you+me and the army


We have a our own Month
November 6, 2009, 5:56 PM
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November is Military Family appreciation month.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2009 – President Barack Obama pledged his support of military members and their families and said Americans have a “solemn obligation” to preserve their well-being in his proclamation declaring November as Military Family Month.
The proclamation reads:

“No one pays a higher price for our freedom than members of our Nation’s military and their families. As sons and daughters, husbands and wives, and mothers and fathers are deployed, military families endure with exceptional resilience and courage. They provide our troops with invaluable encouragement and love, and serve our Nation in their own right. During Military Family Month, we honor the families of our Armed Forces and thank them for their dedication to our country.

“Though only a small percentage of our Nation’s population, our troops bear the great responsibility of protecting our people. They, along with their families, serve us every day with courage and dignity. Ensuring that military families receive the respect they deserve and the support they have earned is a top priority for my Administration.

“The strength of our Nation is measured not just by our success on the battlefield, but also by our ability to support those families who have made so many sacrifices for us. Time and again, military families have shown their heart in the face of adversity. We have a solemn obligation to ensure that while our men and women in uniform discharge their duties, we do all we can to promote and preserve the well-being of their families. We must also support the families of our wounded warriors and our fallen heroes who have paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy.

“This month, we celebrate the tremendous contributions of military families, convey to them our deepest respect and appreciation, and recommit ourselves to their support.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2009 as Military Family Month. I call on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of our service members and our Nation.”

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=56479



57 days!
November 2, 2009, 9:42 PM
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We went to an early away party for those who are either retiring or leaving to another duty station. Ty got this as a thank you from the battalion. We can’t wait to leave!

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SNOW
October 28, 2009, 9:51 PM
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It has been raining all day long which is really nice. Although it is super cold and it only got colder! Then all of the sudden the rain looked funny tonight.. it was snow! The wind kicked up too so it was all over the place. It melted once it hit the ground but I enjoyed every moment of it.

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Did I mention it has been cold!? The central heater for the apartments hasn’t been turned on. But the cold came a little earlier than day light savings so we’re hoping they can turn it on by then. Until then we have been dressing in layers, gloves, beanies, and blankets everywhere. But it’s okay, bring on the holidays!

FYI for those who don’t know already- we got Ty’s orders and we are moving to Fort Bragg NC in January. 63 days and counting down! We are so ready to leave!



Feeling Better?
October 6, 2009, 3:12 AM
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frustrated

I broke down tonight. The day was going fine.. having its ups (getting an interview this week)  and downs (breaking vacuum and homesick) to pretty much having an average night. I was talking with friends and it made me miss pasadena so much. I even looked up plane flights for a quicky weekend just for the kick of it. Then here I am laying down and I feel like I weigh a ton. I get up look in the mirror and lose it. I lost 15 pounds last month and was very proud of myself. Then I realized that I’m gaining some back. Those pounds may be considered nothing but I look at it in a different way.

I am into my 9th month of being sick.. but 2 months of recovery. I am happy to say that my liver is back to normal (according to numbers) and I that I have the energy to get through my day. August was a better month for me than September, though. Everything is going completely bonkers! I am so sick of being sick! I am so tired of not feeling comfortable or confident in myself. Or even sexy!  I am living with it and dealing with it and usually I handle this just fine. But lately, I’ve been getting a whiplash from  the past few weeks.

It still baffles me that all I wanted was to not be a mom at 18 years of age, and I ended up damaging my body. It’s not abortion, it’s birth control. All of this makes you open up  your eyes and see what God has created and how this body is meant to function. Not to mention the purpose of being female. I have a fear that my pain will always be with me… somehow. But it’s just a fear. I’m not claiming that it’s my future. Healing takes time (sometimes too long). A few have been surprised that I’m not “better” when they ask how I’m feeling today. I once said that I am in the waiting game- I still stand by that. I broke down because  I don’t know what to do. Waiting sucks.

Isaiah 41: 13

“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you,

“Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

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“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”



nine eleven
September 11, 2009, 1:28 PM
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I haven’t yet gone on post to see if anything is different on this particular day. I might see a banner that says “remember your fallen comrades” or “thank a solider today.” There’s a good chance that while Ty is out, they would ask for a moment of silence. And in the that moment I can only imagine what goes through some of their heads. They might think of their family back home.. remembering a friend they lost.. their last deployment and future deployments. Ty has not been deployed for the last 6 years. As a private he first went to Korea for a year. Then went to Iraq in 2002 for only 6 months because we were in the war. Heres the only picture I found of him.
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Back then he actually asked to go back but they rather have him stay and train soldiers. From there he was a recurter for 3 years in california (when we met) and another 3 years here in texas. Ty was not able to be deployed this whole time until this month. The code has been lifted so when it comes time to move, all is in God’s hands.

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Yellow ribbons will never be looked at the same. I have 2 magnet ones on my car. One for him and one for me. I may not be a soldier, but I too play a role in his career. Those magnets will always be there. This is for all those who are still waiting..

The phone rings and she smiles
To the welcomed, familiar tone
Of the loved one that she longs for
In her silent, lonely home
There may be friends all around her
And family she adores
But she waits in anticipation
For her lover to walk through the door
His voice still melts the heart he holds
His words still reach her soul
His promises remain true to her
“I’ll never let you go…”
Each minute passes quickly
The phone calls short, but sweet
As she holds back the tears from the man she loves
And prepares herself for another week
She embraces the memories each day without him
Still cries herself t o sleep
She smiles through the yearning for the man that she swore
To love…honor… and keep
Through the good times full of laughter
And the months without him by her side
She’ll proudly serve as his true love
Honored to be a soldier’s bride.

By Hilary Eckholt



Afraid of the dark?
September 5, 2009, 3:06 PM
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Ty came back for a night the other day because they had to reset the program that they are using. Everyone got to come back and enjoy a night in their own bed. Ty took some fun pictures through their night vision goggles.
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I am also on day 13 of my detox. I’ll admit that I haven’t been following it exactly but enough to make my body wake up and change. I’ve lost 6.5 pounds. Losing another 3-5 pounds would be nice but if I don’t I won’t complain. If you think “why would I need to lose weight?” well as a reaction to my birth control it was slowly shutting down (in a way) my metabolism. I gain 15 pounds and 5 pounds slipped off once I stopped taking it. And I am doing well by going through the process of removing toxins and going back to the way I used to be. I have another week left so by the time Ty is back for good I should be a happier woman!

Happy Labor Day weekend!!



What’s the Field?
August 28, 2009, 2:12 AM
Filed under: Army, Ty

It has only been a week of Ty being gone. Although I did get to sneak him away last sunday for one night. It was nice! But I have decided to show some pics of Ty while he’s in the field. FIY I did not take any of these pictures; I’m not allowed to see him and barely talk to him. These are from his previous times a few months ago. Ty has been going back and forth to the field since May. While he is out there he tests weapons and helps train other soldiers strategies for when they go Iraq (or war in general) They go to a place called White Sands, NM and it looks similar to Iraq. Ty’s role has been to be the “bad guy” and sometimes that involves dressing up like one
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But he is not alone.. everyone else has to as well
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One of the things they have to do is hid and make the “good guys” try to find them. They can go any where they like. So they hid in caves

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Oh yea, and the guys looking for them are the Black Hawks (far away black dots)

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He might be gone a lot but he does his job well. These guys are in 100 degree weather and they are out there all day. But at least his job isn’t boring. I love it when he comes home telling me fun stories.  My hero ❤
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And even after a long day of training men to be at war you can still look up at the sky and know that God is protecting you.
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