Happy Holidays 2008
This has definitely been a year to show us that God works in mysterious ways. Things happen that at first glance seem to be negative after time & reflection turn out to be a blessing, although I'm still waiting to see the positive of some ;) We received orders for Germany early on last year. It took some real mental adjustment as we thought we were approaching retirement. Now with the economic climate, it is a relief to be secure. There is a housing shortage in Bamberg, (our destination,) so the kids & I had to stay back while waiting for something to become available. Rob deployed to Iraq for a year in September. Our wait for housing should be done by mid December, so we are going home for Christmas before we move. We're looking forward to living in Europe again, now that the kids are old enough to really appreciate it. I am back to being a stay at home mom. We felt it was best for everyone for me to be able to focus on the family. I was very surprised by how even the boys really like having me home. I have rediscovered my love of cooking & the kids are reaping the benefits. I have also found it is much easier to be eco-friendly when you are not constantly rushing around. Rob enjoys calling me a tree-hugger. I am so very thankful for the internet so that Rob & I can talk most every day. It makes it much easier than previous deployments. We found homes for all but Sera & Catamia. We felt those 2 would do ok with the move & new environment. May God bless you & keep you now & all year.
I asked the family to each write a paragraph about the past year, so here it is, unedited…
“Well this past year has been a little different for me. I went from my nice office job at Ft. Leonard Wood to a brand new unit in Germany. Thought that i was going to retire, but how many chances does one get to go to Europe and explore? So me and Heather talked about it and decided that this would be a good thing for us and the kids. they are old enough to remember it this time around and Ivy can see the Country that she was born in. The unit that I am in is a brand new unit and they are still not sure how or what Military police do in their unit. We are all learning together so that makes this deployment to Iraq a little different. For the first time in my career as an MP i am not out driving around in the local area. I am on the base and doing what MP's do in the states, drive around and give people tickets. Well I hope that every one has a good Christmas and a very merry New Year.”
“Over the past year I got my drivers license & grew out my hair a little until November. It is pretty fun to drive around in my opinion. The reason I cut my hair was because it kept getting in my eyes, & in the wind it would hurt my eyes. Zach would give me weird looks when it was fall because I was warm while he was wearing coats.”
“Over the past year, I let my hair grow out & get longer. My friend Chelsea & I went out for a little while. I have grown tall, so now I’m taller than my mom. Robin, mom, & Ivy call me a reptile because I don’t sweat as much as them.”
“This year I became a junior in Girl Scouts. I was in the Christmas Parade dressed up as a Peanut Butter Patty. I help the special needs kids in my class. This year was awesome except for my daddy leaving. “