Sent two big duffel bags back to Noah today... These two large Army duffels had been shipped from his base to our home just days before he and the Guys deployed to Iraq. Soldiers are issued all kinds of equipment and gear -- not all of which is used or useful in Iraq -- but they are still responsible for this Army-issued equipment even while deployed. So Noah and some of the other Guys sent their duffels and boxes of "stuff" to us and we have stored it in our attic. I remember thinking how long 15 months seemed when we hoisted it up there... Now I'm looking forward to shipping the rest of the Guys' things back when they redeploy!! We have already been told the tentative dates, but I'm not jinxing it!
We haven't heard from any of Our Guys in quite a while... nor has Noah. And they haven't responded to emails... just a little worried. I know that where the Guys are stationed is really hopping at the moment... and (unfortunately) we know there is a blackout on... and there have been two other blackouts since last weekend for their area... although we know their unit was not the reason for these newest blackouts. We still don't know when Noah will be escorting the body of his friend for burial yet... In the meantime, he and Dave have been helping the families with errands and paper work and just being there... Just having other soldiers and the wives around brings comfort... to the families and the soldiers. Noah is continuing with his physical therapy and some further medical evaluations... He continues to improve but the plateaus are tough...
Light blogging for the next few days... driving up to Las Vegas to see one of my favorite heavy rock bands -- Nazareth. DH and my brother and I are looking forward to the concert, seeing old friends -- and I'm looking forward to dancing with a few one-armed bandits, as well!
Remember to keep our soldiers and their families in your thoughts and prayers. They are the reason we can blog and you can read what we write... and go to any concert, church, temple, mosque, political debate or forum... or not.
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. This we humbly ask you, Heavenly Father.
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