Saturday, January 17, 2009


Today was a cloudy day in Central Texas, as 1st Sgt. John, along with other members of

The First Cavalry Division deployed from Fort Hood, Texas to Iraq.

Last night we celebrated with BBQ

The family is used to deployments. This is John's third tour in Iraq, with two tours of duty in Korea sandwiched in between. That would be over five years out of the last seven away from his wife and kids.

My middle daughter will be OK

And the kids will too......because

They are close, and....

Know how to love, laugh and act silly...

I'm sure today was a day of both pride and sadness as they had their private, personal and formal good-byes. I spent the day with JJ.

Stay safe soldier, and thank you for your service, and keeping America safe and free.


Pumpkin Delight said...

Oh! That is so hard! What a hero!
My thoughts are with him and his family as well. You and JJ will have to entertain them while he's gone.

Dawn said...

many many many prayers... our family has lived through endless deployments, too. such a crazy unique time... from the getting ready to the getting re-adjusted. praying for a safe deployment and a quick return.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

What a huge sacrifice he and the family make. How difficult that has to be for everyone.

Keep their spirits up, Grandma J. I know you can do it.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This brought tears to my eyes...oh the sacrifices he and the family have made to serve out country.....what hero and he could not do this without an outstanding family behind him.
I wish for him a safe and quick tour this time.
My cousin Chris is heading back on Wednesday to Afghanistan. he has been home (atlanta) for 2 weeks. I pray for him and all our service men and women daily.

Life with Kaishon said...

This was beautiful! I will add him to my list of prayers and pray for him every day. I am thankful that he serves our Country in such a dynamic way. We are blessed to have him and so many others like him. I am humbled at the way he sacrifices his life for us.

Baby Favorite said...

I can't imagine how all of you do it. He is my hero! Thank him for us -- for the courage and dedication and selflessness he shows.

Anonymous said...

God's blessings on John and his fellow soldiers whose sacrifice yields untold good in this world. I will keep him and his family in my prayers.

Karen B.

Anonymous said...

Awww! I love 1st Sgt John. Can I write him a letter while he's over there?