Saturday, December 8, 2007

Welcome Home Kevin!!!

After the long wait, the day is finally here! Kevin is home! This day seemed like it would never get here. The girls stayed with friends of ours while Nicholas and I waited at Biggs Army Airfield airstrip. We were able to be in an area on the airfield to watch the plane land. Amazing is all I can say about this! The plane landed and we watched our guys walk by us! They had to check in all weapons before we were actually able to be with them. After about an hour of waiting inside, they finally announced that our soldiers were standing outside, waiting to be let in. They opened the gate and the guys marched in! They had to stand in a formation for no more than a minute before they were released. After that it was just a matter of finding Kevin and being with him, in his arms again! Our day is finally here! The kids and I have Kevin back home, safe where he belongs!

The girls had no idea that Kevin was coming home on this day. They thought that they were staying at a friends house so I could go Christmas shopping. Little did they know the best Christmas present ever was going to walk through the door within a couple hours!

Thanks to everyone for your prayers and support!

Patiently waiting for the plane to come in....

It has been way too long!!! He's home!

Kevin seeing Nicholas for the first time since he was a couple weeks old!

Nicholas seeing his Daddy for the first time. What a look. Nic never cried.

Nic with his Daddys hat

Just where Caitlin has wanted to be. Bre could not believe Kev was really home.

We could not ask for anything more than this for Christmas! It really will be a Christmas wish come true.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Letter from a civilian wife to a military wife

A friend of mine sent me an email that had this letter attached. I am not sure how she came across this email. I can never thank this woman enough for all that she has written. There is no way to truly explain the way this letter makes me and many other military wives feel. Thank you!

Dear Military Wife,

I am an American woman that has no idea what is going on in the military other than what I hear on the news. I have never had to let go of someone so that they could go fight for people that they didn't know, people that sometimes do not appreciate or understand what they are fighting for. I have never had a sleepless night of worry because of a report that another bomb has exploded and I still haven't heard from my husband. I have never had to wait for months on end to hold the one that I loved so. I have never had to tell my children that daddy wasn't coming home tonight because he was so far away fighting for something that they aren't yet old enough to understand. I have never had to hold my head high and suppress the tears as I hear that it will be at least another six months of separation before my loved one gets to come home. I have never had to deal with a holiday away from the one that I thought I would share every day of my life with. And I have never had to feel the panic rising in my heart at the sound of a ringing phone or knock at the door for fear that it is the news that everyone is terrified of getting.

For the reasons listed above, I can not tell you that I understand how you feel. I can not tell you that you must be strong. I can not say that you shouldn't be angry, because you "knew what you were getting into when you married a military man". I can not say these things because I have never had to walk in your shoes. What I can say for certain is that because of your unselfish acts of bravery and your husbands willingness to stand up for those who see him as "just another soldier" - -I will never have to walk in your shoes.

I do understand that as a military wife you are expected to uphold a certain amount of control, but I never understood how you could do it, until now. I have figured out that you are not like other women. You are of a special breed. You have a strength within you that holds life together in the darkest of hours, a strength of which I will never possess. The faith you have is what makes you stand out in a crowd; it makes you glow with emotion and swell with pride at the mention of The United States of America. You are a special lady, a wonderful partner and a glorious American. I have more respect for your husband than I could ever tell you, but until recently I never thought much about those that the soldier leaves at home during deployment.

Until this moment I could never put into words exactly whatAmerica meant to me. Until this moment, I had no real reason to.... Until I heard of you. Your husband and his military family hold this nation close, safe from those who wish to hurt us...but you and those like you are the backbone of the American family. You keep the wheels in motion and the hearts alive while most would just break completely down.Military families make this nation what it is today. You give us all hope and you emit a warming light at the end of a long dark tunnel. Because of you and your family...I am able to be me. I am able to have my family. I am able to walk free in this great land. Because of you and your family, I can look ahead to the future with the knowledge that life is going to be okay. Because of you and your family, I can awake to a new day, everyday. I realize that you are a stronger person than I will ever be because of these things and I just wanted to take the time today to say thank you to you and your family for allowing me that freedom. I will never be able to repay this debt to you, as it is unmatchable.

However, I hope that you know that no matter where you are...what you are doing...what has happened today...or what will happen tomorrow... Your husband will NEVER be "just another soldier" to me.... And you, dear sweet lady, will never be forgotten. You are all in my prayer's everyday and I pray that God will bring you back together with your loved one safely. May God Bless You. Military spouses make daily sacrifices while their spouse serve our country. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Nic's Doctor Visit

I took Nic in for his six month well baby check up this past Friday. He weighs 16.9 pounds! The doctor said that everything looks great with him. Nic's first tooth is now through. It came through last Friday. He is growing so quickly! Over the weekend he tried Cheerios for the first time....and loved them! He has not quite caught on to the fact that he has to grab them with his fingers. When he tries he just makes suck a mess! Nicholas waits until I grab one, then grabs my hand to put it in his mouth. He knows when I have food!

Breanna and Caitlin are great as well! They both enjoy school very much. Caitlin has yet to get into trouble and Breanna has managed to get in trouble twice now. Once for whistling in class (the third week of school) and the other, yesterday, for slamming books on the floor in the hallway. I have no idea why she thought that would be a good idea. Caitlin has gotten in trouble at home lately. Caitlin thinks it is okay to slam doors in the house, so yesterday when she slammed the door I made her go to a door to where I could see her and open and shut the door 15 times. Everytime she slammed it, she had to start over. She has not slammed another door since then. I think she learned two lessons yesterday, the first one is to not slam doors, and the second is learning to count to 15 without skipping a number. Then again, I will know more on the slamming doors in the house when she gets home!

Kevin called us on Saturday. Nothing new is going on there. Just working a lot and ready to come home! We are barely over two months until he comes home to us! I cannot wait. It is so hard to not tell the girls that Kev will be home before Christmas.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Worn Out!

Poor little man! He fell asleep while playing with his toys. Must have been a long morning!

Like Daddy!

When Nic wears the shorts he has on in the pictures, I always think of Kev in his pants he ALWAYS wears when he is home.

" I want to be like my Daddy!!!"


Friday, September 21, 2007

Six Months

Our little man is six months old today! It is so hard to believe that he is half way to a year! Nicholas is getting so big, weighing over 15 pounds now. I will let you know exactly how much next week. He has his six month well baby visit coming up. Nic is a wonderful baby, always happy and full of smiles. He can manage to bring a smile to anyone's face! Nic is rolling over, scooting a little, playing with toys, showing his attitude, trying to sit up by himself, reaching for things (if it is in his reach, he is going to get it), and laughing a good bit of the time! The girls love to "rescue" him when he has problems rolling from his back to his tummy! They also love to find anyway they can to make him laugh. Caitlin goes as far as throwing pillows off the sofa so she can jump on it, even though she knows she is not supposed to do that. In the end, she is in trouble and Nic is still laughing! All three kids are doing great!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

In Remembrance

Please pray for the families of those lost in the 9-11 attacks and the ones that sacrificed their lives to continue keeping us safe. Pray for the ones overseas fighting now and their families who patiently wait for their safe return home. Never forget!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Our New SUV!

Kevin and I bought a 2007 Nissan Xterra a couple days ago....I love it! Kevin cannot wait until he is home so he can drive it. Pay no attention to the white car in our driveway. It was the rental we had while Kev's car was in the shop.

Monday, August 27, 2007

First Day of School

School started this year on August 27. Breanna is now in kindergarden and Caitlin is in Pre-K. They both did great walking into their first day! Neither cried or asked to go home. Instead, they were both very excited to start school. I teared up of course, our little girls are getting so big! El Paso schools require that all kids wear a uniform.

Little Caitlin before her first day of Pre-K
Bre already knows what to expect

I think at this point, Breanna was getting a little irritated with Caitlin! Caitlin was so excited to start school that she would not leave anyone alone!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Five months and one day!

Nic turned five months old the day before this picture was taken! Our little man is getting so big!

Monday, August 20, 2007

The day before 5 months....

These pictures were taken the day before Nicholas turned five months old! He loves to play on his activity mat.