Hi Susie, Love your pics....My husband works for the FAA and before that with Temsco Helicopters which are based out of Ketchikan....Anyway, we moved for the same reason that you and your family did....family... Both our families live in Florida and they are up in age and have many health problems... and we wanted to be closer to them. ...At the time when we were looking at our choices of place to come to with paid moves...Springfield, IL. was the only one open.....so here we are! As you know, its not cheap to move out of Alaska ... and with us... our options were limited to either boat or plane...even with the permanet fund...lol ...but we would love to move back...but to the interior of Alaska....maybe Fairbanks. ...We would got back not only for the beauty of Alaska but also for the close net community....you just don't make a friends there....you BECOME apart of whole families and even whole villiages. ...We still stay in touch with the families that we became very close to and some are still in Juneau and even in Ketchikan and some have moved to Wasitla. One of my best friends and her family moved to OK. to be closer to their families as well. (her husband is with the FAA too) 5 of their 12 children are in the military...but thats another story...lol ...How did your family come to live in Alaska and why would YOU move back? Now the ball is back in your court....lol ...Hope that I will be hearing from you soon and may I add you to my friends list.... Karen C. :-D
The boys have been wanting to skydive since last summer. Is Gabe skydiving with the navy? I am glad to hear he is doing well in school. Its hard to imagine them 1/2 way across the world. That is too far!!!(wah wah wah)LOL. Good luck on your move!
This is tornado season in Oklahoma now. We are pretty used to it. We have great weather men that keep up up to date on the weather. So Ray is in Alabama??? When will you be heading out there? How is Gabe doing? We are looking forward to seeing Stu on May 1. He will be here until May 17. He has to report in Guam on May 20.
When he called he told me he saw Gabe in a wheelchair and talked to him. I wasn't sure you knew it had happened so I didn't say more! I'm glad it's not too serious! I kept checking your page to see any news, so thanks for writing--I was worried. Andy is busy. Usually I talk to him once a day, but this week, days have gone by. I finally called last night, and he was going to take a nap. He's on duty from midnight till ? one day a week, and the day changes every week. That's hard! I think he likes it there, seems settled, never wants to see Afghanistan again. We just got word that a soldier from here was killed in that suicide bombing in Mosul, so I'll have flag duty this week with the PGR. Wednesday I'm going on the Honor Flight with a WWII veteran, too. I'm just glad Gabe is ok!
Hi Susie!!! wow!! Hunstville is going to be a big change for your whole family!! how exciting! =] one of the good things is that you're coming south closer to summer time so you'll start off by enjoying the weather. Also, congratulations to Nathanael for being acdepted to the Naval Academy Summer Seminar! is he planning on attending during the school year too?
And how is Gabe liking his ATT classes? They skydiving pictures look really neat! I think I especially like them because I would love to skydive sometime. ohhh and does he get to perform in the choir?
Billy's doing great also. He starts clinicals tomorrow and he graduates in only 12 days!!! I'm so excited because I'll be seeing him for his graduation so I just can't wait. We were really lucky in that he got his orders and got his number one choice-- Jacksonville, Fl. So next semester he's going to be only 1.33 hrs away!! =] I can hardly believe it considering that it seems like so long ago that he left for bootcamp and still is about a thousand miles away.
Ohh and my Habitat project was amazing! It was honestly the best spring break ever, and just being able to build affordable housing for low income families makes one feel so good.. so much better than doing nothing back at home or just watching tv. lol
Sorry to overwhelm you also!! but have you packed for the move yet? how's your family??
hope to hear from you as well!!
Stuart seems excited about the assignment. I am kinda have mixed feelings. Its just sooooooo far away. The stuff we have seen on the internet make the island look very pretty. It will be a great adventure for him. Thats what Stuart is wanting from the navy (i think)....the adventure!!!!!
Hi, Susie! I just read your post about your 16 yr old going to "summer semester at the Naval Acadamy"? I've not heard of such a thing before. I have a 16 yr old who is thinking about military academy, but I didn't think he could do anything about applying 'til he was a senior. Can you fill me in??
I'm glad to hear Gabe is doing great. How does Gabe like the weather back there? Sending pictures back home of the winter wonderland? KC had only started going to church on base at GL maybe a month or two prior to reporting to his ship. He liked the services there and did mention he wanted to join the choir, But that didn't work since he was leaving soon. Have a great day & God Bless!
Good luck on your move to Alabama. It would be alot closer if Gabe is stationed in VA for your family. Stu has started the "mechanic" part of schooling. He should be done some time in May. Hopefully, he will get leave when he is done and before he is sent to a sub.
Hi Susie. Nick's doing good. He's going for his phase 2. He's just waiting for them to sign off on him. He's been cleaning, doing duty, going to the gym and doing more cleaning!!! he didn't clean that much when he was home!!!! HAHA!!
Thanks, I'll let KC know.
KC's buddy aboard his ship recently was promoted to GM3.
How is Gabe doing, is he enjoying A school? Is he at GL?
Oh, thanks for the pic comment! A pic I found on the internet but it almost could be me...lol...I really don't like my pic taken. Have a good evening & God Bless.
Congratulations, How exciting! I think I was raised in the wrong state, I love Alaska, but would have loved to move around and experience different areas of the country. I have been fortunate to visit most of the states, but it's not the same as living it. So how long will it be before you go and what are you going to do about temp. housing?
What do you hear from Gabe? Brian is just about all better and doing really good. we leave in two days and I can hardly wait!