Tuesday, October 07, 2008


THE LAST PICTURES of my BIG GIRLS before Kristi left for
Army Basic Training Boot Camp From L to R: Me, Kristi, Ashley and Alli
From L to R: Alli, Kristi, Ashley

I cannot believe I forgot to check my mail yesterday....in all the junk mail was a little envelope from Kristi.....SHE FINALLY has an address I can write her back at!!! YIPPY SKIPPY!!!


A CO 2/60th INF REGT


Here is her letter:


Wow these last 3 days have been way busy & crazy. This is all moving faster then I thought it would. We got our weapons today M16A2 rifles. We learned how to take them apart & put them together! We take them everywhere with us. Right now I am in red phase it's 3 weeks of HELL! But if our platoon performs we can get better privileges. I am in Alpha Company Platoon 2! (2nd Platoon) We have big shoes to fill b/c I guess 2nd platoon has been the best for a while. We should do good but we do have a few dumbasses (lol) we got smoked for an hour the other day (smoked: pushups & upper arm conditioning) but we learned so I hope there is not to much more of that. We have victory tower Monday which is like a big obstacle course with a 40 foot repel wall! I am excited! But then Friday, (10th) is the gas chamber, way nervous. We have to say the Soldiers Creed (memorized) look that up, it's LONG! But I am going to pray at church on Sunday lol. Anyways, I got to get some sleep. I miss you all very much! I love you all very much! Love, Kristi

PS. When writing back, write a big #2 on the back of the envelope! LOVE YA!

The current version of the Soldier's Creed is a product of the "Warrior Ethos" program authorized by Army Chief of Staff Eric K. Shinseki in May 2003. It was first presented to senior Army leaders on June 7, 2003.The Soldiers Creed was approved in its current format by the Army Chief of Staff Peter Schoomaker on the 24th of November of 2003. The introduction of the Soldiers Creed kicked off a campaign known as Task Force Soldier. This was a commitment by senior leadership to the soldiers of the Army. Task Force Soldier is a leadership commitment to soldiers ensuring that they are prepared for combat and embody the Warrior Ethos that is contained in the Soldiers Creed. It seems to have been discussed in Congress in a "Hearing on Army Issues" held by Senator John W. Warner on or about November 19, 2003.[It was first published in the magazine Infantry on December 22, 2003.
I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.
Some soldiers shout "hooah" at the conclusion of the Soldier's Creed, but it is not included in the creed itself.
The U.S. Army Warrior Ethos is a set of standards that all U.S. Army soldiers are encouraged to live by. It is meant to be the core embodiment of the soldier's mission. It has been incorporated into the Soldier's Creed.

(thanks to WIKI for that info)

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE for your THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS for My Kristi Girl. Please if you can find it in your heart, continue to pray for her. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Love and Hugs, Amy

(PS...if ANYONE would like to write to her, please email me and I will be thrilled to give you her address....)

JUST ONE more PS....I am making hand made treasures and they are at ETSY and as always FREE SHIPPING!!!! IT'S GREAT TO BE QUEEN!!!!


~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Hi Amy!
I'm so glad you heard from your Kristi girl!!
Of all your lovely daughters, she looks the most like you.
Will remember her (and you) in prayer!

Judy said...

I'm so happy you got your wonderful letter.

Susan said...

I'm so glad you got that letter! I'll continue to pray for Kristi (and you).
Hugs, Susan

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Amy, This is my first time at your blog. You are an amazing woman and to be in your shoes would be an honor. I wasa able to look at your photo journal and it brought tears to my eyes because of my amazement. I, as a woman, am so proud that you are sharing your journey with your experience with breast cancer. I just cannot explain my complete aww! Does that make sense!

I, have two lil' girls, and cannot imagine what it would be like to watch my daughter leave for the military. Oh I will keep you and your daughter (& family) in my prayers! I look forward to future posts.

I am also having a giveaway this Saturday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Please stop by and leave a comment to sign up. Have a peaceful night. hugs, Ellen

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Amy! Terrific that you got that letter from Kristi ~ she is sounding pretty upbeat now ~ prayers are being answered!!

I got my Halloween Swap post(s) done tonight so take a look when you get a chance.

Oh, & I got my goodies from you today!! I'm thrilled with it all!!!

Big Hugs & Prayers,
Angelic Accents

The Urban Chic said...

Amy, what beautiful girls. I will email you, because I know my cousin loves getting cards and letters from home. Now is that you with the banner with those pretty girlies you have? Going to check out your website---I love Christmas. Love and Hugs,Pat

ps. Thanks for sharing your letter from Kristi.

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Hi Amy! Thank you for stopping by. You are not too late for the giveway. It starts today for one week. I would love for you to stop back and leave a comment on the actual giveaway post. I am asking that people leave a little comment about how they have been impacted or inspiration, or prayers. I know that you are a survivor and I would love for you to share...if you want. Have a great weekend and Good Luck! hugs, Ellen

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi Amy...I love the photo of you and the Girls...don' worry...your girl is going to be OK! That was nice of you to share her letter...it must have been very special for you!!

Counting Your Blessings said...

I'm so glad that you got a letter from her!! Funny how our days can hinge on something that used to be no big deal at all (like getting the mail).

How's the homeschooling going? Blessings... Polly