Lou left on January 15th for Afghanistan. Most of you reading know that a lot of my posts are about my husband and I think that's what makes updates so difficult. In the Army you have to be careful about posting information, stories or even simple photos of the guys overseas because of security. There are people on Facebook and the www searching for any information about troop movements overseas. They scan photos posted on your accounts, comments and stories to find details about troop strength, security, patterns of movement etc. All that to say that its a bit scary trying to decide what I should and shouldn't post. Normally I'd be writing day-to-day updates loaded with lots of good pictures all about my hero!
But, as it stands I'm going to try and follow "OpSec" (operational security) to make this web-friendly.
So, brief update on Lou's life in Afghanistan. He arrived there safely to freezing weather and a LOT of snow!
|Just after arriving and freezing cold!|
|Lou with his interpreter.|
|1st platoon, Delta Company. Lou on the far right.|
|Lou receiving his combat patch for the 1st Infantry.|
While Lou has been gone, I interviewed for and was offered a position as a hospice nurse with Hosparus, a company here in western Kentucky and southern Indiana.
|First day of work and flowers from Lou for Valentines!|
I have been cat-sitting for the past 4 weeks and now Gus and Teddy's owner got back from her Alaskan adventure and retrieved them tonight! The house is very quiet! Missy (my cat) has decided that the battle over the forces of evil (Gus & Teddy in her mind) has been won and she is very proudly walking around and purring her approval to have this house all to herself. :) I miss those scamps, they were always creating a ruckus and racing around the house at night in circles!
I'm getting ready to leave for my big trip back home to Virginia and looking forward to seeing all my friends and family! Its going to be a crazy time, I know. I can't wait to be back at Redeemer Church and spend a Sunday in worship with my family from home! So many friends to see and things to catch up on! I decided to go from the 8th-20th of this month. In the middle of the trip I'm squeezing in a drive to Culpeper, Virginia to see these cuties:
|Drew and Ceddie- Aimee's kids|
|Geneva and Ceddie!|
|Lizzie- Jim and Christie's daughter|
|Peter-Jim and Christie's son|
|Betsy and T's girls~Bekah|
|and Kate and May May|
|Debbie and Ryan's kids|
Yesterday I came down with a horrible stomach flu. Something along the lines of the flu that Lou and I had on our honeymoon-did I tell you that story already? It was a funny time, as we learned all about "sickness and in health" in the week following our wedding! Now we still blame Lou's cousin Luke for our honeymoon flu but I have no idea where this one came from! For the last 24 hours I've been surviving on Grinch colored jello water- lime flavor, of course! Hope it will pull me through so I can get back to work tomorrow! The fever and chills have left so things are looking up! In all the happenings of my life I am continuing to be reminded daily of how much I need to rely on God for my needs. Even with this little sickness I see how helpless I feel when I can't do the things I want to because of my limitations. I feel even more helpless when it comes to Lou and his safety. Knowing that there is nothing on earth I can do but pray for him and keep things running on the home front can sometimes make me want to go climb back in bed and hide under the covers- only coming out every few months to ask "Is it 2012 yet?" But, I know that is not God's plan for me or him and I am trying to take each day and ask myself if the things I do are making an eternal difference. Not just filling time until my wonderful man comes home to me but really using the time wisely. I hope so!