Sack Lunches

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight.
"I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap," I thought.
Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me.
I decided to start a conversation. "Where are you headed?" I asked the soldier seated nearest to me. "Chicago - to Great Lakes Base We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Iraq ."
After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached Chicago, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time.
As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. "No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to Chicago." His friend agreed.
I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch.
I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. "Take a lunch to all those soldiers." She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. "My son was a soldier in Iraq; it's almost like you are doing it for him."
Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, "Which do you like best - beef or chicken?" "Chicken," I replied, wondering why she asked.
She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. "This is your thanks."
After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. "I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this." He handed me twenty-five dollars.
Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, and said, "I want to shake your hand."
Quickly unfastening my seat belt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, "'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot."
I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.
Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.
When we landed in Chicago I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word, another twenty-five dollars!
Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base.
I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. "'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You."
Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers.
As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little..."
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America 'for an amount of 'up to and including my life."
That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it."

H. W. (Bill) Scott II
2700 N. A.W. Grimes Blvd #914
Round Rock, TX 78665


Andrew's Ideal Play Date

Recently, Andrew has been expressing his GREAT desire for a compound bow. Until this week, I had no clue what a compound bow was... and in all honesty, I'm not sure if I do, even now. But, we went to Cabela's today and Andrew got to check out his new love... and unfortunately, he got to shoot one several times. Why, do you ask... is this such an unfortunate event? Well, because now he wants one even more and they are really expensive! Poor guy... all torn up over this fresh wound of rejection. I promised him that SOMEDAY he will get his compound bow and it will be a beautiful reunion of a man and his dream.


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Hubby Tag

1. Were did you meet? Match.com - "It's okay to look"

2. How long did you date before you got married? 3 months

3. How long have you been married? 3 months

4. What is your favorite feature of his? I pretty much adore his smile and strong muscles

5. What is your favorite quality of his? He puts up with me. Isn't that enough? Oh, and his hard work ethic.

6. Does he have a nickname for you? Honey and Babe... pretty typical.

7. What is his favorite color? Blue

8. What is his favorite food? Meat

9. What is his favorite sport? He's not a huge fan of sports. Every woman's dream, right?

10. When and where was your first kiss? In the kitchen of my apartment... about an hour after we met.

11. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Eat out and relax.

12. Do you have any Children? One on the way!

13. Does he have a hidden talent? He's the most amazing packer. He can pack a bazillion bags, boxes and everything else perfectly in any space.

14. How old is he? 23

15. Who Said "I love you" first? Him. We were driving in the car (two days after we met, mind you) and he couldn't hold it in any longer. And he said those three little words. Ahhhh... isn't he romantic?

16. What do you admire most about him? He makes me a better person, and reminds me of what's truly important. His patience is admirable and his kindness towards others is noticed by all.

17. Do you think he will read this? Probably not :) He usually forgets to read our blog unless I remind him.



Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Last night was the Annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball. We got all dressed up (which wasn't the easiest... since I had to squeeze my belly into the dress I purchased BEFORE the baby news) and started the long drive up to the Snowbird Lodge. When we arrived it was beautifully white in the mountains. It was a fun night, visiting with old friends and meet lots of new ones! I really enjoyed the ceremony. I was so proud of Andrew and all of the men who have and are currently serving our country.



So... my belly is getting bigger and BIGGER! Believe it or not... that is me! No belly suit... no pushing out... ALLLL me :) I don't know where it came from! AND on top of that, I've actually lost a couple of pounds! I've been eating super healthy, since I can't stand to be full or I'll puke. So I just eat lots of snacks and small meals. I don't know what's happenin' in this belly of mine, but it's definitely doing whatever it wants, when it wants.

UPDATE: I was at work today and just casually chattin' with one of our Docs and he said, "So have you seen the heartbeat yet?" ... "Uhh no. I thought it was too early." "Well, what are we waiting for, let's go!" So Dr. Christiansen did an ultrasound and was able to see THE DOT but couldn't see the heartbeat. It was a little difficult since it's still pretty early. If I had gone over to the hospital in radiology, I would've been able to see it :) He said next week, we'll hear it! I'm so excited. I just wanna hear that dang heartbeat!


Battle of the Bulge: 6 weeks

Fashion Show of new Baby-Mama attire

Da' Bulge


This week, my boss offered me a full-time position with benefits! I started this part-time job, with the incentive that if the opportunity opened up, I would be able to gain full-time hours. I just didn't realize it would all work out so soon! I start full-time in two weeks and my secondary insurance will kick in as soon as mid-December. When pregnant, double coverage sounds really nice! This is such a blessing in our lives as we have been concerned with how we're going to pay for everything with the baby coming! At least we can save a little more now, and continue to count our blessings. We are truly loved!


Prego Loves...

I love...
- how every day is a good hair day... shiny and voluminous
- Google-ing baby stuff for hours on end
- my boobs have maximized
- blemish-free skin
- my belly
... my husband.



I am a food fanatic! I love love love anything edible! This whole pregnant gig... is another story. In my 6th week of pregnancy, nothing sounds appetizing except for Ginger Ale, fruit and H2O. My body needs much more than this!