Monday, June 29, 2009

Hannah Got a Haircut!

Look, Daddy! Did you ever think she could get any cuter??!!! Grandma says she looks like Tinkerbell -- she does, doesn't she?!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day, Daddy! We love you and miss you and wish we could kiss you!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


"Hooah!" is the Army cry like Hooyah is in the Navy, and then the all familiar one for the Marine Corps (ooh rah!). It is stated usually after a question is asked "question, question, question" Hooah? (Meaning do you understand) And the expected reply is "Hooah." (meaning I understand). "Hooah?" It sounds more like a grunt and can probably be used a term of endearment. Hooah? Or not.

I hope you had fun with that little lesson. Now you should all go practice it.

Last week was a busy week in the classroom. We were learning field medicine (dressing wounds, signs and symptoms, etc.). One fun thing was IV training. We got to stick our battle buddy. Our battle buddy is the person we have been assigned to for accountability purposes. My buddy's name is Tony. He is an old guy like me.

This upcoming week, beginning at 4am, Monday, we will be heading out to the field. Early mornings and late nights. The fun part of the week is that we will be doing more obstacle courses, rappelling, and more. The bad part of the week is that while we are out in the field most of the week, we still have several homework assignments due throughout the week. I guess this will be sleep appreciation week. Friday we will culminate our work into tests.

I am going to try to take my camera with me, so hopefully I will have some pictures next week.

I thank our gracious God in the name of Jesus for His sustaining grace.

Please, keep praying for my girls (Amanda, Hannah, and Cali). If you happen to read this...I Love You.


Friday, June 12, 2009

On the Homefront

As part of his warm up before "boot camp," The Lieutenant wrestled an anaconda at Great Wolf Lodge, saving two beautiful princesses from its's no wonder he's so good on that obstacle course!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Week Two

Well, the beginning of week two starts tomorrow; Sunday the 7th. We have been cleared medically, issued our battle gear, and have taken our physical fitness diagnostic. Now the fun begins.

I will be attending services of 3 faith groups tomorrow. We are responsible for attending 9 services outside of our individual preference this summer. I am going to try to knock them out early so when my weekend pass comes around I will get to go. Of course, I really don't have any place to go, but if I did I could...

I am pleased to report my mile time was 5:43 (no, that is not 5 hours and 43 minutes). My goal was 7 minutes. The time doesn't count for anything because we get graded on a two mile run, but it did make me feel good. Well, kinda. I actually didn't feel very good at all when I first finished the run.

We will be pushed pretty hard this upcoming week. God has taken me through a lot. He will continue to provide the strength for this. I will let you know later how many times He had to help through the push-ups my sergeant makes me do.

As you follow the blog, please feel free to ask questions. I will try to answer them in my updates. Also, as you read, please pray for my wonderful family at home. They were unable to accompany me on this vacation.

Joking aside...God is my first love; they are my second. May the strong arm of the Lord wrap around my girls: mommy, Hannah, and Cali. May His sufficient grace drench them with Living Water.

Speaking of water, it is hot down here.

Because of Jesus,

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hi friends and family!

Many of you have asked me to make some sort of blog so that you could follow Steve's progress in the Army...and check up on the rest of us once in a while! So, here you go!

Steve's ending Day 4 of training and, thus far, the biggest change is his hairdo...or lack thereof. He said they run about 3 miles twice per day but, otherwise, have just been doing inprocessing (dental checkups, ID card, etc.). He said they'll start "real boot camp" on Monday, so we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, isn't he cute?!!! Enjoy!