Archive | February, 2012

Ft. Benning Adventures

29 Feb

A lot has happened since we first arrived at Ft. Benning in mid October. On the way down from Ft. Drum, we ran the Army 10-Miler with my father-in-law and Uncle Chris. We all wore our Run to Remember shirts in honor of our military.

Wear Blue. Run to Remember  

Once we arrived in Georgia, we lived at the La Quinta for 5 days…which was 5 days to long. Edel didn’t seem to mind the room though.

After 3 days of looking at houses, we FINALLY found one in Phenix City, AL. Lucky number 15…

We enjoyed our first meal in the new home on the living room floor…picnic style! Stouffer’s lasagna never tasted so good!

Once the movers came, we decided it would only be right to audition for “Hoarding, Buried Alive”

We FINALLY spent our first Halloween together…after 6 freakin’ years!!! Edel sported her American pride in a cute cheer outfit

Edel and I hid in the bathtub together during our first tornado. She was really into it…

Bryan started a TP War…

 

…But I finished it 🙂

 

We spent our (first) second anniversary and Christmas together

 

 

We went to Colorado for Christmas

 

And built a snowman with Zoey

 

Bryan broke (insert number here) bones in his face playing Ultimate Football with MCCC

 

 

 

We got another puppy, Ms. Paisely

 

 

And we made a baby 🙂

Ft. Drum in a Nutshell

29 Feb

Mt. Marcy *January 2009*

Our new home came with…. 4 feet of snow 😦  *February 2011*

***MARCH 2011!!!!!***

 

*April 2011*

Tough Mudder!!! Mt. Snow, VT  *May 2011*

Hiking near Ft. Drum *May 2011*

Remington Pond-Ft. Drum *June 2011*

Alexandria Bay

Pirates Weekend in A-Bay!!! (A must if you are at Ft. Drum)! *August 2011*

 

 

Camping at Westcott Beach *August 2011*

Wine Tasting!! *August 2011*

September 2011

The most BEAUTIFUL Fall I have ever seen! *Bolt Castle, October 2009*

Summit Ball *November 2009*

 

Unfortunately I have not experienced Ft. Drum in December…I’m sure it is a lovely, white sheet of snow 🙂

A Picture of Someone/Something that has had the biggest impact on you (Ft. Drum Archive)

29 Feb

I’m doing this out of order, but I wanted to save this post for today. On February 28, 2003, the world lost three incredible people and heaven gained just a few more angels. I have encountered a decent amount of death and funerals in my life, but none have made quite the same impact that this one did. The three angels that so tragically lost their lives on that day, Brian Ellsworth, Micheal Heykoop, and Caitlyn Craig, were not ordinary individuals. I know that is said about a lot of people who have passed, but it is true. They were extraordinary. They touched so many lives, and continue to do so today. I know I am not alone when I can honestly say that they have changed my life. Loosing your friends in a terrible car crash at 15 years-old is not an easy thing to go through. Watching the entire class of ’06 become so transformed by this event, bonding in an unbreakable way, and 100% knowing that at the end of the day, any person in our class could call another at any point in their life, and they would be there for them, is something truly spectacular. Brian, Michael, and Caitlyn taught us that life is short. Sometimes way to short. They taught us that above all, love those around you. Be there for them. And don’t take any moment for granted. I will never understand why this had to happen to such GREAT people with such big hearts. But what I do know is that through all of this, many lives were touched and changed. I can only hope that I can continue to live my life to the fullest, in the way they so faithfully did. Even though they went to Heaven at 14 and 15-years old, they LIVED such incredible lives…Impacting SO many people. I can only hope that I can touch as many people in my lifetime.

 

 

 

Brian, Michael, and Caitlyn…know we love you endlessly. We miss you terribly. You will NEVER be forgotten. THANK YOU for showing us what it is like to live everday to the fullest, and leaving us with a lifetime of smiles~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ~Last day of school Senior Year…you were STILL with us~

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Alive-at-25~

 

 

 

 

 

 

~We love you guys!~

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ALWAYS.Drive.Safe~

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Successfully passing the Graduated Driving License Law in 2005~

 

 

 

 

 

 

~I took this from Jess (your doing great things with these ladies)

 

CSH will always remember~ 

Blog Challenge Day 1 (Ft. Drum Archive)

29 Feb

Day 01 – A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself

 

 

* I am third…God, Others, Self

* I have been married for just over a year (going strong)!

* I am now officially living the Army Wife Life 😉

* I ran track at CU (Go BUFSS)!

* I LOVE to dance around the house…especially to Spice Girls…in circles around my husband

* I am constantly playing with my hair

* I LOVE NAPS!!!!

 * I hate hot dogs

* I Keep up with the Kardashians…and Kendra

* I LOVE going to the VA Hospital

* My dream job would be coaching. There is an unexplainable feeling I get watching my athlete’s excel

* I am blessed…and so undeserving

* I’m the biggest wuss and won’t watch scary movies

* I’m terrified of moths…I WILL curl up in the fetal position and cry

* I don’t play to win…I play to dominate 😉

Change (Ft. Drum Archive)

29 Feb

Carrie Underwood-“Change”

 

 

 

“Your just a fool, just a fool To believe you can change the world. Don’t listen to them when they say, ‘your just a fool, just a fool To believe you can change the world.’”


The other night I was chatting with Bryan on the phone having the typical, “how are you doing, what have you been up to,” conversation when I threw in the repetitive, “what else can we send you? Friends and family have been asking me what you need and want in care packages and I’m running out of ideas.” His response was just that. He had pretty much everything he needed for the time being. It then occurred to me that there were soldiers over there who hadn’t even received a single letter. Both of us are so blessed to have such caring families (and huge ones as well) that providing care package items has been simple and abundant. Some soldiers on the other hand, do not have families with the funds to provide such wonderful care packages on a weekly basis, and even worse, some do not even have families…


I then decided that I would compile a list of names of the soldiers who may not be receiving an abundance of packages and letters from home and I would figure out a way to make sure that they know we all love and support them back home. I called up a few local news stations and was immediately contacted by a wonderful woman named Lainey. She graciously offered to support Bryan’s unit (and specifically some of our special soldiers) in sending them care packages and letters. Their website is http://www.cosupportourtroops.com/ and I am truly grateful to be a part of this remarkable opportunity.

 

“The smallest thing can make all the difference…”

It’s incredible how supportive some people are and I again have to thank God for all of the blessings He has given us. He has been an amazing provider and the outpouring of love from people I don’t even know continues to leave me in awe. He is GOOD!

 

And on that note, let me update you with how the Lord is providing in Afghanistan:

 


Our soldiers are preparing to build a school in the Baghlan Province. In addition, Bryan also informed me that they are putting in a well in Baghlan. As of right now, the civilians of Baghlan get their water from the Baghlan River. This river is brown and is used as a toilet, bath tub, and main source of drinking water. Bryan said that the locals would scoop out a handful of water, sift the dirt and muck out through their fingers, wait for it to settle, and then drink the top layer. To those of us who are fortunate enough to live in America, that is repulsive. To the locals in Baghlan, that is life. Though some do not believe in the war and do not support our husbands, wives, brothers, sisters and children being over there, God has found a way to show Himself amidst the blood, guts, and gunfire. All combat aside, the children of Baghlan would not be provided with a school to learn in had our troops not been sent over there. Baghlan residents would be drinking unsanitary water for many more years had our soldiers not been there to provide a fresh water well for them. “The smallest thing can make all the difference-Love is alive-Don’t listen to them when they say, “Your just a fool-Just a fool-To believe you can change the world…”

 

In every situation there is a positive outcome, you just have to be willing to open your eyes and see it. God will provide, not just to the wealthy, not just to Americans, not just to the pure of heart, or the most faithful of followers. He loves each of His children equally and He is a just God. God is using OUR soldiers to better the world! The smallest things can TRULY make ALL of the difference.

 

To all our soldiers fighting for our freedom and allowing themselves to be used by the Lord, “DON’T listen to them when they, Your just a fool, just a fool To believe you can change the world.” You CAN change the world

 

 

 

If anyone wants to make donations to our soldiers or even just send them a letter, please contact me. A simple note will surely, “make all the difference!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

.:Blessed:. (Ft. Drum Archive)

29 Feb

I have often heard that deployment is a time in your life when you really find out who your true friends are. I have to admit, God has more than blessed me and I undoubtedly have a million angels surrounding me. Thank you already, to all of my friends and family, as well as those of you who barely know me, but have already shown me your support. At this point, it is hard for me to imagine loosing friends in a time like this, as I have already gained so much. To all of you…My sincerest THANK YOU! I am truely blessed~

 

 

Mom: My rock, my laughter, my talks, my hugs, my butt kicking when I need to get my act together 🙂

 

Daddy: The loving arms that hold me and calm my tears, since day one

 

Corey: My best friend, my strength, my caring big brother

 

 

Amanda: The sister I always prayed for. My Top Gun and Snuggie buddy

 

Maddi: My long talks and daily encouraging words

Chels: The contagious giggles that turn saddness into laughter

 

V: My shoulder to cry on when I’m sad, her should to cry on when I’m strong

 

Jo: For being there…since 3rd grade

 

 

Erin: For always loving me

Erin Flanagan: Cassie Cercy I freakin love you!!! And Bryan : )Wed at 10:51pm

 

Steff: For Happy Hour

Steff McNulty: I am serious… I know I am not in NY but let me know if there is anything I can do to help this go smoother.Yesterday at 1:23pm

 

Nicole: The beautiful mommy to be, my first friend as an “Army Girlfriend” and best friend as an “Army Wife”

April: My role model in finding faith and trusting the Lord. You are a selfless friend and Bryan and I look up to you and Shawn in faith and your marriage. You are my strength

Martha: For margarita nights, and for blessing my with a wonderful husband, and amazing sister. I care for you and will be here for you, as I know you will be here for me too.

 

Jeffrey: For never pushing Bryan one way or another, and never failing to be proud of any path he chooses. And for your kindness utpouring of love that has been felt since day one

 

Bryan: For being brave, so we don’t have to be. For being strong so we can be weak. For having loving arms to be wrapped up in. For having gentle words to find courage in. For having playful laughter to get lost in. For having quiet moments to create memories in. “Undeniable, so incredible::Simply wonderful, you’re beautiful::Unmistakable, the way you make me feel::Unbelievable.”

Unbelievable

Deployment (Ft. Drum Archive)

29 Feb

Deployment. It’s getting closer and I feel like PMS on steroids. I’m not a very emotional person when it comes to crying. I tend to keep it in until it just bursts out. That’s not the case this time. Time up here has been amazing and I feel so blessed to have been able to spend the past three months with my husband. On the down side, we thought he was going to deploy around the 6th of April. Wednesday night he was told that it would be the 1st instead.  Not that 5 days makes a huge difference, but when it comes to deployment, it can make a world of a difference. It was one more full week and one more weekend together. I think the initial shock hit me hard on Wednesday as the reality of the situation fianlly set in. I cried off and on Wednesday night into Thursday morning and afternoon. After laying in bed until noon I finally got up, looked at myself in the mirror and got it together. I showered, curled my hair and got dressed. Simple things that happen everyday that sometimes are tough to do, but they are the first steps to continuing on with living through deployment. I promised Bryan and myself that even though he would be gone, I would continue living. It wouldn’t be fair to anyone if I decided to stop living just because I’m sad that he is gone. So now it’s time to enjoy every last second with Bryan and to pray that this week slows down and that the time away while he is deployed speeds up. Say your prayers for my husband and 1-87…as well as for all of the soldiers continually fighting for our freedom. “Home of the free, because of the brave.”

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