Monday, January 22, 2007

Who My Husband Is!

Well, my Sweetheart is out in the woods somewhere in Washington state. I won't be able to talk to him until late Thursday night. I can't wait! I can't believe he's only been gone 6 days! It's amazing how slow time goes. I have had a wonderful time here with my family and visiting his! I'm so grateful we're not in a house yet so I can have an excuse to be here the whole time!! They've been wonderful.

I would like to make another post about my dear Jonathan, who I've had the pleasure of knowing for 9 years this Valentine's Day, and being his Love for 6 years this June. Wow!

Jonathan is a wonderful brother and brother-in-law. He has found place of kinship with my brothers, after some rough times where they weren't sure they even liked him! His sense of humor is wonderful to me, and yet it's unique. My brother Carter once told me, "Jonathan can find the one area you're sensitive about, and yet he'll pick at it!" Of course, as they grew to know one another, they learned each other's quirks and learned how to joek and be serious, to work and play, and to be brothers. I can honestly say they couldn't be happier with his being in the family.

This was my brothers, Kiernan, Taige, and Jonathan all wrestling in Williamsburg! I think it was good natured, but the guys still seemed very serious about it. Wrestling was rather new to my brothers, but they caught on quick.

This was at my cousins's wedding in '06. My cousin Tricia was singing during the rehearsal and they boys all wanted to communicate to her how her singing made them feel. She loves to joke right back with them, and loves that they treat her like the brothers she never had!!!!

Jonathan was around when Noah was still small. :)

My husband loves the outdoors. I don't know anyone who loves it more than he does. He can spend hours outside bird watching, and he's excellent at identifying them too. He's a conservationist at heart, never wanting even a small animal to be left hurt. Just last week in the mountains, he rescued a stunned cardinal from his grandparents collie dogs. He has taken baby turkeys out of the tractors way. Yes, he's an avid hunter, because of the challenge, but a huge part of his hunting is learning an animals ways, tracking it, and the sport of it. So here's him with the biggest buck he's shot and found thus far.

He is a good friend to his Christian brothers, Air Force brothers, and blood brothers. He gladly takes adventures with them. He never minds getting dirty and working long hours to help, most times offering himself and me before anyone even thinks of asking us. He has a servants heart and never seems to think twice about serving others before self.

I love his sense of fun! For example, whenever we wash the cars together, he can't help but squirt me with the hose, whether or not I'm dressed or in a bathing suit! The first time he did that, I was so shocked at him (and it was so freezing water) that he says I got a look of pure hurt and betrayal on my face. He turned into a sad puppy dog... And yet, he loves to tease!!! Jennifer had to learn how to take his teasing and give it right back!

He loves, loves, loves children! He is usually one of the first to go get a baby and hold it. He doesn't even ask, he just does it naturally. He has a way with infants especially. Of the many times we've kept friends' kids for a date night, a few hours, or a few days, he has never ever ever said no. In fact, I know his heart so well, I do not even have to tell our friends "let me ask Jonathan", I know we want to serve our friends with children. He truly lives out Psalm 129!

He gets into mischief.... And gets others into it with him... And when the trouble comes, he always, always has a humorous word to offer! It's hard to stay upset at him! Don't even ask about this picture!

He has a very sweet spot in his heart for his precious little sister, Emily. She is the apple of the whole family's eye, but his tender affections towards her when he was a teen always gave a hint to the girls and the girls' mothers that he had a sweet and gentle heart inside that rough boyish exterior!

This is just a small piece of who Jonathan is to others..... He's so much more, but I don't even have time for that!!!! Later!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

My Soldier!

Ok, I'm missing my husband a lot!! I can't even begin to convey the ache I feel for being without him. It's hard thinking of 16 more days like this! Yet I know as it gets closer to his coming home date, I'll just be breathlessly counting down the days until he arrives! Already thinking of that day I get to pick him up in Atlanta gives me butterflies in my stomach!!! Anyway, because I really miss him, and because he's away at land survial school for the Air Force's navigator training, I figured I'd post some pictures of him in uniform! My favorite is his olive drab flight suit, which I only have one picture of him in, and he's lieing down. Doesn't do him justice not showing the whole uniform, yet he's still so hot!!! My 2nd favorite is the BDU's, actually. Too bad he doesn't wear them much. Anyway, here's a little collection of a few picture of my Air Force Soldier!!!!

J & Katrina - On an evening he had to go out for an Exercise

Wilson, Boyd, Wade, Ollis - still Cadets, for a few more days.

The guys doing Color Guard for NASCAR. Here's Ricky Rudd, driver of the Air Force car.

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely,without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Jonathan resting in his flight suit. Me looking crazy. Yes, those are 2nd LT bars!

And just for sweet memory.... from our Scotland Honeymoon!!! (P.S. We're tentatively planning a trip to Greece via Germany this year!!!!!! I love our adventures!)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Quick Update

Sorry no updates lately. Since we moved out of our home in TX on Dec 15th we're flown to NC, spent a few hurried weeks there, flew back to TX, closed things out there, drove to GA, found a house (looked at 20 something), drove to Charlotte, stayed a few days, drove up near Asheville in the mountains to visit Jonathan's grandparents, drove back to our families' homes, and I'm about to stay here for 2 1/2 weeks while Jonathan's in Washington state for survival school. Now that it's 2 days away I'm having some feelings of real anxiety and sadness. I hate being apart even for a night. The longest we've been away since his 29 day field training (our 3rd month of marriage back in July '04) was 7 days this past November when I was in Oxford. I'm going to miss him so badly! But just so I won't cry here, I won't say any more. Except that the next few weeks will be the times to get together with you NC girls!
Pictures of the house later. Stories and such. I haven't been on the computer much at all lately, sorry for no comments anywhere. I have been trying to read all the updates.
Give me a call or email for anyone wo wants to set up a definite date from Jan 17-28.