Monday, July 20, 2009

Mommy Knows Everything! See I told you!

Skylar walks into my door way with her Dora blanket covering the front of her body. She says Mommy I love you. I love you too baby I reply. I said what's wrong? She says nothing. I ask her again. She repeats herself. Then the cat follows her in and cries. So she makes a quick escape (Skylar does) a few minutes later I said Skylar! She comes in again with the same look and the Dora Blanket. I said come give mommy a kiss. I move the blanket and see marker on her clothes. I said Skylar you colored on yourself! She's like yup!. I was like see Mommy knew something was wrong.Mommy's know everything! She says I know that! I said why did you try and hide it then? She says I tried washing it off! I said well hop your butt into the bath lol.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

For those who have a loved one in the Military

In my Mommy Group there was a discussion raised what does freedom mean to you? I had a hard time answering this question actually.
Then a member told me her sister is diligent in thanking service women and men. She asked if Rick gets thanked a lot and how does it make him feel.

So I ask you does your spouse get thanked a lot? Do people say anything to you? How does your husband react to the appreciation?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The newest house we are looking at.

Skylar's room

James room

Small plant ledge


Large plant ledge


Front of the house


Living room

Dining area from the living room

Master Bedroom

Another view of the breakfast room and kitchen

Honoring a Soldier on this 4th of July

MORROW, GA -- One of three Georgia soldiers killed in Afghanistan Thursday was born and raised in Riverdale. Staff Sgt. John Beale's father, who lives in Morrow, says his son was born to be a soldier.

William Beale, who worked for 31 years for Delta Air Lines, says his son played with army men as a child. "He liked for me to bring home magazines from Delta's cabin service and he would clip out the military stuff in there," Beale said.

Staff Sgt. Beale graduated from Riverdale High School where he was on the drill team and in ROTC. He served in Desert Storm and then left the Army to raise a family. His father says as his children grew, his son got the itch to go back into the Army.

Last month, the Georgia Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 108th Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition Squadron left for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

William Beale says he noticed something different in his son this time. "He seemed like a little bit hesitant about going over there as he got closer to it," he said. This time his son was leaving a family behind. Staff Sgt. Beale lives in McDonough with his wife Crystal, his son Christopher, 13, and daughter Calye, 8.

Beale remembers telling his son something a marine once told him, "Do what you're told and your chances of coming back are real good." "John was not the type to not do what he was told, so I guess he just got unlucky," Beale said.

Staff Sgt. Beale, Maj. Kevin Jenrette of Lula and Specialist Jeffrey Jordan of Rome were killed according to the Georgia National Guard. "They died June 4 near Kapisa, Afghanistan of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device and small arms fire," said a press release from the Georgia National Guard.

William Beale's first wife, who helped him raise three boys, died. He remarried nine years ago. Dolly Beale is the boy's step-mother. "I got very close to him the last nine years," she said. "It fells like my kid, it hurts as much as if he was."

Beale says he has good moments and bad moments after an officer and chaplain came to his home. His son's wife and their two children flew to Dover, Delaware to meet his son's body when it arrives in the states. A full military funeral will be held in McDonough but arrangements haven't been made yet.

William Beale says he has one wish. "I hope he didn't die in vain," he said. "I think that's the main thing any father or a mother wants is to know that their son didn't die in vain."

What he wants people to know about his son is much simpler. "That he was just and all American boy," he said. "John was just a normal kid." What more can any parent ask of their son.

Honor SSG Beale and watch this video for a few moments.