Friday, March 28, 2008

Back Home

Our son, Lance Corporal Arild Doerge, returned from Iraq to his Reserve Station in Waco, Texas on Thursday, March 27, 2008.

YAYYYY! I'm so glad he's home safely. He's a little on the skinny side but otherwise looks great. He is a tank mechanic and was part of a Maintenance Unit in Haditha. Fortunately, he wasn't involved in any combat. He helped recover and repair broken equipment and helped with patrolling along the border with Saudi Arabia.

He has about a month of active duty in Waco then will return to reserves status and go back to work, school, and friends. We thank God for his safe return and good health.

Arild with proud Mom and Dad and little sister, Nadley.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Red Buds In Bloom

I just returned from a trip to visit my family in Georgia. Spring is in full swing across the southeast.

I'm especially partial to the red buds...they were my dad's favorite and they always make me think of him. He passed away 3 years ago. You can read about my dad here: MY DAD.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Soup Night!

Thursday is Soup Night at our house and all are invited! I never know who or how many will show up but it's always a fun time.

I instituted soup night a few months ago for two reasons. One is that my kids are always eating at their friends' houses and I decided we needed to do our part in feeding the youth of the community. The other reason is that the kids liked my soup and wanted to know when I was going to make soup again. So I said, "How about Thursday?" And they liked it and we decided to make it a tradition.

Every week is different. Sometimes we get more of my daughter's kids from theatre. Sometimes it's my younger son's friends...mostly guys from the neighborhood. This week we had a bigger crowd than usual since my older son is home from college on spring break.

After they eat, they may hang around for a while watching an episode of "The Simpsons" or something. But then, around 7 or 7:30 they load up and head to the local coffee shop for "Open Mic Night" where several share their musical talents. In addition to having gifts in music, the kids that come are gifted as poets and writers, artists, lettered athletes, theatre performers, photographers/videographers, and more...and that's just what has unfolded so far.

I am so blessed to know these amazing young people!