Monday, December 25, 2006


How did it get to be Christmas so quickly?
Last night we did the dinner and mass and then the bride and groom zipped off to meet his family......They were nervous. Jen must of made a good impression since she is coming home with a different color nail- painted by Ryan's young sister. I don't know how I feel- like I am in the eye of a tornado. James is here and relaxing- actually getting antsie. It is really quiet- but that is why we like it here- but without a car a twenty year old gets hemmed in..... Scott had to go into the office- Jen has the other car----so here we are- just chatting and making our way though a quiet Christmas. Tomorrow the "fun begins"!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Soon the chapel will be decorated and Scott will escort our first born down the aisle to meet with her husband to be. Some of our closest friends will be there and some of our family. It is a cozy little chapel- just right for these two. No huge fanfare- just warmth and love. We begin at 2 and will celebrate through the night. We look forward to adding another son to our family. A man that our daughter loves enough to commit her life to. I have to admit that at times it seemed like more of a hassle than it is worth- but it will be worth it in the end when she walks down that aisle.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Parking Lot is Filling Again

Last January I wrote that the parking lot across from the Commersary was almost empty. Now it is filling once again. The fort will deploy over 2,000 soldiers in the next four months. We only had 500 out when I wrote last January. I am afraid for the soldiers and their families. It is such a stressful time- especially the first and last months of deployment. Scott's job increases so quickly and the nights become times to talk to commanders in Kuwait instead of sleep. My students become overly restless. We all know someone deployed or deploying. It is a time for deep prayer and hope that we will have as many as possible return safely. Knowing that both of mine (all three with the addition of Ryan) are about ready to be at the stage of deployment stomach is quite upset. I think I will take many pictures in the next few months- the eagles overhead, the bare trees and the crunching leaves. The quiet is everything. They all remind me that life continues for us in Kansas.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Monterey- what a beautiful place to fall in love!

Countdown is here

The wedding dress hangs in the bedroom- awaiting the bride. Invitations are out- stamped and posted. Gifts are beginning to arrive. Calls are getting more frequent- where shall we live, what shall we buy, how do we do this? So much to do in a short time. Reality is - you have the rest of your life sweetheart. Take it all in slowly and enjoy the ride:>)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

It is close

We are one month away from the wedding. I went out and met Ryan(or Brandon depending on who you talk to). He is a sweet and loving young man- and a Marine. Midwestern to the core- careful to tiptoe when Jen's mom is unhappy.
It was fun to take Cathy's box out to them. I had them open it above the field overlooking the ocean- the place he asked her to marry him. What a beautiful day. As they went through the things excitement grew- "what is that? What is it for? Ohhhh smoothies- I like that one!" They are just comfortable with each other- so good to see. And now on to the wedding- enough flowers, and dress and cake and toppings....just a time to be together with their families. It is so wonderful that they WANT to share.