June 12, 2010

Catching Up

I have been back from Iraq for about four and a half months. I cannot believe how quickly time has passed. Laura, Victoria and I have really enjoyed spending as much time together as possible.

Laura and Victoria have been really busy finishing out the school year. Right now they are focusing on Chemistry and finishing that up. Three more units and she will have completed the book. I do not ever remember finishing a book when I was in school. Do you? Anyway, Victoria is doing such a wonderful job and I am very proud of her. I cannot believe that she will be in 11th grade next year.

I am getting in the groove of things back in the states. I head off for PT bright and early and sometimes do not get back home until after dark. It makes for really long days. I really do hate being right down the road from my family and still not able to see them. My ministry to soldiers continues to grow. Because I have been with the guys through a deployment I have gained their trust, so I have many opportunities to be the presence of God to them. I love these opportunities.

Recently, I submitted my "wish list." The wish list is a document that you fill out telling the Army where you would like to be stationed next. We have asked for Fort Hood again. We feel like we need to stay here if possible. It will mean another deployment at some point but we feel like that is the route we are supposed to take. We will find out some time in June or July if I will get to stay at Fort Hood or if I/we will be headed off somewhere new. We have been praying that God prepares us for our next place, wherever that is.

As some of you may already know, Laura's Dad passed away on May 19. We left TX on May 18 at 0045 and arrived in Dothan around 1500 (for non-military people that is leaving at 12:45 am and arriving at 3:00 pm) We got to see Dad and talk to him and let him know how much we loved and appreciated him. It was during those few hours we had with him that God answered all of Laura's prayers. God is so good. The next morning before we got back to the hospital he went to be with the Lord. We were so glad that we got to see him before he passed. Again, God is so good!!

Well, until next time I pray God's blessings upon you and yours.

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