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Keep My Soldier Safe



An Army Mom's journal during her son's two tours to Iraq...



Updated: 2017-06-21T21:18:48.412-05:00

 



VALOUR-IT TEAM ARMY

2010-10-29T07:47:28.564-05:00

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN...

Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries.


GO TEAM ARMY



TAKING A BREAK...

2010-01-03T12:55:34.905-06:00

It's much needed and I'm not sure when I will be back, but I am sure I will be at some point. It's been one crazy year for me, and I feel like this is a much needed break...

Michael will be on special assignment with the Army for about 6 months here in the states, so hopefully my sleepless nights are over with for a long time.

I'll still be on Facebook for all that are on there. Don't think I could give that up.

Alexis at 6-weeks

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CHRISTMAS DAY WITH VETERANS

2009-12-25T15:46:34.886-06:00

A day that I will cherish and never forget. Spend several hours at the local VA Nursing Home with some of our Veterans.

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CHRISTMAS IN BUDE

2009-12-24T23:11:40.054-06:00

Merry Christmas to all. Christmas in Bude is always the absolute best...

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

2009-12-24T07:24:14.939-06:00

Hoping that this is a wonderful Christmas. It should be since Michael is home is Alexis is here. Just does not seem like Christmas for some reason this year. We will head to Bude to spend the evening, so I will post pictures of Christmas in Bude when I return tonight.



GOING DARK FOR THE DAY

2009-12-16T10:23:04.016-06:00

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CJ is someone everyone should know. Over the last few months, C.J. has seen an issue with a local school taken to his command who failed to back him, and has even seen his effort to deal with PTSD, and lead his men in same by example, used against him as a part of this. C.J. has had to sell his blog to help raise funds for his defense in this matter.

The milblogging world - this blog included - will be "going dark" for the day in support of fellow milblogger, CJ Grisham.

Milblogs have been a vital link in getting accurate news and information about the military, and military operations, to the public. They have provided vital context and analysis on issues critical to operations and to the informed electorate critical to the Republic.

On Wednesday 16 December, readers will have the chance to imagine a world without milblogs, and to do something about it. Those participating are urging their readers to contact their elected representatives in Congress, and to let their opinions be known to them and to other leaders in Washington.

Some milblogs will remain silent for several days; some just for the day. All have agreed to keep the post about the silence and C.J. at the top of their blogs until Friday 18 December.




DADDY AND ALEXIS

2009-12-07T10:27:10.848-06:00

One proud Dad. He sure loves his little princess.
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SNOW IN MISSISSIPPI

2009-12-04T22:14:28.078-06:00

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(image) It's very rare to see snow in Mississippi. It is actually sticking. So far about an inch I think.



A GREAT DAY INDEED...

2009-11-26T18:37:56.417-06:00

(image) This was not everyone. I think the final count was 43.

(image) My Monk showing out for the kids.

(image) Kristy feeding Alexis.

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P.S. The stores open at 2200 tonight and yes I will be out fighting the crowd finishing up my christmas shopping.



HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL...

2009-11-25T06:15:33.447-06:00

Hope everyone has a wonder Thanksgiving as I know I will since our Soldier and his new baby girl and wife will be joining us this year. We won't have to leave an empty chair as he is home and if all goes as planned he won't be returning to Iraq EVER...

I am again hosting my Dad's whole side of the family at my house. It will be close to 50 here this year and my new house is almost 1/2 the size of my previous one, but I promised my grandmother before she passed away years ago that I would carry on the tradition and have Thanksgiving at my house. I'm a glutton for punishment I do believe. Actually I love having it at my house, just hate the clean up afterwards.

I'm off work until Monday of next week, and I plan on enjoying every single minute of my time off by spending it with the ones I love.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Please keep our TROOPS that are in harms way in your thoughts and prayers on this day.



Pictures of Alexis

2009-11-26T18:37:56.417-06:00

Daddy checking her out to make sure all toes and fingers are there.One proud Daddy.Thursday when I picked him up from the airport and we surprised Kristy at the Hospital.Leann holding Alexis.Alexis's first kiss from her MiTa.JoJo (Kristy's Mom) showing off our little princess just moments after she was born.Her Daddy is spoiling her every second he gets the chance. They were at the house last night visiting and showing her off to my sister and her family.[...]



Daddy meeting Alexis for the first time

2009-11-26T18:37:56.418-06:00

Priceless
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Promise to post more pictures later. Alexis was born November 17, 2009 via an emergency C-section @ 1146 am, weighing in at 5 lbs 2 ounces and 18 inches long. 6 weeks early. Mom and baby are doing fine now. It's been a long 2 days trying to get Alexis's daddy home from Iraq.

Sorry for not posting any sooner, just wanted Daddy to meet her first before we let everyone else.



HAPPY VETERANS DAY!!!

2009-11-11T07:31:12.936-06:00

Thanks to all our Vets, past and present for all your sacrifices that you have made for our Country.
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Our veteran is serving his second tour in Iraq on this Veterans Day. Thank you son for making me one proud Mom. I love and miss you very much. Counting the days down until you are home for R&R.
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9 year old singing The Star Spangled Banner

2009-11-09T20:37:07.066-06:00

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Our England Friends

2009-11-01T12:30:09.384-06:00

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It's been a very busy weekend. Friday evening Dad, Mom, Owen and Dawn (friends from England) came to the house for the weekend. We shopped, shopped some more, went to see my baby sister and her family (which is also in the photo) and then we ended up at a Japanese Steak House for supper last night with Kristy. I don't think they have ever seen a show put on like our chef put on last night. It was great. They left earlier this morning headed to meet Dee and her family for lunch then they were going to head back home.

It was great spending time with family and wonderful friends.

We were all able to chat with Michael for a little while online. He is counting the days down now until he arrives home for R&R/Baby's birth.



Alexis's new outfit

2009-10-26T10:27:25.811-05:00

I just could not resist yesterday when I passed by the Army Surplus store at Camp Shelby on my way to the Coast. Thought this would make a great Daddy/daughter photo when he gets home.
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BABY SHOWER

2009-10-18T07:08:17.970-05:00

(image) Alexis's first diamond necklace and earings. Yes she is already spoiled rotten.
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(image) Kristy and one proud Paw Paw.
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It was a great baby shower. The baby is set to go, except for diapers. I think she only got one package of diapers.



BABY SHOWER

2009-10-17T16:52:59.257-05:00

The first baby shower was great. Kristy got so many nice things.

Pictures to follow.



4 LONG MONTHS

2009-10-16T16:30:59.697-05:00

So, I've been thinking, and yes that can get really scary. If Michael were in the the Air Force, he would be coming home right now, as they only do 4-month tours most of the time.

Just a thought and I will share it with him the next time we talk/chat/text. Thinking he might agree with me right about now, as he is really missing home.

Can't a Mom dream or wish at least once during a year long deployment that something like that could happen.

JUST SAYING...



HURRY UP PLEASE...

2009-10-13T12:35:18.018-05:00

It's been 116 days since his BOOTS HIT THE GROUND and only 71 DAYS UNTIL ALEXIS IS DUE.

I think we are all ready for this baby to get here.

Michael text me Thursday night and then called me Friday night and we talked for almost an hour. It had been almost two weeks since I had heard from him. He must know after about 12-14 days he must call so I can just hear his voice. Lots going on with him. He is give out. Working 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week is getting the best of him I do believe. He is exhausted. I can hear it in his voice.

I did tell him that we can start our countdown now for his R&R.

We all think that the baby will arrive before he gets here. Just a feeling we all have. For Michael's sake, I really want her to wait on her Daddy though.

Yesterday I was also able to text with him off and one while I was out and about enjoying my day off. Nothing better than hearing from him.

I'm missing him really bad right now. Sure could use one of his big hugs that is knows how to give at just the right times.

That's all for now I guess.



SHE'S READY FOR ALEXIS TO GET HERE...

2009-10-07T12:24:14.029-05:00

She is just too cute with her little belly. The photographer took lots of pictures of Kristy with a flag draped around her and then put them on a CD for her to mail to Michael. He should have them by now hopefully. I don't think he has time to check the blog, so I think I am safe to go ahead and post these.

The doctor said she could go back to work, but to take it easy and no standing on her feet a lot.

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HOSPITALS

2009-09-29T07:45:12.977-05:00

I sure do hate them. Spent Saturday night and up into the wee hours Sunday morning there with Kristy. She has been put on strict bed rest by her doctor. She has a UTI, and he gave her some antibiotics and put her on a low sodium diet for all the swelling. He also put her on strict bed rest until he figures out why she is swelling up so bad. I did not know until we were told by the nurse that a UTI can cause you to go into labor. She had several contractions while they were monitoring her and the baby. It's way too early for Alexis to make her grand entrance at 6 months, so lets hope the bed rest and antibiotic will work.

Michael had come online about the time we were headed to the emergency room with Kristy, so he was very worried about her and would not get off the computer until we had gotten all the test results in. He was exhausted by the time we finally figured out what was wrong with Kristy. I was able to record the baby's heart beat and emailed it to him. He thought that was pretty cool. Thank goodness for iphones and an application called voice memos that I was able to download. He feels helpless being 7000 miles away, but he knew that Kristy's Mom and I, along with her best friend were taking excellent care of her.

She will now go to the doctor once a week until Alexis is born.

Will update when we know something else.



GOLD STAR MOTHER'S DAY

2009-09-27T10:10:40.347-05:00

Today is a day that we are to honor our Gold Star Mothers. Words can't express the thanks that I have for these Mothers who have given so much.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE GOLD STAR MOTHERS.



3 LONG MONTHS

2009-09-17T10:28:33.122-05:00

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It sure seems like longer than 3 months since his boots hit the ground in Kuwait. Melinda can probably tell you right off the top of her head how much time our guys have left. Me, I don't even want to think about it.

Sure miss his smile. He called again Tuesday night and everything is good with him. He's excited about the baby girl that will be here around Christmas time. He's got lots going on, and will be able to share once everything is final and he gives me to go ahead to tell what all is going on with him. It's all good, I promise.



REMEMBERING 9/11

2009-09-11T20:05:47.105-05:00

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Jackson's local Channel 12 interviewed me today. She caught me off guard, which I guess is a good thing as it did not give me any time whatsoever to think about it.