20060517

Long weekend coming up

I have a 3 day drill this weekend. Meaning I will report @ 06:30 Friday morning and get released about 17:00 Sunday afternoon. We will be doing section certifications and a live fire all in the same weekend. The goal is actually to put rounds down range Friday afternoon. A tad ambitious IMO, but in reality should be achievable. I know the men of Alpha Battery are up for the task, even if their own confidence is not there. We've been hit pretty hard in the strength department. With the reorg of the battalion, a partial deployment, and the regular turmoil of people getting out and new bodies coming in. We are only fielding two sections for certification this year. And they are a patchwork of the other sections. I know I should not be this way, but I am really not looking forward to this weekend. My church is having a recreation day that is an absolute blast. Canoeing, swimming, slide for life, horeshoes, volley ball, etc. and I am going to miss it. Five out of the next eight weekends I will be in uniform at least one of the days. As I get closer to my 20th anniversary of being a soldier I am getting more and more anxious to submit the retirement letter. And I know it's a bit premature. The military is notoriously slow and I can see not getting the 20yr letter until this fall. But I cannot help but think about all the things I've missed in my almost 14 years of marriage. Not to mention all of the church related activites... *sigh* I am longing to be done. I am proud of my service, and I know I will miss it when it is all said and done... but it is my time. Verse for today: Proverbs 13:12-24, esv Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded. The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. Good sense wins favor,but the way of the treacherous is their ruin. [3] In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly. A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing. Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored. A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools. Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Disaster [4] pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous. The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice. Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. [5] The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,but the belly of the wicked suffers want.

3 comments:

Bob said...

I'm sure you have missed lots of things, but you've got to do lots of things that most of us will never get to do. I mean how cool it would be to get fire those big artillery guns............

Def Jeff said...

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ALP said...

Well you have to look at it in a different way. You can't think about all you missed because God placed you where you were. You might have missed things with your family and church family but you were where you needed to be at that point in time...