Thursday, November 22, 2007

giving thanks

thanksgiving is easily one of my favorite holidays because it gives me a chance to reflect on all that i have to be thankful for. god has given me a wonderful husband and an adventurous life. he's given me a fantastic family and endearing friends that would give me the shirt off their back.

happy thanksgiving to everyone back home. we sure miss being with you today. i hope you are surrounded by the love and laughter of those people god gave you to bless your life.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

congrats to the red raiders!

congrats to the red raiders for pulling off a big upset of #4 oklahoma. my friend who is a longhorn and not a big red raiders fan says all texas tech is around to do is to spoil things.

well, spoiler strikes again!! :)

Monday, November 12, 2007

today we remember...

you are over there in a country far away from home.
today you may not even get a hot meal.
tomorrow you might be sleeping on a concrete floor.
a few weeks ago you missed your kids and wife so much you could feel it in your gut.
in 2 weeks your sister is getting married but you won't be able to make it.
you still have nightmares of that day when the bomb went off and your best friend died in your arms.

we will never know what it is like for you there.
we may not ever fully understand all the ways you have risked your life for us.
you and i will probably never meet.
but today i would like to take a moment to say:
we thank you for protecting our freedom.
we thank you for fighting for us.
we are grateful for your sacrifice.
we are humbled by your bravery.
we ask God to protect and watch over you.
we remember all of the heros who have sacrificed their lives.
Prayer on Veterans Day
"Dear Lord Jesus Christ, those whom we honor today are examples of your words: "Greater love than this no one has: that he lay down his life for his friends." They gave up their lives in the defense of freedom for their loved ones and their country. Teach me to appreciate the virtue of patriotism -- a true and Christian love of country. Let me love my country, not to follow it blindly but to make it the land of goodness that it should be. Let my patriotism be such that it will not exclude the other nations of the world, but include them in a powerful love of country that has room for all others too."
- St. Joseph People's Prayer Book

Thursday, November 8, 2007

puppy shampoo

to tell this story, you first need to know our morning routine. ken wakes up between 5:15-5:30 every day and takes echo on a short walk.

afterwards, he brings her back to bed with me so she can snooze for a couple more hours. ken tells me he loves me and then gives me a kiss goodbye. i mumble something resembling "i love you too. have a good day."

this morning it was a little different.

ken: "echo is mad at me."

me: "why is she mad at you?" i said half asleep.

ken: "she's mad because i had to use her shampoo."

me: (i thought i was dreaming but then i realized ken was talking to me.) "what??"

ken: "there wasn't any shampoo in the shower except for echo's so i had to use it."

me: "no you didn't." i motioned for him to bend his head down so i could smell. yep, his hair smelled of echo's jasmine-scented puppy shampoo. "sorry, honey. i finished off the bottle last night when i took a shower. there is more shampoo in the storage cabinet. i just forgot to put it in the shower. i'm really sorry."


Saturday, November 3, 2007

the streak is OVER!!!

the 43 game losing streak has come to an END!!
navy defeats notre dame 46-44 in triple OT!

all of us navy fans here in greece lept off the couch when the NAVY D stopped them for the 2 pt conversion in the third OT. boy are we excited!!!! i also gotta give props to ram vela (aka SUPERMAN) in the pic below for sacking (flying into) the QB in the 4th quarter.

Friday, November 2, 2007

gainfully employed

after taking a 7-month sabbatical, i'm returning to the working world on monday! i got a job working for central texas college on base. ctc is a vocational school offering 2-year degrees and professional certifications.
i will be recruiting students to take classes and getting them registered. i will be working 10 hours a week on tuesdays and thursdays. it's a meager wage but something to do a couple of days a week. a girl can only do so much scrapbooking. :)