Thursday, August 25, 2005


I think I'm finally back in the swing of things. It took about a week for my internal clock to get switched over, and then a few more days just to get my head back in the game. The R&R program is great and it was a much needed break. But it definitely leaves you a little deflated after you come off the high of being home.

Things are much the same here. It's still hotter than Hades with the average daily temperature somewhere in the mid 120's. But the weather should break in about another month and become a lot more bearable. It may sound ludicrous, but anything below 110 is actually refreshing. It is, after all, a dry heat. :-)

Insurgent activity is on the rise, but that is to be expected as we await approval of the draft constitution. It is finally supposed to happen today after a multitude of delays. Of course, everyone here is extremely anxious and hopeful for its passage since it will be another milestone towards giving control of this nation back to the Iraqi people. Currenltly I am following the progress of the Iraq constitution more closely than pre-season football. I look forward to the day when football becomes enjoyable again.

This past August 15th marked the one year anniversary of our unit's mobilization. Over one year ago approximately 3,000 Texans left their families, their homes, and their jobs and went to Ft Hood for five months of training, and then left for Iraq in Janaury. It has been quite a journey and I think we have all learned something more about ourselves and what we are capable of. But I think I can safely say that we are all ready to come home.

We still have a ways to go, but hopefully it is sooner rather than later.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We knew you would probubly hit this point after returning, we have been praying you would not, but I think it was inevitable.
We will continue to hold you up in our prayers. We too wish this were all behind you personallly and both countries. Yes, it is much needed but it gets quite tiring.
We will pray you do not grow tired in doing good...and the Lord keep his angels watch closly over you.

Love, Beth and Fizz and girls

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey brother,

There is nothing more important than football even the preseason to get your fantasy teams ready. Try not to let that heat over there warp your mind of that. Another thing, whatever happened to the league we were in 2 years ago. I think some guy was on here talking smack about how he beat up on us. Not how i remember it. I think we won that and have not been invited back again. Sounds to me like you work with a bunch of sore losers and they are scared of some real competition.

lil bro jus

6:38 AM  
Blogger John & Jeri said...

Hi, John. Just spent the last 2 days reading your post and all the comments from May to now. We were just a little busy getting ready to head to China to get Jani and then adjusting to life at home. Missed getting to see you while you were home, but understandable. It will be a great day when you can come home for good. By the way, you give a person much to think about with your post. Many times I've sat and thought about things you've written and they way you wrote them. Great job, sir.
Take care, Jeri Riddick

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Sheryl said...

Thank you for your service to our country! Our eldest son returned home from a year in Iraq in April 2004. (He's also with the Army Reserves) That year was a long one for our family as I'm sure this year is for you and yours! Our hearts and prayers are with you and all of our troops!
May God bless and keep you and your family,

11:40 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Wow, a year? How much longer do you have, six months? I hope that it passes quickly for you, though I know that probably isn't the case and often the last months are the longest. Just think... it will all be over soon, and you deserve all the appreciation in the world. My husband is ARNG and we are looking at a (possible) year-plus deployment next year. God bless you...

5:18 PM  

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