Tuesday, November 24, 2009


If you read my blog regularly you would know that I have been saying goodbye a lot lately.  YUCK!!!  I really hate saying goodbye.

However, tonight was another sad occasion here in Minot :(

Today, Colonel Joel S. Westa retired after 25 yrs of faithful service to The United States Air Force.  In the last 18 months Joe got the pleasure to be under his command and I was blessed to have his wife, Deborah, as a friend/mentor.   Tonight at his retirement dinner person after person stood up and spoke of the true character of Col. Westa and his family.  Col. Westa has always said, character is what you are when no one is watching but tonight Col. Bell said it best..."character is what you are when EVERYONE is watching."

The Westa family has displayed an unmeasurable amount of character in the last couple of weeks.  At times I know it had to be hard but they never let it show.

Deborah has been a remarkable example of how to carry oneself as a military wife and woman of God.  She has supported Col Westa and our community and touched so many lives.  And for me personally, she has restored some confidence that I have recently questioned.

So one last time we bid you farewell and God speed.  I pray our paths cross again.

Monday, November 23, 2009


So what kind of Monday are you having?

This morning I showed up to a Dr. appt for Makayla that is actually scheduled for tomorrow! Isn't that awesome? Turns out that Joe and I had our schedules crossed and he had everything shifted one day in his calendar. I love when we do stuff like this. I guess it reminds me that I am just human and NOT perfect.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Team Edward!

Here is where I will be tonight at 12:01 a.m.

Where will you be?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Saying Goodbye

Today is one of those days that I hate :( We are saying goodbye to some of our dear friends here in Minot. The Friesz family is moving back down to Barksdale.

Adam and Joe have been on the same paths in the Air Force and we have been stationed in all the same places until now. Adam is going back down south to another squadron. Minot is losing a great family and Barksdale is gaining one!

In our time here we shared a backyard with Katie and Adam, both had babies (Katie's 1st), Adam's deployment, birthdays, good days, bad days and we have share many other things.

Mostly we have enjoyed having someone else to talk to besides our children!

(Sadly Adam missed this fun! But Nate did not.)

Joe checking on the kiddos!

We have learned in the Air Force that you can love it, hate it but all in all its up to you. So here is when we decided not to let Minot rain on our parade.

However our children sure do enjoy each others company as well.


And they're really going to miss each other.

So for now we say goodbye see you soon! We are really going to miss you!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

We're Back...

We arrived home last night on the mid-night flight. Needless to say we are all EXHAUSTED!

Give me a few days and I will post some amazing pictures and videos.