All he needs to do is pass a physical and the job is his.  Needless to say he is very VERY excited.  He has wanted a job there for so long.  Besides, the stress at his current job is turning him into an old man before his time.  Now he'll be able to get out in the area he loves so much and knows so well.

Your buddy opened his eye the other day and was even breathing on his own for a couple of hours.  His fever went down, another great sign.  I don't think he wants to miss the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl, and they WILL win you know, if for no other reason then for him. 

We received a brochure in the mail the other day from the Army National Guard.  I assumed it was for Zachary but I was wrong.  It was for Art.  For a second I was angry, I mean REALLY angry.  He's only 16!  16 is too young to understand what a commitment to the military entails.  16 is too young to even begin to think about that kind of future.  But again, I was wrong.  Your baby brother wants to join just a badly as you did, and your dad and grandfathers did.  And he will join when the time comes and I will be just as proud of him as I am of you and your other brother who has chosen a different path.  I just pray for a swift end to this madness so that no more lives are put in harms way.  Take care of the mission son, and come home safe.

Miss you, love you always,



Anonymous astaryth said...

Oh My Goodness!!!!! Does this mean loads and loads and loads of little zachary pictures?? <LOL> This is great news!

January 27, 2006 at 12:33 PM  
Anonymous princesssaurora said...

I can't wait for May so you can all be together!  I hope you post lots of pics for all of us to see!  Hang in there. Gabe.  Be safe... prayers as always for you....

Be well,

January 27, 2006 at 10:04 PM  
Anonymous mandy787 said...

Your letters to your son are extremely touching, eloquent and heartfelt.   It must be sheer torture to have one's child in this senseless war.   I thank God that my daughter is 30-years-old and female.

I hope Gabe remains blessed and free from harm.  Hopefully, there is end to the madness that our current "President" got us into.  

The best to you and yours.  God bless......


January 28, 2006 at 5:40 AM  
Anonymous mlrhjeh said...

This is a very touching journal and I appreciate your willingness to share.

I pray for Gabe and for all the young people who are serving this country.

Keep writing!

Congrats on being a pick this week!

Mary Louise

January 28, 2006 at 2:03 PM  
Anonymous lilmzrhshottie4u said...

Hi, my name is Megan and i was reading your journal. Wish your son the best of luck for me. I know what it is like to have someone you care so much about being sent off. My Husband was deployed to Iraq two months ago... and I am expecting our first child July 7. Well I have to go now... I will pray for your son.
~Megan Diaz, Charleston, Wv; age 18

January 28, 2006 at 4:43 PM  
Anonymous wnsheather said...

Hi Gabe and Family!
I hope everyone is doing well.
Mom- What a thoughtful way to keep in touch with your son. A mother's love is an amazng thing...I hope you don't mind but I am going to add you to my blog pag under my favorites.
Hugs to all and please contact me if there is any help you need...(And here in Nebraska when we say that we mean it!)
Love to all,

January 28, 2006 at 9:35 PM  
Anonymous shelt28 said...

Great Journal. Be safe out there Gabe!


January 29, 2006 at 3:27 AM  

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