Memorial Day 2013

Each year I try to come up with something to say about Memorial Day and each year I can't. The words won't come. So I'll send you over to The Sniper's place and you can read what he wrote. He said it better than I could have.

This is an edited repost from years past and is, in no way, comprehensive.

Staff Sgt. Charles Sanders and the crew of Big Windy 25

CW2 Theodore U. "Tuc" Church and 1st Lt. Keith Heidtman

CW2 S. Blane Hepfner and CW2 J. Bryce Millward

CW2 Earl R. Scott III and CW2 Mathew C. Heffelfinger

CW3 Phillip E. Windorski

CW3 Corey J. Goodnature and the crew of Turbine 33 as well as the SEAL team they were heading to assist

SPC Thomas Allison and the crew of "Wild 42"

Chief Warrant Officer Alan W. Gunn - for whom I wear a bracelet

Clay Hunt


CW3 Frank Buoniconti

My God, I miss my friends. For the ones I didn't know well or personally, my heart aches for their families - today and always.

Feel free to leave the names of those you are remembering in the comments below.


- hfs


Memorial Day is coming

This is a repost from 2010. Memorial Day for me used to be a holiday focused on BBQs and the coming of summer. It means so much more now. Go read "Happy" Memorial Day?.

Memorial Day is so much more now. So much more.


- hfs


한국에 오신 것을 환영합니다

Curious about the title? It says 'Welcome to Korea'...in Korean! 
Looks like that is where we are headed in the near future! 

After months of waiting for things to fall into place, after dozens of applications and resumes sent out, after numerous interviews, MacGyver has settled on working as a contractor in Korea. Once his passport is in and the hiring process complete, he'll be on a plane. The kids and I will follow shortly.

We are excited but still a little incredulous and definitely overwhelmed. The company for whom he'll be working makes no provisions for shipping any household goods (HHGs) other than the tools he'll need for his job. Nor do they pay for anyone's plane ticket other than the employee. So anything we ship over as well as our plane tickets will have to come out of our pocket.

We do not know how long we will be there. Our plan (I know, I can hear God chuckling right now) is to sell anything that does not hold sentimental value or is not irreplaceable and put the rest in storage. We'll ship over clothing, bed linens (one set per bed), our school supplies (the basics, not everything), a few personal items, a few kitchen items I doubt I'll be able to find in Korea and don't want to rebuy, and that's about it!

I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it all. I"m really excited at the possibility for international travel, being able to see and touch many of the things we've studied in history, explore a new culture, learn a new language...and I'm overwhelmed at the idea of having to learn a new language, navigate a foreign country, learn a new monetary system, and be away from America. I've never set foot outside of the United States, other than a few hours in Haines Junction (Canada) on our way down from Alaska. I've never been to Mexico. Hawaii and Alaska are as close as I've ever come to living outside of the United States. So this is new.

Very, very new.

I'm thrilled that MacGyver has a job, doing what he loves to do and one that will take him closer to his long term goals. I just need to remember to breathe...

Pau. (I'm going to have to figure out what 'done' means in Korean.)

- hfs


Poor pitiable blog

I just looked at the date of my last post and it wasn't as long ago as I thought. I was thinking it had been a month since I last posted but it's only been about 3 weeks...because, you know, that makes a difference!

The end of the school year is always a horrible time for me when it comes to writing - trying to wrap up the loose ends of the school year, yearning to get outside and soak up some Vitamin D with the sunlight (and I type that as it's currently overcast, gloomy, and 55° outside...yay spring...), plant seeds and watch stuff grow, transition from school-year activities to summer activities, spring clean, etc. all take their toll on my ability to form coherent thoughts. Spring tried to show up the other day but Mother Nature has her own ideas and we've been on quite an interesting ride of late. We saw snow the first week of May following near record temps the week before. We're now back down into something that more closely resembles spring weather (thunderstorms, breezy, warm days, cool nights, etc.) but today kind of looks and feels more like winter than spring. My knees agree. This getting old thing is for the birds. It's supposed to clear up for the weekend and into next week so that's good.

School IS wrapping up nicely. We finished history a while back and opted not to start on the next volume, instead turning our focus toward wrapping up Anatomy and our other subjects. The nice thing about being ahead in our other subjects is that we can be done when we feel like being done! So we'll be done when the public school kids are done. All in all it's been a good year. We're tweaking a few things for the upcoming school year but not much. This summer will be spent at the pool, a few art lessons, some baseball, and lots of time with friends.

I do have a tidbit of news to share...things on the job front for MacGyver are starting to work themselves out. I can't go into detail yet (nothing is solid and I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch) but the few pieces we were waiting to have fall into place have done so (yay!!!) and now it's a matter of figuring out which job offer works best for MacGyver professionally and what works best for us as a family - hopefully we can find one that does BOTH! That being said, one of them would be QUITE the adventure for our little family and has me both overwhelmed and excited, all at the same time. We shall see!

And with that, I am off for the weekend with The Girl for some one-on-one time. The Boy gets to go to his very first baseball practice with his dad and enjoy some male-bonding time as well. Two weeks of school and then it's POOL TIME!!!

What do you have in store for the spring/summer? Have a great weekend!


- hfs


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