Monday, September 26, 2005


I apologize for the sparse blogging of late, but I have found myself busier than usual. The good news is that the busyness is being driven by our quickly approaching redeployment date (i.e. we’re getting ready to go home). We still have a couple of months to go here, but we are definitely within the window that necessitates planning.

One particular milestone that brings me much relief and joy is seeing my little sister over here for the last time. (She has been serving in Iraq for the past year as part of Transportation Company from the Illinois National Guard). Although it has been a great pleasure having the ability to ocassionally spend time with family while I have been here, I will not miss worrying about her as she takes another trip on what are very dangerous roads. She has done her time, served with distinction, and now it is time for her to go and let someone else take their turn.

Sis – if you are reading this, please know that I am very proud of you…but I am also glad you are leaving. :-)

I’ll see you when I get back.

Big bro’


Blogger BetsyB. said...

I'm glad to hear that you are getting ready to leave. My son is in Iraq with the 155th from Mississippi. He is also getting ready to leave and I can't wait for him to be home on US soil. He has served his time with honor just as you and your sister have. God Bless your parents as they have 2 children serving in Iraq. Thank you for your service and God Speed on your journey home.

6:53 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

Ditto Betsy's comment!!
We're all so proud of you and give thanks for all that you do.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, Your folks must be popping their buttons as they look with pride @ the pic of you and Megan. To see you both standing there with weapons over your shoulders only brings to mind again the reality of your location and mission. You have been and will remain in the palm of the Lord's hand--thats our prayer.So proud of you both,too. Ps91 Luv M/D B

8:24 AM  
Blogger membrain said...

That's so very cool!!

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Kel said...

It's a little surreal seeing those name tags match.
I am glad you both will be coming home soon.
I look forward to the day my Hubby returns ;o)

11:17 AM  
Anonymous monica said...

I remember when my boyfriend Stan was preparing to come home. The days dragged! I just could not wait. I know your family is feeling the same anticipation. the picture of you and your sister is beautiful. I wish you both the best and offer prayers for a safe return!

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wouldnt really be scared of either of you sorry, by the way you know whats sad is that we are having to carry these weapons in our own country because of a couple hurricanes, the idiots are not just overseas but in our own country also


6:35 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Wow Daddy, that is so cool. It is good that you two are able to see each other, not a lot of people are blessed with that oportunity. You are such a good big brother, Aunt Megan is lucky to have you.

And to Aunt Megan (i know the blog isn't for you) but... I am so glad you are coming home! Thank you for serving and it will be good to see you again.

Love always,

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what a great milestone it will be when you are both safe and home! Proud of you both and like I've told you before, I might hug you a little too long, but you'll just have to deal with it. Love and prayers always, Momma

6:02 AM  
Anonymous azpaul said...

How could I follow a comment from "Momma"? Thanks to you, Momma, and to John and Megan, and God bless you all!

2:46 PM  
Blogger rmiller said...

Hey John, how come her gun (sorry, "weapon") is A LOT bigger than yours???? Can't wait to see you again safe at home.

8:37 PM  
Blogger beetlejnranz said...

What a wonderful thing to hear, that your sister is going to be home soon. Only to have to follow behind her. Thank you again for all that you have done for us here at home.

5:17 PM  

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