Archive for May, 2008

Goofin’ Off

Posted: May 30, 2008 in Uncategorized

So this week was really busy and went by really fast…I can only pray the weeks will all pass this fast. In the midst of all the bustle we did manage to have some fun. Fun in the Army… in Iraq? Quite often it is all we can do to keep from thinking about home. Que the Harlem Globe Trotters music…

And yes Wendy that is your man being hung on like a tree…because he IS one!!!


Al Faw Palace

Posted: May 26, 2008 in Uncategorized

I went to a class on Sunday in the palace on post here. When I entered into the foyer of the palace my jaw hit the floor. Everything was marble or some sort of rare form of granite. The pillars were dark Grey marble accented with light sort of bone colored marble and capped with inlays of red granite. From the ceiling hung a chandelier that had to be about 15 feet across attached to a downward conical array of sky lights cased in wood and crowned in 3D mosaic tiling. The bathrooms were as impressive; the fixtures were real porcelain with abalone accent, a hand painted flower trim pinstriped in real gold. The spiral stairs were solid marble, but the quality was amazing and the veiny inconsistencies were perfect for the overall effect. Everything was amazingly detailed and though in places you could see the evidence of war, in all the palace was just breathtaking. These are just a few pictures that really don’t do it justice but short of actually being here, the grandeur of this place just can not be conveyed in mere pictures.

By the way, all my pictures are date stamped on purpose so that you all know when I took them.

I can’t believe you two are getting so big.  I remember holding the both of you in my arms in the hospital.  Your life was a blank slate back then.  I thank God for allowing me to watch Him begin to fill that slate.  May God keep you and bless you my children.

Futility Itself

Posted: May 20, 2008 in Uncategorized

As I walked to the band hall today I noticed a man operating weed waker.  Nothing seemed odd about this at first, and then it dawned on me,  why on earth would you weed whack an area this already barren.  I guess you could weed whack the dead weeds or the dirt that is on the sidewalk.  EIther way it was very humorous.

God’s People

Posted: May 19, 2008 in Uncategorized

Ya know, God is so good…I thought I would catch you all up on some happenings that are not merely an accident and that took until today for me to put into context.

I went in to start my internet service out here and the as I was filling out the papers the Philippino lady behind the counter starts singing, “Lord I lift your name on high…Lord I love so sing your praises…I’m so glad you’re in my life…etc.”  Today I was eating lunch and ran into a man by the name of Rob who used to support a civilian contractor running guns from place to place out here.  His truck broke down in the middle of Baghdad and he was stranded in a bad neighborhood for an american to be.  Long story short some folks from the Army got him out of there and saved his life and he was wondering if we could look them up because he never got to say thank you.  Then I saw him pray over his meal and he continued talking to us about his experience using phrases like “by the grace of God” and things like that.  He was obviously a spiritual man.  It just always amazes me who God places in my life and the timing.
Also I though I would gross you guys out by posting a picture of my small pox area on my sholder…now this is absolutely normal so don’t be alarmed…muahahaha

Weird man

Posted: May 17, 2008 in Uncategorized

I was just having a though as I sit here on CQ.  CQ is a 24 hr shift which means I sleep here at night to ensure the security of high dollar items in the band hall.  That being said, there is a huge possibility, in fact almost a certainty, that Saddam Hussein once roamed the room where I now sleep seeing as how this was his pool.  Weird huh?  Kinda creepy.

Death by Picture

Posted: May 16, 2008 in Uncategorized

I forgot to put a few pictures in yesterday…I couldn’t figure out how to upload them in order so here are few of all the bags while still on Ft. Drum, one of me in the cockpit on the flight to Kuwait, one of my cot/living area in the tent in Kuwait, one from inside the C17 on the way to Iraq (everyone has their Kevlar on), a bunker on post here in Iraq, one of Saddam’s palaces on post, and last but not least the band hall. Here is one of me all kitted up for you honey. Everyone enjoy…more to come.