I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. ~3John 1:4

With three of our children now serving in three different countries around the world, we thought this would be the best and easiest way for our friends and family to follow them on their journeys and watch as they learn, grow, and share their experiences. Lance is a combat medic in the US Army and is deployed to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Air Assault, Nicki is serving an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in New Mexico, and Hunter is serving a two year mission in Honduras. We are so blessed!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Home Sweet Home?

Just an update on Lance.  After five countries in three days he finally made it to his new home....Bagram Air Base.  Home sweet home?  He got there safe and sound.  He says the food is some of the best he's had in the Army to date and, yes Mom, he's getting three squares a day.  One of his favorite things about Bagram so far is his view of the Afghanistan mountains.  Would you believe he says it reminds him of home?  That kid and his mountains!  He's just now starting to get over his jet lag (it's taken about a week) and is keeping busy so far by volunteering at the base hospital and keeping the other bases in medical supplies.  They're still waiting for the rest of their unit to arrive so they can get their regular routines down.  He is able to send us messages via Facebook and has been able to Skype for just a couple quick minutes.  Internet is expensive ($90 a month) and is sketchy as far as service goes.  That's okay though, even just a "Hey Mom" goes a long ways!  He's already requested his first care package which consisted of deodorant (extra strength), toothpaste, and shampoo.  Afterall, no one likes a stinky soldier..haha   He is in good spirits and says to tell everyone hello.  His camera was smashed somewhere along the way, so stay tuned for more pictures.

We asked Lance how people could best support him.  His answer?  "Letters and packages are always great (for his buddies that don't hear much from home as well) and if y'all (yes, he picked up the word y'all) could fly a flag in front of your homes, well, that would be awesome!".

Love from Afghanistan - Spc. Lance Ririe

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