Thursday, March 26, 2009

PFC Josh Teter in Japan

As most of you know, Josh is currently stationed in Japan. For those of you that happen upon this blog, not being a regular reader, here's the scoop. Josh joined the Marines one year ago this month. He left for boot camp on May 11 last year and has been stationed in Okinawa, Japan since December 2008. He just recently got back to Okinawa from seven weeks of cold weather training on Mt. Fuji. It was survival and combat training in extreme cold weather conditions. He could tell you much better than me, but lots of guns and shooting...guy stuff! And it was freezing cold!!! His job is Motor Transportation, so they were also there training to use the vehicles in those extreme conditions. Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 12, 388 feet. Like many mountains, it is actually a volcano that last erupted on November 24, 1707...just some cool trivia.

He is experiencing a lot of constant change as a Marine. It seems once you get used to who you are working with and what you are doing, it changes again. A good amount of his unit was sent to Afghanistan this past month, so that brings even more change. He did not get called this time, but with that comes the opportunity for a promotion. He is up for Lance Corporal. This is based on merit not just time in. He's a hard worker and we know that when Josh works it's all or nothing, so we are rooting for him as he works for this new position.

To say that we are proud of him, just doesn't seem to say enough. Whether or not he were a Marine, we would be proud of his accomplishments, but at just barely 20, he is willingly taking on the responsibility of a man. We know he is sacrificing a lot to be there and to honor his commitment to protect us and defend our country. It's an old cliche, but "Freedom isn't Free". Thank you Josh for your commitment to all of us. We know God has great plans for your life and that you are right where you belong for such a time as this! We love you!!!! (He is probably saying to himself right now.."Oh Mom, stop it with the mush!" :)

Dressed to stay warm

Marine Josh - riding in the truck....he looks so intimidating here....I think that's a good thing.

Not so intimidating here....Goofy Josh, looking like he is ready to snowboard. They were actually supposed to, but the weather didn't cooperate when they had some free time to go.

Mt. Fuji

Camping in the cold for four days. He was glad to get back to base after that bit of training.

One of the trucks that he drives, a 7-ton. He also drives Humvee's....a lot different than the little 85 Toyota that he drove around here! More fun too!

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Blossom Trail 2009....sort of

Yesterday we drove the blossom trail and into the foothills. It's still winter, but looks like spring. Just a California thing....when we get rain it greens up and all the wild flowers start blooming. Goofy me didn't take one picture of the orchards that are blooming, but I did get some pictures of the hills and the wild flowers. Here is a little pictorial journal of the trip. We will begin with silly pictures from the two silly girls, Jenna and Melissa....

Yes, this would be them taking pictures of themselves

A view from highway 180 down into a valley.

Lunch! We took a little detour into Wonder Valley, an equestrian community about 5+ miles off the beaten path. We were able to find a spot near a meadow for some lunch.
A short nap for Missy after lunch

The meadow where we ate...

...And us in the meadow

Jen and Dad being silly

I like this one...Daddy/Daughter
A Cow...the girls took that one. They were everywhere, cows and horses.
Some of the wildflowers
These were my favorite...little blue ones
They kind of look like a viola
These were the ones in the field where we at lunch

Sunday, March 1, 2009

No time to blog....

I have had no time to blog and barely any time to looks at my friend's and family's blogs. We are house hunting...trying to find a place to buy here in Fresburg. For those of you that have done the same, you know it is all consuming until you find it. Some days it's fun and some, not so fun. So sorry to all of you who are blogging and don't see anything new happening over here on my end.

My sister, on the other hand, does have something new happening. She and her husband, Terrell have started a new blog together. Tina still has, but this one is or "Black and White". Go check it out the next time you get a chance. It's a great concept and having been married 19 years, they have some good perspective.

As for when I will get back to blogging...pray for a house and a CHEAP car and maybe it will be sooner than later.

Reginia :)

Me and my better half

J & J

Our Marine

Matt and Trin having fun w/ Joshie and Jenna

Kadence and Keaton

Girl power

Gabe and Josh w/ Grandpa

When they were young

About Me

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Wife of 23 years to David, Mom to Josh - 19, Jenna - 17 and Nacoya - 16. Voice teacher, choir director and church choir member. I love the outdoors... ocean and mountains, my family, friends, pretty flowers, quiet mornings and more than all that, Jesus.