Saturday, July 31, 2010


Everyone gathered and everyone had flags and everyone was so ready to see Justin!!
I guess I probably had close to 75 people here to welcome home!!

And here he is...well his car...he was driving some of those that went to meet him at the end of the street back to the house with him!! Love seeing that little blue car drive up!!

And here he is with Wally...He loves this dog!!!

And then back and doing his favorite thing...Playing his guitar!!!

Everyone seemed to have had a wonderful time and everything was just perfect...But ladies...I AM WHOPPED!! My feet hurt my legs hurt my back hurts and I am just give out...even after a good nights sleep!!
But I am off here to go and cook my Marine so Breakfast!!
Everyone enjoy your day...we will be having another party today at Ganky's!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Things are ready...

OMGoodness!!! I just can't believe that this day is finally here!!! I have got ribbon hung on all my trees ( I will take a pic was dark when I got done!!) !!! Welcome home banner is up and we got all the food and well all we need is...

LCPL. SIMMONS to get here!! Oh he will be on his way as of noon today!!
I have seen him and so this will be my time to stand back and let others see him!! I know that my family is soooo ready to see him and squeeze him!!! I can't wait!!
Well you all have a great day and I have cleaning to finish and some yard work to do and then get all my flags out to start waving as he drives down our street!!! I will be taking pictures so just be ready!!!
Enjoy your day!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

We got a new what?

We have this one shopping center around here that seems that nothing can make it a good go and so we just recently got a Dollar Tree and now they just opened us up a Food Lion Grocery Store!! Recently I mean it opened yesterday!!! And me being the crazy person I am went to see what kind of sales I could get!! I got 2 liter cokes for .77 each!! Hello...I am having a party this weekend!! So I am off here this morning to go get Tracy's groceries and yes I am going to Food Lion to get them!!! YAYY!!! I can't wait to see what her full week of groceries cost there!!!

You all enjoy your day!!
My son will be driving up in my driveway tomorrow!! OMG!!! SO EXCITED!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

One Wet Mess!!!

This is Bradley with his FFA project....McGraw the Cow!
And just to let you know this is not just any cow...he is a very aggressive cow!! He has to be fed 2 times a day and watered as needed but lately, he has just not wanted to leave his water bucket in one spot...I guess he is hot and wants to do some swimming!!
He must be wanting to come to Gankys to the party this weekend!! :)
But anyways, He has busted 2 water buckets and keeps kicking the new one over so we were at the Barn late last night trying to dry out his pen and tying his water bucket up so that he doesn't keep his pen under water!! I know...It is hot and he may like it but the FFA teacher says we must keep it dry!!! So that is what we worked on last night and it needs more attention today!! UGH!! I have a lot to do and then McGraw is just needing our attention right now!!

SO....That is how I spent my Tuesday Evening!!
FFA meeting and working at the Barn!!!
You all enjoy your day...I am back to work for a couple of days!!! My eye is better...thanks for the prayers!!
Enjoy your day!!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Homecoming Party is being Planned....

That is right Ladies...Post Deployment leave begins this Friday!!
I am having a huge gathering for anyone that wants to attend to see this fine fella come home!!
Due to pink eye I have been out of work yesterday and today and getting a lot done!! I will return to work tomorrow as long as the eye continues to clear up and will work Wednesday and Thursday and then Friday...OMG my baby is coming home!!! I can't wait for all the other family to get to squeeze him and hear his stories and just get to visit with him!!
For 7 months MANY, MANY People worried, cried and said lots of prayers for this fella!!
He is good and I will be so happy to cook him food that he loves and to just spoil him rotten!!
He can't wait to get to church to play his guitar and he has another church to go and visit after he goes to our home church!! They adopted him and sent him lots of packages!!! So our first Sunday he will go to our home church and then the next to visit another!!! And then we may take a little trip to Tybee!! And the he will be gone!! But he will only be a CLJ, NC!!! Visits will be often and I am so happy!!
You all have a great day!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

And the Doctor Says!!!!

Well I did end up at the Doctor with my messed up eye and by the time I got there both eyes were gunked up and I did have pink eye and he gave me medication to clear it up and well it itches and is still gunked up this morning but the hot wash cloth helped..(Thanks Joyce!!)
But along with the visit they tell me that I need to loose weight but I also need to be careful because my blood pressure is low!! I got that from my daddy!!! I need to go on a diet but I have to watch it cause my blood pressure is low and it may cause it to go even lower!!

So now I go on a diet that he gave me but can NEVER eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice. It will lower the blood pressure even more!! UGH!!!
Ok so off here today...going doctor my eyes!!!
Enjoy your day!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Pretty in Pink?

This is not my eye..but what mine looks like!!
It is all yucky and itchy and I just may haVe to go to the doctor today to get some meds for it!!
I have a lot to do but...I can't take this!!
I love the color pink but not in my hurts and itches and runny and I just want some medicine!!

So no church for me to get this taken care of!! My Dear Sweet Uncle is not doing so good and I wanted to go and visit with him but with my eye and knowing that it is very contagious I will not be going!! :(
Enjoy your day!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

After many years...

After many years I have had a Queen Size Bedroom suite!!! But after my visit to North Carolina I decided that I wanted a King Size Suite...And so that is just what I got!!! This is picture of the furniture but not my room!! I have not got it completely set up yet but I do love it!!

I have lots to do today and will be going to a birthday party for my great great-niece Madison!! So off here to start my day!!!

Enjoy your day!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Just in time!!

So many times I blog and never mention my husband!! Well this is him...Jeff!!
We have been married almost 22 years!! YAYYY!!
Well back at the beginning of the year he was laid off from his job and I was fixing to start school and well things became a little different for us...but we have made it!! I will be starting back to school in about 2 weeks and was getting a little worried about things because he was still working through a temp service and not making the money he once did!!
Well as of yesterday he got a phone call from a guy that he worked with MANY years ago and asked if he would be interested in a job change! They have an opening driving a pick up truck, making deliveries to job sites!!! Oh, how perfect is that!! He will be making more money and I can go back to school with not worrying about his job situation!!
God does things just in time!!!
You all have a great day!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Why must you...

Well I got up yesterday morning and I went off to the grocery store for Tracy and I always shop at Kroger!!! Well, I seem to have some trouble with them and their customer service!! I feel like that if I go and buy $300.00 worth of groceries...Someone should help me out to the car and put the groceries in it for me!! But not at Kroger...yesterday they took my groceries out and just left me!! I called and reported the young lady that just left me standing there with 2 buggies!!! And I asked "Why must you do this to me first thing in the morning?"! UGH!!!
But they assure me that it will not happen again...we will see!!

Anyways off to another day and getting a party planned for my son to come home in 9 days!!!

You all enjoy and please...


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Back to Normal!!!

So yesterday was a day that I got to do a normal day!! I was with these two precious babies and got some special hugs and kisses from them!!

And for the first time in about...say 7 months I was able to work and not stress about the fact that my son was in the sandbox, being shot at, needed a shower, wanted a home cooked meal and just really missed home!!! I can honestly say....I AM RELIEVED!! I got a couple of text from him and I am just so glad to have him back! So now life is good and I am getting things back to normal!!

I am up and off here...I have grocery shopping to do for Tracy and then a day of work!! You all enjoy your day!! I also gotta go vote!!

Enjoy your day!!

Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

I am home!!

Well we are home and I sure miss that smiling Marine of mine! But I know we must all get back into a normal routine!! I am heading back to work today along with everyone else in my house!
But before we got on our way Justin wanted me to stop by his barracks for just a minute...he had something to give me!!
It is his deployment badge!!
I stayed attached to him the entire time and is used for identification in case it would have been needed....THANK YOU ALL FOR THE PRAYERS....IT WAS NOT USED!!!
I will always keep it and always know what it means!!!

SO we start off another week and then in just about 11 days Justin will be coming home!! YAYY!!

Please continue to pray...Billy P.(LYNDAS MARINE) is now on the same base with my Marine!! YAYYY!!! But will most likely have to face deployment beginning of next year and Justin (JULIES MARINE) is in the big sand box and those guys out there really need prayers!! I am so thankful to have my Marine home!!! After so many stories he has told...Prayer REALLY REALLY does work and so....


Sunday, July 18, 2010

I have to go...

WHAT? I have to go....I have to go HOME!!! :(
I have been with this sweet fella for a week and now I have to leave and go home!! I know we all have to get into a normal routine but golly ...I HAVE NOT SEEN HIM IN 7 MONTHS!!!!
We have laughed and cried and talked and looked at pictures and listened to every story he wanted to tell!! But the time has come that I must leave and he has to get back to his normal work day as well as the rest of us!!! I sure am gonna miss him!!!

So this morning, I get up and I load my car and I have to tell him bye!! But the BEST part of it all is that he will be home in a couple of weeks for almost a whole month!!! Oh I can't wait!!!
I hope that you all have a wonderful day!!
Keep Praying....IT WORKS!!!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

The BOYZ are back in town!!!

Lcpl. Bouchard and Lcpl. Simmons are back together!! They have been together since boot camp and they are in the same Battalion but different company! So during deployment they didn't get to see each other very much! But they are BACK TOGETHER and they are just so happy!!!

This was Britani's outfit...they tease that they are husband and wife!! She looked beautiful!!

And they were so happy to see each other!!

But this was the first HUG!!! His mama!! Such a sweet moment!! And yes...she was doing some screaming too!!! So memories we have made this week!!

See how happy she is!! She was totally beside herself!!!

And here is Bradley and Nick's Dad, Jeff Bouchard!!! They are buddies and they just love to pick on one another!!
SO another day or more done...Not a lot of time to blog or do face book or much of anything else!!! My Marine is really keeping me busy!!
So you all have a great day and see you next time!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Took a little trip!

SO to start off with we went to the MALL!! My son loves to shop...he got that from his Aunt Lynda Platt!! hehe!!
SO off to sunglass shop we went...OAKLEY'S!!! $200.00 for sunglasses...I DON'T THINK SO!!
Oh, but yes he did!! But I have to admit they do look good on him!!!
He is so very handsome!!
And then we took a little trip...Off to the beach to see the vacationers!! Ganky and Pa...and the Parrish Family!! So good to have us ALL back together again!!!
Justin with Ganky, Pa and Alex!!

Justin with the Parrish family!!

And these two were SO happy to see him...Alex and Avery giving Justin some kisses!! They had a lot to make up for 7 months worth!! While on the beach Justin told Avery "I am going to bury you" Avery said "When I grow up I will marry you!" So funny!!!!

Ganky getting a quick squeeze!!!

Justin and Lisa!!!
So we went a seafood restaurant: Dirty Dicks
And these two ordered Crabs...And they ate all but one!!!

Avery just loved sitting with Justin and getting as much love from him as he could!!
Tracy even got a quick pose with him!!!

He was definitely the MAN of the night!!! Everyone wants to talk to him and hug him and we are all just so happy that he is back!!! He is bringing such joy back into my life, I love him so much and I am so happy to have him here with me!!
Today Nick will be coming in so another late night and more fun to come!!
Enjoy your day!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Lord have mercy what a past couple of days I have had!!!
I was up most of the night waiting on my Marine to come in and well about 12:30 or 1:00 he came marching up and OMG...did I ever scream!! I was s very happy to see him!!
This is another sign that was put up beside the one that I had!! And Proud of them we are!!!

Here is Justin with his banner!! OMG...he is so handsome and I am so happy to have him home!!

Here we are all dressed and ready to go see him....Ganky made our shirts for us and buddy EVERYONE loved them!!!

Lisa, Britani and Bradley all excited for to see Justin and well we really thought he would never get here!!

And then he did!! OMG...what a feeling!!! I am so happy!!!
This is him and one of his Marine Brothers...LCPL. Pippert!
His dad has cancer and they are not expecting him to live and he got emergency leave and will be able to be with his family during this sad time!

And he is back and playing his guitar!! He loves it...And so do I!!

And my side kick and my dear precious Sister got to get a quick pose with her favorite Marine!! It was VERY late and we were VERY tired, but can always take a picture with him!!

SO ladies....He is home and he is wearing me to a frazzle but I am loving every moment of it!!! He has to go into work today but will be back later and we will have another evening full of fun and lots of laughing!!!
Enjoy your day!!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!
SO many over there still fighting and still need our prayers!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

What kind of day this will be?

For 7 months my son has been deployed and I have waited for this day since he left!!!
What day is that you ask?
I get to touch him and hug him and kiss him and love him and OMG...I can't wait!!

I have not blogged in a few days, just because I have not been able to tell what was going on but as of today I can tell you!!! He is on a flight home and they will start receiving families on base at 9 pm and he will be in sometime after that!!!! AND OMG....I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!

Pictures will be posted tomorrow and you will be able to experience with me the joy of my Marine coming home!!!!
Enjoy your day!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Lord just give me strength!!

I am 40 years old....My heart has been broke for 7 months and NOW it is just about time for me to see my Marine!!! I am not sure that my heart can take it!!!

Just look at that face....OMGoodness and I get to see him in just several more days!!! My heart does flips and I get my nervous stomach and I just can't hardly stand it!!!

SO I am off here to pack up my care and off I am gone...Yes, I will be blogging on my trip!!!
So stay tune...You never know when he will show up!!! :)
You all have a great day!! And yes, I am smiling and can't no one take that away!!
Oh , Lord do give me the strength to not squeeze the stuffing out of him when I see him!! He made it through this deployment and then I wanna just squeeze him!!! hehe!!
But do not forget about all the others still fighting!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bags are Packed...

Well ladies...My bags are all packed and I am ready to go and will be heading out in the morning!! I am just so beside myself I don't know that my heart is gonna be able to handle this trip!! OMG!!! I just can't believe that I have survived 7 months of my son being so far away and I could NOT see him if I wanted!! But the time is drawing near. I honestly do not know where I would be at if I had not had all you to pray for me and read my silly blogs of not hearing from him for days and always have encouraging words for me!! You all are the best friends a blogger could ever ask for!!

So I am going to work today and then go an get Lisa after work and I have just a few things to pick up and that is it for me...Now if I can just get final word from the FRO (family readiness officer) I will know the exact day and time of my Marines arrival!!!! I pray she calls today!!
So you all have a fabulous time today!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Celebrate...good times!!!!

This is my Brother (one of the 2)!!!!
His Birthday was yesterday and a group of us got together and we went to lunch!!
Son of a Greek...and it was wonderful!! I got me a menu to go and will be going back!! I love a good Greek salad! But then after lunch and many laughs we went over to his house for some fresh home grown veggies!! Can't wait to have me a tomato sandwich!! He is such a joy to be around and I love him so much!!

Well I will be packing and ironing and getting all my stuff together to go on my little special trip!! I will be leaving as soon as I get up on Thursday morning!! OMG...I can not believe that this time has finally arrived for me!! I got picture on my phone last night of a friend that I have met on face book. Her son was in the H&S group and is a Doctor and he returned last night!! I just cried!! I can't wait!! 1/6 is slowly making it in!!!

Also continue to pray for the couple in the train accident! They just don't seem to be getting any better...I think the husband may be a little better but not much!! They just need all the prayers they can get!

Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

As the Days go by

Oh what great day the 4th of July was for 2010!!!!
We went to church and you know that everyone was so sad for the couple that was in the train wreck...which there has been no change!! But I still can't help but to rejoice in the fact that well within a week I will see my Marine!! OH...I am so excited!!
Then after church and checking on the sick family we come home and got dressed to go to a pool party at GANKY'S!! We had the best time!!! Jeff played in the pool with the kids and they did love it!!
Here is Jeff and Bradley throwing Avery and she is in mid air!!

Here is some of the kiddos making a tower...Bottom to top...
Bradley, Autumn, Britani and Alex!!! They had so much fun!!

Here is Jeff with his girls...Uncle Jeff, Alex and Avery...They love each other so much!!!

We even have fireworks!! Bradley playing with the sparklers!!

And Avery sure enjoyed the watermelon!!

It was just a great time had by all and Big thank you to Ganky and Pa for the invite!!
Please keep praying for that family involved in the train wreck!!
Have a great day!!
I would love to wish my Brother Leon and Happy Birthday!! We will be doing lunch today to celebrate!!
Enjoy your day!!
Keep Praying...IT WORKS!!!!