Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Angel Sistas have moved...

I'm not sure if you would call this an ending but it is definitely a new beginning. Nelly and I have a new home thanks to the hard work of Wendy.

This will be the last post of the Angel Sistas. We hope you will continue to read about our experiences as we support deployed troops.

God bless!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Thank God he is ok

I have to admit, I was getting worried about our brother, Ryan, again. I have written him so many times and haven't heard back from him. When he has gotten quiet, something was wrong. Well, my instincts once again were verified...

Finally, after not hearing from him in about 3 weeks, I got an email from him today. If it hasn't been one thing with him, it has been another. Well, ya know what he said today?

I'm back. I had my tonsils taken out and am on light duty now.

When he gets home, Nelly and I are going to have to finally meet him considering he is our adopted brother and we have been thru a lot with him. And maybe then, we will get another picture that he promised us :-)

Sure we get attached to our soldiers but he is more than a soldier/friend...he is our brother.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Their tour got extended

About 3 weeks ago, I got an email from one of my e-pals, Steve, to let me know that he will be heading home in a couple of days. I had asked him to please let me know when he arrived home. He promised me he would.

Needless to say, I didn't hear from him till today. I had forwarded him a joke and he wrote back...

I wish I was writing to say I was finally home. I guess the President was so impressed with the job we did in Mosul for a year, decided to extend our tour and send our unit down to baghdad.

Steve is not sure when they will be home now. He asked for prayers that they will not have to spend another Christmas in Iraq.

I can't imagine how they are feeling. They were just 5 days away from coming home and then they got the rug pulled out from under them and were sent to Baghdad. Families were getting ready for their homecoming, the unit was pretty much all packed up, and their job was finished where they were. I understand there is always the possibility of the tour getting extended because there is a job to do. What I don't understand is why does the government wait till a unit is just days away from going home?

My heart breaks for the families. Children, wives, husbands, moms, dads, brothers, and sisters all looking forward to their loved ones finally coming home, only to have the rug pulled out from under them too when they are told that their loved ones aren't coming home yet.

I need to get Steve's new address to send him and his unit something to try and cheer them up. The only thing that will truly cheer them up would be to come home. But it won't hurt to try and send them a little cheer and extra support.

Please keep them in your prayers that they will be home soon.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Finally, the letters got out!

WOO HOO!! I finally found a post office that knows what they are doing. On Monday, I had talked to Karen at the post office when I went to send out packages to one of my officials and brother as well as letters to the British troops. I told her that no one else understood the address and wouldn't process the envelope. She told me to bring them into them and they would get them out no problem.

The letters that I had written for German troops about 3 weeks ago finally were sent out today. (Of course I rewrote them because I couldn't send the others with the old date.) A big thank you goes to the ladies at the Pleasanton Post Office. Those gals KNOW what they are doing! They didn't even question me about the address and that it wasn't a APO or FPO.

From now on, I won't attempt sending out any packages or letters to our troops thru the post office right around the corner from where I live. I will only go to the one that is close to where I work.

Pretty soon, I will be on a first name basis with all the ladies that are at the Pleasanton Post Office and they will get to know our soldiers :-)

Monday, August 21, 2006

We will be adopting another soldier next month

I am sure we will be adopting more soldiers before September but I found out that next month my brother-inlaw's brother, Kevin, will be deployed to Iraq. My sister, Tina, told me that his mom will be sending him packages. Also, my sister's Brownie troop will be adopting him. But you know what? A soldier cannot have too many people looking out for him/her.

As soon as my sister gets his addy in Iraq, I will get it from her and we Angels and Valkyries will adopt him!

I have known Kevin for 12 years and I still don't see him as being old enough to be in the military, let alone be deployed to Iraq. When I first met him, he had just started high school. That's how I still see him, as a teenager in high school, even though I know he is 26.

His family is proud of him and so am I. He will always be in my prayers along with ALL of our men and women in the military.


Sunday, August 20, 2006

He's joining the Air Force

My step-brother, Brandon, got his orders...He leaves for the Air Force on September 5th. My step-mom wrote me to tell me and she asked if I would keep him in my prayers. She knows the support that I give to our troops and wanted to know if I had room for one more. OF COURSE!!

We Angels and Valkyries do not turn anyone away! It will probably be a while before he gets deployed but as his big sister, I will support him anyway.

He is making me proud to be his sister (even if I am only a step-sister).

Friday, August 18, 2006

Is it so difficult?!?!

I have to vent for a second...Is it so damn difficult to show our soldiers that they are cared about?!?! Really, wtf?!?! Are people so wrapped up in their lives that they can't take time out to write a letter or two (or if you are me, Nelly and other Angels, a couple thousand) for soldiers who are trying to make this world a safer place to live?!?! It really irritates me that people behave like this and they are the reason why our soldiers think that no one cares about them!

I don't care what your opinion is about the war. You can think what you want to about it but just don't disrespect and ignore our soldiers! What I care about is our soldiers and how they feel as if no one cares!

Do you know how long it takes to get it thru to a soldier that we care and aren't gonna abandon them like others have done? At times, I have struggled to get the point across to soldiers that there are people who do care. It breaks my heart to hear the words from them..."people just don't care about us".

It is time more people show our troops, whether American, German, Canadian, Dutch, British, Australian, or any other country, that they are appreciated! It's not difficult to say "Thank you!" Try it some time, you'll be amazed at the friendship that will develop.