Monday, April 30, 2007

Summertime means Good-bye

I'm learning a few things as an Army wife, and one of them is that Summertime is often a time of goodbyes. The Army seems to shape-shift during the summer, as families are moved around and units are repopulated with different faces, different NCO's and Officers, different soldiers and different families attached to them. Many of the people I have gotten to know during the last couple of years are moving this summer, either to a new duty station or getting out of the Army altogether. My good friend Melissa (in the picture above) has already moved to Colorado, and it's hard to imagine making it through the next deployment without her! What an amazing person, and we both leaned on each other a lot last year. I know Colorado will be a good place for them, and I know there will be other blessings and other friends to meet here in the coming months. I am so glad to have gotten to know her, and I am certain this is one friend I will be keeping up with for a lifetime, no matter where we are stationed.

It's something I have to look at in a positive way...instead of being sad about "losing" some friends, I should be happy that I will be keeping these friends in my heart and just making more and more as time goes by. It's the theme of my life: embracing the adventure, even when it seems hard, with all its changes of scenery. Only this time, for us, the scenery is staying the same and the people will be changing. It's all part of the adventure that way, too.
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Sunday, April 29, 2007


I did a little digital scrapping today...very simple, but fun. This topic was a challenge on and I couldn't resist the beautiful prize kit. I also was wanting to try out this grunge frame from Jessica Sprague, which came together easier than I expected!

Feast your eyes. Dig up some old tunes and enjoy. ;-)

This was fun, and the results were pretty accurate. Click the link and give it a try...I'd love to see your VisualDNA as well!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


It's hard to fathom what would make someone go on a spree of harming and killing other human beings as just happened at Virginia Tech. It makes no sense.

I was sitting in the waiting room of our car repair shop with a few other people, seeing the haunted looks of shock in their eyes as we watched the news reports. Everyone here in Killeen is feeling it all over again, with memories rushing back from the 1991 Luby's massacre. A friend of ours lost her mother that day, and we drove down for the funeral. That day way back then I had the same thought. It's just...senseless. A waste. A huge aching sorrow in the hearts of families and in the heart of our nation.

My prayers and thoughts are with everyone who was affected by this tragedy, with the Virginia Tech students, and with the family of the gunman. Of all people, they will be the ones trying hardest to make sense of a totally senseless event.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Well, Germany Was Not To Be

One of the things we're having to get used to in the Army is this: don't believe anything until it actually occurs. And sometimes not even then. ;-)

Kevin's orders to Germany have been revoked, and we are all staying here at Fort Hood for another rotation. This does mean another deployment in the Fall, but he was going to be deployed from Germany anyway, so this provides much more stability, especially for the children. We get to enjoy our home (which we've lived in for less than a year), keep our same friends (except for the ones who have moved away this summer) and not have to worry about the million details that an overseas move entails. We will also be able to get a dog (or two) without the worry of quarantining them in Europe right away. We are still hoping to go to Germany, perhaps for the next rotation, but by then Kevin will have 2 deployments under his belt and the likelihood of another will be far, far less.

So for now, Deutscheland, Auf Wiedersehen!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Springtime Snowstorm

Well, I've never dreamed of a white Easter, but that's what we got this year! 2 or 3 inches of the stuff, nice and perfect for playing. The kids were stoked! I had been wishing I could think of something different to do for my bluebonnet pictures this year, and I guess I got my wish!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Wish Me Luck!

I'm entering a contest at 5 Minutes for Mom to win a new Dyson vaccuum! :-) Wish me luck! You can enter too, just click the link!

I will need a good vaccuum, since we are in the process of looking for a dog to adopt! We're very excited to add a fur baby to our family if everything works out! We're looking at rescue shelters for Boston terriers and Yorkshire terriers, or on the other hand, whatever small dog the local animal shelter happens to get that will be a fit for our family. Yay!