Good Morning Xangaland!

Today’s post is another assignment from the Kween. The assignment is as follows:

Everyone has something about them that is attractive, yes, every last one of us!

In this society, where youth and beauty are constantly pushed in our faces as the ultimate statement of beauty, I believe that we are missing out on the absolute best, most interesting, and endearing characteristics of the human being.

Because I endeavor to bring out the best in my Kweendom, my challenge is as follows:

List five (5) qualities of your character that make you attractive.

You may attempt this in most any manner that pleases you. Be it long explanations or short lists, I leave it up to you.

To read more on this topic from the others involved in this assignment go HERE.

This assignment was not an easy one for me… I feel as if I am constantly searching within myself and finding things I never expected to find. At the same time finding that the things I thought were concrete are not… they are shifting and changing…. And therein lays the first answer.

1. My ability to shift and change as life moves all around me… to find the flow of the river and jump in with both feet… I may sometimes hesitate, oh I’ll just say it like it is, I may flat out throw myself to the ground, kick my heels, and scream and cry, but in the end I can shift gears and make it work.

2.  The fact that I can admit that I have faults. I am not perfect. I am not the best I can be. I have no patience and I’m a hot head… I believe that the moment I’m satisfied with me, I might as well as curl up and die… because the fat lady has sung.

3.  Logic. In my family we call it Jones Justification…. The ability to spin a web of logic around any situation. To make something that we want not only sound like a good idea but the only idea. I can always find a reason to get something done the way I want it done…

4.  …. And if I can’t I can eat crow…. Maybe not with perfect meekness but I can, in the end eat crow and start over.

5.  I am a warrior. I fight with all my heart day in and day out and I don’t leave a soldier behind. No matter how bad things might be in my own situation, no matter how I might be bleeding, I can’t walk away from someone who really needs my help.

And just for fun and as a contrast, also list five (5) characteristics YOU find attractive in a person.

The field is open, be it what you want in a mate or a friend or merely an acquaintance.

1.  Joy. True pure joy that stays the tests of life. The ability to make a room erupt into laughter by telling an old worn out joke some new way.

2.  Humor. Finding a way to make a normal moment last forever by finding humor in it. Nubs…. When Doves Cry….

3.  Wisdom… to be able to speak truth and strength into the heart of someone who needs your help…. no matter how much schooling you have had.

4.  Gentleness. The ability to remain calm and gentle in the face of a roaring impatient person (like me) with a smile on your face!

5.  Patience… I have none and so I admire it… and I find it attractive because it is the one thing that I am told is required to be in my life… lol since I have none.

Definitely not an easy list to write…..

Song of the day… A Living Prayer by Alison Krauss


I fixed the links over in the custom module for those of you who tried them… why didn’t someone tell me they were broken?

I had this  ”  instead of this  ”  in my code, how goofy is that?

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Good Morning Xangaland!

Day 132 of draught here in the Valley of the Sun.   (though we have a forecast of possible showers today!  We’ll see.)

So I’ve been so busy…. and so much is going on right now….  I don’t foresee any of it getting any better either so please forgive me if there begin to be gaps in my time here and my comments….

I can’t believe that I only have about 8 weeks left before my husband goes to Texas and then when he gets home we’re moving OVERSEAS!!  I know that 8 weeks sounds like a lot but not for me.  Not when I’m thinking about what stays and what goes in this three bedroom home and when I’m trying to wrap my mind around renting….. 8 weeks is just a blink.  However, we are, as always awaiting the red tape to clear out… We have concrete paper orders however we are awaiting the delivery of a second set from Randalph (the paperwork base lol) that has all the special codes on it that will tell us how much weight we can take overseas and how much room we get here to store stuff and when exactly we have to report to Spangdahlem so my hands are tied.  So here I sit worrying about all these little details and trying not to let myself worry.  LOL

I have been spending my days catching up on projects that I have let go too long unfinished…  getting things around here ready for when we are giving the go ahead.  Today I have more paperwork to finish and I am building myself a second Xanga site.  I think I’m going to start selling my jewelry and blankets there and if nothing else it will be where I display my pictures of the crafts I do so stay tuned if you are interested!

Also, I’m sure you noticed but…, I redid my custom module on the left.  It now has clocks for here and the place in Germany I will be living and then it has sections of links to things I’ve written over the year and a half I’ve been here.  It is split into categories as follows

Faith – anything that has to do with my faith

Family – posts about my family such as my boys and my best friend

Fun – the goofy things in life that make my laugh like NUBS

Chapters of my life – my story

Kween of Queens assignments – from newest to oldest

Featured Content assignments – from newest to oldest

Military – this is where I will put each new update about our move and it also contains some of the most important things I’ve learned as a military wife.

My life before and after gastric bypass surgery – this contains my reason for having the surgery, my updates, and my acceptance of some of the things that are wrong with me.

Well there you have it my new module.  I know most of you have read this but for any of my new readers if you want to know more about me this will give you all the good and bad.

Thank you all for your welcome to my mom…. I know she really appreciated it.  I don’t know how much she’ll be around but I know she enjoyed getting the opportunity to see that my pet rocks are real.

One of these days I’m going to tell you the story of the pet rocks. lol 

I apologize for this boring entry.  I just wanted to update you all on what’s going on.  I better get going.  I want to come around and visit and then get to work… If you want a chuckle please check out the video on the entry below.  I’ll leave the site with no music so that you can hear it.

Take care Xangaland.


Good Morning Xangaland!

I don’t have time to come around and visit but I just wanted to let you know whats going on.

My best friend Emily finally got a job!  She is THE Librarian for Yavapi county and is working in Black Canyon City just 30 minutes away.  It’s a small town of only 4 thousand or so but its so close to the city that she can get anything she needs including me and her family!  We are really excited for her and they are really excited about her.  She made the front page of the paper there and they threw a ‘Meet Your New Librarian Dinner’ for her last month. 

However 30 minutes to work and back is a little much for her so today she is moving.  She rented a little yellow house on the top of a hill overlooking the whole town!  It’s great….

So we are off ……..


Good Morning Xangaland!

Day 128 of the longest draught on record in Phoenix, AZ.

Things are getting scary here in the Valley of the Sun…  The state of Arizona has already declared a state of emergency due to an anticipated fire season to break all records.  We have already lost so much of our forest in the high country over the last few years to the fires… sigh….  Not to mention without any heat we can now anticipate terperatures approaching 120 degrees in our peak summer season. Oh joy….

I had a great time shopping with my mom yesterday… We ended up just running around doing a bunch of errands but just being together was so much fun…  Speaking of my mom… she started her own Xanga!  As of right now it’s only to stay in touch with Ryan and me when we are in Germany but who knows?  I just finished designing it last night and it’s just so cool!  Please stop by and say hello.  You can find her here —> FyreWatcher

Well, I’m off to do at least some of the things pressing in on me today! 

Song of the day? This is Your Life by Switchfoot… One of my favorite songs.


 Good Morning Xangaland!

Day 127 of the longest draught in the Valley of the Sun’s history….

Today I’m going…. SHOPPING!

Not that it’s one of my favorite things when the dog bites or the bee stings or anything…. (eye roll here in case you couldn’t hear it. lol)  But today I’m going shopping with my Mom.  We used to go every couple of weeks or so just to hang out… Because I see her every week at church or at the odd family dinner but in reality you don’t really.. TALK… in situations like that so we go shopping!  It’s just been so busy lately…  Things seem to always get in the way of a simple day of shopping.

I was looking back over my calendar last night and I realized that the last time she and I went out alone was way back in September!  It’s been almost six months since I’ve been alone with my mom and I’m going to be living in another country in four and a half months!  So we figured we had better go!

In other news I just realized that I never shared the pictures from the Super Bowl party we had right before we left on vacation… I won’t show you all of them since it’s kind of late in coming but there are a few I simply must share.

This picture is of my cousin Kallie (Left) my cousin Brittney (Middle) and my youngest sister Rebecca (Right)


This is my cousin Matt’s wife Debbie and their daughter Macie.  She has lately learned what a camera does and so if you pull one out and say “CHEESE” she makes the “Cheese Face”  too cute huh?


This is my cousin Kallie and her daughter Katelyn.


My mom and dad! 


Macie as the flying nun.  LOL  She discovered my living room curtains.


My baby boy wondering if it’s safe to come out of the office yet….


Well there you have it… I had probably better get going.  Thank you so much for your comments and suggestions yesterday.  I’m so glad that we will have some options that won’t cost us an arm and a leg while we are overseas. 

Song of the day? Quicken by Thousand Foot Krutch… Great song…


Good Afternoon Xangaland!

Getting a really slow start today…  I have some paperwork to catch up on today and a few things I need to sit down and write now that my research for them are done…  I want to finish today because the rest of my week is going to be pretty full. 

I have found out a few things about Germany that you might want to know.  It looks like we won’t have a phone over there….  They charge a monthly fee and then by call according to length and distance of the call even when in town so I don’t think we’ll have that.  I know our cell phones won’t go over so we’ll have to see if we have good phone communication.  However we do hear that they have great internet service.  So for those of you that asked I will definitely be able to keep in touch with all of you.  In fact this is going to be my primary source of contact with everyone.

So please forgive me if over the next few months I’m not here a lot and I don’t comment a lot.  Don’t forget me because in just a few months time you will be the only thing in my life that hasn’t changed!  I am so grateful for the gift I have in all of you.  A support group, a community of people I can call my friends who will be the same no matter where I live!

I have to go lots to do and the day is dwindling…

Tomorrow I’m going shopping with my mom for the first time since September!!!  I can’t wait.

Take care Xangaland….

Song of the day? Love is a Movement by Switchfoot because it’s been stuck in my head for a few days …..



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Good Morning Xangaland!


I’m sorry if I got your hopes up yesterday… Nope big news is not a baby… However this is a life changing piece of news.  I’m sorry that it is such a formal format and I know that most of you know a lot of this but this is for those of you that don’t and it is also the email I’m sending out en mass to all the family and friends.  So here you go!




As many of you know my husband, Ryan, is in the Air Force.He is currently in the process of cross training from his current field of A.G.E. (aerospace ground equipment) mechanic to Contracting.This is a mandatory career change due to overstaffing in his current field.


He will be leaving for technical training for his new career field on April 26th for a 7 week course.He will graduate on June 21st.We were informed that this job change would most likely result in a move due to the fact that Luke AFB (our current station) has no opening in the contracting field at this time.


So we have been, not so patiently, awaiting orders so that we could announce to all of our friends and family what was going to happen.On Monday we received some shocking news. We have received our orders and yesterday they were officially confirmed by the orderly room here on base.We have orders to serve a three to five year tour of duty at Spangdahlem AB in Germany.We will be leaving the U.S.shortly after Ryan’s graduation on June 21st of 2006.


We are currently awaiting word on whether or not I am allowed to leave the country due to my surgery.We had originally heard that my surgery would keep us stateside, however, as Ryan has pursued this avenue we have been informed that currently all that can keep us in the U.S. is the receiving base (Spangdahlem) being unable to care for my medical condition.We were told that this will probably not be the case.We were told to proceed under the assumption that we will be going. I will let you know if this changes.We should find out for sure one way or the other by end of business today.(However it could be later depending on communications as Germany is 8 hours ahead of us.)


Please just know that Ryan and I have talked and prayed about this in depth for the last few days and we have peace…This change in our life was born of prayer, though it is not at all what we expected.As soon as we heard the slightest news about Ryan having to change jobs we called out to our friends and family to pray and pray you all have.We have all prayed that no matter the outcome the hand of God be in it and that He would put us where we were needed, in His will for our lives.Over the last few days as new information has slowly come to light we have begun to see the hand of God in this…As frightening as that is.


Everything that has happened with this situation from the minute Ryan found out he had to cross train has made the base stop and scratch their heads and this was no exception.Apparently, for someone in Ryan’s position, just starting in Contracting as a 3 level, overseas is not available.In fact online, where the assignments are listed Spangdahlem is not even an option.When Ryan went into base to confirm these orders they told him there must be a mistake, that this shouldn’t be possible.We crossed our fingers and hoped and prayed.


The official word that has just come back is that these orders are real and concrete.Apparently Spangdahlem AB in Germany is the ONLY place in the world (outside of the U.S.) that, at this time, needed ONE level 3 contractor, and we got it.


In the long run it is only three years…Though I know that this doesn’t make it easier, believe me I know.The good news is that we won’t have to sell our home.At the end of a long overseas tour (and this qualifies) you get to pick the base you want to return to depending on availability.So if Luke AFB is available we can come back home and our house will be waiting for us.Along with all of you.


For those of you who know that I was panicking about possibly having to leave my babies here in the states we have found out that Germany is the only European assignment that does not require quarantine for animals.This means that both of our dogs would fly there with us with no delay and the Air Force will pay to ship them.And as a dear friend told me this morning… “After reading your email, it is clearly seen that God’s hand is in all of this. Just the fact that all will be taken care of and your boys will be able to go with you! That is surely an answered prayer that maybe God answered without you even having to pray it! He looked down, saw your heart shatter when you thought your two precious dogs couldn’t go with you, and He said, “Oh, Courtney, I got it covered. Relax!”


Some other good news is the location of the base.SpangdahlemAB is just 8 miles from the city of Trier, a famous city from WWII (shown in Saving Private Ryan in case you want to know.)It is located in the Southwestern corner of Germany just a hop skip and a jump from Luxembourg and only 100 miles from Paris, France… so if you want to visit… LOL


So the official word is that after Ryan graduates on June 21st of 2006 we will have a short two weeks back here in Phoenix to out process from the base and say our goodbyes… we will have to be in Germany by roughly July 7th of this year.


We ask that all of you would begin to pray for us… that God would open a place for us in Germany and help us to find His will in the place He is putting us.We ask that you begin to pray that God prepares our hearts and conditions our spirits for this journey.We have chosen to approach this as a call into the world to speak God’s word and work on men’s hearts.God is sending us out to fight this war (both the physical war our country is even now fighting and the spiritual war that rages ever around us.)We ask that you pray for us, for strength, for wisdom, for peace.


“For who is God, except the Lord?  And who is a rock, except our God?  God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect.  He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places.  He teaches my hands to make war.”

2 Samuel 22:32-35




I will send updates as we receive them.




We just got the official word.  Germany is equipped with the facilities and personnel required to treat me in case of an emergency and in the case of a chronic problem they will fly me home to my surgeon on medical leave.  It’s official Germany is definite.  We will be living in Europe in just over four months.
Please pass this and the previous email on to anyone you know that would be interested and that I might have missed.  I’ll keep you posted on any further updates.
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!!Warning: Picture and video post!!

Good Morning Xangaland!


I am alive, WELL, kicking, and moving this morning. Thank goodness! My house is clean my candles are lit and my windows are wide open to let in this 72 degree day! I feel so much better today! Thank you for your patience with me this last few weeks, I can’t believe it’s been that long.


Well as promised this will be a huge long picture post with a few videos put in just for fun. We had a wonderful trip to Alamo Lake with my grandparents. The weather was gorgeous and the scenery was to die for.  I could make a calendar out of some of these pictures…


This first picture is a picture of our camp from one ridge over… with Alamo Lake behind it. 

This is our first evening in camp.  We had a wonderful campfire so we sat out and talked… Grandpa played in the fire with his fire stick which was with us until the very last night.

Grandma sitting in front of the fire.

Ryan standing in front of the beginnings of the first days sunset.

The first sunset.  Notice the pelicans?  Alamo Lake is a bird conservatory.  There is one thing about the desert… the sunsets.

Me in our tent on the first night… I look cold now if only I had known that this night the desert would reach 32 degrees!

Ryan reading…

Day two dawned a beautiful crisp and breezy day… a perfect day for fishing! 

Grandpa fishing… I swear this picture needs to be in an outdoorsman catalogue!

Ryan casting….

Ryan reeling in a big one! ……….  big snag that is…lol

Sunset with the pelicans coming in to roost.

Our third day brought visitors… Mom and dad came up to spend a night!  We had a wonderful time with them.

Ryan and mom at lunch.

Dad and grandpa talking in the afternoon shade.

Grandma and grandpa in the firelight at sunset.

Here are a few videos of all of us sitting around talking… Thought you might enjoy these!  LOL

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I have no idea how we got onto this conversation… burning feet the sounds the pelicans made at night… more computer stuff.  Lol… You may not want to watch this one… this is just something we do in my family… set the camera and tape just time with each other so that you always have a piece of normal…

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This one is a short clip of my husband being a goober… He was going for the “I have made fire!”  look.. LOL

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Mom and dad at sunset on our third day.

Full sunset.

We had a real treat this night… The F-22’s from Nellis were out dog fighting over the desert.  We watched for hours as they chased each other in and out of the clouds and set of chaff and flares… It was an awesome site.  Grandma watching the planes.

The fourth day dawned a little warm and a perfect day for reading… Mom and dad left by lunch time and so I spent the afternoon reading and napping… Ryan spent it playing with the camera.

The sun is way to bright….

See my sunburned ear?

I got him back and made him pose.

Later that evening the guys went fishing again and grandma and I walked out to where they were to watch and get some exercise.

Ryan out on the point.

Grandpa fishing in the sunset.

Ryan and then Grandpa right in the sun… I’m telling you calendar!


The desert….

Our last night we had another campfire and we played with the camera to get dark shots….

My grandpa caught unawares…staring into the flames…

Me of course…

Our final sunset in the desert of Arizona.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures and videos….  I know there were quite a few… but trust me this was only a fraction.  LOL

I have news that I will share tomorrow… big goings on… but as it is already 1:00pm and I have only just finished editing video and writing this… I will go… I’m coming around to visit.