Well it's been one year since the big party in New Orleans. It was a joyous time with family and friends from both sides. Memories of the soft shell crab at Acme and second lining in the quarter will remain with us for a lifetime.
Since then we have moved to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam and will be here until June 2007. The weather is much like New Orleans...warm and humid. Will couldn't have asked for better golfing weather though! (it hasn't helped his score yet)
Many new relationships have been formed since arriving on island. Our time with the Bindschatels, Bashes, Veaseys and Greens has been wonderful/ Most of it was spent together during bible studies and family get-togethers. They have been great models of Christ-centered families to both Teresa and I.
Guam would not be the same to us without these guys to the right: Nikki, Jonah, Jeremy and Scott. Scott was Will's supervisor in Germany for 3 years and was a good friend to him there. In Guam they have been our closest neighbors (the kind where you can just walk right in their back door) and incredible friends.
Caleb is due to come into the world on the
17th of July. The 2nd ultrasound at 18 weeks showed Teresa that he's gonna be a jokester, not anything like his Dad. Lately he hasn't been too funny, though. He gets his laughs by sticking his heel (maybe a knee) under Teresa's ribs. Frequent trips to the bathroom, weird food cravings and dilslikes have summed up the last months for T. Will has adjusted to waking up in the middle of the night as well :) Baby boy is right around 5 lbs. at the time and is expected to be 7 lbs. (give or take some) at birth.
Will got to spend the first months of the year in Iraq. While it wasn't what we would have chosen, it was a chance for us to trust God with our best. "Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you." -Ps. 9:10 Looking back, we wouldn't have changed a thing. Teresa was able to spend time with her brother and sister as well as some friends from high school. She later stayed with her parents in Valdosta and even visited Will's family in New Orleans. Will loved the short stay in Iraq. The people, the work, the spritual growth and the free food! He spent his golden birthday in Sandland with those he'd only known for a couple of months--it was the best one ever and a great setup by his supervisor, Sergeant Murrell (the guy on the right). Shown above right are Matt, Jason S., Brian, Jason P., Will and Rick. They met weekly to discuss leadership issues regarding Common Ground (weekly bible study) and also to encourage one another.
It was a wonderful reunion for us. Teresa didn't look the same from when Will had departed for Iraq...she had put on a little weight ;) It was a great time in Houston. We stayed with our cousins, The Pinedas, and were able to spend time with family we hadn't seen since the wedding and some since Will was in grade school! Erica and Alan were also able to come down and visit for a couple of days, even better we got to meet Big Al's fiance', Tracy, and get to know her a little bit.