Our yellow ribbon

Together forever and never apart. Maybe in distance, but never in heart.

My groom is expected to deploy soon and we have what amounts to less than a cumulative week together over the next few months until he leaves our country.

We met November 1, 2008, since that day we have spent most of our free time together. As with most families who have lived through this, it will be a hard time for us.

I have a small series planned for us to remember this time in our lives. Here are the first two images.

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As with most military families, we must remember that the time will pass, we will be together soon and the reasons we will be apart are worth it.

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Furlough smurlogh

As I mentioned in my last blog, the government shut down is negatively effecting countless families to include my own.

We planned to take a trip just before my groom began a few weeks of army training specifically to enjoy eachother before he left for weeks.

The day before our trip, he learned the training was cancelled due to the government shut down. We paniced as this meant more, no pay for us, but, we drove on. ( pun intended )

We drove to Courpus Christi Beach with our monsters. Here are some moments I captured.

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It was hard to fully relax and enjoy our trip because we were and are still worried about the effects of the furlough. But, furlough smourlough we all have eachother hope and

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Some things may change but we always start and end with family.

The government shutdown is negatively affecting countless families financially, including ours. So many soldiers are not getting paid or receiving their benefits. Orders are changing and soldiers are losing school slots and missions. It is easy to give up in a time like this. Please do not. Things have a way of working out.

When times get challenging I always think and say to myself and others, “Things could be worse. Look on the bright side, look at how much you have.” In our case, my groom and I have each other and our 2 monsters.

We recently took a trip to South Padre Island, here are some of my favorite images of my family.

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Some things may change but we always start and end with family.

school children I met in Panama

Recently, I had the honor, joy and privilege to travel to Panama to work and directly help school children. You can find a story about it here http://www.army.mil/article/106194

We, helped build simple structures and I was extremely lucky to be allowed to take close to 5,000 images of our time there. The edited images can be found in a gallery with folders in it to ease the viewing on my web site.

Here are some of my favorite images of the school children I met and that were directly helped by the United States.

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During our time there I was able to walk the local streets and interact with several families, they were all happy to see us and constantly showered us with cold fresh fruit, smiles, hugs and laughs. The United States provided the supplies for the structures we built and they provided the laptops and the internet for the children to learn.

I love the United States, we make a lot of mistakes, but, we got this right.

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1 life. 1 body. 1 choice.

“One life. One body. One choice.”- Tracy McKithern

I made up this quote a few years ago when I was a full time personal trainer working in a large “globo gym”. We only have one body and I believe the happier and healthier your body is the happier and healthier your brain and heart become. A fit lifestyle, to include good clean food, and consistent exercise have been an integral part of my entire life.

As I grow older, 42 in 2 short months, I now believe the health and happiness of your brain and heart translates to your body, it is a two way street. I have suffered devastating injuries and devastating heart breaks. It has taken time for every hurt and injury to heal. Some injuries, like my spine may never be the same, but, I keep driving on. I have had my body fat as low as 15 and as high as 30, I have had a Deadlift as high as 405 pounds (personal record) and as low as 65 pounds after an injury.

In my personal life, I have been married and divorced endured terrible circumstances as a child and enjoyed some of the happiest moments of my life at varying degrees of body fat levels and personal strength records. Life is indeed what you make of it. Here are some images of me and my spine taken this morning.

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We have one life, one body and one choice. Please make yours healthy and happy.

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If you brake

“If you brake, you don’t win” – Mario Cipollini

I recently traveled to San Antonio to meet Duane, a cyclist instructor. We had planned a photo shoot with his cycle and at the last moment it was unavailable to us. As with fitness and life, we took the hit and drove on.

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( not Duane’s bike, it was locked nearby )

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Living a fit lifestyle is much like life; if you “brake” you don’t win. We all have good workouts/days and we all have bad workouts/days, but we must never give up. The beauty in life is found on the journey, not the destination.

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sling load

While in Panama, we attended a sling load class. The aircraft hovers over soldiers who brace themselves to endure strong winds and debris. The high winds knocked me over while kneeling to capture an image, luckily, I went into a combat roll and my camera was unharmed. 🙂

Here are my favorite moments of this class.

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